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Barrow Hills School

Roke Lane, Witley, Godalming, Surrey, England GU8 5NY
Tel: +44 (0) 1428 683639

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 2 - 13 Years Day

Children at Barrow Hills are growing to be… Curious about everything; and brave when meeting new challenges. Scholarly in the way that they learn and in their love of learning. Compassionate towards others, in the School and in the wider world. Generous of spirit, and in sharing their time and their gifts; and joyful in their appreciation of their families, their friendships, their School and the world. Truthful and true to themselves, and responsible in what they say and in what they do.

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Word From The Head

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John Towers

Welcome to Barrow Hills School, an independent, co-educational day school and nursery welcoming girls and boys from 2 to 13 years of age.
Barrow Hills is renowned for its family atmosphere and happy children. Our outcomes speak for themselves, with “very successful students within the formal curriculum and beyond”. The child’s own journey towards this accomplishment is vital, with “pupils’ social development of the highest quality” (Inspectorate 2022). These courteous, sociable, and responsible children are at the heart of all that we do; we pride ourselves in valuing every child with skilled educators and individual attention. It’s a very warm community, aspirational but values-driven and grounded.
Our Barrow Hills family also has the unique advantage of governance by the Bridewell Royal Hospital Foundation and close affiliation with our partner school, Kings Edward’s Witley. We benefit from centuries of charitable history, links to the City of London and the generous shared resource an independent senior school provides.

Teaching at Barrow Hills is based on the understanding that children vary in academic ability, learn and mature at different rates and discover areas of the curriculum which they enjoy and excel at. Our class sizes allow for more individual attention from staff, who value and understand every child and spend quality time with them to enhance their learning and confidence. The intimate atmosphere is a particular strength of the school and enables us to build warm relationships with our families.

Our children are challenged within a positive, diverse community of learners and are stretched at a time appropriate to them, helping them to aspire to achieve their individual best. Balanced with an ethos of strong pastoral care, children become well rounded high achievers.

Our extensive grounds provide excellent facilities that encourage play and exploration. Throughout the school we provide children with an environment in which to experiment and develop their talents. They experience a wide variety of activities in order to develop their abilities without fear of failure.

What We Offer

  • LAMDA - London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  • Classics
  • Design Technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • ICT
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Photography
  • English
  • French
  • Latin
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial Arts
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch Rugby
  • Volleyball
  • Adventure Training
  • Ballet
  • Chess
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Language Club
  • Orienteering
  • Public Speaking
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)
  • Language and Communication Disorders
  • After School Club
  • Armed Forces Children
  • Before School Club
  • Diplomatic Children
  • Expatriate Children
  • Gifted Children
  • International Students
  • School Bus Service
  • Special Diets


  • Assessment
  • Interview
  • Report from previous school
  • References
  • Trial day at school
  • Music
  • Siblings
  • All denominations welcome
  • English

    Age Range & Fees

    Age Range2 to 13
    Annual Day Fees *615 to 19500
    Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *0 to 0
    Annual Full Boarding Fees *0 to 0
    * Currency:

    Number Of Pupils

    0Full Boarding0
    0Weekly Boarding0
    Boys Girls

    Number Of Staff

    Full-time: 93
    Part-time: 0

    % Pupils Gaining
    GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

    % Pupils Gaining
    A Level Grades A – C

    % Pupils Going
    To University

    School Reviews

    Independent Schools Inspectorate

    Relationships are extremely effective, and a palpable culture of respect and tolerance for others’ needs reflecting the kindly family ethos of the school pervades all aspects of school life.  

    School News