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

2019. Whole School and Nursery Open Days: Sat. 2nd March and Sat. 11th May.

Fees

2018/2019. Junior School. Reception: £2,600 (£1,840 if eligible for EYF*) per term. Year 1- Year 6: £2850 - £4750 per term.

Senior School. Year 7 - Year 13. Day: £4850 - £6400 per term. Weekly Boarding: £9350 - £10900. Full Boarding: £9850 - £11400 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 is joining together with Burgess Hill Academy, engineering giant Siemens and the Government’s Year of Engineering campaign to inspire girls to study

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more STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and tackle the UK’s shortage of women engineers. Women make up only 15% of engineering students at UK universities and less than 15% of all STEM jobs are done by women.

Fifty girls – 25 from each school –  attended an interactive stage show, SeeWomen, at Siemens’ flagship building, The Crystal, at Victoria Dock in London on 6 November. The event was part of an innovative national partnership between Siemens and the Girls’ Schools Association in support of the Year of Engineering – a Government campaign to encourage more young people from all backgrounds to discover what they could achieve as engineers.

The girls were taken on an interactive, energetic, journey as they investigated the world of STEM, meeting and learning about contemporary women engineers and the contribution they make to shaping the world around us. There were live experiments and thought-provoking activities to empower young women to have the confidence to set future goals and pursue their dreams.

The show is particularly targeted at inspiring girls who don’t consider themselves ‘scientists’ or who have no clear career vision or conversely too rigid a vision of what science is.

Science teachers heard from Dr Jess Wade, post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Physics and Centre for Plastic Electronics at Imperial College London. Dr Wade is passionate about recruiting and retaining female scientists.

Head Mrs Laybourn said: “We know that girls in a single-sex learning environment are more likely to study STEM subjects at GCSE and A-level, but the shortfall in women engineers nationally shows very little sign of improvement and represents a terrible waste of talent. This is a fantastic initiative which is attracting girls from a wide range of schools.’

 

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Students from Burgess Hill Girls have created a special hat for an inspirational cancer awareness campaigner to wear for the New York marathon.

Sara Cutting, who

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has raised £35,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support since being diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago, is heading to the States to run the New York Marathon on 4 November.

Rohaise Flint, Assistant Head at Burgess Hill Girls, said: “As soon as Sara visited Burgess Hill Girls to talk to our Year 8s about how she turned a life-changing diagnosis into a burst of creativity and campaigning, the students were blown away by her personality and passion for life. Our Year 11 Fashion and Textiles group were keen to take up the challenge of creating a unique hat for Sara to wear in the New York marathon and they have had a wonderful time designing and constructing it. We feel honoured to have added to Sara’s awesome collection of hats and we hope it will contribute to her inspirational fundraising campaign, which does so much to raise awareness of breast cancer.”

Sara – Twitter’s @fizzysnood – from Brighton, started the popular Daily Headgear Challenge on social media during chemotherapy, when she started losing her hair and decided to shave it off to take control of what was happening. Her aim was to post a photo of different head gear every day for a year to raise funds for Macmillan, as well as awareness of breast cancer. Now almost 1,500 posts later, two Brigthon marathons and four Half marathons, Sara has raised £35,000 for Macmillan.

Sara said: “I am excited and privileged to have a bespoke hat made by the creative young women at Burgess Hill Girls. The hat is so personal as it will be worn in memory of three dear friends who have died in the last six months; their names have been embroidered into the hat. I am very grateful for the time, energy and skill that’s gone into creating this millinery masterpiece and I will wear it with pride. No doubt it will help me run a little faster too!”

To donate to Sara, visit  www.justgiving.com/chemosnoodhead

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For most teenagers, their 16th birthday is an occasion for partying into the early hours, but talented young sailor Annabel Hogbin chose to go

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to sea on her big day.

Her birthday, Saturday 15th September, was the first date on which she could undertake the final part of the prestigious Day Skipper sailing qualification for which the minimum age is 16. Annabel, a pupil at Burgess Hill Girls, couldn’t wait to get stuck in to her three days of sailing, travelling between Brighton Marina and Eastbourne, which included a night at sea.

She completed the Day Skipper qualification at the age of just 16 years and two days, making her one of the youngest candidates to achieve such a feat.

Annabel had already undertaken 60 hours of online lessons and sat two written exams on topics including preparation for sea, navigation, pilotage, meteorology, maintenance and repair work, engines, victualling and emergency situations.

