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Surbiton High - Senior School & Sixth Form
Surbiton High - Senior School & Sixth Form
Surbiton High - Senior School & Sixth Form Kingston upon Thames, Surrey Visit
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Surbiton High - Senior School & Sixth Form
Kingston upon Thames
1,062 pupils, ages 11-18
Girls only
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Surbiton High - Senior School & Sixth Form

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Spread across five buildings in Surbiton, this fantastic girls-only school also has a 39-acre sports facility a few miles away and a boathouse on the Thames. It’s an excellent all-rounder with a ‘Nourish to Flourish’ charter for wellbeing, national success in sports and trips that range from yoga and surfing in the South of France to tours of Peru, South America and Barbados.

Academic results are impressive, but pupils are also encouraged to learn outside the classroom, challenge themselves and develop a can-do attitude. About 90 per cent of leavers go on to Russell Group and top 10 universities, and careers education is exemplary. Inspire, encourage and empower are the buzzwords here and, judging by the young women we met, Surbiton is doing something very right.

Where is Surbiton High?

Set in leafy Kingston upon Thames, this school is a distinct entity while also forming part of a cohesive community with its two preparatory schools – Surbiton High Boys' Prep School and Surbiton High Girls' Prep School. This allows pupils to reap the benefits from the rich resources and superb facilities of a multi-property campus and whilst home to a sizeable number of pupils, the school doesn’t feel overwhelmingly large. Surbiton station is only an eight-minute walk away, and trains whisk pupils back to Wimbledon, Southfields, Barnes and Victoria station. In addition, the school operates 10 coach routes, all linked to a tracker so that parents can plan their drop-offs and pick-ups to perfection despite the unpredictability of urban traffic.

Headteacher at Surbiton High

In post since 2018, Rebecca Glover is a strong chief with experience across both state and private sectors. She is effusive about the opportunities for girls to learn in an environment where they can be purposeful, unselfconscious, make-up-free and fully focused on learning. She acknowledges that perfectionism and high performance can be a major stress in a single-sex environment, but says that pupils here have huge amounts of individual care in place to support them. Combine this pastoral spotlight with a headcount of over 1,000 and you get a haven of nurturing opportunity that can ‘find everyone’s niche’ says the head. ‘You can be a hockey player, a thespian, or an academic – we are a one-stop-shop’. Academically too, size equals flexibility – and the curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of every pupil, whether they are taking eight GCSE’s or eleven.

There are ambitious plans afoot at Surbiton High with an £8 million update to the science buildings and a café for Years 9, 10 & 11 both on the cards over the next few years. But ambition is par for the course here; the staff body are ‘genuinely ambitious for each and every pupil’, remarks the head, and ‘girls become the best version of themselves’. But it only falls into place because, she tells us, as well as being a ‘high-energy, high-octane place’, Surbiton High also prides itself on delivering the crucial core of ‘fun, happy and caring’.

Admissions for Surbiton Senior School & Sixth Form

Girls sit an entrance exam in English and maths in the autumn term before admission, with shortlisted candidates interviewed by senior staff early in the spring term. It’s intended to be a calm and friendly process that gets the best out of each candidate. Unsurprisingly, this is a popular school, with at least five applicants for each place at 11+ and at least two per sixth-form place and waiting lists for every cohort. Girls from the prep do get an automatic spot here and the vast majority take it, so those coming from elsewhere are advised to plump for Year 7 entry as there are very few places higher up the school.

Siblings don’t gain automatic entrance, but the school will endeavour to admit pupils from the same family if they meet the criteria. For sixth-form, girls need a minimum of six grade 6s at GCSE.

Academics and destinations

Girls are set for maths and languages from the get-go – and as a thoughtful extra, forms are arranged by postcode so that new girls can get to know locals in their year group. All pupils are screened for dyslexia at the start of every academic year (an excellent initiative), and a specialised learning support team is available to assist students with everything from mastering English as an Additional Language and exam technique to dyslexia itself. The library is at the heart of the heart of the school, both physically and metaphorically – and although everyone has access to their own iPad, written work remains the priority.

