Burgess Hill Girls

West Sussex

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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Girls
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Roll: (Boys) 478 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 2 1/2 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1906

General Information

Burgess Hill Girls is an ‘Excellent’ rated Independent day and boarding school in the heart of Sussex. It is a through school for girls aged two and a half to eighteen. The Nursery (which is co-ed), Junior and Senior schools are all located on the same campus, a 14 acre conservation area centrally located in Burgess Hill and very close to the main road and rail links to Brighton and London.

Facilities

The site comprises of open playing fields surrounded by natural woodland. The buildings date back to 1704 and are a mixture of Victorian and Edwardian villas complemented with sympathetic contemporary buildings.

Little Oaks is a modern contemporary building built in 2008 for our expanding Nursery and infants classes. The building is set into its sloping site which allows for high ceilings and vaulted corridors creating a feeling of space and tranquillity. The Junior School is housed in two Edwardian villas which have both been refurbished and modernised to provide a welcoming and friendly learning environment. There is a learning hub, computer suite, cookery and technology room. The buildings are surrounded by landscaped grounds with equipment to challenge children of all ages.

The main teaching block of the Senior School is Webb House. It was built in the early nineties and was refurbished during the summer of 2015. A Learning Resource Centre, computer rooms and state-of-the-art teaching facilities provide a clear vision for teaching in the modern world. The refurbished science centre opened in 2010 and provides superb teaching facilities with separate sciences laboratories for the chemistry, biology and physics departments.

Croft 11 is a state-of-the-art drama, performance and music academy encompassing a 320-seat tiered auditorium. The original building was refurbished and extended to provide a theatre which is used by the school and the wider community. Our Music School links neatly to the performing areas and modern practice rooms surround the main teaching areas. Facilities for Art are a sprawling array of light and airy rooms all centred around an exhibition area. Dedicated Sixth Form studios provide a perfect location for A Level study.

Well-maintained sports fields are used for athletics, hockey and summer sports. The numerous tennis and netball courts are all floodlit and provide sport surfaces which are used well into the evening. The floodlit 3G astro (artificial grass with rubber chip) provides a superb training facility.

The Sixth Form centre is a standalone building providing modern accommodation. Lecture rooms, study areas and common rooms make a truly unique environment for students to flourish and learn.

There are three Victorian houses which provide on-site accommodation for our boarding community. Each house is well-equipped to provide a homely feel; they are refurbished on a regular basis to provide modern facilities.

Entrance Requirements

There are different arrangements for entry into the different parts of our school, ranging from informal assessments for the younger Junior School pupils to the more formal entrance examinations for those wishing to join our Senior School.

Scholarships

Academic, Music, Art, Sport and Drama Scholarships, up to a maximum of 40% fees, are awarded at ages 11+, 13+ and 16+ (Sixth Form). Technology Scholarships are available at 16+ (Sixth Form).

Junior Academic and Music Scholarships are available in the Junior School from Year 3 to the end of Year 6.

Open Days

2020. Whole School and Nursery Open Day: Sat. 1st February, 2pm – 5pm.

Fees

2019/2020. Junior School. Reception: £2,700 (£1,940 if eligible for EYF*) per term. Year 1- Year 6: £2950 - £4950 per term.

Senior School. Year 7 - Year 13. Day: £5100 - £6700 per term. Weekly Boarding: £8850 - £10450. Full Boarding: £10350 - £11950 per term.

Reports

ISI Inspection 2014 - senior school
ISI Inspection 2014 - junior school

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs Liz Laybourn

Contact for enquiries: Admissions

Burgess Hill Girls
Keymer Road
Burgess Hill
West Sussex
RH15 0EG

[t]: 01444 241050
[w]: www.burgesshillgirls.com

Location Description

Set in 14 acres of beautiful grounds within a conservation area close to Burgess Hill’s town centre. The school is only a five minute walk from the railway station (on the London to Brighton line) and close to excellent road networks (10 miles from Brighton city centre and 20 minutes from Gatwick). We provide a daily minibus service for girls across Sussex and beyond.

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Burgess Hill Girls produced the best GCSE results for the lowest fees in Sussex according to recent research from The Telegraph and Independent Schools Council.

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With much chatter about the exorbitant fees of private schools how can you guarantee value for money? Using data from the Independent Schools Council, The Telegraph has mapped 2019 GCSE Results against fees for private day and boarding schools across the UK to provide an answer.

