What was your favourite subject at school?
Mathematics – I had an inspirational teacher and I loved the fact that ultimately your answer is either right or wrong. It is logical and precise.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
If I hadn’t gone into teaching I would have liked to have pursued a career in ophthalmology.
Who was your best teacher?
Mr Riley! He taught me Maths and Further Maths at A Level. I remember him taking us out in his car to demonstrate the forces present during circular motion.
Name one or two of the school’s alumni?
Alexandra Harris has recently written ‘Weatherland’ to excellent reviews. She also won the Guardian First Book Award for ‘Romantic Moderns’.
Which extracurricular activities are the most unusual and the most popular?
Mandarin and Tai Chi are probably the most unusual. Our music lessons and team sporting activities are always popular. We also organise a History of Art trip to Florence.
How important are academic results?
Academic results are extremely important because they give our girls choices. We have a strong record of academic success whilst firmly believing in an all-round education.
What is the school’s ethos?
We educate for confidence. Each girl is unique; we foster her individuality. If she is happy, she succeeds, she flourishes.
Are there any unusual subjects taught or unexpected experiences offered?
We have an exceptional Languages department and languages are taught in an innovative way. Each classroom includes a small stage on which girls enjoy performing the foreign language sketches they create together with their classmates.
What is the value of single sex education?
No subject is considered off limits, no position of responsibility unattainable. The girls are the front-runners. In the classroom they can take intellectual risks; ask questions and make judgements without worrying about what the boys will think.
What does the boarding experience offer pupils?
The Boarding House is a place where the girls can mix with other students of similar ages, irrespective of race, religion, cultural and linguistic background, and where they are accepted for themselves.
How does the school meet the changing needs of family life?
We offer extended day care: a breakfast club from 7.30am and after-school provision. Flexi-boarding is also an option for working parents.