Annabel wasn’t allowed to forget that the first day of the three-day sail was her big day. ‘When I walked on to the boat there was a birthday cake there; it was so nice,’ she says.

She says the night sail, on the second of the three days, was an ‘amazing experience’ despite one member of the crew being violently sick!

‘You turn all the lights off,’ says Annabel. ‘You have to be able to feel the wind on your face and adjust your sails to that. You can’t rely on the technology so it feels very old fashioned. All you can see is the lights of the other boats and on shore.’

And what happens if disaster strikes? ‘Things go wrong very quickly at sea,’ she says. ‘You have to obey whoever is in charge and argue about it later.’

Annabel is already a keen dinghy racer – at Weir Wood Reservoir in East Grinstead – but hasn’t yet done much yacht sailing. She says she would love to work in sailing at some point in the future – perhaps during a gap year before university. She has a round-the-world trip in her sights.

She says teachers and pupils at at Burgess Hill Girls made a huge fuss of her when she returned to school after achieving her qualification. ‘Every single teacher congratulated me and everyone said things like “Aye Aye, Skipper” whenever I walked into a room!’

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Top school reaches out to parents as TUC analysis shows that childcare costs have rocketed by 52% a week since 2008

As soaring

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nursery fees take their toll on working families, a top independent school has produced a ground-breaking infographic to show that a place in a top independent school for a four-year-old can cost as little as £37 a week.

A recent TUC analysis showed that working parents with children under five have seen nursery fees rise three times faster than their wages over the past decade, with childcare costs rocketing by 52% per week since 2008.

With this in mind, Burgess Hill Girls is reaching out to parents to publicise the underestimated financial benefits of private education. The school’s infographic, which details potential costs and savings, demonstrates how a premier education is actually within reach for thousands of families.

It shows that the extended school day can reduce childcare cost by £2,800 per year, while free after-school activities at independent schools represent a saving of £350 a year (based on two after-school clubs per week at £5 per club). And with a free breakfast and dinner factored in, on top of a hot lunch, many families may also find themselves £437 (per year) better off. And now, thanks to the Government’s free childcare scheme for three- to four-year-olds, the £81-per-week actual cost to parents of a Reception place at Burgess Hill Girls can be reduced even further by a maximum of £44 to only £37 a week, or £1,924 a year, as the infographic shows.

Burgess Hill Girls Head Liz Laybourn said: ‘So many families assume that the cost of an independent school education is beyond their means, but we’re

showing in one handy infographic that there are a number of significant savings that should be factored in before they make a decision.’

Mrs Laybourn added: ‘Of course, the decision to educate your child in the independent sector is about far more than money. For example, the pupil-teacher ratio in independent schools is, typically, almost half that of state schools, meaning more one-to-one time with your four-year-old and more effective teaching from day one.’

She added: ‘We really hope the infographic gives parents all the information they need to make an informed decision about choosing the right school for their four-year-old. It’s one of the most important decisions they will ever make.’

After a set of outstanding GCSE results, Burgess Hill Girls has been confirmed as the top school in West Sussex and the top girls’ school

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in Sussex as a whole.

Of the 300 independent schools which published their GCSE results, Burgess Hill Girls was placed 63rd in the prestigious Daily Telegraph rankings.

Eight Burgess Hill Girls students achieved 100% grades 9-7 (A*/A) in their GCSEs. Star student Selina Wang gained 9 Grade 9s, a further A* and a Distinction in Level 2 Further Mathematics. She was one of only 732 pupils in the whole country to score a clean sweep of grade 9s in all subjects and her remarkable achievement was reported by BBC News.

A further twelve girls achieved 100% Grades 9-7, A*/A. Over half (51%) of all entries were graded 9/8 or A* and a massive 74% of all entries graded 9-7 (old grades A*/A), a 10% increase on last year. 62% of the cohort gained at least seven or more grades 9-7 (old grades A*/A)

Pupils achieved 100% grades 9/8 (old grade A*) in Computer Science, and across all STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) 79% of all entries were graded 9-7 (old grades A*/A), a 9% increase on last year.

Burgess Hill Girls also achieved highly across a wide range of subjects. 92% of entries in creative subjects were graded 9-7 (old grades A*/A) and in the new, tougher English Language GCSE assessed solely by examination 71% gained grades 9-7. Burgess Hill Girls achieve on average one GCSE grade higher than their baseline indicator, demonstrating the value the school adds to each individual pupil.

