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School expects ambition and does well with broad intake. No longer seen as a finishing school for Etonians’ charming sisters. Good at hooking pupil interest, says another - ‘the girls enjoy calculating fabric lengths in maths or examining One Direction in economics; it’s not all coal mining and steel construction’. Big STEM investment – snazzy new science block, snazzy new teachers – should start yielding results in next...

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Heathfield is a dynamic and busy day, weekly and full boarding school where girls thrive. We provide an environment where a girl’s childhood will be happy and secure; where every girl discovers her own unique passions and talents and accordingly, develops the confidence and self-belief to enable her to succeed.

In our latest 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’.

Small class sizes and a teacher/pupil ratio of 4:1 ensure all pupils receive engaging teaching and individual attention. Our 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.

Well-known for our 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 our new Sixth Form Centre is underway with completion in September 2022, when it will be launched alongside our new Sixth Form Programme.

Standing in beautiful surroundings just outside Ascot, the school is conveniently located being just 30 miles from central London, 9 miles from the M4 and 5 miles from the M3 motorways.
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Music and dance scheme - government funding and grants available to help with fees at selected independent music and dance schools.

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Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.


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Since 2021, Sarah Rollings. Previously senior deputy head at Cranford House and before that director of sport and head of year (sixth form) at St Helen and St Katharine. Prize-winning first in education with geography and PE from Brunel; MA (Open University) in educational leadership. Chairs GSA sports and wellness committee. Has a daughter in lower sixth and a son at a nearby co-ed.

‘Personable’, ‘always happy to chat’, say parents, whose daughters ‘absolutely love her’. ‘Very kind’, ‘empathetic’, ‘a good role model’. A self-professed ‘eternal optimist’, she joined the school just as that gloomy January lockdown began. ‘I got to know people in a very practical way,’ she says, finding the ‘huge focus on community’ invigorating. ‘We did lots online together, including dancing on Zoom.’

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Special Education Needs

In addition to the wide curriculum offered by Heathfield, girls are supported by the learning support department, better known as Spectrum. Heathfield has welcoming purpose-built rooms to accommodate either individual or group teaching for those students who may have a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia. All the staff are qualified teachers and provide support particularly in literacy and numeracy. Some of the Spectrum staff are fluent in French and are also able to offer additional support for this subject if necessary. Staff are qualified to assess girls should they require exam Access Arrangements and will make the necessary applications to Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). Approximately 10% of current students receive additional support. Spectrum also administers EFL (extra English for international students). These EFL classes offer subject support, IELTS coaching for university entrants and the full range of English language qualifications offered by The University of Cambridge Examination Board. Overseas students at Heathfield come from many areas of the world, including Spain, Japan, China, Russia, Mexico, Thailand and Germany. Currently the EFL students form about 7% of all students.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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