Languages are front and centre with all Year 7’s learning French, German, Spanish and Latin before selecting two to take forward to Year 8.. There’s no option blocking at GCSE so pupils can study whichever subjects they like, and the same is true for A-Levels (where there’s a whopping 32 subjects on offer).

The sixth form is the jewel in the crown here; lucky Year 12 and 13 pupils have their own dedicated block complete with a gym, common room, private study rooms, classrooms for non-space specific subjects and a cafe, popping over to the main school buildings for the likes of drama, science, art and music. It's the perfect stepping stone between school and university, with pupils learning in a very grown-up environment and given the freedom to pop out and wander along the river during their lunch break.

Results here are excellent, with an average value added of +1 at both GCSE and A-Level, but this isn’t a hothouse. There’s a tangible focus on a bespoke education that produces confident, bright, and rounded individuals – almost all of whom go on to Russell Group universities. Those that don't tend to head to the most prestigious colleges and universities for the arts subjects. But, as the head of exams and Years 12 & 13 (who has supported students here for two decades) told us, it’s all about ‘whatever is right for the child’ – and she offers excellent guidance to ensure that pupils have the best possible chance of securing the right place for them.

Co-curricular at Surbiton Senior School & Sixth Form

Sport is fantastic here, with pupils picking from a Super Eight that includes netball, hockey, cricket, football, gymnastics, rowing, tennis and skiing. Most training takes place a few miles away at the Hinchley Wood Sports Ground, and teams are varied and plentiful – everyone can represent the school if they wish, and Saturday fixtures regularly involve A-F teams. Several pupils go on to perform at national level, including one girl who played at Wimbledon this year. Pursuing areas of strength is a recurring theme here: from Year 10, girls choose their own PE pathway for their weekly lessons from the Competitive, Artistic or All-rounder options. The rowing programme is, according to the head, ‘the largest in the country’, with 220 rowers regularly training out of the old BBC boathouse in Teddington. A few are already sporting GB colours with several more in line for selection.

Drama is awesome at Surbiton High, with incredibly professional annual productions staged at a nearby West End-sized theatre in addition to year-group plays, drama clubs and an annual dance show. Music is equally slick, with more than 300 individual lessons taught each week at Surbiton High (this is one of the biggest teaching departments in the school) and timetabled lessons for all girls in Years 7, 8 and 9.

It’s clear that staff genuinely understand and indeed champion the role of co-curricular activities in education, and there is an almost unimaginable array of clubs, clinics, activities, mentoring and trips available for the students at Surbiton High – the co-curricular handbook is a weighty 116-page tome with opportunities ranging from broadcasting and enterprise to life drawing and sport.

School community at Surbiton Senior School & Sixth Form

Surbiton High School’s motto ‘May Love Always Lead Us’ is at the core of all the Surbiton schools, and pupils and parents alike buy into the ethos of empowering every pupil to find their strengths, celebrate success and build lifelong relationships. The overarching aim is to develop confident individuals, and all pupils are encouraged to ask for help whenever they might need it. Three full time counsellors and two nurses ensure that specialist care is available on tap, and both online and on-site workshops are regularly on offer to parents and staff.

The seven houses are a big part of life at Surbiton High. Named after female pioneers (Fonteyn, Austen, Curie, Parks, Nightingale, Pankhurst and Teresa), they form the backbone of year-group integration, while numerous inter-house competitions see pupils compete across curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular activities and learn leadership and teamwork skills.

On Fridays (or FAB Fridays, as they’re known), lessons end early and house groups take turns to staff the tuck shop, hold bake sales and raise money for their own house-chosen local charity.

The parents’ association is very active, organising family-friendly events to raise money both for the school and local charitable causes – and the whole school charitable annual donation total often exceeds £50,000.

And finally....

A high-functioning and seriously motivated environment, Surbiton High is a centre of excellence in a leafy suburban setting. Girls are given choice and challenge, encouraged to be self-aware, guided to discover their strengths and supported to succeed on their own terms – both inside and outside the classroom. The sixth form block expertly bridges the gap between school and university and better prepares girls to soar beyond Surbiton.

