The Godolphin School,歌得芬中学，歌得芬学校
Milford Hill, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2RA
Tel: 01722 430500 Fax: 01722 430501
• GIRLS, 11–18, Day & Boarding (full & flexible)
• Pupils 410, Upper sixth 62
• Termly fees £3995 (Day), £6300 (Boarding)
• GSA, BSA
• Enquiries/applications to the Admissions Secretary
What it’s like
The original foundation is based on the will of Elizabeth Godolphin made
in 1726 and the school moved to its present site on the edge of
Salisbury in 1891. The main building is Victorian and the remainder
reflect the full range of 20th-century architectural styles, as the
school has steadily developed. The most recent addition is a
purpose-built performing arts centre. The buildings are surrounded by 16
acres of gardens and playing fields overlooking open countryside. The
school is a C of E foundation; morning prayers and some religious
services are compulsory and there are regular services in Salisbury
Cathedral. A broad general education is provided and examination results
are very good. Considerable emphasis is placed on careers and
higher-education advice. There are very active music, drama and art
departments and the school is well equipped with sporting facilities
(including a modern sports hall, indoor swimming pool and fitness
centre). A wide range of extra-curricular and weekend activities is open
to day girls and boarders, including the first all-girls school CCF. The
school has its own prep school.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Age range 11–18; 410 girls (217 day, 193 boarding).
Entrance: Main entry ages 11, 12, 13 and 16. Common Entrance used. For
sixth-form entry, interview, school report, GCSE results (grade B in
sixth-form subjects) and a written paper in proposed sixth-form
subjects. Small state school entry; significant intake from own prep
(enquiries to the Secretary, Godolphin Prep School, tel 01722 430652).
Scholarships & bursaries Scholarships, value 5%–50% fees: academic,
music, art and sports. Variable number of bursaries.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Miss Jill Horsburgh, appointed in 1996. Educated at the
universities of Oxford (history) and Leicester (education) and
postgraduate work at Sheffield and Surrey. Previously Deputy Head and
Head of History at Benenden and taught at Downe House.
Teaching staff: 57 full time, 28 part time. Annual turnover 4%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 58 pupils in fifth: 99% gained at least grade C in 8+
subjects. Average GCSE score 63 (60 over 5 years).
A-levels: 62 in upper sixth: 69% passed in 3+ subjects. Average final
point score achieved by upper sixth formers 353.
University & college entrance In 2003 98% sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree or foundation course, some after a gap year. 32% took degree
courses in science & engineering, 48% in humanities & social sciences,
12% in art & design.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 26 AS/A-level subjects.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at both AS and A-level.
33% take maths and science A-levels; remainder arts/humanities. Key
skills assumed to be integrated in courses.
Vocational: Work shadowing in lower sixth. RSA Stage 1 Clait and Stages 1
and 2 wordprocessing.
Special provision: EFL coaching, and support for dyslexic pupils.
Languages: French, Spanish and German offered to GCSE, AS and A-level;
also Italian and Greek for fun. All sixth form may continue with
languages regardless of sixth-form subjects. Cable TV access to European
networks. Regular visits and exchanges.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons/week in Years 7–9) and
across the curriculum. 65 computers for pupil use (13 hours a day), all
networked and with email and internet access. Most pupils take Clait.
Music: 85% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams may
be taken, also GCSE and A-level. Some 16 musical groups including
choirs, bands, orchestras, string orchestras, ensembles. Pupils are
members of national and county orchestras and choirs. Pupils regularly
go on to conservatoires. Public concerts, UK and foreign music tours,
workshops and masterclasses.
Drama: Drama at GCSE and A-level. Majority of pupils are involved in
school and house/other productions.
Art & design: On average, 50+% take GCSE, 30% A-level. 3D design,
pottery, textiles, photography, wood/metal work, sculpture, printing,
art history, life class also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Netball, hockey, lacrosse, gym, athletics, tennis, swimming
compulsory (for 2 years). Optional: choice of 24 others. RLSS exams may
be taken. Pupils in national athletics and junior lacrosse teams; 24
county players (various sports).
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Up to 30 clubs, eg fencing, riding, golf, lifesaving, pets,
photography, cricket, touch rugby, pottery, lacemaking, jewellery
making, cooking-for-fun, combined cadet force.
Uniform: School uniform worn except in sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, head girl, head of house
and house prefects, appointed by the Headmistress after school election.
Religion: Attendance at religious worship compulsory.
Social: Debating and parties with local boys’ schools. Music, art, ski
and adventure trips to Europe, Middle East, Africa, North and South
America. Upper sixth allowed to bring own car to school. Meals
self-service. School shop.
Discipline Personal tutors impose penalties for poor performance and
encourage and support achievements, both academic and other, through a
commendation/order mark system. Serious offences (eg use of tobacco or
alcohol or bullying) are dealt with firmly and immediately; expulsion
likely for possession of illegal drugs and suspension for repeated
Boarding 15% have own study/bedroom, 85% share with 1–4. Junior
houses (11–16) of about 40 (same as competitive houses); sixth-form
house of 70. Qualified nurse on site throughout day. Sixth-form pupils
allowed to cook own food. Flexible boarding offered. All ages may visit
local town in groups, frequency depends on age.