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Godolphin School
Salisbury
430 pupils, ages
Girls only
Day and Boarding

Godolphin School

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Our view

This might be one of the oldest girls’ boarding schools in the country, but there’s nothing stuck-in-the-past about this Salisbury senior where pupils are instantly recognisable by their signature pinny uniforms. It’s aspirational and going places, with ever-improving results – yet most definitely not a hothouse. The school motto ‘Frank and Loyal Are We’ sums up the camaraderie that the school fosters.

Where?

Winding through the streets of Victorian villas around Milford Hill, overlooking Salisbury, we felt like we were a pleasant distance from the bustle. No sweeping driveway or grand approach here: the first impression of the main school building is of a handsome yet modest red-brick Victorian house.

Perhaps the school is most memorable for the pinafore uniforms (blue for seniors, red for prep, gingham for nursery) – a great idea to discourage the rebellious rolling up of skirt waistbands and teenage obsession with image. While they may bring to mind images of E Nesbit’s The Railway Children, Godolphin isn’t fussy or frilly at all. The girls we saw were all charging about looking purposeful and happy (we love the idea of the camouflage pinny too, which is worn for special CCF achievements). Good transport links to London, which is an hour and a half away away by train, and there’s a local daily school-bus network.

Head

Since joining from Sherborne Girls, where she was pastoral deputy head, Emma Hattersley has proven to be a strong, determined leader. We found her to be very direct and forthright with a no-nonsense approach, which is clearly yielding good results. The school is undeniably on the up: registrations have increased by 40 per cent and pupil numbers are up by 20 per cent – something she puts down to a coherent strategy across the board and a self-fulfilling buzz. ‘We are what we are and the girls do very well,’ she says matter-of-factly.

Admissions

Godolphin remains ‘proudly all girls’, says Mrs Hattersley. The main intake points are 11+, 13+ and 16+. Open days have been ditched in favour of Snapshot Mornings (involving a tour with Year 8 or 9 girls and a Q&A with the head) for a more informal and personal experience. Very strong value-added scores, and scholarships are available in academics, sport, drama, art and music.

Academic and university destinations

Mrs Hattersley believes the significant improvement in results is partly down to putting the right teaching team in place. That includes Nick Eggleton (or, as pupils adoringly call him, Mr Egg), the head of art and design. ‘The creative arts are massive,’ says one member of staff, whisking us past wonderful textiles on display in the art department. One of the most standout hubs is the performing-arts centre, which is in an attractive rotunda building.

We like the sound of the Bright Futures initiative, which brings in inspirational speakers – from a vet to a fashion stylist, a psychologist to a financier – to encourage the girls to think about a very wide variety of careers.

Co-curricular

For a small school, Godolphin punches above its weight in sports and the new director of sport is thoroughly committed to making it inclusive for all. Lacrosse dominates, and it was lovely to see girls happily and unselfconsciously practising their skills dressed in blue pinnies. The school has a gym and swimming pool, both open to the public.

There are trips galore for these lucky pupils, including an annual CCF ski trip, a Global Action trip to India, a surf trip to Fuerteventura (rather more exotic than Cornwall) and a Chilean exchange programme. Lots of day-to-day activities to get stuck into too, including Zumba, Leith’s School of Cookery, debating and DofE.

Boarding

Flexi boarding is available, with the option of three, five or seven nights. Around 60 per cent of girls will board at some point throughout their time here and there is a growing demand for boarding in the sixth form. There are plenty of homely activities for boarders, from making chocolates to flipping pancakes on Pancake Day, and sixth-formers reading stories to the younger years on World Book Day.

School community

There is a strong commitment to providing a warm, inclusive and nurturing atmosphere, helped by long-serving staff who, says one member, put in ‘so much love and passion behind the scenes’. The school follows the Girls on Board approach (which takes its starting point from Rosalind Wiseman’s book Queen Bees and Wannabees), aiming to empower pupils to be able to solve their own friendship problems. The school is also currently organising a sell-out GO Parent event for parents (including those from the wider Salisbury community) on wellbeing and mental health. We hear that Sister Gill’s yoga sessions – a perfect pause from busy school life – are very popular.

There are three houses within the school (including the prep pupils) with both a real solidarity and healthy competition between them. There is also an on-site café that is open to all and, while it’s not the most charming space we’ve seen, it makes for a great meeting spot for girls who want to catch up over a hot chocolate.

And finally...

