If you’re comparing schools in Brighton for your daughter to attend, Roedean School could be a great option. Roedean is amongst the UK’s top independent schools for outstanding all-girls education. With high academic standards, modern facilities, and a breadth of extra-curricular activities, it’s no surprise that Roedean is a top choice for many.
Families interested in exploring the School’s offerings and getting to know the community can attend Roedean’s varied events. These events provide an opportunity to:
- Learn about Roedean’s curriculum.
- Meet staff and students.
- Discover the School’s unique culture and values.
Open Days at Roedean School
Open days at Roedean are the ideal occasion for an initial visit to the School. The events offer families an overview of life at Roedean, including a look at the campus. Prospective students and their families can ask questions about academic studies, extra-curricular activities, and the admissions process.
Roedean’s open days can help families make an informed decision when applying to schools in Brighton.
Experience Days at Roedean School
Alongside open days, Roedean offers several experience days for students of all ages. This year, the School is hosting a “Rockpools Day” for girls who are interested in joining Year 7 or 9 in 2024. This event will take place on the beach below the School on June 13, 2023.
Roedean is also hosting several Sixth Form experience and taster days.
- Sixth Form experience day (May 25, 2023). This day-long programme provides insights into life at Roedean Sixth Form. The event will include various activities and classes.
- Sixth Form taster day (June 14, 15, and 16, 2023). Roedean will pair visiting students with a current student to experience a Roedean Sixth Former’s average day. The School bases these pairings on the visiting student’s preferred A Level subjects.
Roedean Sixth Form
Roedean Sixth Form offers a dynamic educational experience for students embarking on their A Level studies. Students choose from a range of A Level subjects and explore extra-curricular and leadership opportunities.
The Sixth Form provides a challenging and supportive academic environment for girls. Students enjoy small class sizes and individualised attention from experienced teachers. In addition to academic studies, students take part in sports, music, drama, and other clubs and societies.
Girls also serve the wider community through the School’s community action programme. Roedean has various partnerships with charities, organisations, and schools in Brighton. As a result, students of all ages are socially aware and strive to make a positive impact on the world.
Roedean Sixth Form emphasises the development of well-rounded, confident, and independent young women. Many Roedean Sixth Formers go on to attend top universities in the UK and overseas. Students leave the School equipped to tackle future academic and professional pursuits.
Roedean School’s Hockey Academy
Roedean has an exceptional record of achievement in a range of sports. The School teaches netball in the spring, cricket in the summer, and hockey in the autumn term.
Roedean’s Hockey Academy will take place on the following dates in 2023:
- May 15 and 22.
- June 5, 12, and 19.
Led by Roedean’s head of hockey, these free sessions run from 5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. The Hockey Academy welcomes hockey players in Years 4 and 5 from schools in Brighton and beyond who are keen to improve their game in a fun and supportive environment.
Virtual And In-Person Tours of Roedean School
Individual tours of Roedean School, conducted in person, offer a personalised experience. Roedean recommends an individual tour for anyone making a second or subsequent visit to the School.
Families will have the opportunity to meet Roedean’s director of admissions or another admissions team member. This meeting will allow families to discuss their daughters’ applications in detail.
360 Virtual Tour
Roedean’s 360 virtual tour experience allows online visitors who want to learn about schools in Brighton to “step inside” the School. The virtual tour covers:
- Sports facilities.
- The sixth form centre.
- Roedean’s theatre.
- The chapel.
- A boarding house.
Visitors can explore extra galleries and information to gain an in-depth experience of the School. Families can also watch a virtual tour video that features Roedean staff and students.
More About Roedean School
Record-Breaking GCSE Results
While some independent all-girls schools are finding the educational market challenging, Roedean is thriving. In 2022, the School reported its record-breaking GCSE results: 85.3% of its 1,260 GCSEs were grades 9 to 7 (equivalent to A*-A). Plus, 47.4% of the grades were grade 9s (the highest possible — equivalent to an A**).
The School’s largest-ever year group (more than 130 students) achieved a total of 116 grade 9s, with:
- 40 students each achieving 7 or more grade 9s.
- 19 students each achieving 9 or more grade 9s.
- 11 students each achieving 10 or more grade 9s.
The results prove the dedication of Roedeanians who have had their education disrupted by Covid-19 in recent years.
Beyond The Classroom
While academic results are important, Roedeanians excel across a range of disciplines. Two members of last year’s GCSE group also swam in a cross-Channel relay during their exam period. Other Roedeanians flourished in sports, the creative and performing arts, and community action.
One of Roedean’s strengths lies in the breadth of its co-curriculum. Students can choose to participate in more than 130 activities each week. With such an abundance of options, each student can find something they’re passionate about. Whether creative, physical, or expressive, these pursuits emphasise Roedean’s holistic educational provision.
Roedean believes that a vibrant co-curricular life can:
- Enrich all students’ education.
- Contribute to their personal development.
- Help students develop interests in areas that are independent of academic studies.
- Encourage students to mix and engage with others who share their interests.
Roedean School Welcomes New Headteacher: Niamh Green
After serving as Roedean’s headteacher for the last decade, Oliver Blond left the School at the end of the 2023 lent term. Blond received a warm send-off from students and staff.
Roedean’s new headteacher Niamh Green joined the School at the start of the 2023 summer term. Green has worked in all-girls boarding and day schools for more than 20 years. She has experience in various academic and pastoral roles, previously serving as:
- The acting head and deputy head of Mayfield School, Sussex.
- A head of department and head of year at Woldingham School, Surrey.
- A housemistress at Sherborne Girls, Dorset.
- The deputy head (pastoral) at Godolphin School, Salisbury.
Roedean School’s senior team will support Green as she steps into the role of headteacher. The team includes Talia Keller, Roedean’s head of school and designated safeguarding lead.