St George's School
Berkshire SL5 7DZ
Tel: 01344 629900 Fax: 01344 629901
• GIRLS, 11–18, Day & Boarding
• Pupils 313, Upper sixth 50
• Termly fees £4350 (Day), £6750 (Boarding)
• Enquiries/application to the Admissions Secretary
What it’s like
Founded at the end of the 19th century it has a fine site close to Windsor Great
Park and opposite the Ascot racecourse. The grounds comprise 30 acres of fields,
woods, streams and heathland and the handsome brick buildings have an elevated
position with good views. The school is well equipped and has good sports
facilities, including a fully-equipped sports hall. Other recent additions
include a performing arts hall, design and technology facilities. The computer
system has been networked to all buildings. It is Christian in outlook and has
its own chapel. A sound general education is provided and results in public
examinations are very good. Music, drama and art are an important part of the
curriculum. There is a wide range of sports, games and extra-curricular
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Age range 11–18; 313 girls (160 day, 153 boarding).
Entrance: Main entry ages 11, 12, 13 and 16. Common Entrance used. Pupils
come from a wide range of feeder schools.
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 12+ pa scholarships: academic and
music (at both 11 and 16), plus art, drama, PE at 16. Some means-tested
bursaries for existing pupils. No compulsory extras; charges for extra
individual games, drama and music.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Mrs Joanna Grant Peterkin, in post from 1999. Educated at
Downe House and Wycombe High School and at the universities of Durham and Oxford
(history). Previously Head of Sixth Form at St Paul’s Girls’ School.
GCSE: In 2003, 39 pupils in fifth: 97% gained at least grade C in 8+
subjects. Average GCSE score 63 (60 over 5 years).
A-levels: 35 in upper sixth: 100% passed in 3 subjects. Average final
point score achieved by upper sixth formers 356.
University & college entrance 98% of sixth-form leavers go on to
degree courses (60% after a gap year). 5% took courses in medicine, dentistry &
veterinary science, 23% in science & engineering, 49% in humanities & social
sciences, 12% in art & design, 11% in vocational courses eg education, sports
science, accountancy, speech science, architecture.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels: 16 GCSE subjects, 24 AS/A-level.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
general studies is not taken. 11% took science A-levels; 41% arts/humanities;
48% both. Key skills integrated into sixth-form courses; IT certificates. Range
of enrichment courses eg leadership challenge, safe driving, yoga.
Vocational: Work experience and community service available.
Special provision: Support teaching is arranged as an extra one-to-one.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered to GCSE and A-level; other
languages by special arrangement. Regular exchanges.
ICT: Taught as a discrete subject (2 lessons/week in Years 7–10 and Year
12). Most pupils take Clait. 45 computers solely for pupils use (15 hours a
day), all networked and with e-mail and internet access; also number of
networked, wireless laptops.
Music: 80% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can
be taken. Some 10 musical groups including choirs, woodwind, strings, jazz
Drama: GCSE drama, A-level drama and theatre studies and LAMDA exams may
be taken. Some pupils are involved in school productions and majority in
Art & design: On average, 20 take GCSE, 8 A-level. Textiles, photography,
ceramics and history of art A-level also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Netball, lacrosse, gymnastics, tennis, swimming, rounders,
athletics, squash compulsory. Optional: badminton, volleyball, table tennis,
fitness, fencing, ballet, aerobics, modern stage, tap, basketball. County,
regional and national lacrosse teams members, lacrosse tours to USA.
Activities: Pupils take bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Clubs include young scientist, pet keeping, photography and cookery.
Uniform: School uniform worn except in sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. School Council.
Religion: Compulsory morning assembly in chapel, 4 days a week. One
compulsory Sunday service; Roman Catholics attend Mass; other religions may
participate in their practices.
Social: Contact with local schools encouraged. Trips abroad include
annual visit to Normandy, skiing trip, art and history of art trip, frequent
European music tours. A wide range of charities are supported.
Discipline Clear and consistent policy on drugs, alcohol and smoking.
Minor offences dealt with by detention or extra school duties. Girls encouraged
to follow school code by showing consideration for others.
Boarding Most sixth form have own study bedroom; 8% of pupils in
dormitories of 4+. Accommodation divided by age group. Resident qualified nurse.
Visits to Ascot allowed, supervised until the end of Year 9.