According to the analysis Burgess Hill Girls produced the best GCSE results for the lowest fees in Sussex. In comparison to boarding schools across the whole of the UK only five schools did better for lower fees.

Head Liz Laybourn commented: ‘It’s great to see our aim to offer exceptional value for money is validated by this analysis. We are immensely proud of the excellent results that our pupils consistently achieve but even prouder of the progress they make during their time with us as well as their many other achievements in sport, the arts and work in the community.’

Burgess Hill Girls also promises incredible value for younger pupils, offering the government’s free childcare scheme for three and four year olds in both its Nursery and Reception year. Together with savings provided by the longer school day, free school meals and clubs, Burgess Hill Girls calculates that the first Reception year at the school can actually cost as little as £39.50 per week, or £2,080 per year.

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Thirteen year old Burgess Hill Girls pupil Tia Joseph wins ‘Best Batter South East’ at the 2019 Sussex Women’s Cricket Awards.

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it wasn’t for her mum enrolling her in a summer cricket club where she was the only girl, Tia might never have discovered her passion for the game.

Within a year she was playing regular club cricket for Brighton and Hove and was selected to join the Sussex Cricket Pathway. The opportunity for her to play cricket for school, club and county at various age levels has helped her develop rapidly as a cricketer. In 2018 she won ‘Most Improved Player’ at the Sussex Cricket Women’s Awards. In 2019 she took over 55 wickets and scored two half centuries, including an unbeaten 52 off 30 balls against Surrey. As a result of these and other performances she won ‘Best Batter South East’ at the 2019 Sussex Women’s Cricket Awards.  

Tia was delighted to have received the award:

“My batting statistics have improved this season as I’ve been very conscientious about developing my technique. It’s great that more schools like Burgess Hill Girls are introducing cricket to the curriculum. Playing for the school has helped me to develop my confidence, practise new shots and take more risks.”

Tia is one of a talented group of cricketers from Burgess Hill Girls. Regina Suddahazai Khan, in the year above Tia, is captain of the Sussex U14 girls’ team and recently won Roffey Cricket Club’s overall youth player of the year award. Burgess Hill Girls’ alumna Holly Tasker is President of the University of Cambridge Women’s Cricket team. It won’t be surprising if one of these talented young women emulate another alumna, Caroline Atkins, who won over 50 caps for England. Burgess Hill Girls also sponsors the Burgess Hill Women’s and Girl’s cricket teams.

Head Liz Laybourn commented:

“This is an outstanding achievement, Tia should be immensely proud of her performance. Cricket has become a high profile sport at Burgess Hill Girls and what is evident is that the students are able to achieve incredible success when provided with such opportunities. I’m sure the success of Tia and our other cricketing stars will inspire many more girls to take up the sport.”

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Sixteen year old javelin thrower Peanut Meekings has been selected to join the British Athletics Youth Talent Programme.  

After a successful

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athletics season, sixteen year old Burgess Hill Girls pupil Peanut Meekings has been selected to join the British Athletics 2019 – 21 Youth Talent Programme (YTP).

The YTP is the first stage of the Performance Pathway for young athletes in England aged 16. The programme aims to give athletes the opportunity to learn, train and develop the necessary skills to progress on to becoming a senior international. Only a focused number of athletes across England are shortlisted and identified to be part of the programme, which is there to confirm and support long term GB and Commonwealth Games potential. Recent graduates from the programme include sprinter Reece Prescod, heptathlete Niamh Emerson and hurdler Shona Richards.

Peanut, who is also a talented shot putter, was selected for her ability at the javelin. With a personal best of 40.83 metres Peanut is one of the best javelin throwers in the country for her age. Over the summer Peanut placed 2nd in the Sussex Championships and 8th in the English Schools competition at the Alexander International Stadium in Birmingham. She is thrilled to be selected for the Youth Talent Programme:

“I couldn’t be more honoured and privileged to have been picked for such an outstanding programme. I am so looking forward to seeing what new beginnings this opens for me and to see what skills I can gain from this experience.”

Burgess Hill Girls Head Liz Laybourn commented:

“We are so proud of Peanut’s dedication, commitment and passion for Athletics. She is a role model to the younger pupils and continues to prove what a talented young person she is. Gaining a place on the Youth Talent Programme is simply fantastic and so well deserved.” 

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Burgess Hill Girls is celebrating an outstanding set of GCSE results with well over half the exams graded 9 and 8 and a record 76%

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graded 9 to 7­. These results confirm Burgess Hill Girls delivers a consistently excellent performance at GCSE.

