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With no hint of reluctance or irony, pupils we met piped up in unison, ‘As a Holy Cross girl I will use my God given gifts to follow God’s path. I am a Holy Cross girl wherever I am and in everything I do’. Old-fashioned ideals are alive and well here. Younger pupils are told to put stickers ‘on the rainbow’ when they have been good and ‘on the cloud’ when they have not. Plentiful leadership opportunities, especially for girls in older years, and they take them very seriously. No shortage whatsoever of...

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What the school says...

Holy Cross Prep School is a thriving Catholic independent day school which welcomes girls of all faiths and cultures. The School provides a broad and balanced education for girls, giving them the opportunity to acquire a love of learning and the self-discipline and confidence to become independent learners. The challenging curriculum is fully supported by excellent facilities and resources and Holy Cross Prep pupils benefit from specialist teaching in ICT, French, music, art, drama and PE. Set in eight acres of breath-taking grounds, in beautiful, leafy surroundings. Pupils benefit from acres of outdoor space to explore and enjoy, including a two state-of-the-art, all-weather sports pitches and fantastic pavilion (opened June 2019).

The school sets high academic standards and are also very proud of their sporting, musical and artistic achievements. Our pupils nurture a true love of learning, supported by the caring, vibrant community that pursues excellence on every level. Year 6 leavers are confident, well-rounded young people fully prepared to face the challenges of any selective senior school. A consistently high number of scholarships are awarded every year to their girls by top senior schools.

The school is located on a site with a fascinating history and since the time of Edward the Confessor it has been tenanted and owned by many well-known people. Within the school grounds are the remains of Coombe Conduit, built in 1515 by Cardinal Wolsey to carry water to nearby Hampton Court Palace during the reign of Henry VIII. The Sisters of the Holy Cross bought the house and started the school in 1971.
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Headteacher

Since 2011, Sarah Hair BEd. Previously a maths, English, ICT coordinator and head of lower juniors in various Surrey schools. Joined Holy Cross in 2004 as director of learning and member of the senior leadership team. Her career choice was no surprise to her family – coming from a line of educationalists, teaching is very much in the blood.

Effortlessly formal and professional, she’s serious but not austere, caring but not cuddly. And cheerful too – no mean feat after the hours she’d had to put in following major building (entire new sports development including floodlit hockey pitch, all-weather playing field, cross country track and new sports pavilion) and two inspections in the months leading up to our visit. Her team clearly adores her – you can see it in their...

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Special Education Needs

A small number of pupils receive extra help mainly for mild to moderate dyslexia or dyspraxia. A qualified tutor works on site part-time and we have two classroom/SEN support assistants. There is an additional charge made for some SEN support.


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