Heathfield School

Heathfield School

Day Weekly Boarding Full Boarding Berkshire

Heathfield School is an independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11 to 18 years old.

Headmistress Mrs Marina Gardener Legge
Year Founded 1899
Religion Christian
Inspection Report
Charity Commission
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Heathfield School has a total of 200 pupils, with 62 pupils in the Sixth Form.

Day pupil fees are from £7110 to £7305, per term.

Boarding pupil fees are from £11460 to £11740, per term.

20 Day Girls
(11- 18)
 
180 Boarding Girls
(11- 18)

About Heathfield School

Happy confident girls succeed – that’s the simple but powerful philosophy at Heathfield School and we are renowned for our outstanding pastoral care and impressive academic success. Pupils have achieved their best ever GCSE results in 2017, with 60% of students achieving A*-A and grades 7,8,9 in the new and significantly more demanding English GCSEs – an 11 per cent improvement on last year’s figures. The percentage of top grades (9s and A*s) overall is up from 17% to a sparkling 27% this year.

At A level, eight in 10 girls (87%) achieved all A*-C grades in their A Level exams this summer, with more than half gaining all A*-B grades. Students achieved well in both academic and vocational subjects, gaining places at a diverse range of prestigious destinations – from leading Russell Group universities such as Edinburgh, Exeter, Newcastle and Warwick to acclaimed arts and drama colleges RADA and Central St Martins.


“Heathfield celebrates talent and spirit so that everyone learns to be the best possible version of themselves - self-confident, resilient, articulate young women with ambition”, says Mrs Gardiner Legge. “Our founder wanted Heathfield girls to ‘see the sky’. Whilst she meant it literally, I take it to be a metaphor to allow the girls to reach their greatest potential wherever their
strengths lie – whether academic, artistic, sporting, musical or dramatic. We have put a particular focus on academic performance in recent years and these results – our best ever - show the hard work is paying off."

Scholarships & Bursaries

Scholarship Day for 11+ and 13+ 2019 candidates will be held on Wednesday 21 November 2018.

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

Scholars must demonstrate significant levels of academic, creative or sporting ability, achievement and potential. The award carries with it title and prestige and gives the holder access to our scholarship programme to further her potential. 11+ and 13+ scholarships remain in place until the end of Form V.  Scholarships are also available in the Sixth Form but must be applied for separately, assessment will take place in February 2019.

Scholars are mentored by a teacher in the relevant subject area and will be appraised against termly targets in their scholarship area.  There is an award of £250 per term. Scholars will be expected to make a committed contribution to the school’s co-curricular activities in their scholarship discipline and to act as ambassadors for the school where appropriate.  Scholars will be required to follow the relevant subject to GCSE level to retain the scholarship.

The deadline for receipt of completed scholarship applications is Friday 19 October 2018.  For further information, please contact registrar@heathfieldschool.net.

Bursaries

All applications for bursaries are considered on the basis of individual circumstances and are means-tested.

Entrance Bursaries are for new applicants to the School for any year group.  Every applicant must meet the School’s admission criteria.  Parents must have registered their daughter and paid the registration fee. Parents must be domiciled in the UK.

Entrance Bursaries may be awarded in the form of a discount of up to 100% on boarding and tuition fees payable depending on the financial, compassionate or other pertinent circumstances of applicants. The costs of all “Extras” must be paid in full by the pupil’s parents.

On account of the limited funds available to the School, not every eligible application for a bursary will be successful. Bursaries can be applied for in addition to a scholarship or on their own.

Applications for financial support are also considered for girls already at Heathfield, where there is a change of family circumstance, or sudden and unforeseen need leading to financial difficulty. Bursaries are not automatically carried through to Sixth Form.

Application forms are available from the Bursar, Mrs Rachel Frier – bursar@heathfieldschool.net or from the Registrar, registrar@heathfieldschool.net.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Bursar to discuss matters in confidence so she can assist and guide your application.

Discounts

In addition Heathfield School makes the following discounts available:

Diplomatic service – 10% available for five girls
Armed forces – 20% available for five girls
Siblings – 5% for second and each subsequent sister
A clergy discount is also available.

Further information on scholarships, bursaries and discounts is available from the Registrar – registrar@heathfieldschool.net.

Admissions Process

Please contact the Admissions Team for information regarding entry to the school or to request a prospectus.  We hold regular Open Mornings but you are also welcome to arrange an individual visit.

Applicants must be registered with the school in order to sit for assessment. Girls registered for entry to Heathfield at 11+ in Form I (Year 7) in 2019 will be invited to attend a Taster Day on 22 May 2018.

11+ and 13+
Girls registered for entry to Heathfield are invited to an Assessment Day in November of the year before proposed entry. Dates for 2019 entry have yet to be finalised.

11+ and 13+ candidates will be assessed in numeracy, verbal and non-verbal ability.  Our assessment is designed to evaluate potential rather than knowledge, tutoring or preparation is therefore unnecessary.  Candidates will also be invited to an interview and to participate in workshops.  They will 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.

Heathfield also offers Academic, Art, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarships.  For further details of these and how to apply, please contact registrar@heathfieldschool.net

16+
Sixth Form candidates will visit the school for assessment and interview and offers are made conditional on GCSE results, impression at interview and a school report.  Parents may also apply for their daughter to be considered for an Academic, Art, Drama, Music or Sport scholarship.

Deferred Entry at 13+
Parents of pupils whose daughters attend Prep Schools where the usual leaving age is 13, may prefer to apply for a place early at the 11+ stage and defer that entry until Form III (Year 9) at 13+.  We are happy to see any candidates who wish to do this up to eight and a half terms before entry. They would therefore apply for 13+ entry as early as the Autumn Term of Year 6, even though they are not intending to enter the school until Form III (Year 9) and would be assessed in the same way as 11+ candidates applying for the following academic year.

Candidates for deferred 13+ entry would be made an offer on the basis of Heathfield’s own test. They will also 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. Parents who accept the offer will be asked to pay a deposit. Acceptances are welcome from the point an offer is made.

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