Students achieved highly across all subjects, with 65% of the cohort gaining at least seven or more grades 9 to 7, a 3% increase on last year. Particular congratulations go to girls whose results were all graded 9 and 8: Ruth Bewick, Isobel Critchley, Birdie Griffiths, Annabel Hogbin and Lucy Leete.

In creative subjects, Burgess Hill Girls is performing at the highest level with 100% of all entries graded 9 to 7. Alongside consistently strong results in STEM subjects, Burgess Hill Girls students really are tomorrow’s women given employers are increasingly looking for science and technology students with a creative streak.

Head Liz Laybourn said “What we are most proud of is the fact that these amazing academic results are just one part of a rich and diverse range of achievements. From Glyndebourne performers to champion linguists, national athletes to outward bound adventurers, technical theatre specialists to dedicated volunteers, a Burgess Hill Girls education is about far more than just academic results. We encourage every girl to actively challenge herself in new directions, building a profile that adds value in ways that results alone cannot measure. This year’s achievements are superb in every respect and I am immensely proud of all of them.”

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West End Actors led by Katie Knight-Adams hosted a week of acting, singing and dancing for local children at Burgess Hill Girls.

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16th August an elite group of West End actors and directors ran workshops for local children at independent school Burgess Hill Girls. The camp was organised by Katie Knight-Adams, who has played leading roles in West End shows such as Phantom of The Opera, West Side Story and My Fair Lady. Also passing on their knowledge were musical director Kris Rawlinson, who provided music for the week, and actors John Barr and Emma Clifford, stars of shows including Mamma Mia, Chicago, Evita and Les Miserables. Over thirty local children were able to hone their acting, singing and dancing skills, with the week culminating in a final performance with John and Emma joining in the fun as Fagin and Miss Hannigan.

The young actors who attended didn’t want the week to end:

“I really enjoyed the experience”, said Lola Monnery, aged 11 “the teachers were all great, we got to experience what life would be like on the West End. We sang, danced and were taught script work too. I would definitely do it all again.”

Ben Moon, age 15, also hopes to come back next year. “My favourite part was working so closely with all the professionals, I even had a one to one lesson with John Barr who taught me some skills to improve my singing. I can’t wait to do it next year, and would encourage anyone else interested in acting, singing and dancing to join in.”

Lara Norris, age 15, had a great time too: “I made so many new friends, the teachers were really fun and they taught me some new acting and singing techniques which will help me in the future. If I had to choose my favourite song to rehearse and learn I would have to choose ‘It’s a hard knock life’, it was amazing!”

Organiser Katie Knight-Adams commented:

“Working for a week intensely with the kids was such a great way for them to discover their own potential! The summer holiday is a perfect opportunity as there is no school, no homework and a whole week for them to fully immerse themselves into life in the theatre! Our exceptional stars, choreographer and musical director from the West End stage were utterly inspiring. The difference in the kids’ performance levels from the start of the week to the end of the week was way beyond what we could have imagined. Performing alongside our actors was also a great way for the kids to really step up to the challenge! We also had the wonderful bonus of the theatre at Burgess Hill Girls which is an incredible space and makes it feel very professional for the students. I feel we really managed to inspire and ignite that love of performing in our brilliant group of kids, we can’t wait for the next time!”

 

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After winning bronze medals as part of the England team in 2017 and 2018, Burgess Hill Girls Director of Sport Suzy Clapp returned to Holland

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this summer for the European Masters Hockey Championships. She was the only scorer in a nail biting final versus Germany which brought home the Gold medal for England!

Since picking up a serious knee injury in the Masters Hockey World Cup in 2018 it has been a testing time for Burgess Hill Girls Director of Sport Suzy Clapp. Whilst the rest of the English squad embarked on their training program for the 2019 European Championships in September 2018, Suzy had to sit it out. Fortunately Suzy recovered quickly, retrialled in January and gained selection in March.

By the summer she was back to her best and ready for the tournament, held in Rotterdam at the end of the July. The England team breezed through their group beating Ghana 4-0 and Ireland 2-0.

They then had to take on the winners of the other groups; Holland and Germany.

The England team was at their indomitable best versus Holland in their home championships, winning the game easily 4-1.

Next was the final. Having lost to Germany in the semi-finals in 2017 the English team had a point to prove this time round. They made a great start in the first quarter with a converted penalty corner from Suzy. But could they hold on? It was a scrappy, nerve racking game. Germany had a chance to equalize with a penalty flick in the last quarter but the English goalkeeper managed to save it and the game was won!

