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Burgess Hill Girls

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The school does not have a narrow view of success and girls are celebrated for who they are as people - soft skills are equally as important as academic qualifications. ‘Girls must feel happy and enjoy their education’, says the head and it is ‘about empowering young women and discovering what they want to do; whether it is art, engineering or fashion, the school will support them to achieve their dream’.  Former pupils are known as 'Bold girls', which probably says it all ...

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Burgess Hill Girls is a top performing school for girls aged 2-18, with weekly and full boarding options from age 11. The school is set in 14 acres of beautiful grounds within a conservation area in Burgess Hill, West Sussex. Close to Burgess Hill station and the M23, London is less than an hour away. Our motto at Burgess Hill Girls is ‘I am, I can, I should, I will’. It encapsulates the journey students take with us. Discovering who they are, what they are capable of, the importance of supporting others and developing the will to achieve their dreams. ...Read more

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Since 2022, Lars Fox, previously acting head of a girls’ school in York. German-born, he has spent the last 20 years in the sector, in Newcastle, Durham and then York.

Head of the prep school since 2011 is Heather Cavanagh, who is also deputy head of the whole school. Studied at Canterbury Christ Church University and is doing a part-time master’s in educational leadership.


Entrance into reception to year 2 is via informal assessment at taster days; those entering year 3 and above sit written tests but school looks beyond the academic. Will accept girls mid-year if there is a place.

Almost all prep school pupils move on to the senior school – this is automatic as long as the head feels a girl will cope with the...

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Special Education Needs

In the Prep School we pride ourselves on swiftly identifying any possible SEND requirements. Following this, we put in place a tailored support programme, which entails support delivered in small groups. If the SEND support required is more significant and complex, parents are offered the option to pay for 1:1 specialist support. This style of support programme, along with the tailored educational provision throughout the school, means that the value-added measure for the whole school is rated by ISI as exceptional. The senior school's learning support framework aims to identify the needs of every pupil including those with SEND, EAL or the more able. A staff learning support group allows members of each department to meet regularly and share classroom strategies to cater for those on the SEND register. Pupils with special needs are supported within the classroom, and a small number are withdrawn for special help in our newly established Learning Support Centre. Our belief is that no pupil should slip through the net. The 2014 inspection recognised excellent support for SEND, EAL and pupils of all abilities. Many parents wax lyrical about the support for able pupils.

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

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