Heathfield School in Ascot, Berkshire 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
Unique now in offering traditional, full boarding for lucky girls in a close, happy, small community with all mod cons and opportunities. Sensible, sound and super. mHeathfield is the only small full boarding school for girls in the United Kingdom; boarding is an integral part of the school’s way of life and community. Heathfield school is worth to consider if you look for best boarding school near London.
Heathfield School is situated in lovely countryside just outside the famous village of Ascot in 35 acres of beautiful, private, tree-lined grounds. Ascot is only 25 miles west of London and is very convenient for the city and for Heathrow airport. They are also close to Windsor, Oxford and Reading. This top boarding girls only school’s extensive facilities include: a new performing arts centre; a sports hall with squash, badminton and basketball courts and a dance studio; a large, heated indoor swimming pool; tennis courts; sports fields; drama and art studios; cookery suite; a bright, well-equipped classroom block; spacious library; single and shared bedrooms and a wood-panelled dining-room
Facilities such as the Cookery Room, Computer Room, Library and Art Studio are open throughout the weekend and common rooms are used for relaxation where the girls can play table football and table tennis. The St Mary’s Theatre is used to watch films or TV cinema-style, bringing the school community together.
The STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) block at Heathfield School has now been completed and was formally opened on 14th January 2016. The new STEM building provides a hub for the girls to study the key Science subjects in, as the school continues to drive forward the study of such rigorous academic subjects.The two storey building, which incorporates large areas of glazing, edged with walling, is topped by photo-electric panels on the roof to provide renewable energy. Heat is also recovered from the ventilation system for re-cycling.
Heathfield achieved overall Strengths (previously called Points of Excellence), which show we exceed the inspection criteria, in all the following areas: staff management; student administration; quality assurance; premises and facilities; learning resources; academic management; course design; teaching; care of students; accommodation; leisure opportunities and care of under 18s.
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. Girls have a strong support network at Heathfield. Everyone is part of our House system and girls are put into one of four Houses where they remain throughout their time at Heathfield. The Heads of House are responsible for the girls’ welfare and are the main point of contact for parents. Girls also have an allocated Housemistress in the boarding area who is on duty before and after the school day and on weekends, and who can be also contacted by parents.
In practice, girls live in year groups, allowing them to develop close bonds within their own age-group. A non-teaching Housemistress lives among those girls. At the beginning of each academic year, the girls move to a different area of the school and are cared for by a new Housemistress. Girls in Forms I, II and III board in rooms which range in size from singles to dormitories sleeping eight. From Form IV upwards, each girl has her own room leading to a more transitional point in the UVI bungalow, where through structured independence our girls are prepared for the next stage in their lives. Through a well-structured system of busy weekends in school, exeats and days out, there is a healthy balance between school and home.
Co-Curricular Clubs, Societies and Activities
This top boarding school for girls offers an extensive and varied range of co-curricular clubs, societies and activities which includes after-school clubs, sports, trips and visits, guest speakers along with a huge range of creative and sporting lessons. Each term, a different selection of activities and clubs are offered after school. The list is wide-ranging and changes termly, depending on the interests and requests from girls throughout the school. Some are run by staff, but others are led by senior students and prefects and generally include debating, film clubs, creative writing, mathematics, kayaking, charity work, school magazine, textiles, crafts, walking, wine-tasting (for Upper VI).
Every weekend there is also a varied programme of activities on offer to the girls. They are occupied with dance and music workshops and competitions, craft sessions and cookery in school. On Saturday evenings all the girls enjoy discos, bands, quizzes and House competitions. There are clubs in school on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and every weekend there are outings, ranging from theatre, cinema, art gallery and museum visits to laser quest, bowling and ice skating. In the evenings, discos and dinners are arranged with boys from other independent schools such as Eton and Radley.
The school’s excellent A Level results mean that Heathfield girls have secured places at top universities including Edinburgh, Bristol, Exeter, King’s College, London and Leeds and specialist colleges such as RADA and Loughborough College.
The academic life of this excellent boarding school in Berkshire is not just the learning that takes place in class but the breadth and depth of activities both in and out of the classroom. Heathfield is renowned for its strong and vibrant creative and dramatic tradition. What is not so well known is that we are an academically rigorous and vibrant school where the corridors echo with scientific discovery and academic argument.
Forms I to III
Girls will either enter Heathfield at Form I (11+) or Form III level (13+).
All girls will take English, Maths, French, Spanish and Latin, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Geography, Classical Civilisations, Religious Studies, Art, Music and Drama.
Forms IV and V
By the end of the Fifth Form the girls will have taken English Language, English literature, Mathematics, Dual Award Science, Religious Studies and a Modern Foreign Language. Girls may then choose any three or more from the following: Latin, Greek, Business Studies, History, Geography, Classical Civilisation, Physical Education, Music, Art and Drama. All girls are encouraged to take at least nine GCSEs.
In the Sixth form Boarding School all girls are expected to take AS Level in four main subjects going on to A Level in at least three. Many subjects are offered including English Literature, Accounting, Business Studies, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Spanish, French, Physical Education, Theatre studies, Music, Art, Photography, Psychology, History of Art Religious Studies, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Economics.
Each girl is given plenty of help and advice in order to ensure she is ready for her next step whether that be work or university in Britain or abroad in Europe or the United States.
At Heathfield every girl in Forms I and II represent the School in Athletics, Lacrosse, Netball, Rounders, Swimming and Tennis. As well as running teams and clubs in all our major sports, the department offers girls the opportunity to join a variety of clubs such as: Badminton, Fitness, Football, Polo and Riding. These are open to all ages and abilities and are an excellent opportunity for older girls to coach and mix with the younger years. There is a strong Inter House structure which gives every girl in the school a chance to represent their House in both team and individual sports. Heathfield girls also go on to represent Berkshire in both Athletics and Lacrosse and some gain Regional and National honours.There are regular sports tours to the USA and the school competes in the British Schools’ Ski Championships in Flaine.
Music is a particular strength at this top boarding school for girls and the opportunities for experienced and novice musicians and singers are inspiring. Currently, they 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.
This girls only boarding school also provides an impressive range of lessons taught by visiting peripatetic teachers. These include the piano, strings, woodwind, brass, percussion and even the harp; girls are encouraged to take their music examinations and most involve themselves with the different orchestras and musical groups on offer.
Speech & Drama and Musical Theatre
Heathfield runs a full LAMDA (Speech & Drama and Musical Theatre) programme.
Summer School for International students
At Heathfield they have been running our own summer courses for 40 years. The school welcomes girls from overseas on our British Council Accredited English Language Summer School, the only all girls English course in the UK. International students are joined by girls from the local area and across Britain on our Activities Summer Camp. As sports and activities are often shared, many friendships across the world are formed. Heathfield has an exceptionally high staff-student ratio of 1:6; a nurse is on duty at all times.
Inclusive fees - £1100 per week
2 weeks ( £2200) - 14.07. – 28.07.2018, 21.07. – 4.08.2018, 28.07. – 11.08.2018
3 weeks ( £3300) -14.07. – 4.08.2018, 21.07.-11.08.2018
4 weeks ( £4400) – 14.07. -11.08.2018
Courses including English with Style ( 14-17 yesrs) plus £300
2 weeks ( £2500) – 28.07. 11.08.2018, 4.08 – 11.08.2018
3 weeks ( £3600) – 21.07 – 11.08.2018
4 weeks (£4700 ) – 14.07 – 11.08.2018
Four Hours’ Individual Private Tennis Coaching - £250
Riding ( 2 possible sessions per week) - £50 per session
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