Founded in 1842 by the Society of the Sacred Heart, Woldingham is a leading independent boarding and day school and one of the oldest girls' schools in the UK. Woldingham is a purposeful, busy and happy community with a fully integrated mix of boarders, day girls and nationalities. Students come from all over the world and we maintain a good balance between British and international students. Woldingham is a Catholic school which welcomes families from all faiths. 'The strong spiritual foundation and its flow into the pastoral life of the school is of benefit to everyone, whatever their beliefs.' Y11 parent.
Woldingham School is set in a beautiful 700 acre estate with its own train station in the grounds providing a 35 minute connection to London Victoria. Gatwick and Heathrow Airports are 20 and 45 minutes away respectively.
At Woldingham learning and endeavour are highly valued by all; 'Value Added' scores, which measure academic achievement relative to initial ability, place Woldingham in the top 7% of all schools in the UK over the last five years. Not surprisingly, the school is marching up the league tables and has secured 16 Oxbridge places in the last two years.
In 2012, the Independent School's Inspectorate placed Woldingham in its top band, 'excellent', in all areas of activity.
Girls know that they can approach any member of staff with a concern and there are deliberately many levels of support available. The unique Thrive programme is embedded throughout the curriculum and Mindfulness sessions are available to all on a weekly basis.
Music and drama at Woldingham are well resourced, dynamic and busy, providing many and varied opportunities for pupils to perform. The choirs lead the singing at Westminster Cathedral for masses and the school Carol Service. The sports coaches are experts in their field and include a hockey Olympian. With over 80 co-curricular activities on offer in any week there is plenty to do and girls are encouraged to 'have a go' across a range of sporting, social, cultural and intellectual clubs.
Students spend their first two years in a welcoming junior house, moving into single-study bedrooms from Year 10 and en-suite accommodation in the Sixth Form. It is the strong community that boarders value, 'I couldn't have achieved my results without the community here.' Sixth Form boarder.