Those looking for panoramic vistas and shiny facilities may not put this school top of their list, but recently developed areas – such as the bright new locker room with heaps of hangout space – and plans for a new drama studio are a promising start.

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  • Academic results

    GCSE results
    A level results
    Download results as PDF
  • Subjects offered

    GCSE

    Art & Design
    Biology
    Business Studies
    Chemistry
    Classical Civilisation
    Computer Science
    Design and Technology
    Drama and Theatre Studies
    English Language
    English Literature
    Food Technology
    French
    Geography
    German
    History
    Information Technology
    Latin
    Mathematics
    Physics
    Religious Studies
    Spanish
    Geology
    Statistics

    A Level

    Ancient Greek
    Art & Design
    Biology
    Business Studies
    Chemistry
    Classical Civilisation
    Computer Science
    Design and Technology
    Drama and Theatre Studies
    Economics
    English Language
    English Literature
    Food Technology
    French
    Further Mathematics
    Geography
    German
    History
    History of Art
    Information Technology
    Latin
    Mathematics
    Music
    Physical Education
    Physics
    Psychology
    Religious Studies
    Spanish
    Geology
    Classics
  • Fees and bursaries

    Day fees per term

    Year 7£6,700
    Year 8-
    Year 9£7,445
    Year 10£7,445
    Year 11£7,445
    Year 12£7,445
    Year 13£7,445
    Boarding fees per term

    Year 7£9,640
    Year 8£9,640
    Year 9-
    Year 10£11,310
    Year 11£11,310
    Year 12£11,310
    Year 13£11,310




    Bursaries
    Godolphin has a wide variety of scholarships offered for a number of different disciplines and circumstances at 11+, 13+ and 16+. It also offers a means-tested bursary programme that can either supplement existing scholarship awards or stand alone, giving up to 100 per cent fee remission depending on need. Bursaries are either awarded on entry at 13+ and 16+ or as hardship bursaries that are ringfenced to support existing families whose financial situation has changed.

    For more information about the many scholarship and fee-support options available, please go to:

    godolphin.org/admissions/bursaries-scholarships

    godolphin.org/resources/downloads/Scholarship-Booklet.pdf

    Bursary contact:
    Head of Admissions Corinna Florence
    florencec@godolphin.org
  • SEND

    This school currently supports the following kinds of learning needs, health needs and physical disabilities:
    Our Learning Support Department supports students who have additional needs around the curriculum. Once a teacher has identified a learning need, Godolphin's Head of Learning Support, Mr Claire Firth, meets with the student and her parents before an assessment by an Educational Psychologist, Specialist Teacher, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist or Vision Therapist.



    This school currently delivers the following interventions to pupils in class and outside class to support their learning, health and/or physical needs:
    Following an assessment and once there is a clear diagnosis, the student will receive one-to-one support. If the student needs support but doesn’t have a specific learning need, a member of Godolphin's support staff will work with them to manage their needs. If they have a specific learning difficulty, one of the Dyslexia trained teachers will teach them during school hours and they will remain part of the core curriculum. When possible, they will be taken out of non-core subjects for additional lessons before school starts, at lunch times or after school. All additional lessons are organised by the Learning Support department with agreement from the students, parents and teachers.

    This school currently provides the following support for pupils' mental health needs
    Our outstanding pastoral team support all students. Our School Matron, our School Chaplain support on a day to day basis. Additional support can be provided from the School Counsellor. We have an active programme of events where Wellbeing is at the forefront of all we do. Our aim is to support students, parents and staff alike.

    Co-ordinator: Mrs Claire Firth admissions@godolphin.org
  • Transport links

    School Transport
    School daily bus network

    Public Transport
    Nearest mainline train station: Salisbury
    Journey time to London by train: 90 minutes
    Nearest international airport: Bournemouth (25 miles)


School Updates

  • Open A World of Musical Opportunity this Christmas

    Godolphin's Choir, The Vocal Ensemble is delighted to be supporting a wonderful charity this year, Cathedral Music Trust, by taking part in their digital Advent Calendar.
  • Godolphin School announces line-up for its fourth Literary Festival

    This year the Godolphin Literary Festival will celebrate reading and writing with a week of author events in Salisbury from 11-15 October 2021.
  • Godolphin releases World Premiere of motet by Master of Queen's Music

Godolphin School is
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Address
Milford Hill, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2RA

Contact
admissions@godolphin.org
01722 430500

Website
godolphin.org/senior

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