Alderley Edge School for Girls 埃尔德雷女子中学, Wilmslow
Road, Alderley Edge, Cheshire SK9 7QE
Tel: 01625 583028 Fax: 01625 590271
· GIRLS , 3–18, DAY
· Pupils 610. Upper sixth 38
· Termly fees £1250–£2268
· Enquiries/application to the Registrar
What it’s like
Founded in 1999 from the merger of two long established schools, Mount Carmel
School (founded in 1945) and St Hilary’s (1876). It is in Alderley Edge, a
village 15 miles south of Manchester and easily accessible. Extensive
redevelopment on the Mount Carmel site has provided a performing arts theatre,
sports hall, music rooms, science laboratories and a multi-media centre. Its aim
is to provide a well-balanced education which celebrates achievement in all
aspects of school life, from nursery to sixth form. Its approach is based on
respect for hard work, the development of the whole person and good discipline.
Examination results are good. Music and drama are well-supported.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 3–18, 610 day girls. Senior department
11–18, 367 girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 5 and 11. Own entrance exam used; for
sixth-form entry, 6 GCSEs at least grade B (grade A in sixth-form subjects). No
special skills or religious requirements. State school entry 25% senior intake.
Scholarships & bursaries Several scholarships awarded at 11:
academic, music, sport. Some income-linked bursaries.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Mrs Kathy Mills, in post from 1999. Educated at University
of Wales. Previously Headmistress of Mount Carmel.
GCSE: In 2003, 68 pupils in Year 11, 87% gained at least grade C in 5+
subjects, average of 8.1 per pupil, with GCSE score of 56 (58 over 5 years).
A-levels: 28 in upper sixth. Average final point score achieved by upper
sixth formers 399.
University & college entrance 90% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 20 GCSE subjects, 23 AS/A-level.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 or 4 at
A-level; in addition, all take general studies AS and A-level. 60% take science
A-levels; 40% arts and humanities. Key skills incorporated into general studies.
Vocational: Work experience compulsory in Year 10.
Special provision: Support services for pupils with dyslexia.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered at GCSE, AS and A-level.
Regular exchanges (France, Spain and Germany).
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1 lesson/week) and across the
curriculum, eg internet links with schools in France and Germany. 60 computers
for pupil use, all networked and with e-mail and internet access.
Music: 42% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can
be taken. 4 choirs, 2 orchestras, jazz band, ensembles including string, brass
and woodwind groups. Some pupils in local youth orchestras.
Drama: Drama GCSE and performing arts AS and A-level offered. ESB exams
may be taken. Many involved in school productions, all in house and other
Art & design: On average, 18 take GCSE, 8 AS/A-level.
Sport & activities
Sport: Tennis, rounders, hockey, athletics, netball, gymnastics,
swimming, dance, cross-country, orienteering, badminton, volleyball, fitness.
Sixth form only: football, aerobics and breakaway skills.
Activities: Community service optional in senior school. Many clubs, eg
dance, public-speaking, poetry, drama, Green Team, Duke of Edinburgh Awards,
Uniform: School uniform worn throughout.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, head girl, head of house
and house prefects appointed by Headmistress and staff.
Religion: Compulsory assembly. Separate services for Catholics and
Anglicans with all special days observed.
Social: Competitions including public-speaking with local schools. Annual
exchanges with schools in Germany and France, Spanish trip, ski trips, hockey
trip, theatre and museum trips abroad.
Discipline Pupils expected to adhere to school code of conduct and
moral standards. Failure to produce homework would result in an order mark,
persistent failure to detention. Serious discipline problems rare (punishment at