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Parents range from diverse international community to ecstatic locals, often first time buyers, thrilled about what school has done for their children. All aware that school still seen as second choice. While near neighbours have sought solid A grade glory, here they’ve carried on with broader ability range (many are around the national average). ‘Not right for families who want everything in neat and tidy boxes,’ thought mother. ‘It’s not draconian here. You’re doing it because…

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What the school says...

Box Hill School is a co-educational day, weekly and full boarding school for girls and boys aged 11-18. We are proud to be a founding member of Round Square, a global network of schools that share a passion for learning through experience and character education. Formed in 1966, it bases its educational philosophy on the teachings of educationalist Kurt Hahn. The Round Square approach doesn’t just focus on what is taught but rather how learning takes place. We follow this philosophy and live by its IDEALS of Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service.

This ethos of holistic education develops life-long skills as well as academic success. We see this in our students as they develop into confident, resilient and well-rounded young men and women.

Excellent pastoral care is intrinsic to everything we do and our commitment to the wellbeing of students is very strong. We offer a vast array of activities which are timetabled into the school day, students can choose from over 50 options each term and are encouraged to try new things.

Our focus is on achieving the best academic outcome for each student and ensuring each student fulfils their full potential. In the sixth form we offer both the A Level and International Baccalaureate programmes. We work closely with our families and provide guidance and support to help with decisions about further education choices.
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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

Other features

International Study Centre - school has a linked, international study centre for overseas students wishing to improve their English.

School associations

Round Square - a network of 40 schools worldwide that share ideals such as internationalism, adventure and service.



What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2014, Corydon Lowde BSc MEd NPQH (40s), previously school’s deputy head who took over following sudden departure of predecessor. Before that, nearly three years’ handy overseas experience in similar role at British International School of Boston, preceded by seven-year stint at Hampshire Collegiate School, starting career at large state comprehensive.

‘Has a vision he wants to share’ and ‘never tires of talking about what we’re doing.’ Hours he’s putting in (lots of them) paying off, thought insider. ‘School is going up.’ Was ‘gutted’ that had to speak on the phone (in hospital having wonky knee put right on day of visit) as meeting best way of ‘understanding where all that energy is coming from and where the school is going.’

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

Box Hill School has a long tradition of supporting pupils with specific learning difficulties. We offer tuition on site by withdrawing pupils from lessons on a one-to-one basis on a rotational system. The majority receive one 55 minute lesson a week with a specialist teacher for literacy, study skills, and/or maths. The department comprises a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCo), a deputy SENCo, seven specialist teachers who have well-resourced rooms and three learning support assistants. We also have a qualified speech and language therapist offering one-to-one support. Liaison between the specialist teachers and all members of the teaching and house staff helps form a relaxed and effective working environment in which pupils can maximise their potential.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
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 Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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