St Teresa's School 圣特雷莎中学,
Dorking, Surrey RH5 6ST
Tel: 01372 452037/454896
Fax: 01372 450311
• GIRLS, 11–18, Day & Boarding (full, weekly & occasional)
• Pupils 330, Upper sixth 30
• Termly fees £3255–£3455 (Day), £5705–£5905 (Boarding), £5270–£5470 (Weekly)
• GSA, SHA, CISC, BSA
• Enquiries to the Headmistress. Application to the Admissions Secretary
What it’s like
Founded in 1928. The main house dates from 1799 and has been greatly extended to
provide modern facilities. It is situated amid beautiful, rural surroundings, 22
miles from London, in 45 acres of grounds amongst the Surrey hills. A Roman
Catholic foundation, it welcomes other denominations. Classes are small and a
broad curriculum provides an all-round education. Examination results are good.
Each girl is encouraged to explore her own capabilities in her own way and to
discover her own individual talents. Pupils are involved in a wide range of
extra-curricular activities – music, drama, arts, textiles, public-speaking,
debating, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, voluntary service, work
experience and Young Enterprise. Facilities for sports and games include an
indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, all-weather hockey pitch and a
multi-purpose sports hall. The preparatory school, from which many pupils are
drawn, is about 1_ miles away.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Age range 11–18; 330 girls (240 day, 90 boarding).
Entrance: Main entry ages 11, 12, 13 and 16. Own entrance exam used; for
sixth-form entry, 5 GCSEs at least grade C. Small state school entry; 40% of
intake from own prep school (tel 01372 453456), others from a range of local
Scholarships & bursaries Academic, art and music scholarships, up to
50% of tuition fees, awarded at 11, 12, 13 and 16; also sixth-form drama and
sports awards. Some bursaries for existing pupils, based on financial need.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Mrs Mary Prescott, in post since 1997. Educated at Stoodley
Knowle Convent, Torquay, and London University (Spanish and French). Previously
Assistant Head and Head of Modern Languages at the school, and teacher of modern
languages at Hove Park School and Falmer School. Also FRSA.
Teaching staff: 35 full time, 12 part time. Annual turnover 10%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 56 in fifth: 96% gained at least grade C in 5+ subjects.
Average GCSE score 58 (55 over 5 years).
A-levels: 36 in upper sixth. Average final point score achieved by upper
sixth formers 341.
University & college entrance All 2003 sixth-form leavers went on to
a degree course. 31% took courses in science, engineering and medicine, 44% in
humanities & social sciences, 11% in art & design, 14% other vocational subjects
eg business administration, physiotherapy.
Curriculum GCSE and A-levels: 17 GCSE subjects offered, 25 A-level.
Special provision: Learning support and EFL lessons by specialist
teachers; small groups or individual teaching.
Languages: French, German, Spanish and Latin offered to GCSE, AS and
A-level (French compulsory from 11, one other from 12, Latin for 1 year at 11).
Most take GCSE in more than 1 language. Annual exchanges (France, Germany and
ICT: Taught both across the curriculum and as a discrete subject (1
lesson/week Years 7–12). 100 computers for pupil use (12+ hours a day; some for
24 hours), all networked and with e-mail and internet access.
Music: 40% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can
be taken. Musical groups include orchestra, choirs, many ensembles.
Drama: Drama and theatre arts offered; LAMDA exams may be taken. Majority
of pupils are involved in school productions.
Art & design: On average, 25 take GCSE, 15 A-level.
Sport & activities
Sport: Hockey, netball, cricket, tennis, rounders, basketball,
volleyball, athletics, cross-country, badminton, riding, football, swimming,
gymnastics, trampolining, swimming. Exams may be taken. County and regional
hockey and netball representatives.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Voluntary service includes geriatric visits, working with the blind and
disabled. Over 60 extra-curricular activities; clubs include computer, chess,
driving lessons, riding, debating, public-speaking.
Uniform: School uniform worn; sixth form uniform for special occasions.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, head girl and deputy,
head of house and house prefects elected by school, ratified by Headmistress and
staff. School Council.
Religion: All girls attend assemblies and chapel.
Social: Debates, theatre trips, modern languages and social events,
sixth-form societies and challenge of management course with local boys
independent schools. Organised trips abroad for eg sport (France, Italy), art
and Spanish (Spain), World Challenge expedition (Venezuela). Meals self-service.
School bank and shop.
Discipline Clearly defined school rules and sanctions.
Boarding Fifth and sixth forms have own study bedrooms; others share;
youngest are in dormitories. Houses divided by age group. Resident qualified
nurse. Central dining room. Pupils may provide and cook own food on special
occasions (kitchen facilities from year 9). Half-term 7–10 days. Weekly and
occasional boarding offered; also extended day for day girls.
Alumni association St Teresa’s Old Girls’ Association (STOGA) c/o the
Former pupils Lynne Reid-Banks (author); Faye Maschler (restaurateur
and food critic); Jennifer Michelmore (actress).