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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Girls
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Christian
  • Roll: 0 (Boys) 200 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 11-18 years
  • Founded: 1899

General Information

Heathfield is a small boarding and day school for girls aged 11-18 years.  It provides an environment where a girl’s childhood will be happy and secure; where she has the opportunity to discover her unique passions and talents and accordingly, to develop self-belief and confidence to enable her to succeed.  Life in the 21st Century demands spirit, resilience and adaptability; it is incumbent upon us to help equip her with both academic qualifications and life skills.  We are ambitious for our girls and our bespoke approach enables them to succeed in many different areas.


The new STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) block provides a hub for the girls to study Science. Other key facilities include our Chapel, state-of-the-art St Mary’s Theatre and new recording studio. Heathfield runs a full LAMDA (Speech & Drama and Musical Theatre) programme and within the Expressive Arts faculty offers Textiles and Photography.

Music is a particular strength at Heathfield. Currently, we have a Senior Choir for Years 3 upwards, a Form II Choir and a Form I Choir, an Orchestra, Flute Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, A Cappella Group and Band. There is an impressive range of lessons taught by visiting peripatetic teachers, including piano, strings, woodwind, brass, percussion and harp. The senior Choir goes on biennial European Choir Tours; destinations have included Vienna , Venice and Rome.

Sports facilities are excellent and include 5 Lacrosse Pitches, 6 Netball/tennis courts, 25m heated indoor pool, Dance studio, Fitness suite, Spinning studio, Squash court and Cross country track. As well as running teams and clubs in all our major sports, the Department offers girls clubs such as Badminton, Fitness, Football, Polo, and Riding. There are regular sports tours to the USA and the school also competes in the British Schools’ Ski Championships in Flaine.

We run a full Equestrian programme and regularly play Polo against local schools including Eton and Harrow and attend the National Schools Polo Tournament. Heathfield won the SUPA National Girls Championships in 2017 and British dressage has selected two Heathfield girls for their British junior and young riders’ training squads. Teams and individuals compete at various levels in the disciplines of show jumping, dressage, hunter trials and one-day events throughout the year.

Just over a fifth of our girls are international students. Currently we have girls from Spain, Italy, Germany, Russia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan and China, British pupils whose parents live overseas and international students whose parents live in the UK. Specialist help is offered to girls from overseas for whom English is a foreign (EFL) or additional (EAL) language.

Boarding is an integral part of Heathfield’s way of life and community. Girls board in their year groups in dormitories from Forms I to III, and in Forms IV-LVI the girls have their own rooms. Upper Sixth girls move into Wyatt House, a separate Boarding House where they have the opportunity to prepare for independent living and university life.

Heathfield International Summer School has been run as part of Heathfield School for over 40 years. Each summer we welcome overseas girls aged 8 to 17 from more than 25 different countries.

Entrance Requirements

11+ and 13+: Assessment in numeracy, verbal and non-verbal ability. This is designed to evaluate potential rather than knowledge, tutoring or preparation is therefore unnecessary. Candidates will be invited to an interview, to participate in workshops and be expected to perform well in their subsequent Common Entrance examination, where taken, although Common Entrance is not the main determining factor in the formal offer of a place.

Sixth Form: assessment and interview. Offers are made conditional on GCSE results, impression at interview and a school report.


Scholarships are awarded in Academia, Art, Drama, Music and Sport.

Open Days

2020. Open Mornings: Sat. 7th March and Sat. 2nd May, both 9:45am – 12 noon

For further details, please contact the Registrar on 01344 898342 or via registrar@heathfieldschool.net.


2019/2020. All per term.

Forms I – II. Day: £7,690 Boarding: £12,400

Forms III – UVI. Day: £ 7,900 Boarding: £12,700

Some bursaries as well as discounts for Siblings, Armed Forces and Diplomatic Service are available. Please contact the school for details.


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School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs Marina Gardiner Legge

Contact for enquiries: Mrs I Hutchings, Registrar

Heathfield School
London Road

[t]: 01344 898343
[w]: www.heathfieldschool.net

Location Description

The school stands in 36 acres of grounds on the outskirts of Ascot and is in a central location close to major motorway networks, rail connections and airports. The school is just 9 miles from the M4 (J10) and 5 miles from the M3 (J3), and 50 minutes by train from central London. Heathrow Airport is 30 minutes away and Gatwick Airport is just 60 minutes by car

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School News

Heathfield School in Ascot – rated ‘Excellent’ across all areas by the Independent Schools Inspectorate – is celebrating another year of exceptional

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A-level results with nearly 40% of its students’ results securing A*/A, 64.4% A* to B and 82.2% A* to C. The English department has marked its most successful year to date with all girls gaining A* or A grades.

