Guildford, Surrey GU1 2JD
Tel: 01483 575101 Fax: 01483 450592
• GIRLS, 4–18, Day
• Pupils 740, Upper sixth 40
• Termly fees £1380–£2900
• Enquiries/application to the Registrar
WHAT IT’S LIKE
Founded in 1905, as a non-denominational school, it is set in an attractive site
of some 4 acres, close to the centre of Guildford. The junior department has its
own buildings opposite the main school. A sixth-form general studies programme
is run in conjunction with the Royal Grammar School, Guildford. Examination
results are excellent. There is much emphasis on the extra-curricular programme.
Drama and music are well supported. A wide range of sports and games is
available, with many county, regional and national representatives. The school
takes part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and most pupils participate.
Pupils have regularly joined in British Schools’ Exploration Society
expeditions. There is a large number of clubs and societies and regular exchange
visits to Europe.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 4–18, 730 day girls. Senior department
11–18, 560 girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 4, 7, 11 and 16. Own entrance exam used. For
sixth-form entry, interviews and 7 GCSEs at least grade C (usually grade B in
AS-level subjects). State school entry, 15% of senior intake.
Scholarships & bursaries 10–12 pa scholarships, value up to one third
of fees: academic, music and art (awarded at 11 and 16).
Head & staff
Headmistress: Mrs Susan Marks, appointed 2001. Educated at Wilmslow
Grammar School, Cheshire, and at universities of Oxford (PPE) and Leicester
(educational management). Previously Head of Sixth Form at the school and Head
of Social Sciences at St George’s College, Weybridge. Member of Independent
Schools Inspectorate; formerly Vice President at Bank of America.
Teaching staff: 63 full time, 24 part time. Annual turnover 10%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 53 pupils in upper fifth; all gained at least grade C in
8+ subjects. Average GCSE score 65 (63 over 5 years).
A-levels: 39 in upper sixth: 100% passed in 4+ subjects. Average final
point score achieved by upper sixth formers 516
University & college entrance 100% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (12% after a gap year), 8% to Oxbridge. 18% took courses in
science & engineering, 58% in humanities & social sciences, 8% in art & design,
10% in vocational subjects, 8% in other combined degrees.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 26 AS/A-level subjects offered.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
in addition, all take AS and A-level general studies. 38% take science A-levels;
38% arts/humanities; 24% both. Key skills not examined but integrated where
possible into sixth-form courses.
Vocational: Work experience available: also Clait exams; lower sixth form
take integrated Business Studies Stage II.
Special provision: Some for pupils with dyslexia.
Languages: French, German, Latin, Greek and Spanish GCSE and AS and
A-level. A modern foreign language compulsory from Year 7 to GCSE; Latin in
Years 7–8. 65% take GCSE in more than 1 language. Regular exchanges (France,
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons/week in Years 7, 8 and
10) and across the curriculum; Year 10 pupils take Clait. 54 computers for pupil
use (9 hours a day), all networked and with internet access; plus departmental
stand-alones. School intranet, electronic bulletin board, computerised library
Music: Over 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 10+ musical groups, including orchestras, jazz group, big
band, chamber ensembles, choirs. Several pupils play with Surrey Youth
Drama & dance: Both offered. GCSE drama, A-level theatre studies and
LAMDA exams may be taken. Some pupils are involved in school productions,
majority in house/other productions.
Art & design: On average, 30 take GCSE, 6 A-level. Graphics, ceramics and
textiles also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Gym, netball, hockey, swimming, basketball, volleyball,
badminton, athletics, tennis, rounders compulsory. Optional: squash,
cross-country, fencing. Sixth form only: aerobics, golf, sailing, horseriding,
weight training, ice skating. National finals for BAGA aerobics (ranked 2nd
nationally for gymnastics), silver medallists at national U14 relay swimming
finals; county champions in hockey (U18) and netball (U15, U16).
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Community service optional. Girls selected for BSES summer expeditions,
destinations worldwide. Up to 30 clubs eg Christian Union, speakers society,
computers, drama, chess, debating, various sports.
Uniform: School uniform worn except in sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Head girl, heads of houses and
games captain – all apply for the job and are selected on the basis of their
application, staff recommendation and support from their peers. School
Religion: Non-denominational but attendance at school assembly
Social: Debates, lectures, theatrical and musical productions with other
local schools, and shared sixth-form general studies with the Royal Grammar
School. Regular European trips. Meals self-service. No tobacco or alcohol
Discipline The discipline policy rests on a code of conduct, devised
with the help of staff, parents, pupils and governors. Girls infringing the code
may expect extra work, to be put on report, a detention or a fine, as
appropriate. Serious offences will result in suspension, possible expulsion for
further similar offences. A girl who brings a banned substance onto school
premises should expect to be expelled.