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Traditional values clearly do matter here; but this school comes across as modern and engaged. Extra clinics and one-on-one support means no one falls behind. Pupils say it’s easy to ask for help. There are plenty of trips out, from Greece to the Old Bailey; and the lower sixth annual challenge to race the sun, setting off at sunset to walk across the downs to reach Beachy Head by sunrise, dressed up for the occasion as nuns, football players and pirates; the nuns, appropriately, treating everyone to...

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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, previously interim head after the retirement of the previous head due to ill health. BEd in physical education and maths and masters in educational leadership. She joined the school as a newly qualified teacher in 1986 and became deputy head in 2006.

Academic matters

Generally excellent results; 42 per cent A*/A at A level in 2017. Parents are very satisfied with their children’s progress. Consistent achievement at GCSE, with 64 per cent A*-A/9-7 in 2017.

GCSE maths and IGCSE science are high performers, alongside success in English, humanities and the arts. A good variety of mostly traditional subjects, with plenty of languages, both ancient and modern. Lovely language suite built in 2013, with laptops which rise from the desk lid when required. A pupil was awarded a gold...

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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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