Performance in Maths was also outstanding with 67% of students securing A* or A and 50% an A* in Further Maths. Other results of note included Biology in which 40% of students secured an A* or A, Photography in which 44% attained an A* or A, Art in which 40% secured an A and Religious Studies in which 80% of the girls secured an A.

An impressive number of students are destined for leading Russell Group universities such as Exeter, Edinburgh and Warwick and other leading universities to study a broad range of subjects including Computer Science, Maths, Modern Languages, Biochemistry, Psychology, Politics, Art History and Photography.

Standout students include A*A*A student Victoria who plans to study Computer Science at Exeter; A*AA student Jasmine who will go on to study English at St Andrews; Zofia who achieved AAA and will be going to Exeter to study Psychology; Esme who attained A*AA; Freddie with AAA who will proceed to Kings College, London to study Biochemistry and Frida who achieved A*AB and will be studying Art at the London College of Fashion. Several students are pursuing their passion for business at higher levels including Harriet who secured A*AB and will proceed to Edinburgh University to study Business with Marketing. Harriet was also awarded Heathfield’s ‘Bearing Cup’ at Speech Day for demonstrating consistently high standards exemplifying the wider life skills and ethos of the school.

Business-related studies feature strongly in this year’s A’ level cohort – a testimony to the success of Heathfield’s extensive initiatives to teach young women about business and entrepreneurship – skills that offer tangible advantages in life after school and prepare them for the world of work. The school provides students with a multitude of opportunities and events to inspire them across a diverse range of industries. Some of the highlights this year included an expert speaker programme, independent learning and enterprise projects, a biennial fashion show, PSHE workshops, and a structured careers programme. Heathfield girls have continued to excel in the arts and a number of award-winning students will be taking their creative passions and talents in this area further at university. Charlotte, who won prizes for music, drama and theatre studies, will be studying Photography at Manchester Metropolitan University; Katia will study Film, Television and Radio at Staffordshire University; and Beatrice will pursue Photography at Oxford Brookes. In addition Tatiana has been offered an unprecedented degree level place in Fine Art at Camberwell, University of Arts London.

“Here at Heathfield we place tremendous value on drawing out each and every girl’s strengths and nurturing her unique talent to enable her to fulfil her dreams and potential,” said Headmistress Marina Gardiner Legge. “I’m so proud of their achievements across Maths, Science, Modern Foreign Languages, the Humanities and Arts. We have watched our sixth formers blossom into well-rounded and confident individuals, and their exceptional A level results this year reflect their determination and hard work, supported all the way by our dedicated staff and parents. They are also kind, resilient, morally strong and great company and therefore leave Heathfield well equipped to deal with the world’s challenges. I am very proud of every one of them.

Heathfield School in Ascot – rated ‘Excellent’ across all areas by the Independent Schools Inspectorate – is thrilled to be celebrating another year of stellar

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GCSE results. Across the board, 45% of grades received by Heathfield students were in the top 9-7/A*-A category. Core subjects continued to impress, with a 100% pass in Maths and English Language and 32% of girls securing a 9-7/A*-A in Maths, 78% gaining a 9-6/A*AB in English Language and 72% 9-7/A*-A in English Literature. In addition, 4 girls who took their Maths GCSE a year early attained straight 9s/A*s and will now move on to Further Maths GCSE.

 Heathfield students proved their ability to shine in all areas of the curriculum, excelling in both the arts and sciences. An incredible 85% of Art students attained 9- 7s, whilst History saw an impressive 83% of students secure 9-7s. Every student taking Physics achieved a 9 or 8, whilst Chemistry saw every student earn a 9-7. Other subjects attaining the highest grade bracket of 9-7 included English Literature and Religious Studies, with 72% and 83% respectively.

Leading the charge for her high-achieving cohort was Head Girl Minty, who set the bar high with a brilliant set of results – six 9s and three 8s (a full set of A* equivalents). Fellow student Imaan (House Captain) gained 1 9, five 8s and three 7s  (all A/A* equivalents) and Lila’s hard work paid off as she secured three 9s, three 8s, two 7s and a 6.

