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“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Academic Life

The academic life of a school is not just the learning that takes place in class but the breadth and depth of activities both in and out of the classroom. Heathfield is renowned for its strong and vibrant creative and dramatic tradition. What is not so well known is that we are an academically rigorous and vibrant school where the corridors echo with scientific discovery and academic argument. Heathfield is aware that we are preparing our girls for careers which have not yet been discovered; it is vital therefore that our curriculum is skill based as well as ensuring that every girl has the relevant academic qualifications to progress onwards to her future goals.

“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.”

Jiddu Krishnamurti


Our aims are to spread the academic wings of the girls so that they concurrently develop at least one area of expertise and passion as well as developing the best examination results possible for their ability.

Forms I to III

Girls will either enter Heathfield at Form I (11+) or Form III level (13+).

All girls will take English, Maths, French, Spanish and Latin, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Geography, Classical Civilisations, Religious Studies, Art, Music and Drama.

Forms IV and V

By the end of the Fifth Form the girls will have taken English Language, English literature, Mathematics, Dual Award Science, Religious Studies and a Modern Foreign Language. Girls may then choose any three or more from the following: Latin, Greek, Business Studies, History, Geography, Classical Civilisation, Physical Education, Music, Art and Drama. All girls are encouraged to take at least nine GCSEs.

Sixth Form

In the Sixth form all girls are expected to take AS Level in four main subjects going on to A Level in at least three. Many subjects are offered including English Literature, Accounting, Business Studies, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Spanish, French, Physical Education, Theatre studies, Music, Art, Photography, Psychology, History of Art Religious Studies, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Economics.

Each girl is given plenty of help and advice in order to ensure she is ready for her next step whether that be work or university in Britain or abroad in Europe or the United States.