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  • Academic results

    GCSE results
    A level results
    Download results as PDF
  • University destinations

    5% of leavers went on to Oxford or Cambridge university.
    85% of leavers went on to a Russell Group university.
    2% of leavers went on to an American university.
    5% of leavers went on to a creative arts or vocational course.
    86% of leavers went on to their first choice university.
  • Subjects offered

    GCSE

    Ancient Greek
    Biology
    Chemistry
    Classical Civilisation
    Computer Science
    Design and Technology
    English Language
    English Literature
    French
    Further Mathematics
    Geography
    German
    History
    Latin
    Mathematics
    Music
    Photography
    Physical Education
    Physics
    Religious Studies
    Spanish
    Dance
    Classical Greek
    Drama
    Art

    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
    French
    Further Mathematics
    Geography
    German
    History
    History of Art
    Latin
    Mathematics
    Music
    Philosophy
    Photography
    Physical Education
    Physics
    Politics
    Psychology
    Religious Studies
    Spanish
    Dance
    Sociology
    Classical Greek
  • Fees and bursaries

    Day fees per term

    Year 7£7,177
    Year 8 £7,177
    Year 9 £7,177
    Year 10£7,177
    Year 11£7,177
    Year 12£7,177
    Year 13£7,177




    Bursaries
    The school offers a number of means-tested Church Schools Foundation Bursaries, at entry to Year 7 and at entry to sixth form. They do not offer full bursaries and parents are expected to make a contribution to the fees. Pupils do not need to be awarded a scholarship in order to apply for a bursary. The school's bursary threshold is usually set at around £70,000 (based on a combined income).

    The school also runs the Green & Silver Award, which is offered in Year 12 and Year 13 to students who have come through the School since Year 7 and would be unable to continue into Sixth Form without the support of the Award.

    Bursary contact:
    Head of Admissions Admissions Department
    admissions@surbitonhigh.com
  • SEND

    This school currently provides the following support for pupils' mental health needs
    The school has a dual tutor system, alongside a Head of Year, Assistant Head of Year and Second Assistant Head of Year. Further specialised support can be provided by the two school nurses, 3 counsellors and 4 academic mentors.

  • Transport links

    School Transport
    School daily bus network

    Public Transport
    Nearest mainline train station: Surbiton Station
    Journey time to London by train: 17 minutes
    Nearest international airport: Heathrow (8 miles)


  • Parents tell us

    ‘We chose the school for my daughter and it was purely based on hockey. She joined after the 11+ – she had an interview and an exam. The process was remarkably friendly. There is plenty of communication with parents. I have been quite impressed with the school’s pastoral care given the huge number of children. They know my daughter pretty well. My advice to new parents would be to not get put off by the numbers as the children are all very happy.’
  • FAQs

    When was Surbiton High founded?
    Surbiton High opened its doors on 25th January 1884 with only 11 girls. The school was founded by a man named Charles Burnley, a founding member of the Church Schools Company.  

    What notable alumni studied at Surbiton Senior School?
    Having been open over 100 years, Surbiton have enrolled a range of different alumni who have succeeded greatly in their careers. Some of these include Olympic skier Chemmy Alcott, singer Mollie King and Minister for Women and Equalities & former MP Nicola Ann Morgan.

School Updates

  • Local Surbiton Talent Edie Earns Place at Italia Conti Conservatoire

    Edie Barwick, a Year 13 Performing Arts Scholar at Surbiton High School, has achieved a significant milestone by securing a coveted place on a brand-new, three-year course, ‘BA Acting (Musical Theatre) at the prestigious Italia Conti Conservatoire.
    Local Surbiton Talent Edie Earns Place at Italia Conti Conservatoire
  • Surbiton Community Classrooms Initiative Celebrates Outstanding Success In IGCSE

