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This place really is like a university; no trace of school here. The only difference is that all students still live at home, so get their washing done. The place is vast, and many worry that they will struggle when they first start, but very few do. Lots of comings and goings, as they must only attend timetabled lessons; great for the independent spirit, possibly not so great for social cohesion. Every student takes on an enrichment activity in lower sixth, many... 

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What the school says...

The College's national reputation for excellence results from our commitment to provide the best possible teaching and the strongest possible support and guidance within a caring College community. In addition to its outstanding academic curriculum, Hills Road offers an exceptional range of enrichment and extra-curricular activities making the College an exciting and enjoyable place in which to learn. There is a happy and purposeful atmosphere and a real sense of partnership between staff and students. Many generations of students have enjoyed their time at Hills Road and remember the College with great affection: they frequently comment on the College's unique blend of warmth and friendliness, opportunity and challenge, quality and achievement. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Girls taking History at an English Comprehensive School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking History of Art at an English Comprehensive School (GCE AS level)

Sports

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

Rowing

Shooting

What The Good Schools Guide says

Principal

Since September 2017, Jo Trump, who has been deputy principal here since 2009. She has also been consortium manager for the S7 Consortium of Surrey Sixth Form Colleges and before that, assistant principal at Farnham Sixth Form College. English degree from York and PGCE from Oxford. Spent four years at Cirencester College, becoming head of department; moved to Peter Symonds' as head of English, and then quality manager, enabling her to gain a senior management post at Farnham Sixth Form College (now part of Guildford College).

Academic matters

In 2017, 76 per cent A*-B at A level, 47 per cent A*-A, impressive but to be expected. It’s the added value score that is interesting, meaning that many students did better than predicted from their GCSE grades; excellent. Vast number of subjects offered - 36; all the...

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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

The study skills team offers a calm and warm welcome to any student who would like additional support for their studies. It has a suite of rooms available for supporting student needs including one-to-one diagnostic assessments, group study, and a comfortable rest space for students needing rehabilitation following significant illness or those managing ongoing chronic conditions. Trained staff are available to support students with everyday tasks where appropriate and qualified staff support a range of disabilities. Expertise in supporting a wide range of learning needs is available through study skills staff at the College.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
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
PD - Physical Disability
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 Y
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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