Woldingham School

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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 Catholic school which welcomes families from all faiths. The school is set in 700 acres of beautiful countryside but is reached in only 25 minutes by train from London (Woldingham station is in the school grounds).

Students are encouraged to become independent, enquiring young women, who forge lasting relationships, achieve academic success and become positive influences in the worlds they will enter.

Examination results are consistently outstanding, with the majority of Woldingham students going to Russell Group universities and a growing number to US universities.

Pastoral care is widely regarded by the parents as exceptional and 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.

Gifted & Talented

All students on the Gifted and Talented register in Years 7-11 are invited to meet at least once per term for academic and pastoral mentoring, the raising of aspirations and to be challenged in their thinking. Students are guided and set targets by the Gifted and Talented Coordinator. Girls in Years 7 and 8 are also invited to take part in courses with other schools.


The Learning Support Department is staffed by a SENco, Learning Support teacher and Learning Mentor and works closely with pupils, parents and staff to monitor, plan for and review individual pupils and their learning needs. Some individual/small group private paid tuition is possible for pupils who need general study/revision skills support.

Bursaries & Scholarships

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