    Surbiton High School proudly announces the remarkable achievements of adult learners in the IGCSE English programme under its Community Classrooms initiative, part of the school’s Community Outreach Programme.
    Surbiton Community Classrooms Initiative Celebrates Outstanding Success In IGCSE
  • Surbiton Oxbridge Success

    In a moment of great pride for our community, Surbiton students have achieved remarkable success, receiving 11 offers from the prestigious Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
    Surbiton Oxbridge Success
  • Surbiton High School Celebrates 140th Birthday

    Surbiton High School Celebrates 140th Birthday
  • Surbiton High School Receives Prestigious Silver ‘InspirEd School Marketer Award

    Surbiton High School is delighted to announce its recent victory, securing the 2023 Silver InspirEd School Marketers Brilliance Award for the outstanding 'Enrollment/Admissions Video, Outsourced.'
    Surbiton High School Receives Prestigious Silver ‘InspirEd School Marketer Award
  • Surbiton High School Awarded The ‘Wellbeing Award for Schools’

    In an exciting announcement during a staff briefing, Principal Rebecca Glover proudly unveiled that Surbiton High School has been awarded the prestigious 'Wellbeing Award for Schools' by Optimus Education (in partnership with the National Children's Bureau).
    Surbiton High School Awarded The ‘Wellbeing Award for Schools’
  • Oliver! Returns to the New Wimbledon Theatre, Showcasing Surbiton High School's

    The iconic musical, Oliver!, is poised to make a triumphant return to the New Wimbledon Theatre, where it first graced the stage in 1960, before setting off on a remarkable journey through the West End and Broadway.
    Oliver! Returns to the New Wimbledon Theatre, Showcasing Surbiton High School's
  • A Holistic Approach To Mental Health and Well-being

    For World Mental Health Day, Surbiton High School reflected on how they support all our pupils through the highs and lows they experience as they enter different stages of maturity and different issues that life can throw at them.
    A Holistic Approach To Mental Health and Well-being
  • Surbiton High School GCSE Results 2023

    Surbiton High School pupils celebrated their GCSE results. Their hard work and dedication has seen pupils achieving 42% of all GCSEs at grade 9 and 88% at grade 9 to 7.
    Surbiton High School GCSE Results 2023
  • Surbiton High School's A-Level Results 2023

    Surbiton High School is celebrating exceptional results with over 25% of grades at A*, 64% of all grades A* to A and over 90% of grades A* to B.
    Surbiton High School's A-Level Results 2023
  • Surbiton school offers Art History course for local community

    Surbiton High School is offering a short seven-week Art History course as part of their Community Outreach Programme for a £65 donation.
    Surbiton school offers Art History course for local community
  • Free talk featuring award-winning speakers shares revision tips and strategies

    On Wednesday 26 April 2023, award-winning speakers will share their insights on effective revision strategies as part of Surbiton High School’s community outreach programme. POP! Talks is a not-for-profit initiative.
    Free talk featuring award-winning speakers shares revision tips and strategies
  • Local School Girls Donate 400+ Items To Surbiton Community Fridge

    Local school girls from Surbiton High donate over 400 non-perishable items including food, tins, and other basic essential items to MAS Surbiton Community Fridge and Refugee Action Kingston.
    Local School Girls Donate 400+ Items To Surbiton Community Fridge
  • Local Surbiton Rowers Lead The Way For The Racing Year With Haul Of Wins

    Local Surbiton rowers from Surbiton High School lead the way for the racing year winning a haul of medals from several local races.
    Local Surbiton Rowers Lead The Way For The Racing Year With Haul Of Wins
  • See Surbiton High- Senior School & Sixth Form in our All-through Schools Guide.

    See Surbiton High- Senior School & Sixth Form in our All-through Schools Guide.
  • 10 Questions with Rebecca Glover, head of Surbiton High School

    10 Questions with Rebecca Glover, head of Surbiton High School

Essentials

Address
13-15 Surbiton Crescent, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2JT

Contact
admissions@surbitonhigh.com
020 8546 5245

Website
surbitonhigh.com

ISI Report

Fees

Term Dates

Bursaries


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