Roedean was founded 130 years ago as one of the first girls’ boarding schools in the UK. It sits on the cliffs overlooking the English Channel, just a few miles from the vibrant seaside city of Brighton. The school has wonderful facilities to match its stunning location, and today it provides an all-encompassing education for 460 girls aged 11 to 18.
Academic – Roedean leaps 66 places in the A-level league tables
With A*-A grades in nearly 55% of A-levels in 2015, and over 19% at A*, Roedean girls performed exceptionally well. Over a third of the cohort achieved three or more A*-A grades, and the hard work of all the girls and their teachers has resulted in an impressive leap up the league tables. The girls have been very successful in gaining places at top universities, such as those in the Russell Group, and for highly competitive courses, such as Medicine. Moreover, at GCSE level, 39% of all grades were awarded A* and a fifth of the cohort achieved only A*-A grades, providing the girls with solid foundations for their Sixth Form studies.
Roedean offers over 20 subjects at A-level, and even more at GCSE level, and we also offer a Pre-A level course to give girls strong foundations on which to build the A-level studies. The school’s main entry points are at 11, 13, and 16, and all girls sit entrance tests, either at the school or at designated locations, such as through the British Council.
Boarding Houses – ‘No, I am not in an English boutique hotel. These are refurbished boarding houses of the independent girls’ school Roedean’ (Sunday Times Style magazine – 15 February 2015)
This recent article in the Sunday Times Style Magazine focused on the quality of the accommodation, and Tatler described the boarding houses as the best in the world. The boarding houses are truly exceptional, following a £9 million refurbishment, which combines contemporary style with heritage features. Tradition is very important at Roedean, and we endeavour to ensure that everything we do is in line with the aspirations for the education of young women of the Lawrence sisters who founded the school.
Two thirds of girls are boarders, with flexi and weekly boarders from Sussex and London, and full boarders from further afield. Aspirational girls from over 20 countries around the world are attracted to a ‘home away from home’ environment, where they can challenge themselves to excel. It is the girls’ passion and drive which creates Roedean’s dynamic and inspiring atmosphere.
There are four boarding houses in the main building, each of which houses girls from 11-17; the result of this is a wealth of cultural diversity, with British and international girls from every continent sharing their experiences and passions. The house spirit is very strong at Roedean, and girls enjoy the inter-house competitions, when the house colours are proudly displayed. For those girls in their final year at school, there is another boarding house, called Keswick House, where the girls can focus their attentions on success at all levels while being in an environment which begins the transition to the independence and self-reliance which will lead to success at university.
Location – A stunning location with excellent transport links
Roedean faces the coast to the south, and nestles on the edge of the South Downs National Park to the north, giving it a wonderful tranquillity. At the same time, the school is very close to Brighton, allowing the girls to go into the city at the weekends, go to the theatre or the cinema, and do any necessary shopping.
Transport links with the school are very good indeed: London is only 53 minutes from Brighton by train, and London’s main international airports are also very accessible, with Gatwick only 30 minutes away by taxi, and Heathrow is 75 minutes’ drive. This proximity to the capital and its airports means that those students who live far away can return home and back to school after the holidays with ease.
Co-curricular activities – A wide range of activities, catering to the interests of every girl
The school is extremely well-equipped for co-curricular activities, with its own Theatre which seats 320, a Sports Hall with gym facilities, its own Swimming Pool, many sports pitches, dance studios, and numerous music practice rooms. During this academic year, the school will also be building an astroturf pitch on the school grounds, developing further the sporting opportunities for the girls. In additional, the safe and secure grounds allow the girls to enjoy the beautiful site, while breathing the fresh, sea air.
The girls enrich their lives with a wealth of clubs and societies, and their academic successes are matched in Sport and the Performing Arts, which are also strong at Roedean, with distinctions at the highest level in music and dance, and success in the national sporting arena. In 2015, two Roedeanians became National Champions in their sports, one athlete in the 200 metres and the second in table tennis. These co-curricular successes highlight the breadth of opportunity at the school.
Roedean boarders enjoy a wide variety of activities at the weekends, and they are encouraged to try to a range of different things, such as horse-riding and going to sporting events, as well as cultural visits to places such as museums in London and Windsor Castle.
Roedean – ‘A school that is going places’ (Good Schools’ Guide 2014)
The excellent review in the 2014 Good Schools’ Guide highlights the forward-looking school environment at Roedean, and underlines our desire to guide the girls to achieve as highly as they can. Roedean girls are happy and engaged: ‘Girls all – unconsciously – smile when asked about life at school. Endorsement doesn’t come much more authentic’ (Good Schools’ Guide 2014). The school is committed to the individual, providing a wide range of opportunities so that every girl can discover and develop her strengths. Roedean students are encouraged to be self-reliant, to challenge themselves to realise their full potential, and to strive for excellence.
Roedean would be delighted to meet prospective families in Hong Kong, and to conduct selection interviews.
Date: Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October 2015
Venue: Boardroom 1&2, M/F, Renaissance Harbour View Hotel, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
To book an appointment, please contact Mrs Hayley Chinnery at Roadean School by email: firstname.lastname@example.org