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The first stop on our tour of the school was the main hall, where all the juniors were seated on the ground in circles drawing small falcons perched amongst them. We had arrived on a cross-curricular day involving problem-solving in mathematics, feathers, flying and sketching, encouraging enthusiasm and the desire to find out and discover. Incredible DT room, where one pupil was working on her GCSE project – a very modern-looking circular rocking chair. Some other wonderful small creations, and the beginning of an idea for a hovercraft – ‘that will take at least two years to put together’...

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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)

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Head

Since September 2015, Mrs Tracy Kirnig MA PGCE, previously deputy (and for one term acting) head of Caterham School. She has taught religious studies in co-educational and girls’ boarding and day schools in the maintained and independent sectors. She studied religious studies and philosophy at UCW Aberystwyth, followed by an MA in education at King’s College, London and a PGCE at St Martin’s, Lancaster.

Academic matters

Not the top academic school in the county but possibly the most rounded and least competitive. The school does not totally agree with this, saying it’s more that ‘Prior’s Field girls are not unhealthily competitive. They can be when they need to be, as in sport and when winning the Surrey Schools’ Problem Solving Competition’. School says they are now attracting more girls at the top end of the ability...

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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
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
Not Applicable
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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