Heathfield School

Berkshire

Image for Heathfield School

Videos

Video for Heathfield School Video for Heathfield School

  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Girls
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Christian
  • Roll: 0 (Boys) 180 (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.

Facilities

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

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

Open Days

2019. Whole School Open Mornings: Sat. 9th March and Sat. 11th May, both 9.45am – 12 noon.

Fees

2018/2019. Day: £7,395 - £7,600 per term. Boarding: £11,920 - £12,210 per term.

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

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs Marina Gardiner Legge

Contact for enquiries: Mrs I Hutchings, Registrar

Heathfield School
London Road
Ascot
Berkshire
SL5 8BQ

[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

To send an email to the school please fill in your details below and add a short message. If you are requesting a prospectus to be sent to you please include your postal address.

  • At UK Independent Schools Directory we take your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information to provide the services you have requested.

School News

Heathfield independent girls' day and boarding school Berkshire

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,

view more

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

Heathfield independent girls' day and boarding school Berkshire

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,

view more

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

Heathfield independent girls' day and boarding school Berkshire

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

view more

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.

Heathfield independent girls' day and boarding school Berkshire

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

view more

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.”

School website design: Innermedia