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We see the work of one published poet also an artist in the stunning art studio, quite the biggest we’ve ever seen, allowing each upper sixth student to have their own ‘nest’. Fascinating projects in progress include one from a student developing her own religion and researching curses and another who is building a ‘city to the lost creativity of children’ in wax. Naturally, several are...

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Based in beautiful Surrey countryside, Woldingham is a leading independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11-18. Founded in 1842 by the Society of the Sacred Heart, pioneers of women’s education, Woldingham is one of the UK’s oldest girls’ schools. Set in 700 acres, yet only 20 miles from London, Woldingham is easily accessible. With a train station in the grounds, the school is only 25 mins from Clapham Junction. By car it is only 20 minutes from Gatwick and 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport. In 2018, Woldingham was awarded ‘excellent’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate across all areas.

Woldingham girls achieve excellent GCSE and A Level results with students taking up places at a wide range of national and international universities including Oxbridge and Russell Group. However, Woldingham is not a ‘hot house’ – the intake is deliberately broad.

Education at Woldingham extends well beyond the classroom. More than 80 extra-curricular clubs take place each week and girls are encouraged to try a range of different activities from sport to performing arts, from creative arts to academic enrichment and personal development.

Woldingham’s beautiful and extensive grounds provide a wide range of excellent sporting facilities with girls competing at local, regional and national level across a range of sports. The fantastic purpose-built art studio enables girls to be bold and experimental. Music and drama are based in a performing arts centre which boasts a 600-seat auditorium where girls perform regularly.

Woldingham is a Catholic school which welcomes girls of all faiths or none. The Sacred Heart values - Intellect, Faith, Social Awareness, Community and Personal Growth - are at the core of a Woldingham education.

Pastoral care is exceptional. Woldingham‘s unique THRIVE programme promotes emotional well-being and enables every girl to develop resilience and self-worth.

Woldingham has a balance of boarding and day girls, with an increasing number of local girls taking the option of flexi-boarding. Boarding facilities are excellent. Younger girls share small dormitories and girls from Year 10 upwards have individual study bedrooms. Boarders come from the UK and a wide range of overseas countries. Woldingham’s international perspective means girls are well prepared for the increasingly global careers market.
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Headmistress

Since 2016, Alex Hutchinson (40s) MA (Oxon), PGCE (Bristol); took on the headship after a year or so as deputy. Her first degree was in chemistry and she continues to teach once a week. Ever since her first post at Clifton College she has gained her experience in girls’ schools. Head of science at St Mary’s School, Ascot, she then moved north as head of sixth form at Central Newcastle High. Add to this her experience as head of sixth form at ‘out and out London day school’ Wimbledon High before joining Woldingham and she presents a very solid proposition in particular to the London parents looking to take their daughters out of the city.

Mrs Hutchinson believes in being ‘comfortable and clear about who we are: we’re very confident that...

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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.

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Special Education Needs

Woldingham is able to cater for students with a variety of mild specific learning needs. The Learning Enhancement department provides support to enable SEND students to reach their full potential; the department’s approach is highly collaborative, involving the student, their parents, and teachers. The needs of most SEND students are met with ‘light touch’ support, provided mainly through the high quality teaching, dedication and commitment of staff and delivered daily in the classroom. Those students needing additional support receive targeted individual or small group intervention by highly specialist staff.

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