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  • Prior's Field
    Priorsfield Road
    Godalming
    Surrey
    GU7 2RH
  • Head: Mrs Tracy Kirnig
  • T 01483 810551
  • F 01483 810180
  • E [email protected]
  • W priorsfieldschool.com
  • An independent school for girls aged from 11 to 19.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Surrey
  • Pupils: 443; 31 full, 21 weekly, 35 flexi boarders; sixth formers: 80
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £17,700; Boarding £27,900- £29,925 pa
  • Open days: Sat 29 September 10am-1pm, plus Meet the Head Coffee Mornings and individual tours on request.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

The founder, Julia Huxley, was related by blood, marriage and proximity to the intellectual and educationally passionate giants of the Edwardian age. You could not dream up someone more suitable to start a school. The art rooms are designed for people taking it seriously, with sixth formers each having their own space that fills up with imaginative work during the year. The result is that several girls go on to art college and a high proportion of alumnae make it a career. They even run a tennis academy, with the first tennis scholar having her pick of American universities...

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What the school says...

Prior’s Field offers a distinctive route to high achievement. It’s a school where girls are encouraged to grasp the opportunities created for them – from taking the floor in national debating competitions, adopting leading roles in a West End calibre cast, designing electric guitars at lunchtime, creating artwork worthy of a public exhibition, scaling a glacier or rising to the challenge of young chemist of the year. It’s where they can be happy and inspired by talented teachers and enjoy positive, engaging relationships.

The conclusion of independent school inspectors in 2016 was that Prior’s Field pupils are 'extremely well educated'. The school received the highest accolade, ‘excellent’, in all nine areas of inspection – an exemplary standard, similarly achieved in its previous inspection five years ago.

Prior’s Field offers 26 subjects at A-Level. Girls go on to a wide range of universities, including Oxbridge, to study courses as diverse as medicine, philosophy, law and music.

Excellent facilities include an all-weather sports pitch, on-site tennis academy, superb Creative Arts centre and separate Sixth Form House. Boarding is at the heart of the school; the Junior Boarding House includes ‘extra bouncy’ carpets in bedrooms and sparkly bathroom floors, at girls’ request. A new combined Science, Music and Technology centre opened in autumn 2016: named The Arnold Building, after the acclaimed, intellectual Victorian family into which Julia was born – she was a niece of the poet Matthew Arnold and granddaughter of Dr Thomas Arnold, legendary headmaster of Rugby School – the new centre provides 8 additional laboratories and 2 prep rooms fitted to the highest standards, for Science; an 80-seat recital hall, recording studio, dedicated classrooms and practice rooms, all furnished to deliver optimal acoustics, for Music; a purpose-built suite of rooms for Food Technology and an additional 5 general classrooms to benefit other departments and the entire school.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Art & Design (Photography) at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Art & Design (Textiles) at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Design & Technology Textiles Technology at an English Independent School (GCSE)

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since 2015, Tracy Kirnig, 50s. Born and brought up in London, she ventured to university in Aberystwyth, reading RE and philosophy. Ms Kirnig was never in doubt about a teaching career and returned nearer to her roots to take a masters in education at King’s London and then a PGCE at Lancaster before working in both the state and private sector. Her interests in music and travel are re-enforced by the scaling of Mount Kilimanjaro last year, particularly impressive as she admits to being a late-comer to the joys of climbing. Moving here from her last job as deputy head of co-ed Caterham school, she is noticeably happy in her own skin with a firm belief in the worth of her school and in particular of the girls in her care. Married to a...

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Special Education Needs

Prior's Field School has a whole-school approach to special needs provision. The majority of our special needs pupils have mild dyslexia/dyspraxia and typically, provision will include a session each week with a specialist teacher as well as sympathetic help in class.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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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