 Commenting on the results, Marina Gardiner Legge, Headmistress and Oxford Graduate, said, “Our students have truly surpassed themselves with this year’s excellent GCSE results, which are a testament to each and every girl’s commitment and dedication as well as the support and encouragement of our staff and parents – congratulations! “

These outstanding achievements reflect the rich mix of subjects offered to our Year 10 and 11 students, providing them with a diverse and inspiring education that allows their interests and fortes to shine – whether these lie in academic study, sport, the arts, sciences or business. Our positive culture of encouragement helps nurture life skills like resilience, self-belief and ambition – central to success in today’s fastpaced society. I am also really proud that the ‘Added Value’ measure has hit an all time high score with results for every exam taken being at least one grade higher than similar pupils elsewhere. In fact, five pupils across their full range of GCSEs each scored over 15 grades higher than expected based on statistical predictions. That’s because the stories behind these grades are bigger than the pieces of paper on which they are printed. Character and confidence lead to achievement. Our girls have faced obstacles and challenges along the way, but with true Heathfield spirit have persevered – and I know that this resilience, work ethic and determination will stay with them for life.

With GCSEs under their belt, Heathfield students are now looking forward to moving into the school’s Sixth Form – soon to be housed in a £1.5m state-of-the-art new Sixth Form Study Centre after it received planning permission earlier this year.

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A hard fought match, our first game in the 2019 Copenhagen Shield at Black Bears saw the Heathfield Diamonds take on the Eton

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A team. The first chukka saw Heathfield two goals up then Eton matched, up to six all. In the final seconds of the last chukka Eton scored a lucky winning goal. The Heathfield team played magnificently against the very strong Eton team.

The next day’s match at Guards Polo Club against Marlborough was another fantastic display of team play from the Heathfield girls, their skills gave the great result of a win to us 7 -2.

There were constant compliments from the polo community about what a fantastic team we had produced; thirty two players and only six girls among them – we are extremely proud!

A huge thank you to the very supportive parents for their dedication and hard work in helping to make the players so confident and successful.

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The first weekend of October saw Form IV embark on their Assessed Expedition for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Following a briefing by the Assessor,

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the girls set off from Mortimer, Berkshire. The weather started with a light drizzle but unfortunately, as the day continued it became a heavy downpour. However, the girls were not discouraged and simply put on their waterproofs.

By the time they had reached their camping spot Antler Field in Wellington Country Park the rain had reduced enough for the girls to be able to put up their tents up and cook some supper. The girls were even joined by a few extra visitors from the resident Deer Herd. By early morning the girls were up cooking warm food and drinks and setting about tidying and packing up.

Day two could not have been more of a contrast as the sun shone and it was a thoroughly pleasant day to continue the walk. Navigating from the park along an old Roman road, negotiating around fords and through lakes was challenging at times but everyone made it to the finishing point at Horseshoe Lake.

We are pleased to say that all the Form IV girls passed their Assessment.

– Mrs Pauline Munro, Housemistress UVI Form

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The reformed Classical Civilisation specification draws on a wide range of primary sources, both literary and visual.

The OCR exam board tried, as much as possible,

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to select objects, which can be visited by pupils to enhance their understanding. Some of these are in the British Museum and on September 29th we ventured out to explore a number of these, which are central to the new GCSE and A Level.

We took a bit of time to reflect on the architecture of the British Museum and what it tells us about the impact of the Greeks and Romans on western civilization. We proceeded to the outstanding Parthenon sculptures, looking at how 5th century BC Athenians depicted the birth of Athena and their annual procession to honour and bring gifts to their patron goddess. We also examined how the Ancient Greeks portrayed their gods and heroes, like Theseus, in vase painting and what, according to these images, Athenian theatre performances might have looked like.

Pupils, who study Latin or Classical Civilisation, or expressed a particular interest in the museum, participated. Some of the more experienced gave brief presentations on artefacts previously studied. After examining the prescribed sources, we all enjoyed some free time to wander around the collections and have lunch.

– Dr Diura Stobart, Teacher in Charge of Classical Civilisation

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It was smiles all round at Heathfield School with all girls exceeding their predicted aspirational targets. 100% of students achieved A*-C / 9-6 grades in

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Maths and English Language, and 100% A*-C grades in Business, Classical Civilisation, French, History and Spanish. Every student taking History secured A-A*s and all those taking Latin a 9-7 grading. Half of students taking Chemistry secured a 9-7 and a quarter of students taking French also secured A*s/ 9-8s.

