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The Old Vicarage is a non selective girls prep school based in a beautiful Grade 2 listed castle on Richmond Hill. The school was established in 1881 and became a Charitable Education Trust in 1973. Whilst retaining traditional values, there is a clear vision for the future and teaching and facilities combine the very best of the old and the new. Girls are admitted to school into one of the two Reception forms in September following their fourth birthday. Older girls may be admitted further up the school if a vacancy arises, following a day spent at the school to ensure it is a good fit for them. Girls are expected to remain until the age of 11, being prepared for 11+ entry into London Day Schools and Common entrance for Boarding schools, with most girls achieving their first choice. A range of academic, sporting, drama and arts scholarships to senior schools have been awarded to girls over the years.
Work of a traditionally high standard is expected of the girls and they are challenged and supported in class of up to 15 girls, encouraging self esteem and enabling them to fulfil their potential. Girls in the Lower School are taught by a Form Teacher, with some specialist input. Girls in the Upper School are taught by subject specialists who impart a real enthusiasm and love for their subject area. They will also have a form tutor to provide the pastoral support the school is known for. A system of older buddies, prefects and the Student Council ensures that all girls feel an integral part of the school from the beginning.
Music and drama are active throughout the school. Individual music tuition is provided in a wide range of instruments in purpose-built facilities and our choirs sing at numerous competitions and collaborations. All girls take part in at least one dramatic production a year, as well as in assemblies to which parents are invited.
The major sports are netball, hockey, rounders, athletics and swimming and the school has close access to state-of-the-art facilities in the surrounding area as well as our own gym and playground. Girls compete in fixtures against other schools from Year 3 and have had notable successes in recent years in borough-wide championships.
Extra-curricular activities cater to a range of interests and include art, photography, sports, computing, cooking, craft and drama clubs. All girls in the Upper School attend a residential trip to Sussex, Dorset, Oxfordshire and France and up to fifty girls join the biennial ski trip to Italy.
At the Old Vicarage we aim to fulfil your daughters potential and exceed your expectations.
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