Head Liz Laybourn, who was once in charge of sport at Burgess Hill Girls herself, commented:

“Suzy is an inspiration and an example to us all when it comes down to dedication, determination, and having the drive to believe anything is possible.  Throughout Suzy’s time as a student at Burgess Hill Girls and also as Director of Sport no day has gone by when her dream of winning gold has not been at the forefront of her mind.  The difference with Suzy is, no matter how many knocks and challenges she has faced along the way it has not stopped her making it happen. A true role model and someone who takes total responsibility for her own performance, reflects and works harder to improve. Simply fantastic outcome and so well deserved.”

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Burgess Hill Girls is celebrating another superb set of A Level results. Maintaining an unbroken 100% pass rate, well over half the girls gained

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A*-B grades in three or more subjects. This is the essential requirement for admission to the most competitive universities. Over 80% got a place at their first choice university on results day.

The girls’ diverse interests and aspirations, together with expert and individually tailored university application support, means the majority will take up places at their first or second choice universities. Girls applied for 96 distinct university courses from over 50 different universities, both here in the UK and overseas. Course choices ranged widely from Animal Behaviour to Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, from Civil, Chemical and Structural Engineering to Game Art, and from Plant Biology to Film and TV Scriptwriting.

Over 70% of the cohort took at least one STEM subject and many have won university places on STEM courses. Elvie Beaumont, a pupil since Year 9, outperformed her predictions, achieving A grades in Chemistry and Maths, an A* for Fine Art and an A* in her EPQ on immortality. She will take up her place at Manchester to read Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry. Stefanie Hiestermann also beat her predictions gaining A grades in Chemistry and Maths and an A* in German. Stefanie will join Elvie at Manchester to read Chemical Engineering. Rebecca’s straight A*/A grades earn her a coveted place at Imperial College, London to read Mathematics with Statistics for Finance. Georgina Griffiths’ high grades in Biology, Chemistry and Geography secure her a place at Nottingham to read Plant Science.

Liberal Arts, humanities, languages, social science and creative courses remain popular choices and results in these subject disciplines are impressive. Bea Brindle, who joined the school in Year 6 and went on to be Head of Watson House, added a grade to each of her predictions, gaining a straight A*/A profile. She goes on to read Drama and English at Birmingham. Isabel Woodings, a pupil since Reception, also outperformed her predictions gaining straight A grades for Fashion and Textiles, Music and Classical Civilisation. Emma Lawrence outstripped her predictions in all subjects, getting straight A*/A grades in English Literature, Religious Studies and French, and will read Philosophy at Edinburgh. Further exceptional achievements mean that Sophie Rowson will be reading Geography at Bristol, Melody is off to Durham to read Business and Management, Romy McCutcheon gains a place to read Geography at Exeter and Millie Peel-Yates will go on to Bristol to study English Literature.

Results in the Extended Project Qualification were outstanding, with 100% A*-A grades and 75% achieving an A*. The EPQ is a required element of the Sixth Form BOLD programme at Burgess Hill Girls. EPQ topics studied this year included the effectiveness of President Buhari’s government of Nigeria, the thematic similarities between Lautréamont’s ‘Maldoror’ and Tove Jansson’s Moomintroll stories, the impact of the women’s rights movement on English literature, the application of psychology to performance anxiety in sports, the influence of childhood experiences on gender identity, gun laws in the USA, the potential dangers for human existence before the holocene epoch, and the environmental impact of a completely vegan society.

Head Liz Laybourn said: “Burgess Hill Girls prides itself on maximising outcomes through its personalised academic programmes, wider challenges and level of individual attention. We encourage young women to take up every opportunity, aim high and take risks, test their mettle and push themselves further than they believe they can go. The range of destinations shows the confidence the girls have to explore broad horizons.”

 

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In July 2019 Sixth Formers at Burgess Hill Girls hosted their first Tomorrow’s Women conference for young women in Sussex.

Over 50 female students attended the

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Tomorrow’s Women conference from schools including Warden Park, Oathall Community College, Tanbridge House and Burgess Hill Girls itself.

The conference began with networking drinks and then attendees were given advice on how to fulfil their ambitions from six inspirational speakers; environmentalist Clare Osborn, radio presenter Izzy Bishop, Schwarzman scholar Laura Darnley, climber Rebecca Stevens, wellness and lifestyle coach Hannah Richards and fire fighter Rebecca Washington.

