Tormead School


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  • Category: Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Girls
  • Type: Day
  • Roll: (Boys) 760 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 4 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1905

General Information

Tormead is a leading girls’ independent day school. We are all very proud of our school and its ethos of encouraging each individual pupil to develop her talents to the full. We aim to instil in every girl a lifelong love of learning and the confidence to develop and express independent thought. Our academic expectations are high and we value our students’ impressive record of examination successes and university places; but we are equally proud of their many other cultural and sporting achievements and of their varied contributions to the life of the wider community


The original Victorian buildings have been extended and significantly updated over the years to provide well-designed, modern facilities. Classrooms are equipped with interactive boards that supplement our regular use of iPads: we are delighted to be recognised as an Apple Distinguished School.

Sports facilities include a well-equipped sports hall and gymnasium with sprung floor, fitness area and floodlit netball and tennis courts. We are in partnership with Surrey Sports Park and we have regular use of its 50m swimming pool (we are also in partnership with Guildford City Swimming Club) and its many first class facilities. Surrey Sports Park is the home to Tormead Hockey.

There is a very wide range of clubs and societies for all ages.

Entrance Requirements

By Assessment. Entrance examinations in January each year. 16+: min 8 GCSEs with at least 5 of them at grade 7 or above.


11+ & 16+: Academic, Music, Art and Sport. Some bursaries are available. Please contact the school for details.

Open Days

2019. All visits are welcome. Please contact Mrs Hobdey to arrange a personal tour, or are unable to visit on an Open Morning.


2018/2019. Reception (age 4+) - Year 6: £2700 - £4500 per term. Year 7 - Year 13: £5150 per term. Sibling discount.


ISI Inspection reports

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs C Foord

Contact for enquiries: Mrs Melanie Hobdey, Registrar

Tormead School
27 Cranley Road

[t]: 01483 575101
[f]: 01483 450592

Location Description

Tormead School occupies pleasant leafy grounds and is conveniently located on the outskirts of Guildford, within five minutes walk of London Road Railway Station and the town centre.

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School News

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In early January a combined group of Upper and Lower Sixth girls visited Washington, DC.  Despite the partial federal shutdown, the group had tours of

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Congress, the Supreme Court and the Pentagon, providing them with a captivating insight into the world of US politics. They also spent a beautiful afternoon in the sunshine visiting  Arlington Cemetery, as well as the Lincoln and Vietnam memorials.  Everyone agreed that the visit to the Newseum was particularly fascinating and memorable, as it contains sections of the Berlin wall, the antenna from one of the towers that fell on 9/11 and an exhibition of Pulitzer Prize winning photographs documenting human triumph and tragedy.

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Congratulations to Izzy, Tormead’s Computer Science A Level student who was the top scorer at the UK government’s landmark cyber security training camp this summer,

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Cyber Discovery. Izzy’s team, “E for Exploitation”, was also the overall winner at the Elite camp in Bristol, aimed at inspiring the next generation of cyber security experts.

Competition to qualify for one of three Cyber Discovery camps was high, with 23,500 student applications. Izzy was one of only 170 in the UK to gain a place at an Elite camp, which is a real testament to her knowledge and ability in the subject.

The Cyber Discovery camps consisted of an intensive residential weekend courses, where 56 students competed in live, hands-on competitions such as hacking a robot arm, hacking their name badge, cryptography puzzles, and listening to talks from industry professionals on the importance of cyber security as a career option. Participants were exposed to real-world challenges that impact businesses every day, and were tasked with thwarting the tactics cyber criminals routinely use against individuals and organisations around the world.

Izzy is looking forward to this year’s Cyber Security module of her A Level course at Tormead, and will no doubt apply some of her newly acquired skills to her on-going studies.

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Congratulations to Sonia who is our youngest ever gymnast to make the Artistic GB Gymnastics squad.

Only the top 10 girls in the Country are selected

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to train each year at Lillishall National Gymnastics Centre.

