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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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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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Headmistress

Since 2016, Mrs 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, another Catholic boarding school, she then moved north becoming head of sixth form at Central Newcastle High and chaired the HMC/GSA independent schools’ heads of sixth form conference for good measure. 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.<br...

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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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