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In short, it’s a bubble – so much so that you might wonder how it’s managed to survive in today’s fast-living society. And there – explain parents – lies its appeal. ‘I’m not saying it’s cut off from the real world – it genuinely isn’t – but these aren’t streetwise girls and they stay children for longer, while getting an excellent academic grounding and holistic education. If you like the sound of that, this is the school for you.’ There’s not a hair out of place (and if there were, it would be cashmere) on the 36-acre site...

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What the school says...

Heathfield School in Ascot is an independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11-18. Our February 2018 inspection by ISI found we were 'Excellent' in all areas. We combine excellent pastoral care with the academic and have a truly holistic approach to girls' education which ensures our students’ well-being as well as their happiness and success. Heathfield is a small school with big opportunities and challenges in and out of the classroom, including on the sporting field as well as in music and drama. Our small size means each girl achieves the best she possibly can. A recent study by Durham University put us in the top 8% of schools nationwide for adding value to a child’s education at GCSE. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Art & Design (Photography) at an English Independent School (GCE A level)

Other features

Performing arts specialist school

Sports

Polo

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

Fencing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmistress

Since 2016, Marina Gardiner Legge, previously director of studies. MA in English literature from Oxford and PGCE from the University of Hong Kong, where she started her teaching career relatively late, having previously worked in business marketing, the charitable sector and teaching horse riding to disabled children. Head of year and assistant head at Rutlish School, a boys' comprehensive in south London, before joining Heathfield in 2013.

Go-getting, no-nonsense, earnest, engaging and frank, she is on a clear mission to change the school’s reputation (parents told us that girls are known as 'clotted cream' among some local schools – as in, thick and rich). ‘I’m sick and tired of hearing people say this school isn’t for clever girls,’ she says. ‘We are easily comparable to Downe House, yet often seen...

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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 addition to the wide curriculum offered by Heathfield, girls are supported by the learning support department, better known as Spectrum. Heathfield has welcoming purpose-built rooms to accommodate either individual or group teaching for those students who may have a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia. All the staff are qualified teachers and provide support particularly in literacy and numeracy. Some of the Spectrum staff are fluent in French and are also able to offer additional support for this subject if necessary. Staff are qualified to assess girls should they require exam Access Arrangements and will make the necessary applications to Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). Approximately 10% of current students receive additional support. Spectrum also administers EFL (extra English for international students). These EFL classes offer subject support, IELTS coaching for university entrants and the full range of English language qualifications offered by The University of Cambridge Examination Board. Overseas students at Heathfield come from many areas of the world, including Spain, Japan, China, Russia, Mexico, Thailand and Germany. Currently the EFL students form about 7% of all students.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia
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
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability Y
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
VI - Visual Impairment

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