Heathfield School: Ascot, Berkshire, UK

Ascot, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Heathfield School: Ascot, Berkshire, UK

Price Range ₤ 30,000 - 40,000 per annum


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. 

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.  The boarding ethos is central to the Heathfield community.  Boarding comes with a built-in social life and enables the development of close and life-long friendships.  Living and working together teaches empathy, respect, independence and self-confidence.  And, in the 24/7 boarding environment, learning in the broadest sense never stops.  When the school day finishes, there is time for the many co-curricular opportunities and staff are always on hand to help with Prep.  At the week-ends, there is a busy and well-structured age appropriate programme of sporting, activities.

Number of students

  Girls Boys Total
Day School: 190 0 190
Year of foundation: 1899
Some history:
Campus size and facilities:

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. The 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.

Contact school: contact-us

Website: http://www.heathfieldschool.net

Cost of tuition

7 days boarding: from 30 348 GBP

About the school

Long description:

Good Schools Guide

Good Schools Guide logo new 2013-1For five out of the last seven years (2009-2015), Heathfield has been awarded the Good Schools Guide Award for Best A Level Results of any English School, in the state or independent sector, for Art (Art and Design, Photography). This unprecedented achievement reflects the extraordinary quality of Arts teaching at Heathfield.


University of the Arts London

UALThe school’s supreme excellence in the creative arts was also recognised in 2014 with the approach by and subsequent progression partnership with the University of the Arts London (UAL) and, specifically, the London College of Fashion at UAL. Heathfield is the first school in the UK to be approached for such a partnership by the UAL. Partnerships are normally reserved for outstanding Further Education arts facilities. The partnership began in September 2014.


Eco-Schools Award

Eco-Schools SilverEco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life. Heathfield joined in 2011 and since then it has been embraced by students and staff alike with the school achieving Bronze status in the 2011/12 academic year and Silver status in the 2012/2013 academic year. The school is currently starting its drive to reach Eco-Schools’ highest accolade, the externally assessed Green Flag Award. The current Eco Committee are looking at undertaking new projects while maintaining the great work already being carried out within the school.

At Heathfield they currently recycle plastic, paper, cans, cardboard, batteries, books, stationery, cooking oil, clothes, light bulbs and printer inks & cartridges.  

Dorm Facilities:

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.

Academic life

What we offer?


The academic life of a school 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.

Sixth Form

In the Sixth form 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.

Number of teachers and their qualifications: 75

Social life & attractions


Co-Curricular Clubs, Societies and Activities

Heathfield 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.

Sport and culture

Sport Facilities: The indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, gym and sports hall 
What we offer?

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.

Culture and arts:


Music is a particular strength at Heathfield 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.

The school also provide 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 Programs

Summer School
 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. The safety, welfare and well-being of your daughter are prime concern at all times. Heathfield has an exceptionally high staff-student ratio of 1:6; a nurse is on duty at all times. What also makes Heathfield very special is the sense of continuity and the family atmosphere. The Directors and a lot of the staff have worked together for years and many girls return summer after summer.


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

Students enjoy a well-balanced programme which comprises 20 English lessons (15 hours’ tuition) per week in the mornings, three weekly excursions and an exciting range of activities in the afternoons, evenings and at weekends. The fully inclusive fees also cover all meals, accommodation and laundry, Saturday Heathrow transfers, comprehensive travel insurance, textbooks, stationery and full responsibility for the student. Older girls, aged 14 – 17, who have a good level of English can also enjoy a week on our wonderful English with Style course which, in addition to lessons, includes British culture and etiquette, fashion, style, life skills and well-being. It is designed to help young women develop confidence and poise and extend their linguistic fluency.

Since 1987 Heathfield Summer School has been accredited by the British Council. Latest inspection was in 2016 and the report summary says: Strengths were noted in the areas of 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. Heathfield offers girls a fun-packed and educational social programme through a range of activities, balancing creative, artistic and sporting options. The offer is changed from week to week and students can choose from a variety of junior and senior options. These include art, crafts, photography, drama, music, floristry, hair and beauty and a whole range of field, water and racquet sports. There are also big school events such as quizzes, treasure hunts, discos, film night and Scottish and English country dancing.
Summer Caps

For Girls aged 8 to 15

Heathfield School has run its own Summer Camp for girls since 1993. The extensive range of activities include art, craft, cookery, dance, drama, music, hair and beauty, floristry and photography as well as numerous field, racquet and water sports: a brilliant mix, whatever your daughter’s interests. Every week the girls put on a different exhibition or show.

Heathfield’s Boarding Camp promises a great deal of fun for everyone. The combination of great activities on social programme and living with other girls from Britain and from overseas provides the chance for campers to sample boarding school life. The younger girls have shared rooms. Older girls, from the age of 11 or 12, sleep in single rooms with wash basins. In the boarding houses girls are looked after by our school nurse and a team of pastoral staff, led by a Senior Housemother, all of whom sleep near the girls.

Campers are grouped together according to age and move together between activities. Heathfield’s well-qualified and experienced teachers and group leaders offer the girls a fun-packed and educational, daily programme, balancing creative, artistic and sporting skills. We have junior and senior groups whose activities vary according to girls’ ages. Each Thursday afternoon we invite parents to an exhibition or show. The exhibitions include cookery, floristry, art, craft and photography in weeks 1 and 3, and in weeks 2 and 4 music, dance and drama shows take place. Evenings and weekends are for whole school activities with Summer School and Summer Camp girls joining together. Girls will be assigned to one of four Houses, designed to allow different ages and nationalities to meet, mix and make friends.

Dates and Fees 2018 Boarding Camp

15.07-21.07.2018, 22.07-28.07.2018, 29.07-4.08.2018, 5.08-11.08.2018

1 week - £400, 2 weeks – £860, 3 weeks – £1320, 4 weeks -£ 1700

Riding ( 2 possible sessions per week) - £50 per session

Why Should You Choose this School?

record GCSE results . A*-A grades in seven subjects including Chemistry and Biology. In Physics, nine in ten girls also achieved A*-A grades. 

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. 



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