The Tomorrow’s Women conference is unique in that it is designed and organised by Sixth Formers at Burgess Hill Girls. Students are involved in organising every aspect of the conference, from deciding the format, to selecting and booking speakers and marketing the event.

Speaker Clare Osborn commented:

“I was totally inspired by the Sixth Form students at Burgess Hill Girls for putting together such a professional quality event.  The range of speakers was diverse and hugely inspiring.  I was honoured to be part of the line-up and only wish that I had access to so many different female role models when I was at school.  I love that Burgess Hill Girls encourages the girls to follow their passion and if that means not conforming to the standard career path that doesn’t matter.  It really is important that young people are encouraged to follow a path that fulfils them.  We spend most of our life at work so it is vital that we enjoy it and are passionate about it. ”

One of the organisers, Sixth Former Simi Ramshaw, said:

“We wanted to put on a conference that showcased the women and careers that interested us and those that we knew would give us invaluable tips on how we can achieve our dreams and ambitions. Organising our first conference has been an amazing experience. We can’t wait for the next one.”

 

Ten athletes from Burgess Hill Girls represented Sussex in the National Prep Schools’ Athletics Championships in Birmingham. Eleven year old Bronwen Llewellyn took Silver in

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the Discus.

After competing in the Sussex qualifiers in June, ten athletes from Burgess Hill Girls were selected to represent Sussex in the National Prep Schools’ Athletic Meeting at the Alexander International Athletics Stadium in Birmingham.

Three of the girls competed in throwing events, Tiajoy Joseph in the Javelin, Tilly Rowark and Bronwen Llewellyn in the Discus, with Bronwen taking Silver.

Burgess Hill Girls was also well represented on the track. Frankie Robertson D’ Cruz, Julia File, Chloe Gibb and Martha Gibson competed in the 4 x 100m relay. D’Cruz also took part in the 70m Hurdles and Long Jump. Lucy Meyer, Susannah Clark, Rosie Gasson respectively raced in the 200m, 800m and 1500m.

Head Liz Laybourn commented: “I couldn’t be prouder of the girls and the PE staff behind them. Never before have we had so many athletes making it through to the Nationals. It was an amazing opportunity for them to compete at the Alexander Stadium.”

 

 

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Pupils at Burgess Hill Girls were invited to CAE in Burgess Hill to learn about careers in aviation and to experience CAE’s helicopter and

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airline simulators.

CAE is a worldwide leader in civil aviation training. Lower Sixth Formers at Burgess Hill Girls were delighted to be invited to CAE’s Burgess Hill headquarters to learn about the aviation industry. The girls were given a presentation on aviation careers and shown how pilots are taught and trained via classrooms and simulators. The girls also had an opportunity to try out CAE’s simulators for themselves with half the group piloting a helicopter and the other half a jet airliner.

Bill O’Brien-Blake, Head of Sixth Form, said: “With a shortage of female pilots, and likely rising demand for pilots generally in the coming years, this was a hugely worthwhile experience for the girls. Being able to take control of these enormous industrial simulators was a unique opportunity – many expert landings were made across the year group!”

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11 year old Ruby Light has taken first place at the National Schools Equestrian Association Southern Regional Qualifier, competing against 60 other riders of ages

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up to sixteen. Ruby will now represent Burgess Hill Girls at the National Championships in October.

The National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) Southern Regional Qualifier took place at Felbridge Showground. 11 year old Ruby Light and her pony Ulster Tournerie, representing Burgess Hill Girls, jumped 90cm to win first place.

This is an amazing achievement for a rider whom is only 11 years old, competing against 60 other children aged up to 16 years. Her victory means she will go on to represent Burgess Hill Girls at the prestigious NSEA National Championships at Addington Equestrian Centre in October 2019.

Ruby has already started preparing for the Championships. She said:

“I am proud and excited to be representing Burgess Hill Girls. I’ll be training even harder and I am going there to win and bring that title home!”

 

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Students at Burgess Hill Girls saw off teams from Sevenoaks School and Brighton College to become Champions at the Independent School National Beach Volleyball

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Championships at Yellowave in Brighton.

The team, Tia Homer, Meg McCallum, Olivia Gunn and Jurkowski, were able to draw on their ball handling skills as accomplished netball players for Burgess Hill Girls. Olivia Gunn also plays for Netball Super League team Surrey Storm. She commented:

“It’s been an incredible opportunity for us to learn a new sport and win the Championships. We’ll be back to defend our title next year!”

