Lingfield Notre Dame School,林菲尔德圣母中学, Lingfield, Surrey RH7 6PH Tel:
01342 833176 Fax: 01342 836048
• CO-ED, 2_–18, Day
• Pupils 713, Upper sixth 37
• Termly fees £1825–£2440
• Enquiries/application to the Admissions Secretary
What it’s like
Founded in 1940 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame; they withdrew in 1987 and
it is now a corporate charity under a lay governing body. It combines nursery
through to senior school and is co-educational having admitted boys since 1996.
The school occupies a campus on the Meridian which comprises 35 acres of lawns,
formal gardens, orchards and playing fields on the edge of the attractive
village of Lingfield. The pleasant buildings are well equipped. Recent
developments have included a drama and music building, sports halls, fitness
suite and playing fields, an art/technology complex and a new sixth-form centre.
The school is ecumenical and its philosophy is based on a firm belief in the
development of the whole person, encompassing maximum care and support for the
individual. A sound general education is provided and examination results are
good. It is strong in music and drama. A range of sports, games and
extra-curricular activities, including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, is
enjoyed. There is a life skills course and a diverse programme of sporting
activities in the sixth form.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 2_–18; 713 day pupils (324 boys, 389
girls). Senior department 11–18, 399 pupils.
Entrance: Main entry ages 2_–10, 11 and 16. Own entrance exam used,
interview and report from previous school; for sixth-form entry, 6 GCSEs at
least grade C (grade A in sixth-form subjects). State school entry 15% main
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 20 pa scholarships, value 10%–50%
fees: 15 academic and 5 all-rounder (10 each at 11 and 16). Variable bursaries,
based on financial need. Parents expected to buy maths textbooks; maximum extras
Head & staff
Principal: Mrs N E Shepley, in post from 1991. Educated at St Louis
Convent, Ballymena (Northern Ireland) and Birmingham University (mathematics,
history). Previously Deputy Head and Head of Mathematics at Ruskin High School,
Teaching staff: 36 full time, 14 part time. Annual turnover 5%.
GCSE: In 2003, 61 pupils in Year 11: 100% gained grade C or above in 5+
subjects. Average GCSE score 59 (56 over 5 years).
A-levels: 44 in upper sixth: 82% passed in 3+ subjects; 18% in 2
subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 316.
University & college entrance 98% of sixth-form leavers go on to a
degree course (14% after a gap year), 5% to Oxbridge. 19% take courses in
science & engineering, 46% in humanities & social sciences, 16% in medicine or
law, 19% in art & design. The remainder typically go on to non-degree courses or
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-level. 22 subjects at GCSE, 19 at AS-level,
16 A-level, plus non-examination subjects.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level (with
increasing breadth), 3 at A-level; some take AS-level general studies in
addition (no A-level). Key skills and citizenship integrated into sixth-form
courses and activities.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Special provision: Help for dyslexic pupils.
Languages: French (compulsory), German and Spanish offered at GCSE, AS
and A-level; Latin as non-examined subject. Exchanges to France and Spain.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1–3 lessons a week) and across
the curriculum. 90 computers for pupil use (8 hours a day), all networked and
with email and internet access.
Music: Over 40% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Musical groups include orchestras, wind band, flute ensemble,
choirs. Choir winner of local festival; pupils regularly go on to music degrees
Drama & dance: Both offered. GCSE drama, AS and A-level theatre studies,
LAMDA exams may be taken. Majority of pupils are involved in school and
house/other productions. Participation in local festivals; 1 pupil in National
Art & design: On average, 15 pupils take GCSE, 2 A-level art, 5 take
product design. Design, textiles also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Hockey, netball, athletics, rounders, gym, tennis, squash,
football, cricket, basketball, rugby, badminton compulsory. Optional: aerobics,
golf. Sixth form only: sailing, canoeing, archery, orienteering, dry skiing and
many others. GCSE, BAGA exams may be taken. International squash representative;
county hockey, netball, athletics, district champions regularly.
Activities: Pupils take Duke of Edinburgh Award. Community service
optional. Successful public speaking team; other activities include dance,
drama, Latin, etc.
Uniform: School uniform worn, modified in the sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, head girl/boy and heads
of houses, appointed in consultation with staff. School council and sixth-form
Religion: Compulsory Christian morning assembly.
Social: Drama, debates, orchestral and choral concerts; sixth-form social
events with local independent schools. Language exchanges; educational and
sporting holidays; activity trips to eg Canada, Venezuela, Vietnam. Sixth
formers allowed to bring own car to school. Hot school lunches served, plus
breakfast club. School shop sells stationery. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once might expect to
repeat it plus extra work on same topic; detention for persistent offenders.
Parental involvement in disciplinary procedure is regarded as very important;
any pupil caught smoking cannabis on the premises would be expelled.