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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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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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Since 2014, Kathryn Bell. Vigorous, friendly and energetic – would be the last woman standing against battalions of establishment men; and in fact was the only female head ever appointed at her last post at Ackworth school. Previously second deputy head at Ardingly, and earlier teaching posts at Burgess Hill Girls, Brighton and Hove High, Hazelwick and St Michael’s Burton Park. Has four grown up children, one of whom has had some educational and health problems, which means she has particular empathy with parents struggling with SEN.

Determined to dispel the myth of girls’ schools being fluffy and pink, and Burgess Hill Girls has undergone a recent rebrand to stamp out all traces. Girls need ‘to punch above weight in all disciplines’, says the head, who has no time for...

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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
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Epilepsy [archived]
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
Not Applicable
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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