Happy confident girls succeed – that’s the simple but powerful philosophy at Heathfield School. The all-girls’ school, founded in 1899, was in the vanguard of educational establishments advocating the theory that happiness equated with academic success and has always placed high importance on pastoral care accordingly.
Small class sizes and a teacher/pupil ratio of 4:1 ensure all pupils receive engaging teaching and individual attention. A diverse range of co-curricular subjects and activities evolve every year to accommodate new trends and interests. This ‘have a go’ attitude is infectious and filters down from the upper year groups, which means that girls have the confidence to take risks. Pupils learn where their strengths and challenges lay and are enabled to improve on both.
The school has a wide curriculum and offers 24 subjects at A Level, but it is about far more than this. Its strength lies in its size which means every girl receives dedicated individual attention and is imbued with persistence, grit, confidence and the desire to achieve.
At A level this year, students achieved well in both academic and vocational subjects, going on to study a diverse range of subjects from Economics, Psychology, Sociology & Politics to Animation, Film, Television & Digital Production, Music, Fine Art and Photography. Students gained places at top Russell Group Universities including Durham, Edinburgh, Kings College London and University College London. Other top destinations this year include University of the Arts London, Parsons Paris, Charles H. Cecil Studios, Florence, University of Falmouth and IE University Madrid.
Well-known for their prowess in the Arts, students enjoy participating in the wide range of Drama and Musical events that take place each term. Heathfield is the only school in the UK to benefit from a Creative Partnership with Falmouth School of Art. Students also benefit from the close relationship with the world-famous London College of Fashion, and Heathfield’s biennial Fashion Show is now legendary.
The construction of a new Sixth Form Centre is underway with completion in September 2022, when it will be launched alongside a new Sixth Form Programme.
In the latest ISI Inspection, the school achieved ‘Excellent in all categories’. The inspectors found that: ‘the overall achievement of the pupils is excellent and represents the successful fulfilment of the School’s ambitious aims’. They also stated that ‘pupils are happy, articulate and confident’ and that ‘pupils grow into young people who make a difference to the world and live their lives boldly’.
Standing in beautiful surroundings just outside Ascot, in a classic Italianate country house set in 36 acres, the school is conveniently located being just 30 miles from central London, 9 miles from the M4 and 5 miles from the M3 motorways.
- Senior School, Sixth Form
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