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The head says, 'If they don’t get it [academically], that is our responsibility, not theirs. Girls should not feel it is their fault that they don’t understand’. And they don’t. One pupil told us ‘I’m not good at spelling – they help me, and not in a mean way’. The school take a wholehearted responsibility for pupils’ academic development – a parent told us about her concern that...

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Burgess Hill School for Girls is a busy school founded on a culture of mutual respect which values learning. Pupils, teachers and parents work in partnership to make the most of the educational opportunities available. Burgess Hill School for Girls also welcomes boys into the Nursery department. The mix of ages, working together on the same site, gives the school a special character, valued by all.

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Headmistress of the junior school

Since 2011, Heather Cavanagh, previously head teacher of Dover College Junior School. Popular with pupils – ‘nice and really kind’, ‘always listens to you’. Good relationship with parents, who says she’s approachable, and always with the children.

A hanging on Mrs Cavanagh’s wall says THINK. She clearly does, a great deal. The head encourages her staff to always deal with pupils and parents with thoughtfulness and compassion, explaining that if you build trust and faith in parents, this works better if the road gets bumpy; and parents really appreciate being sent handwritten notes capturing moments of significance to children.


Non-selective entry for nursery. Reception to year 2 assessed informally by spending part of the day at school. For year 3 upwards girls sit written papers and the...

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