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On Friday 17 November, Tormead held its annual Clayton Society Scholars’ Evening.

We were very privileged to be joined by Dr Carolin Crawford, an astrophysicist from

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the University of Cambridge.

After a delicious dinner, students and staff were given a fascinating insight into the developments of astrophysics with topics including black holes, the James Webb telescope, worm holes, the expansion of the universe and Dr Crawford’s own journey into becoming a well renowned scientist. The thought-provoking lecture had everyone on the edge of the seats and we were definitely all inspired by her field of study.

The lecture was followed by Dr Crawford opening the school’s brand new observatory, closely watch by Linda, the clanger astronomy mascot. Tormead astronomers were delighted to have this amazing facility up and running and are looking forward to the great nights of observing which are to come.

As Mr Peter Wilkinson, Head of Physics, commented, “Astronomy is a subject which fascinates so many young people and in which they can easily do real observational scientific work. It enriches and extends the Physics we teach and also enables pupils whose main academic subjects may not be in the Sciences to keep involved with a science as part of their broader education.”

by Emma and Selina – Clayton Scholars

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We are delighted to announce that Marsha, who recently left us at the end of her Upper Sixth year, has been successful in gaining entry

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to the Royal College of Music. Facing a series of tough auditions, Marsha was able to demonstrate her musical talent to the judges and succeeded in obtaining one of the few places awarded each year; a fantastic achievement. For more information about Music at Tormead, follow the department on Twitter @Tormead_Music or Facebook @TormeadSchool

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Annabelle, Year 5, travelled to Meiringham, Switzerland, shortly before Christmas to train with her club, Sandown Park Ski Race Club. She was also very

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fortunate to be able to train alongside the Swiss ski club there and invited to take part in one of their ski races against various Swiss teams. Annabelle finished in a very respectable 3rd place!

Good luck to Annabelle when she competes in the English Alpine Ski Championships in Bormio, Italy, next month.

Tormead’s newest building, the final stage of a significant two-phase, three-year redevelopment project, was officially opened on 1 December 2015 by the school’s Chairman of

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Governors, Colston Herbert Esq.

This ambitious project has placed Tormead well ahead in providing a 21st Century educational experience to its girls. Incorporated into the design of the new facilities are modern teaching and learning spaces. In addition to classrooms, the naturally lit central atrium features informal working areas nested around, providing girls with airy spaces where both individual and collaborative learning takes place, and the new library is at the heart of the school.

“We are grateful to Colston Herbert for his contribution to the school’s redevelopment,” said Christina Foord, Tormead Headmistress. “His commitment to the Transforming Tormead project has been exceptional, enabling the school to thrive whilst retaining our commitment to nurture and educate the whole child.”

The transformation of the school’s main building has been achieved within an environmental and sustainable framework that is both sympathetic to the School’s needs and to those of our adjoining neighbours.

Phase Two began in July 2014 and the girls moved into their new classrooms in September 2015; the atrium was completed on 30th October 2015. The school now benefits from:

• A new pupil entrance into the heart of the school linked to the new drop off zone completed in Phase One.
• A multi-purpose atrium for dining with increased seating capacity, allowing for flexible timetabling.
• Wider corridors and breakout areas providing space to think, collaborate and reflect.
• 25 large classrooms to allow for more flexible teaching styles.
• Full disabled access to the Senior School site.
• A new Library with Sixth Form mezzanine for private study.
• A new Design and Technology room.

The objective of the transformation was to redevelop the school within the existing footprint whilst retaining some of the original features of the oldest part of the school through two distinct phases of building work. The architects IID worked with the unusual layout of our school, developing plans which incorporate modern, coordinated facilities to create a fabulous new building that has enhanced the educational environment for the girls.

The first phase of the school’s redevelopment programme was celebrated in June 2013 with the opening of the new Art Suite with Upper School and Sixth Form art work exhibited in the purpose-built, light and airy space. Other improvements included an extended Sixth Form Common Room, a gallery in the Hall, a new Year 11 Common Room and the coach drop off and pick up area, which has eased the traffic congestion in Cranley Road during busy times.

