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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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What the school says...

At Burgess Hill Girls our focus is on girls and the way they learn, the skills and talents they have and the best way to encourage their personal development. Every year students at Burgess Hill Girls perform exceptionally well in their external examinations, but this is only part of the story. We offer all our students a wide range of opportunities to challenge and bring out the best in them, so that they are able to find and develop their individual interests and talents.

Burgess Hill Girls is a successful day and boarding school for girls between 2 and 18 years of age, with boys welcome in the Nursery. The school is small enough that children are known as individuals yet large enough to offer breadth, choice and opportunity. The Sixth Form are given responsibility and independence which prepares them well for the next stage of their lives. The vast majority go on to universities the length and breadth of the UK, from Exeter to London, Oxford to Cambridge, Cardiff or St Andrews to name but a few. Our girls are enthusiastic and motivated learners and their attitude to learning is evident in everything they do, including our consistently excellent examination results.

The interests of our students are diverse and our single-sex environment encourages the girls to enjoy and thrive in all subjects.
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Head

Since 2017, Liz Laybourn BEd. Gained her BEd in PE and maths at Dartford College, joined Burgess Hill Girls as a newly qualified PE teacher in 1986 and has been there ever since. Loved the ethos and feel of the school from the moment she arrived and became head of PE within a year. Before long she was promoted to assistant boarding housemistress and then deputy head in 2006. Says she has ‘lived and breathed the school and grown up with it,’ and is a passionate advocate of all girls education. 'Girls must feel happy and enjoy their education, 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’. She says that the school does...

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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

In the Junior 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 for the whole school is measured 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 establish 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
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
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 Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
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 Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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