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Holy Cross values collaboration and critical thinking rather than intense competition, girls are encouraged to actively listen and ask questions.Girls proudly voice the school motto: ‘As a Holy Cross girl, I will use... The school ‘listens to parental needs’ says head and now offers wraparound care from 7:30am – 6pm, a real winner with working parents, ‘My daughter says school breakfast is far better than...

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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 has recently opened a new purpose built pre-school within the remodelled and refurbished Lodge house for 3 and 4 year old girls. The pre-school boosts excellence and quality in all areas as well as a new landscaped outdoor facility with age appropriate climbing apparatus and play equipment.

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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Since 2011, Sarah Hair BEd. Previously a maths, English, ICT coordinator and head of lower juniors in various Surrey schools, she first joined Holy Cross in 2004 as director of learning and a member of the senior leadership team.

‘Terrific, dynamic, energetic, certainly knows her stuff, understands girls’ needs’ were some of the comments we heard from parents. Attentive, meticulous and professional, clearly nothing is overlooked and yet she exudes kindness. Doesn’t teach but makes her presence felt at school drop off, assemblies and the like. ‘She has the right balance of listening and educating – she knows what she is doing,’ noted a parent.

‘My heart is here, I love education,’ says Mrs Hair. Adding, ‘I want my girls to embrace challenges, be happy, kind and...

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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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