Heathfield School

Berkshire

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  • 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

2018. Sat. 13th October, 10am – 12 noon

Fees

2017/2018. Day: £7110 - £7305 per term. Boarding: £11460 - £11740 per term.

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

Reports

ISI Inspection 2018
ISI Boarding Inspection 2015
British Council Report (Summer School) 2016

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

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