Burgess Hill Girls Head Liz Laybourn said that while there was far more to a great education than exam results and rankings, she was delighted that the hard work of pupils – and teachers – had been recognised in the Daily Telegraph analysis.

‘We believe in challenging each individual to be ambitious and achieve the highest grades of which they are capable. Our teachers work hard, going above and beyond, to ensure that girls meet these high standards and reach their full potential in a wide range of subjects, from Computer Science to Art and Design. Yet again, this year’s results prove that the Burgess Hill Girls experience adds significant value to each and every girl.’

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These tots at Burgess Hill Girls Nursery certainly understand where their food comes from – their school garden, where they grow a wide

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variety of vegetables and fruit.

At Burgess Hill Girls Nursery, children are involved in selecting and chopping fruit and vegetables for their snacks and prepare their own tea, usually sandwiches or wraps.

The school catering team support the children’s understanding by visiting the nursery and talking about their roles, the foods they cook and how they prepare foods.

Nursery manager Suzanne Roberts says: ‘We strongly advocate developing children’s natural curiosity of the outdoors and an understanding of the world about them. Learning to care for, and be responsible for, their outdoor environment and understanding where their food comes from and the process of growth, is so important. It’s a lesson that stays with them for life. And they absolutely love growing their own produce.’

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A further eight girls achieve 100% grades 9-7 (A*/A)  

Star student Selina Wang gained 9 Grade 9s, a further A* and a Distinction

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in Level 2 Further Mathematics.

Selina’s amazing achievement comes as a study published by Cambridge Assessment in May predicted that only 200 so-called ‘star pupils’ in the country would get straight Grade 9s.

Selina’s grade nines were in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, Chinese and History.

Modest, ambitious, independent and determined as well as a talented pianist and linguist, Selina gained a Gold in the Advanced British Linguistics Olympiad. She represented the UK team at the International Linguistics Olympiad in Prague in July. She also qualified for the Mathematical Olympiad in which qualification is via the individual challenge competitions. Of the 2,000+ entries, only 500 students qualify for the Olympiad competitions. ‘She’s a remarkable girl,’ said Burgess Hill Girls head Liz Laybourn.

 A further eight girls achieved 100% Grades 9-7, A*/A: Isabelle Flower, Olivia Gunn, Olivia Player, Charlotte Hinton, Niamh McNeill, Emma Naunton, Cathy Tong and Rose Wainner.

Burgess Hill Girls Head Liz Laybourn acclaimed pupils and staff for a ‘superb grades across a wide range of subjects’.

Over half (51%) of all entries were graded 9/8 or A* and a massive 74% of all entries graded 9-7 (old grades A*/A), a 10% increase on last year. 62% of the cohort gained at least seven or more grades 9-7 (old grades A*/A). Amid concerns over the marking and grading of the new, harder GCSEs, the class of 2018 have confirmed that Burgess Hill Girls continue to perform at the highest level.

The 100% Grades 9/8 (old grade A*) in Computer Science challenge the widely-held perception that the subject is ‘too hard’ and is more popular with boys than girls. In an all-girls environment subjects are free from gender stereotyping. Computer Science is an increasingly popular subject.  Across all STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) 79% of all entries were graded 9-7 (old grades A*/A), a 9% increase on last year.

Burgess Hill Girls achieved highly across a wide range of subjects. 92% of entries in creative subjects were graded 9-7 (old grades A*/A) and in the new tougher English Language GCSE assessed solely by examination 71% gained grades 9-7. Burgess Hill Girls achieve on average one GCSE grade higher than their baseline indicator demonstrating the value the school adds to each individual pupil.

Ms Laybourn said she was delighted with all the girls’ results: “We believe in challenging each individual to be ambitious and achieve the highest grades of which they are capable. Teachers work hard, going above and beyond, to ensure that girls meet these high standards and reach their full potential. Yet again, this year’s results prove that the Burgess Hill Girlsexperience adds significant value to each and every girl. Not only have they achieved superb grades across a wide range of subjects, the girls have also taken full advantage of the amazing opportunities that the school provides on the sporting, creative and enterprise fronts.”

Photo:  Selina Wang

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Burgess Hill Girls are celebrating a stunning set of GCSE results with over half (51%) of all entries graded 9/8 or A* and a massive

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74% of all entries graded 9-7 (old grades A*/A), a 10% increase on last year.