The Burgess Hill Girls team played nine games and won all nine, beating Sevenoaks School in the Semi-Final and Brighton College 40-15 in the Final to become champions. Tia Homer also received the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament award.

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Sixth Formers have won second place in a prestigious national competition run by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) –

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and they vow to come back next year to claim the top prize!
The BASE competition is designed to give school and college students a taste of what it’s like to work as a chartered accountant. Since its launch a decade ago, more than 18,000 students have taken part.
The Burgess Hill Girls team consisted of Year 12s Lucy Collins, Sofia Comper-Cavanna, Emma Naunton and Amber Xuan. Having come 1st in the South East in the first round, the girls were invited to the finals in Birmingham. Here, the 48 top-performing schools in the country were treated to an overnight stay, a three-course meal, industry-specialist speakers and musical entertainment.
The day’s competition involved problem-solving, presentations and public-speaking, requiring teams to evaluate and analyse charitable investment opportunities using raw data and industry expertise. Each team had a dedicated specialist mentor, with Burgess Hill Girls gaining the excellent support of Dr Catherine Salzedo, Admissions Tutor and Accountancy and Finance department head at Lancaster University.
After their presentations, the girls faced rigorous questioning from the panel of judges, made up of leading chartered accountants from around the country, including Naima Siddiqi, Chief Financial Officer and Finance Director of Friends of the Earth.
Teams were evaluated on their commercial acumen, integrity, communication skills, team-work, individual leadership, financial analysis and problem-solving.
The girls were overjoyed at their second-place finish, and were complimented on their confidence, their personability, their outstanding individual performance, and the quality of their presentation.
Emma Naunton, from Worthing, was thrilled: “After the special commendations had been awarded, we were consoling each other and thankful to take part, but then we heard that we had come second! It was a wonderful surprise.”
Burgess Hill Girls Head of Economics Dionne Flatman said: “I am extremely proud of the team – up against stiff competition from across the country, their performance was exemplary, and they were thoroughly deserving of their podium finish! Their teamwork and research skills embodied everything we champion at Burgess Hill Girls. We will be back next year to pick up the winners’ trophy!”

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A budding fashion designer from top independent school Burgess Hill Girls who modelled her own outfit on the runway at the NEC Birmingham has been chosen as a finalist

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in a prestigious national schools competition.

This theme of this year’s annual ICHF (International Craft and Hobby Fairs) Fashion Icon competition was the Met Gala Ball, the iconic New York event which raises fund for the city’s Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute.

Year 10 student Abigail Fossey, 15, made it through to the final 10 with her outfit. Sustainability was a key criterion for the ICHF competition, so students were encouraged to use an existing garment to recycle.

Abigail’s charcoal black, strapless evening dress was restyled to include grey and black lace additions – to the shoulder line and at the centre front of the skirt. The lace was also used to create roses which were used to decorate the black velvet hat and the fold-back sections of the skirt. Students were also required to use an accessory in the form of either a hat or an umbrella/parasol.

Judges inspected the garments very closely and marked construction techniques and appearance on the catwalk when being modelled.

Burgess Hill Girls Head Liz Laybourn said the whole school was delighted by Abigail’s success: ‘Abigail’s outfit looked fantastic on the catwalk, and she had enormous poise and presence as a model. Creativity is such an important quality and we do everything we can to foster and develop it.’

 

Photo: Burgess Hill Girls student Abigail Fossey, 15, models her own dress on the Birmingham NEC runway.

For further information, email susan@empra.co.uk or phone 07739 354899

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When Nursery pupils at Burgess Hill Girls were asked who they would most like to visit their school, they chose TV favourites PAW

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Patrol.

And older pupils seemed to be just as keen !

Led by 10-year-old Ryder, the plucky pups of PAW Patrol are rescue dogs in training. Each pup is inspired by a real-world job such as fire fighter, police officer, and construction worker. When trouble strikes, they’re there to save the day. Whether it’s a cat in a tree or a train off the tracks, they always find a way to help those in need

Burgess Hill Girls Head Liz Laybourn said: ‘It wasn’t only the Nursery pupils who were excited about the PAW Patrol visit. It was part of our Spring whole-school Open Day and it was open to everyone in the local community. We were full to capacity on the day, so it seems that PAW Patrol have legions of fans in Sussex.’

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