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One parent described her daughter, who wasn’t engaged at primary school, being transformed at Roedean: ‘she joined the physics club just for fun’ ... Co-curricular offerings are varied and plenty, from Lego engineering to the astronomy club, where pupils wrap up warm on clear winter nights to be guided around the sky using one of the school’s five telescopes. The sea swimming club meet at 6am and go through Roedean’s private tunnel to the beach for their swim, no wet suits allowed ...

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Refreshingly down to earth for an institution of this stature, Roedean is a thriving enlightened community perfectly at ease in the education of women of the twenty first century as it prepares girls to contribute to the global community.

The school's governing principles are based on the freedom to question, the scope to appreciate and the opportunity to grow as a human being. Teachers are accomplished inside and out of the classroom. Levels of achievement are high and students are encouraged to explore their talents, strive for excellence and feed their intellectual curiosity.

Facilities are second to none, providing an optimum learning environment in a unique setting with stunning sea views.

Roedean has moved with the times, integrating different nationalities and backgrounds with much success. Fully supported in an inherent ethos of tolerance and understanding, Roedeanians develop outstanding moral, social and cultural awareness. This is an exciting school, where students are going places with a spring in their step and a smile on their faces.

The long-anticipated 9m boarding refurbishment of the five houses will set a new standard when it completes in autumn 2013.
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Since April 2023, Niamh Green, previously acting head since 2021 and before that deputy head of Mayfield School. Has also been head of department and head of year at Woldingham School, housemistress at Sherborne Girls, and deputy head pastoral at Godolphin School. A French and history graduate from University College Dublin with an MA in international relations from Sussex University, she completed her PGCE at Cambridge in French with German. She also has an MBA in educational leadership from UCL.


A variety of ‘experience days’ to catch the attention of prospective pupils, from rockpooling to science challenges. Then tests in English and maths and an interview. Oversubscribed, so entrance is increasingly competitive, but candidates don’t need to be excellent in every area, emphasises head; good potential counts for much.

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Special Education Needs

At present Roedean provides TA support and/or 1:1 learning support for individual girls across the whole school from Year 7 to Upper Sixth. This is provided by the Learning Support department which works closely with EAL (English as an Additional Language) department. Support is provided by Learning Support Assistants and the Head of Learning Support. Lessons are usually arranged outside the main school timetable. Support is also provided to students who do not have a learning difficulty but may need extra help preparing for exams of accessing the curriculum. Pupil profiles (sometimes referred to as IEPs) are kept for each girl on the special needs register on the central database. This register is maintained by the Head of Learning Support (SENCO). Assessments for access arrangements in public examinations are carried out by the Head of Learning Support or an external educational psychologist, depending on the needs of the student. Application for support in Higher Education is co-ordinated with the careers department and assessment for the DSA (Disabled Student Allowance) can be arranged with an educational psychologist.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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 Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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