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Science is very popular, young and dynamic rather than geeky – the worktops in the revamped labs wouldn’t look out of place in a kitchen showroom in Hove. Each sixth former has her own tray of instruments and test-tubes, encouraging responsibility and continuity. The pleasant walk to the courts in St Ann’s Well Garden is enjoyed by tennis players, girls are minibussed to Brighton Swimming Centre to swim, and the fitness studio is hugely popular. Main hall, used for two assemblies each week and performances, has retractable seating – when we visited, a vicar had just given a thoughtful address...

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What the school says...

For Prep School applications your daughter will be invited in for a Taster Day and assessment which is designed to look for potential. We have teacher-led informal assessments for entry into Reception - Year 2 and short assessments for Years 3 - 6 in Verbal Reasoning, Maths and Comprehension.

Entry for the High School is as follows: age 11 - Maths, English & VR; age 12+ - Maths, English, Science and French (if already studied); age 16 - Minimum of 5 A-Cs (including English Language & Maths) with A/Bs in subjects to be pursued; an interview is also included.

Scholarships and bursaries available at all ages.
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Curricula

Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since January 2020, Rosie McColl. Previously deputy head at Wellington College and before that, deputy head at Berkhamsted School. Studied at Trinity College Dublin (M Phil) and at Oxford (MA English language and literature).

Academic matters

Academic results strong with 70 per cent A*-B grades at A level, and 40 per cent 9-8 grades at GCSE in 2019; dedicated staff passionate about their subjects. Bright, stimulating, independently minded, confident girls – a description approved by parents, staff and the local general public. Pupils are very conscientious and pile the pressure on themselves, but are encouraged to progress as individuals. Parents wonder at the results without overt peer rivalry – they feel it is extremely supportive, all of BHHS want everyone to succeed.

Touchscreens or interactive whiteboards in practically every classroom, both of...

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Special Education Needs

A careful register is kept of special needs, and individual support clinics are offered, as needed. Teaching staff are advised regularly of developments and special support needed. In the Junior School pupils are supported within the class. In the Senior School there are, or have been, pupils with registered special needs. Some are dyslexic or dyspraxic, others mildly so. There are, or have been, pupils with hearing or visual difficulties, and others with motor difficulties of various kinds. No current pupils have EFL requirements.


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