Talbot Heath 塔尔博特西斯中学, Rothesay Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH4 9NJ
Tel: 01202 761881 Fax: 01202 768155
• GIRLS, 3–18 Day, 10–18 Boarding (full & weekly). Boys 3–7 only
• Pupils 617, Upper sixth 40
• Termly fees £870–£2750 (Day), £4580 (Boarding), £4660 (Weekly)
• GSA, SHA
• Enquiries/application to the Headmistress
WHAT IT’S LIKE
Founded in 1886 it moved to its present site in 1935. It has purpose-built
premises on a single site in woodlands 1_ miles from the town centre and 2 miles
from the coast. It has very good facilities, including a science centre, music
school, sports hall, astro-turf hockey pitch and heated swimming pool. It offers
a broad and balanced curriculum. Academic standards are high and examination
results very good. Flourishing art and drama departments and a tremendously
strong music department. Excellent range of sports and games (numerous county
representatives) and fine variety of extra-curricular activities. Some local
community service. It is a Church of England foundation but pupils of all faiths
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 3–18; 617 pupils, 587 day (11 boys, 576
girls), 30 boarding girls. Senior department 11–18, 381 girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 3, 7, 11, 12, 13 and 16. Own entrance
examination used; for sixth-form entry, GCSE at least grade B in sixth-form
subjects. Academic and personal potential looked for. 50% of senior intake from
state schools (plus a few at 16); many from own junior (enquiries to Head of
Junior School, tel 01202 763360).
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Some scholarships, value 10%–50%
fees: academic, all-rounder, sport and music (awarded at 11, 12, 13 and 16).
Variable number of bursaries, including for church and service bursaries.
Parents not expected to buy textbooks.
Parents Majority of parents live within 30 mile radius, 5+% live
Head & staff
Headmistress: Mrs Christine Dipple, in post from 1991. Educated at
Barnard Castle Grammar and at universities of Leeds (modern languages), Lille
III (Maitrise) and Oxford (education). Previously Head of Modern Languages and
Head of House for day girls at St Swithun’s, Head of Modern Languages at
Sherborne Girls’, Head of Italian at Millfield and taught at a comprehensive
school in the north east.
Teaching staff: 45 full time, 15 part time plus visiting staff for extra
GCSE: In 2003, 47 pupils in upper fifth, 96% gained grade C or above in
8+ subjects. Average GCSE score 64 (61 over 5 years).
A-levels: 37 in upper sixth: 19% passed in 4 subjects; 78% in 3–3_
subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 373.
University & college entrance Typically 90+% of sixth-form leavers go
on to a degree course (10% after a gap year), 10% to Oxbridge. 15% take courses
in medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 15% in science & engineering, 10%
in law, 30% in humanities & social sciences, 10% in art & design, 15% in other
vocational subjects (eg physiotherapy, nursing). Others typically go on to art
college or employment.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 20 AS-level subjects offered, 18
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3–4 at
A-level; general studies is not taught. Typically 33% take science A-levels, 33%
arts and humanities, 33% combinations. Key skills integrated into sixth-form
Vocational: Work experience and careers guidance available.
Special provision: Individual support for pupils with specific language
Languages: French (from age 7), German and Spanish offered to GCSE, AS
and A-level. Regular exchanges to France and Germany; video conferencing links
with UK and French schools.
ICT: Taught as a discrete subject; internet used as a resource across the
curriculum. 85 computers for pupil use (7+ hours a day), most networked and some
with e-mail and internet access.
Music: Over 30% of pupils learn at least one musical instrument;
instrumental exams may be taken. Some 15–20 musical groups including orchestra,
3 choirs, flute choir, clarinet choir, early music, recorder consort, concert
band, string groups.
Drama: LAMDA exams may be taken. Majority of pupils are involved in
Art & design: Offered to GCSE and A-level with use of varied media.
Sport & activities
Sport: Athletics, badminton, dance, gymnastics, health-related exercise,
hockey, netball, orienteering, rounders, swimming, tennis, volleyball
compulsory. Optional sports for older pupils: aerobics, archery, fencing,
squash, table tennis, yoga. Currently international representation in netball
and tennis; national finalists/winners in netball, tennis; regional or county
representation in badminton, hockey, netball, squash, swimming, tennis,
Activities: Many pupils take bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh’s
Awards. Police service and first-aid courses followed. Numerous fundraising
projects for wide range of causes undertaken by whole school, form/year groups
or individuals. Clubs include Amnesty International, Christian Focus, public
Uniform: School uniform worn, except in sixth form (secondhand uniform
shop run by parents).
Houses & prefects: 2 Head girls, 2 deputies, 6 prefects with special
responsibilities – democratic election, final confirmation by Headmistress. All
sixth formers share general school duties.
Religion: Religious studies lessons (general) at all levels; daily
morning assembly. Multi-faith chaplaincy committee with chaplains visiting
Social: Pupils allowed to bring own car/bike to school. Meals
self-service. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline ‘Firm but fair’ ethos with necessary minimum of formal
rules. Privileges granted according to age.
Boarding Younger pupils share dormitories; older students in single
or shared; study bedrooms for sixth form. Boarding houses on main campus.
Flexible weekend exeats by arrangement.
Alumni association is run by the Headmistress.
Former pupils Judge Daffodil Cosgrave; Lady Faithfull; Dilys Powell;
Pat Smythe; Natalie Clein; Charlie Lee-Potter; Shirley Williams.