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What sets it apart is particularly happy and homelike feel with a dash of top school trimmings. There’s not a hair out of place (and if there were, it would be cashmere). Pupils wear their uniforms with pride, despite slight...

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Heathfield School in Ascot is a dynamic and individual boarding and day school for girls aged 11-18. We combine the pastoral with the academic and have a holistic approach to education which ensures our students’ well-being as well as academic success. Heathfield is a small school with big opportunities and challenges in and out of the classroom, including on the sporting field and in music and drama. Our small size means each girl achieves the best she possibly can. A recent study by Durham University put us in the top 17% of schools nationwide for adding value to a child’s education. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Art & Design (Photography) at an English Independent School (GCE A level)

Sports

Polo

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

What The Good Schools Guide says

What sets it apart is particularly happy and homelike feel with a dash of top school trimmings. There’s not a hair out of place (and if there were, it would be cashmere). Pupils wear their uniforms with pride, despite slight love/hate feelings for ties (plain for most, striped for prefects, red for outstanding achievement, scholarship version under discussion). ‘Have grown to love mine,’ said one. It’s as if someone has carefully curated a best of boarding school experience...

Headmistress

Since September 2016, Mrs Marina Gardiner Legge, previously director of studies here. MA in English literature from Oxford and PGCE from the University of Hong Kong, where she started her teaching career. Head of year and assistant head at Rutlish School, a boys' comprehensive in south London, before joining Heathfield in 2013.

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Special Education Needs

In addition to the wide curriculum offered by Heathfield, girls are supported by the learning support department, better known as Spectrum. Heathfield has welcoming purpose-built rooms to accommodate either individual or group teaching for those students who may have a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia. All the staff are qualified teachers and provide support particularly in literacy and numeracy. Some of the Spectrum staff are fluent in French and are also able to offer additional support for this subject if necessary. Staff are qualified to assess girls should they require exam Access Arrangements and will make the necessary applications to Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). Approximately 10% of current students receive additional support. Spectrum also administers EFL (extra English for international students). These EFL classes offer subject support, IELTS coaching for university entrants and the full range of English language qualifications offered by The University of Cambridge Examination Board. Overseas students at Heathfield come from many areas of the world, including Spain, Japan, China, Russia, Mexico, Thailand and Germany. Currently the EFL students form about 7% of all students.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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