Surbiton High School,瑟比顿高级中学, Surbiton Crescent, Kingston upon
Thames, Surrey KT1 2JT
Tel: 020 8546 5245 Fax: 020 8547 0026
• GIRLS, 4–18 Day, Boys 4–11 only
• Pupils 1258, Upper sixth 85
• Termly fees £1799–£2987
• GSA, IAPS, CSCo
• Enquiries/application to the Registrar (tel 020 8546 5245)
What it’s like
Founded in 1884 and owned by the Church Schools Company, it stands in a quiet
part of Surbiton in pleasant grounds. The buildings are well designed and
facilities are good. Boys and girls are in separate schools to age 11, when
girls move on to to the senior school, boys to other schools. The junior girls’
school, the boys’ prep school and the sixth form college are on separate sites,
close to the senior school. Recent acquisitions and conversions have provided a
theatre, music block, drama studio and a library. New playing fields and
all-weather courts are close to the school. It is a C of E foundation but all
faiths are welcome. A friendly school where individuals are valued and
encouraged to develop their talents. Examination results are very good. It has
strong music, drama and art departments and a range of games, sports and
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 4–18; 1258 day pupils (138 boys, 1120 girls).
Senior department 11–18, 816 girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 4, 5, 7, 11 and 16. Own entrance exam used; for
sixth-form entry, 7 GCSEs (at least grade B in A-level subjects). No special
skills or religious requirements.
Scholarships & bursaries Some scholarships awarded at 11 (4+
academic, others for
sport, art, music); others at 16 (4+ academic, creative arts). Church School
Foundation assisted places, up to 90% fees. Approx 10+ bursaries, based on
financial need; reduced fees for clergy children.
Head & staff
Head: Dr Jennifer Longhurst, in post since 2001. Educated at Colston’s
Girls’ School and Exeter University (PhD French). Previously Vice Principal at
Solihull Sixth Form College.
Teaching staff: 52 full time, 26 part time.
GCSE: In 2003, 107 in Year 11, 99% gaining at least grade C in 8+
subjects. Average GCSE score 65 (62 over 5 years).
A-levels: 85 in upper sixth. 12% passed in 4+ subjects, 77% in 3, 9% in 2
subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 352.
University & college entrance 98% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course. 4% took courses in medicine, dentistry & veterinary science,
13% in science & engineering, 37% in humanities & social sciences, 11% in art &
design, 18% in combined courses, 17% in vocational subjects eg drama, fashion
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 20 subjects offered.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
general studies not taught.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Languages: French (taught from age 4), German, Spanish and Latin all
offered to GCSE, AS and A-level. Regular exchanges to France and Germany.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons/week in Years 7–9) and
across the curriculum. 200 computers for pupil use (10 hours a day), all
networked and with e-mail and internet access.
Music: Up to 40% of pupils learn a musical instrument. Some 7 musical
groups including orchestras, concert band, choirs, string and wind ensembles.
Drama: Drama offered Years 7–9; GCSE drama, A-level theatre studies and
LAMDA exams may be taken. Some pupils are involved in school productions and
majority in form/other productions.
Art & design: On average, 50 take GCSE, 20 A-level. Design, pottery,
textiles, product design and photography also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Hockey, netball, rounders, tennis, athletics compulsory. Optional:
squash, rowing, badminton, dry skiing, keep fit, aerobics, weight-training,
trampolining, karate, swimming, basketball, football. National and international
championship success in individual and team skiing.
Activities: Community service optional; sixth-form community awareness
option. 50 clubs, eg technology, science, drama, music, debating, Young
Enterprise, theatre, sport, computer skills.
Uniform: School uniform worn except in the sixth form.
Houses & prefects: No competitive houses. No prefects but permanent
sixth-form committee. Head girl, deputies and committee (appointed by Head after
discussion with staff and pupils), head girls and deputies for middle and upper
Religion: Compulsory attendance at daily assembly, pupils often taking
participatory role in leading prayers.
Social: Theatre/music performance links with local boys’ schools;
Observer Mace Debating Competition; sixth-form theatre club; inter-form
public-speaking competition. Organised visits to America, France, Italy,
Barbados, Iceland; regular skiing holidays; French and German exchanges. Pupils
allowed to bring own car/bike to school. Meals self-service. No tobacco or
Discipline Pastoral care and discipline policies underpinned by
caring Christian ethos. Aim is to have open and effective channels of
communication between pupils, staff and parents; all parties are involved to
effect a swift resolution of problems, whether minor or more serious.