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  • Moira House Girls School
    Upper Carlisle Road
    East Sussex
    BN20 7TE
  • Head: Mrs Elodie Vallantine
  • T 01323 644144
  • F 01323 649720
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  • A mainstream independent school for girls aged from 1 to 18; boys and girls in the nursery
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: East Sussex
  • Pupils: 253; 46 full, 3 weekly boarders; sixth formers: 53
  • Religion: Christian Inter-denominational
  • Fees: Day £9,120 - £17,625; Boarding £21,375 - £33,420 pa
  • Open days: Termly. Taster Days available.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

A step back in time, at least for Londoners. A jumbled, flamboyant late Victorian house complete with turrets and towers in the semi-rural outskirts of Eastbourne. Comfortably scruffy in places with a welcoming and homely atmosphere. If we were to single out one quality of this school it would be the calm, not at all brassy, self-confidence of the older girls: ‘I can do it’, ‘I’ll give it a go’. Unusual, and most heart-warming to see. Parents particularly struck by the…

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What the school says...

The school places great emphasis on providing more than academic excellence by offering a secure, happy family atmosphere for all boarders and encouraging individual progress in all areas including sport, music and the performing arts.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Art & Design at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Chinese at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)

Other features

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2017, Elodie Vallentine, previously deputy and acting principal.

Academic matters

No setting or streaming in junior school and all classes are mixed ability – occasionally subjects are taught in mixed age groups.

French taken seriously and immediately: taught from nursery by a native speaker, and each year the hall is transformed into the French town of Moiraville where the girls are given Euros to spend at the café and market stalls and in the boulangerie, and can send postcards from the post office. Mandarin is offered as an after-school option.

Particular emphasis on reading and the pleasure it can bring – regular book weeks when the girls can read to each other and share their favourite books and dress up as fictional characters. Citizenship is taught as a separate...

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Special Education Needs

Moira House has two qualified SEN Coordinators - one in the Junior and one in the Senior School. They assess and advise on a range of learning problems, including dyslexia.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
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
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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