Mrs Gillian Cross
BA (London, Birkbeck), MA, PGCE
Deputy Head Mistress (Pastoral)
We believe that all members of the school should be inspired to outperform expectations on a daily basis. The pursuit of excellence is thus a defining feature of our Senior School. This is reflected in our examination results, which place us in the top tier of independent schools nationally.
We nurture our girls to attain success across the widest spectrum of activity, extending far beyond the conventional ‘academic’ horizon. In so doing, they learn the beauty of reason, the allure of the aesthetic, and the vitality of the physical throughout their secondary education.
“Pupils excel across a wide range of academic, sporting and creative activities.” ISI Report, 2019
Education at our Senior School
Our girls, whether they are very able or late developers, learn to navigate the landscape of the human spirit and achieve beyond the realms of expectation.
Girls are encouraged to try new subjects, taking a broad-minded view of learning, and as our girls advance, they enjoy progressively more independence throughout their secondary education at our Senior School. We support them in feeling confident in their own choices and teach them the skills they need for a constantly changing world.
Throughout their education, SCHS girls benefit from subject-specialist teachers and the experts who teach them fundamental study skills whilst capturing their imaginations.
We build a curriculum to fit the needs of each girl, rather than trying to fit the girls to the curriculum.
How to apply for Senior School
Pupils may be admitted to our Senior School school at any age, but the principal points of entry for secondary education are at 11+, 13+, and 16+ years of age (Sixth Form). Before the school can consider any candidate for entry, an application form must be completed and returned to us. Find out more about the admissions process below.