Nineteen Lower Sixth girls and three staff travelled to Mwandi in Zambia to help the community build mud houses for homeless families.

The team built two houses

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from scratch, one for Grace, a grandmother who was blind, the other for a couple who were living in a house with 7 other people. It was a humbling and moving experience for all the group, as they had to deal with situations and experiences that were new to them.

They also had the chance to visit an elephant orphanage, the spectacular Victoria Falls and took a game drive. Our current Year 11 will return in their Lower Sixth year to continue the great work being carried out at Mwandi Mission.

Eleanor Gell, Upper Sixth, collected the Best Sixth Form Chemist Award from the Society of Chemical Industry’s Thames and Kennet Group. Eleanor was presented with the award

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on Wednesday 2nd October at Surrey University, by Professor of Analytical Chemistry, Neil Ward. Many Surrey schools attended the event, which was organised by Dr Oliver Choroba, Chairman of the SCI Thames and Kennet Group, and Charterhouse Chemistry Teacher.

The selection process to find our Best Sixth Form Chemist began when Tormead’s Chemistry Department invited the Sixth Form Chemists to submit an application, which included evidence of their inquiry into Chemistry beyond the syllabus, their symposium subject, work experience and topics that inspired them: all things that enhance their scientific ability. This application, along with the young Chemists’ AS results, was used to select Tormead’s candidate for the award. Schools had been asked to identify their most enthusiastic young chemist with outstanding qualities and interest in Chemistry.

At the event Tormead girls and teachers were given a real insight into Surrey University, which recently ranked as one of the top ten of universities in the UK. They toured the university’s state-of-the-art laboratories, and benefited from an inspirational talk by Professor Reid, who communicated the skills required of successful students and graduates today.

We are very proud that Eleanor’s attainment and hard work has been recognised by this prestigious award.

Following hot on the heels of an excellent set of A Level results Tormead is celebrating for the second time in a week, with the

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release of the GCSE results.

A superb 77% of GCSE’s examinations taken were awarded grade A* or A with 38% gaining the highest A* award and 76% of the girls achieved at least 7A* or A grades.

28 girls achieved a clean sweep of 10 A*/A grades.

The excitement at school was heightened with the arrival of an Eagle Radio reporter who recorded Tilly Houston and Emily Samuels opening their results live on the morning show on Eagle Radio.

Mrs Christina Foord congratulated all the girls on an impressive set of results. “I am delighted for all the girls, who have worked extremely hard and have been rewarded with excellent results. It is an exciting time for them and we look forward to them embarking on their Sixth Form careers next term”.

The wait was finally over, and with UCAS TRACK offline until 8am many of the girls arrived in school unaware if they had been successful

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in their University applications.

But the girls’ tremendous efforts were rewarded. 25 girls (42%) were awarded the top A* or A Grades in all their A Level exams. 63% of the A Level exams taken received the Grade A*A – in fact 95% of all exams taken were graded A*/C. And to add to the excitement Rowenna McGill and Lauren Smart opened their results live on Dave and Lisa’s breakfast show on Capital Radio!

The vast majority of girls will be going to their first choice university to study a diverse range of courses such as Medicine at Oxford, Natural Sciences at Cambridge, Veterinary Science at Liverpool, Physics at Exeter, Oceanography at Southampton, Classics at Exeter, History at Exeter, Modern Languages at Bath and Economics at Bristol.

Christina Foord, Headmistress at Tormead said “I am thrilled that the girls have done so well and we are pleased that the preparation they have received here at Tormead means they will be ready to grasp the opportunities that await them as they take this next exciting step in their lives.

I am pleased that once again we have been extremely successful securing places for the girls to read the most competitive subjects. This year we have girls leaving to study Medicine at Bristol, Birmingham, East Anglia, Leeds and Oxford. I know all the girls are very grateful to the staff for their hard work and dedication to ensure they achieved the best grades possible. We all wish them well.”

