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One of the high fliers in Surrey (and way beyond). Pupils do not feel unduly under pressure academically (‘not as pushy as other schools,’ said a parent), and any worries about exams are sensitively handled by the school. Less confident girls benefit from the caring and positive ethos; girls leave the school with self-confidence, good social skills and a dash of worldliness. The sixth formers have their own department (revered and envied by the younger girls), no uniform, and recently refurbished lair complete with…

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What the school says...

Tormead is one of the country’s leading independent girls schools located in Guildford, Surrey. We are very proud of our school and its ethos of encouraging each individual pupil to develop her talents to the full in a happy, caring and supportive environment. Our academic expectations are high, and we value our students’ impressive record of examination successes and university places. ...Read more

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since 2010, Christina Foord BA MPhil PGCE (40s), previously deputy head and head of boarding at St Catherine’s, Bramley. Prior to this she taught English and history in a number of schools including The Queen’s School, Chester. She takes a keen interest in music and sport of all sorts and is eager to provide her girls with opportunities to showcase their talents. Known throughout the school as being 'up for a challenge', she recently abseiled down the tower of Guildford Cathedral in aid of charity. Married, with two senior-school aged children and two dogs. Staff remark in admiration that she’s ready to get 'stuck in', and when the new climbing wall was inaugurated, she was one of the first to scale it.

Academic matters

One of the high flyers in Surrey (and way beyond). Excellent academic...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Special Education Needs

Tormead is academically selective and its students do very well in public examinations, but the school is particularly proud of the achievements of its dyslexic students, many of whom achieve high examination honours. Two such former students recently obtained Oxbridge firsts. Dyslexic students in both Junior and Senior school are taught in mainstream timetabled lessons, but are also supported by a team of specialist SEN teachers who meet them for weekly sessions. There is some flexibility in offering tailored programmes for students with other special needs such as moderate auditory or visual impairment, diabetes, epilepsy and cystic fibrosis.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
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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