Some 62% of the cohort gained at least seven or more grades 9-7 (old grades A*/A). Amid concerns over the marking and grading of the new, harder GCSEs, the class of 2018 have confirmed that Burgess Hill Girls continue to perform at the highest level.

The 100% Grades 9/8 (old grade A*) in Computer Science challenge the widely held perception that the subject is ‘too hard’ and is more popular with boys than girls. In an all-girls environment subjects are free from gender stereotyping. Computer Science is an increasingly popular subject at Burgess Hill Girls.  Across all STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) 79% of all entries were graded 9-7 (old grades A*/A), a 9% increase on last year.

Burgess Hill Girls achieved highly across a wide range of subjects. 92% of entries in creative subjects were graded 9-7 (old grades A*/A) and in the new tougher English Language GCSE assessed solely by examination 71% gained grades 9-7. Burgess Hill Girls achieve on average one GCSE grade higher than their baseline indicator demonstrating the value the school adds to each individual pupil.

Burgess Hill Girls Head Liz Laybourn said she was delighted with all the girls’ results: “We believe in challenging each individual to be ambitious and achieve the highest grades of which they are capable. Teachers work hard, going above and beyond, to ensure that girls meet these high standards and reach their full potential. Yet again, this year’s results prove that the Burgess Hill Girls experience adds significant value to each and every girl. Not only have they achieved superb grades across a wide range of subjects, the girls have also taken full advantage of the amazing opportunities that the school provides on the sporting, creative and enterprise fronts.”

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More than half the year group took at least one STEM subject and a high proportion of the cohort have won university places

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on STEM courses

Pupils at Burgess Hill Girls were celebrating this morning after another excellent set of A level results. Maintaining an unbroken 100% pass rate, an impressive 55% of all grades were A*/A and well over half the girls gained A*-B grades in three or more subjects.

The girls’ diverse interests and aspirations together with expert, individually tailored university and futures preparation means the majority will take up places at their first or second choice universities. Girls applied for 53 different university courses ranging from Aerospace Engineering to Criminology, French and Politics, Computer Science, Pharmacy, Hispanic Studies, Evolutionary Anthropology, Theatre, Primary Education, Occupational Therapy, Civil Engineering, Dentistry, Medicine and English Literature.

More than half the year group took at least one STEM subject and a high proportion of the cohort have won university places on STEM courses.

Head, Liz Laybourn said: “These superb results confirm the outstanding efforts and dedicated perseverance of the talented Upper Sixth of 2018. Burgess Hill Girls is uniquely placed to deliver a personal, bespoke and individualised Sixth Form experience which leads to the strongest university applications. The variety and richness of the experiences and opportunities on offer here and the lengths the teachers will go to ensure that every girl is challenged and supported to achieve her very best – academically and more widely – mean that they go out into the wider world as fulfilled, balanced, confident and independent young women of tomorrow.”

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Drones designed by young scientists from Burgess Hill Girls saw off stiff competition from all over the world to be judged overall runners-up in an

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international competition organised by the British International Education Association and STEM Sussex, which supports and encourages young people to enjoy science, technology, engineering and maths.

The challenge for students was to create an international rescue drone that could respond to a potential disaster situation of their choice.

The Burgess Hill Girls winning team, led by Georgina Wrigg and Alice Gibson, aged 13, focused on the 2004 Tsunami in the Indian Ocean, which claimed 225,000 lives across a dozen countries.

Their drone used thermal, infra-red and photographic cameras to scan the affected area looking for survivors and was able to release a beacon-assisted medical kit via a parachute.

The cameras could link to computers at the operating base to show live action videos of what the cameras were seeing. These, through the computers, could be recorded and pictures taken. The beacon attached to the medical kit meant a potential casualty could send a distress call and be rescued while using the medical supplies provided in the kit.

At the final judging, Georgina and Alice were presented with their prize, a Fii 200 drone, and a trophy.

Georgina said: ‘It was an amazing surprise and I will definitely be doing more STEM research in the future! I hope that the school having a drone will help students better understand and remember the fascinating topics they will study.’

Burgess Hill Girls Head Liz Laybourn said: ‘To achieve recognition in an international competition is an incredible achievement. This competition really captured the girls’ imagination and was a brilliant way to stimulate their interest in STEM subjects and drone technology, which is already having an enormous impact on the world about us.’

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