Dodderhill Independent Girlsupcoming open day (click for details)
Dodderhill Independent Girls’ School, located in Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, first opened its doors in 1973.
The school provides a safe, happy and stimulating continuity of education for girls from age four to 16 years. With fewer than 200 pupils, the school has purposely remained small to provide a bespoke and varied education for its girls. Academic challenge combined with opportunities for creative, sporting and personal development will help your daughter to discover her talents and grow in confidence.
The school is subdivided into Pre-Prep (Reception to Year 4), Prep (Year 5-8) and Senior (Year 9-11).
The classes have fewer than 20 girls and there are no more than two classes per year group. This enables tutors to acknowledge the uniqueness of every child and focus on individual achievement – the curriculum is adapted to meet the needs of pupils, not the other way around. Girls are provided with learning support when needed under the direction of a qualified SENco.
Dodderhill offers a three year GCSE course, starting in Year 9, to ensure girls achieve their academic potential.
The schools’ GCSE results are consistently among the best in Worcestershire. The curriculum consists of core subjects including Maths, English and Science in addition to languages, P.E, art, textiles and music. Many girls achieve scholarships to their choice of Sixth Form.
Dodderhill is home to an excellent range of onsite facilities including astro pitches, a large sports hall, a performance arts centre, well equipped science laboratories and even an onsite maze. There’s also a Forest School, which gives young pupils a chance to get out of the classroom and get involved in some outdoor educational fun.
Parents are welcome to visit at any time by prior appointment.
Gifted & Talented
Each department has their own policies on how they extend the most able. Able mathematicians, musicians and artists are all encouraged to either take GCSE examinations a year ahead or are entered for extension examinations such as AS level with their GCSEs. The expectation of teaching pupils in small groups is that each pupil, regardless of their level of ability, will be challenged to make excellent progress and that all will have their particular skills and aptitudes identified and developed.
The school has a comprehensive policy about how pupils are identified, monitored, assessed and supported by a range of specialists for either numeracy or literacy support. Full educational assessments are carried out by a visiting consultant. Any pupil with social or emotional needs can be referred to a specifically qualified consultant when required. Individual Education Plans (IEPs) are shared with staff, pupils and parents and reviewed termly.
Bursaries & Scholarships
Booker scholarship – Internal academic awarded to Year 6 value £1000 a year for entry to Year 7.
Davidson Scholarship– music award open to all pupils joining Year 7 value £1000 a year.
Price scholarship-external academic award for girls joining Year 7 value the equivalent of one term’s fees a year.
The Governors encourage applications from girls of all backgrounds and will provide means tested bursaries for up to 100% of the school fees for deserving candidates.