Heathfield School GDST 赫思费特中学,
Beaulieu Drive, Pinner, Middlesex HA5
Tel: 020 8868 2346 Fax: 020 8868 4405
• GIRLS, 3–18, Day
• Pupils 632, Upper sixth 42
• Termly fees £2243–£2883
• GSA, GDST
• Enquiries/application to the Admissions Secretary
What it’s like
Founded in 1900 in Harrow, it moved in 1982 to its present 9-acre site which
offers ample playing fields and an athletics track. The buildings are spacious
and modern. There are good modern facilities, including for art, CDT and music;
there are new dining rooms and a drama studio. The junior department is housed
in a purpose-built wing on the same site. The school provides an all-round
education and examination results are good. There is also a strong emphasis on
pastoral care and extra-curricular activities. The music and PE departments are
strong. There is a range of games and sports; a number of county lacrosse
players. The school has been awarded both Artsmark and Sportsmark.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 3–18; 632 day girls. Senior department
11–18, 473 girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 3, 4, 7, 11 and 16. Own entrance exam used; for
sixth-form entry, 5 GCSEs at least grade C (grade B in sixth-form subjects). No
special skills or religious requirements. State school entry, 40% senior intake
(plus 80% new intake to sixth form).
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 6–8 pa scholarships, value
£808–£2021: 5–7 academic, 1 music (some at 11, some at16). Approx 8 pa
means-tested bursaries, for senior school only. Maximum extras, £110 per term
Head & staff
Headmistress: Miss Christine Juett, appointed 1997. Educated at South
Hampstead High and London University (geography). Previously Deputy Head at
Wycombe High School.
Teaching staff: 44 full time, 19 part time. Annual turnover 6%.
GCSE: In 2003, 70 pupils in Year 11: 98% gained at least grade C in 8+
subjects. Average GCSE score 63 (61 over 5 years).
A-levels: 36 in upper sixth: 97% passed in 3 subjects. Average final
point score achieved by upper sixth formers 330.
University & college entrance 98% of sixth-form leavers go on to a
degree course. 10% take courses in medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 25%
in science & engineering, 55% in humanities & social sciences, 10% in art &
design. Others typically go on to non-degree courses or art college.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 21 GCSE and 24 AS/A-level subjects.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
general studies taught but not examined. 30% take science A-levels; 40%
arts/humanities; 30% both.
Special provision: Some extra tuition.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered at GCSE, AS and A-level
(French compulsory from 11 to GCSE). Regular French, Spanish and German trips.
French and Spanish nationals in school as assistants.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1 lesson/week) and across the
curriculum, eg research and data-logging. 187 computers for pupil use (8 hours a
day), all networked and with e-mail and internet access. All pupils take GCSE in
Music: Up to 25% pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Musical groups include choir, orchestra, string group, recorder
group. 6 in LEA music college, 2 to Royal Academy.
Drama: GCSE drama and AS/A level theatre studies offered. Some pupils are
involved in school productions.
Art & design: On average 6 take A-level. 3 pa usually accepted for art
Sport & activities
Sport: Rounders, tennis, athletics, lacrosse, netball, football,
badminton, swimming available. 15 county lacrosse players.
Activities: Clubs include computer, social service volunteers,
public-speaking, speech and drama, chess and Young Enterprise group, Duke of
Edinburgh, Model United Nations, sailing, art and craft, ballet, first aid,
Uniform: School uniform worn except in sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Head girl and deputy, and heads of
houses – elected by upper part of school.
Religion: Daily assembly.
Social: Social service volunteers with local boys’ school. Trips to
France, Spain and Germany; ski trip, sports tour to USA. Pupils allowed to bring
own car or bike to school. Meals self-service.
Discipline Punishment given by subject teacher and then in a line
through Form Tutor and ultimately to Head. Serious transgressions would lead to
parental involvement immediately.
Alumni association GDST Minerva Network.