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 Creative types particularly well catered for with three-way choice of art (textiles and history on top of fine) as well as music and musical technology. Even get bonus of own staff shirt code, smartly suited for conventional subjects, art and music signalled by occasional shift into denim. Pupils ‘need to be robust just to take advantage of all the opportunities,’ thinks teacher. Must be, too, what with 300 tough nuts studying drama or instruments (to diploma level), 200 having tennis coaching, remainder able to select from 80 activities so tempting that droves of day girls stay on...

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What the school says...

Founded in 1842 by the Society of the Sacred Heart, Woldingham is a leading independent boarding and day school and one of the oldest girls’ schools in the UK. Woldingham is a purposeful, busy and happy community with a fully integrated mix of boarders, day girls and nationalities. Students come from all over the world and we maintain a good balance between British and international students. Woldingham is a Catholic school which welcomes families from all faiths. 'The strong spiritual foundation and its flow into the pastoral life of the school is of benefit to everyone, whatever their beliefs.'Y11 parent.

Woldingham School is set in a beautiful 700 acre estate with its own train station in the grounds providing a 35 minute connection to London Victoria. Gatwick and Heathrow Airports are 20 and 45 minutes away respectively.

At Woldingham learning and endeavour are highly valued by all; ‘Value Added’ scores, which measure academic achievement relative to initial ability, place Woldingham in the top 7% of all schools in the UK over the last five years. 'The amount of support and encouragement you receive from teachers is incredible, they are always happy to devote their time to helping you. I was delighted to exceed my expectations at GCSE and do so well.' Sixth Form pupil.

In 2012, the Independent School’s Inspectorate placed Woldingham in its top band, ‘excellent’, in all areas of activity.

Girls know that they can approach any member of staff with a concern and there are deliberately many levels of support available. The unique Thrive programme is embedded throughout the curriculum and Mindfulness sessions are available to all on a weekly basis.

Music and drama at Woldingham are well resourced, dynamic and busy, providing many and varied opportunities for pupils to perform. The choirs lead the singing at Westminster Cathedral for masses and the school Carol Service. The sports coaches are experts in their field and include a hockey Olympian. With over 80 co-curricular activities on offer in any week there is plenty to do and girls are encouraged to ‘have a go’ across a range of sporting, social, cultural and intellectual clubs.

Students spend their first two years in a welcoming junior house, moving into single-study bedrooms from Year 10 and en-suite accommodation in the Sixth Form. It is the strong community that boarders value, 'I feel proud that I was a member of this adorable family. Woldingham has offered me so many things. I couldn’t have achieved my results without the community here.' Sixth Form boarder
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Since September 2016, Alexandra Hutchinson, previously deputy head. Began her teaching career at Clifton College in Bristol, where she met her husband Chris, who is the head teacher of Royal Russell School in Croydon. Her other roles before coming to Woldingham have included spells as head of sixth form at both Wimbledon High School and Central Newcastle High School.

She plays hockey for a local team and also enjoys choral society singing.

Academic matters

Long-standing reputation for creative excellence now matched by burgeoning academics. Wannabe Carey Mulligans (school’s best known old girl) might be applying in greater numbers but artistic temperament without solid academic performance these days no longer enough to secure a place. ‘We’re not St Paul’s but we expect every girl to be capable of achieving 10 or 11 good GCSEs.’...

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Enhancement Department is run by one full time specialist teacher who is also the SENCo. Woldingham is able to cater for pupils with mild specific learning/sensory needs. A small number of pupils in each year group may be able to access one to one/small group support if the full range of subjects is not taken. The majority of pupils needing additional support have their needs met by adaptations to the teaching, learning and environment in the class room. Teachers implement these adaptations under the guidance of the SENCo. Nov 09.

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