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 ambitious and rigorous school where we are preparing our pupils for careers which have not yet been discovered. Therefore it is vital 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.
The size of our school means that every pupil is known which enables our dedicated and talented teachers to engage and motivate every single pupil. Small class sizes and individual teaching boosts achievement. Heathfield pupils benefit from a remarkable 4 : 1 pupil-teacher ratio. Personalised learning plans and performance monitoring help staff and pupils to analyse progress.
At the heart of what we do is the ability to add value to every pupil’s education. Value Added is a score produced by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring at Durham University, which analyse subject performance and pupil ability data. For example, our average value added at GCSE was 0.8 of a grade above MidYIS baseline. We cater for all, be they Highly Able, with a Special Educational Need or Disability, with English as a Foreign Language or none of these. We celebrate the success of all and do so often with pupils regularly given public recognition for their achievement with Highflyer and Progress Awards.
Heathfield pupils are inspired by the school’s vision and values to aim high and to succeed academically.
What they’re saying about Heathfield
“Pupils consistently demonstrate positive attitudes to learning and achieving their best.”ISI INSPECTION 2018
“The best thing about Heathfield is the support of the staff and the warm welcome pupils always give the new girls.”PUPIL
“Pupils grow into young people who make a difference to the world and live their lives boldly.”ISI INSPECTION 2018
“The best thing about Heathfield is the quality of the teachers and the fact that they always have time for you.”PUPIL
“Pupils non-academic achievements are outstanding.”ISI INSPECTION 2018
“The school looks to what the child does best not what is best for the school and helps foster a belief that they can achieve in whatever they do.”PARENT
“Pupils have extremely well-developed decision-making skills and are able to determine targets for themselves in academic and extra-curricular activities.”ISI INSPECTION 2018
“Heathfield does what it says on the tin and celebrates every girl’s unique qualities, encouraging effort and uncovering talent. It is a jewel of a school.”PARENT
“Pupils are happy, articulate and confident.”ISI INSPECTION 2018
“I have seen a number of schools and met a number of heads but I have never walked into a school and almost wanted to become a child again so I could attend it myself! ”PARENT