St. George’s Ascot, Berkshire, UK

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St. George's is boarding and day school for girls aged 11 to 18.

St George’s is a place where girls flourish academically, creatively, physically and morally, a place where risks can be taken, lessons are learnt, and challenges are welcomed. School’s staff strive for the very best for students and by developing their love of learning, their academic potential and their individual talents to support them to become happy, responsible, well balanced and resilient young women in the twenty-first century.

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7 days boarding: 

11,450 per term

About the school

St George’s was founded in 1877 by The Reverend Herbert William Sneyd-Kynnersley as a boys’ Prep School, with 41 pupils housed in what is now Markham. Sneyd-Kynnersley is listed on the Plantagenet Roll as being of Royal Blood and was the son of a Birmingham magistrate. He taught Greek and Latin, publishing books on those subjects – ‘Greek and Latin for Beginners’ and ‘Latin Prose Composition‘ – both still available to buy now on the internet.

St George’s, Ascot is located on a 30 acre, stunning green site, down a private road, just off the High Street in Ascot, Berkshire.  All the facilities are on site and include: Three cosy, family-style boarding houses – one of which is solely for use by the Upper Sixth giving the girls the space to study for their A Levels, A fabulous dining room which serves our delicious award winning food, State-of-the-art 350 seat theatre, Separate drama studio, Mirrored dance studio, Large sports hall, Gym, Lacrosse pitch, Six floodlit netball courts, Eight tennis courts, Sports pavilion, Science centre, Library, Photographic, textiles and art studios, Light airy classrooms, Computer rooms,

There are three boarding houses at St George’s which are structured according to age and all have slightly different personalities! 

First to Fourth Years board in Markham, which is part of the original house.  The First and Second Years share one floor whilst the Third and Fourth Years have their own separate areas, all with their own common rooms, kitchens and bathrooms.

Perhaps what is distinctive about Markham are the colourful noticeboards and bright, spacious, airy rooms with lots of extra touches added such as artistic wallpaper, mirrors and shelves – all beautifully designed.  Girls are welcome to bring pictures from home, their cuddly toys, and personal items to make their areas feel really personal, homely and comfortable.

The First and Second Years, aged 11-13 have dorms of varying sizes between two and eight to a room so there are plenty of friends to play games and take part in activities with.  The larger dorms are the most popular and are very cheerful and lively!  Third Years share either three or four to a room and Fourth Years, who are starting their first year of GCSEs, have double rooms equipped with desks and internet ports.  The girls are allocated a new room every term to get to know new friends, although they are welcome to request particular room mates.


Girls going into their GCSE year and first year of A Levels move to Knatchbull House.  All the Fifth Years have large, recently decorated triple bedrooms with desks and the Sixth Form girls have double bedrooms.  There are also eight single rooms and so the Lower Sixth girls move every term to share these fairly.  The House has two common rooms with kitchens and comfortable sofas, a laundry and ample bathrooms and snack items such as fruit, toast, hot chocolate and coffee are always available.

The atmosphere in Katchbull is distinctly different to Markham, more adult in style with the girls allowed extra privileges such as going out to Ascot during the day, cooking meals at the weekends and travelling in groups of two or more to go shopping at some of the local towns.

Loveday houses the Upper Sixth girls where every student is given her own bedroom.  Being in a separate house enables the girls to prepare for university life, ensuring they organise their everyday chores, doing their own laundry, cooking occasional meals and booking travel arrangements.

The common room is the social hub of the house and is complete with TV, DVD players and comfortable sofas.  There is a large kitchen stocked with hot drinks, bread, chocolate spread and other preserves, cereals, cheese, bacon and eggs.  The girls can use the library, music practise rooms, art room and gym at any time.

The girls are welcome to join in the weekend boarders’ trips at any time and most weeks there are pizza evenings and film nights in Loveday as well as special occasion activities including international food celebrations, events with local boys’ schools and House events.  However, most students at this stage in their lives will organise their own outings such as going into London at weekends, shopping and visiting friends. 

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Academic life

First through to Third Year pupils at St George’s follow the Key Stage Three National Curriculum which gives them a solid grounding in every subject before they choose their GCSE options.  Here at St George’s the subjects we teach in the First, Second and Third years include: Art, Textiles, Biology, Chemistry, Drama, English, French, Geography, History, Computing, Latin, Mathematics, Music, PE, Physics, Philosophy, Ethics and Religion, Spanish



In the Spring Term of the Third Year, the girls are asked to start considering their choices for GCSE, before they start the course in the Fourth Year.  We set option blocks each year, depending on whom we have in a particular year group to enable as many girls as possible to be able to study all their favoured options


GCSEs are a standard qualification that nearly all 15 and 16 year old pupils take in England and Wales and they are internationally recognised.  Everyone takes the core subjects of Maths, English Language and Literature, Triple or Double Science, a humanity (History, Geography or Religious Studies) and a modern foreign language (French or Spanish).  In addition girls usually take two further subjects of their choice chosen from:


Classical Civilisation, Drama, Fine Art, ICT, French, Geography, History, Latin, Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies, Spanish, Textiles.  There are also timetabled lessons in Sport, SMSC and critical thinking.

 At St George's, girls are encouraged to take three A Level subjects in the Lower Sixth, although some decide to take four disciplines. This is particularly the case if a girl is going to study Mathematics and Further Mathematics which is increasingly in demand for admission into competitive science courses. Alongside their examination subjects, students are supported in the completion of an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). From the summer of 2018, the only subject girls will be allowed to take as an AS Level will be Mathematics; all other subjects will be examined in a liner fashion, at the end of the Upper Sixth. In the Upper Sixth girls will proceed with their three or four A Levels through to completion with the vast majority of Georgians using their predicted A Level grades to apply to university.



Sport and culture

In addition to the curriculum sport programme, there are many opportunities for our pupils to get involved in extra-curricular sport throughout the week, during tea break and club time:

Lacrosse, Netball, Athletics, Rounder, Tennis, Swimming,  Polo (at the Royal Berkshire Polo Club), Golf Badminton, Indoor Hockey, Cricket, Fitness, Squash, Pilates, Zumba

St George’s has an extremely strong art department. Every pupil studies art until the end of the Third Year.   At GCSE school offers both Fine Art and Textiles and students at A Level can study four different types of art: Fine Art, Textiles, Photography and History of Art.  100% of students who wanted to go onto do Art, architecture, fashion, design or photography after school have gained places in prestigious universities including Central St Martins, University of the Arts, London, Bournemouth and Canterbury.  Two alumni to date have then gone onto run their own art galleries and many others have careers in fashion, design and digital imaging.

St George’s also runs its dance department in association with the Natalie Vinson School of Dance at St George’s.   Girls can take classes in RAD Ballet, Tap, Zumba, Modern Dance, Street Dance and Pilates at St George’s and there are both individual sessions and group classes. 

Music is intrinsically bound in the life of St George’s and over half the pupils at the school learn a musical instrument.  There are over 150 music lessons scheduled on a weekly basis, every pupil is taught music up until the end of the Third Year, the Chapel Choir sing three times a week in assemblies and there are a wide variety of musical groups on offer and two major music concerts a term.

Location Description

St George’s is based right near the centre of the town of Ascot in Berkshire.  Ascot is world famous for its racecourse, used for thoroughbred horse racing and is closely associated with the Royal Family, being approximately six miles from Windsor Castle.



Wells Lane, Ascot Berkshire, SL5 7DZ

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