The girls’ fortes in the arts also shone through – every student taking Music secured 9-8, four in five students taking Art 9-7 and half of all students taking Drama 9-7.

Hermione triumphed with two A*s in French and History, five 9s in English Language, English Literature, Maths, Latin and Religious Studies, three 8s in Chemistry, Biology and Spanish and one 7 in Physics. Sophia, this year’s Head Girl, also excelled with four 9s in Maths, English Literature, Geography and Art, two 8s in English Language and French and two 7s in Chemistry and Religious Studies.

Tansy, who has starred in many school productions and won her heat in the vocal class in the RIBI Young Musician of the Year Competition, achieved 9 in Drama, English Language and Religious Studies. Talented and promising art student Harriet gained a 9 in Art, while Lacrosse player Aisha, who was selected to represent the U17 South East London North Team in the Regional Academy Tournament in April earlier this year, achieved 7 in both PE and Maths.

Commenting on the results Headmistress Marina Gardiner Legge, said, “I’m absolutely thrilled with this year’s GCSE results and would like to congratulate each and every girl on their terrific achievements. The results are a glowing testimony to the breadth and diversity of education we provide here at Heathfield – valuing in equal measure academic achievements and success in sport, music, drama and the arts. It is our job to enable every girl to be the very best she can be, in a happy and supportive environment. Developing character traits like persistence, confidence and the desire to achieve are top of our agenda and as we all know happy, confident girls succeed.”

This year’s GCSE cohort will be moving up to Sixth Form in September. To meet growing demand for places, Heathfield has submitted plans to develop a superb new £1.5m Sixth Form Study Centre which will sit next to the school’s existing Sixth Form boarding house. This state-of-the-art building will feature a large and tranquil study area overlooking greenery and woodland, classrooms and break out hubs as well as a spacious social, café and event area with bi-fold doors into an outdoor space, designed to bring nature inside. It will also feature a fully furnished library set in a landscaped environment with a sensory garden.

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From Medicine to Fashion – Sixth formers impress across the board

Heathfield celebrated sterling A Level results with nearly nine in ten students (89%) achieving all

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A*-C grades and over two thirds (70%) gaining all A*-B grades.

Despite the new, more demanding examinations, grades have significantly improved on last year with 32% of students achieving A*-A. In addition, 75% of students achieved an A*-A and 100% A*-B in their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Solid academic performances were recorded across the subject board with 67% of students securing an A in Maths and 100% A-B. 66% gained an A*-A in Geography, 100% an A* in Latin, 100% an A in Music and 67% an A in Spanish. Of those girls who chose to take an extra language at A Level 100% secured A*-A grades.

Students of note include: Evie who secured an A* in French, A in Psychology, A in Spanish and an A* in her EPQ and will be studying Psychology at the University of Exeter.

Aspiring vet, Eva who achieved an A in Biology, a B in Chemistry and an A* in Latin is set to study Veterinary Science and Medicine at the University of Surrey. In addition, Asuka – a Japanese student who was unable to speak English when she first joined the school – secured an A in Maths, an A* in Japanese and a C in Chemistry. Asuka plans to study Maths and Philosophy at the University of Bristol. Asuka is also now an accomplished Grade 8 Cellist and Pianist. She gained an A in Music A Level which she studied and sat in just one year.

Commenting on the results Headmistress Marina Gardiner Legge said: “Here at Heathfield we are renowned for celebrating the individual and focusing on the particular talents of all our girls so that everyone is empowered to be the best possible version of themselves. This year in particular we have demonstrated that diversity of strengths as our sixth formers leave us for a fantastic range of courses spanning Medical Sciences, Veterinary Science, Law, Economics, Art and Design, Textiles and Fashion at universities including Bristol, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter and Newcastle.

“This year’s sixth formers are the second cohort of students to take the new format, linear A Levels introduced by the government in a bid to make A Levels tougher and a better preparation for university.

“Our students worked extremely hard to realise their potential and have done so well as a result,” she said. “Building on excellence, these results continue to reflect the hard work of our students and the tireless efforts of the staff, hand-in-hand with our parents. We are so proud of their achievements.”

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