The Tormead Community Challenge gives the girls the opportunity to experience hands-on philanthropy, as well as giving them the skills and awareness to make a positive difference

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to their local community.

Girls in Year 9 (Summer 2012) researched local charities which they felt were making a positive contribution to their local community. Work continued through Autumn Term of Year 10 to complete a presentation and A3 poster. In November, the Final took place in front of a panel of judges including Mrs Wallace, Tormead’s former Head of Religious Studies, as Head Judge.

The top four teams were selected and then entered into the MTG Youth for Charity Project. Allie Marland, Helena Bacon, Gabby Alexander-Harvey and Jess Allee, whose chosen charity was Oasis Childcare, were announced the winners with £2,000 being donated.

Oasis Childcare is based in Cobham and works with vulnerable parents and children. The girls nominated the charity after learning of its struggle for funding which threatened its closure. The charity works with those in critically dysfunctional family situations, some single parent families, those suffering with drug or alcohol addictions and severe financial hardship. They aim to provide a haven for children and parents alike, where they try to look at and solve the root of these situations as opposed to just healing the symptoms.

The girls visited Oasis Childcare to celebrate with them and deliver the £2,000 winning donation.

Following hot on the heels of an excellent set of A Level results Tormead is celebrating for the second time in a week, as

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their GCSE results are announced.

A superb 79% of GCSE’s examinations taken were awarded grade A* or A with 41% gaining the highest A* award and 64% of students achieving at least 8A* or A grades. 37 girls (40%) achieved a clean sweep of 10 A*/A grades.

Mrs Christina Foord congratulated all the girls on an impressive set of results. “I am thoroughly delighted for all the girls, who have worked hard and have been rewarded with excellent results. They are now in a strong position to embark on their A level studies, many congratulations.”

The late summer sun continued to shine at Tormead this morning as the girls in the Upper Sixth arrived to pick up an outstanding

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set of A Level results.

The sense of expectation was heightened this year as UCAS decided to remove the midnight rush for answers and kept TRACK offline until this morning, so many of the girls were unaware if they had been successful in their University applications before they arrived at school at 8am to open their results.

But they needn’t have worried as the results were indeed impressive; 83% of girls achieved at least one A* or A Grade, with 28% of A Level exams taken achieving the top Grade A*, 63% were awarded A*/A and 90% of exams taken gained A*/B.

Six girls were awarded places at Oxford and Cambridge to read courses in Law, Classics, Medicine, and History. Between them the girls achieved an incredible 17A* grades in the 19 subjects they sat, with one girl achieving 4 A* grades, she goes on to read Chemistry at Oxford.

The vast majority of girls will be going to their first choice university to study a range of courses such as Mechanical Engineering at Birmingham, English at York and Physics/Philosophy at Kings College.

Christina Foord, Headmistress said “I am thrilled that the girls have done so well and we are pleased that the preparation they have received here at Tormead means they will be ready to grasp the opportunities that await them as they take this next exciting step in their lives. I know the girls are very grateful to all the staff for their hard work and dedication to ensure they achieved the best grades possible.”

During the summer holidays, twenty-one Lower Sixth girls accompanied by Mr. Coles, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Carter and Dr. Lee travelled in two separate teams (Team

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Ream and Team Star) to Vietnam for a three week expedition.

The teams successfully built sixteen energy saving ovens for two remote rural villages in the Mai Chau province of northern Vietnam and the projects have definitely made huge differences to the lives of the villagers. Both teams also enjoyed the beautiful scenery and unspoilt landscape during the trekking phase of the expedition, witnessing numerous rice paddy fields and also traditional rural way of life.

During the final phase of the expedition, both teams visited famous landmarks such as Halong Bay near Hanoi and also travelled on an overnight train down to Hue and Hoi An for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

The expedition has been life-changing for both the girls and staff and we will cherish the experience and memories for a very long time

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