Basic Information & Location
Roedean is an all-girls school for students aged 11-18, situated between the English Channel and a national park, on a cliff overlooking Brighton Mari.
Roedean combines the tradition and heritage of a school for girls founded in 1885 with dynamic teaching and impressive accommodation and facilities. The mix of local, London and international girls gives it a special and dynamic atmosphere, with girls from over 38 countries. The school is easily accessible from London and the South, under an hour from Victoria, with Gatwick airport 30 minutes away and Heathrow only 75 minutes away. With its stunning position by the sea in Brighton, Roedean is one of the UK’s leading girls’ schools.
Roedean – A Truly Holistic Education
Roedean girls consistently achieve outstanding A Level results. In 2020, at A Level, nearly 94.1% of all grades were A*-B, and 79.2% were A-A* grades; at GCSE, the majority of all grades, 89%, were at Grade 9-7, and 99.8% were awarded Grade 9-4.
In a climate when young women pursuing STEM subjects is very low nationally, Roedean is very proud that nearly a third of last year’s leavers went on to study STEM courses at university, highlighting that the School is bucking the ‘girls can’t do Science’ stereotype. Roedean’s trajectory is very clearly upward, and where it will be in a few short years is a very exciting prospect.
Pastoral Care & Boarding
Pastoral Care is central to school life – girls see their academic tutor twice each day, they can also see their Head of Year, the Pastoral Magers, House Staff, the Medical Centre, the School Counsellor, and there is a team of trained student Peer Listeners
Boarding comes in different shapes and sizes at Roedean. Many girls are full boarders – there are over 250 girls on site at the weekends, and there are lots of activities which take place on Friday evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays.
In addition to the girls’ bedroom, there are a variety of spaces where they can work or relax, play games, or practise the piano. In each house, there is an ODR (the Old Dining Room), perhaps the symbolic heart of each house, where girls can catch up with their friends at the end of the day. There is also the GDR (the so-called Girls’ Dining Room, although it is now a common room), where there is a television and DVD player, and the Hobbies’ Room which has a selection of games and puzzles for them to enjoy in the evening.
Boarders will be fed very well in the Main Dining Room for all meals, but they also have the option of making toast or preparing pasta in the evening, and this can be done in the pantry kitchen which is next to the ODR, where there are cookers, hobs, and fridges, or in the ‘snug areas’ on the lower and middle corridors.
The Weekend Programme is full and varied, and it caters to the interests of the girls – there are trips up to museums and galleries in London, sporting activities such as horse-riding and windsurfing, and pottery painting, ice-skating, and the Christmas market local to Brighton, to me just a few.
Extra-curricular & Personal Development
Roedean’s ethos is clearly focused on the remarkable benefits of a holistic approach to education, in which academic pursuits are complemented by a wide range of co-curricular activities, and the founding Lawrence sisters would be delighted with their legacy today. With over sixty activities on offer every week, the girls enjoy sea-swimming (Roedean has a team 2020 Cross-Channel relay race), international travel awards, trampolining, a farm on the school site with sheep, chickens, and pygmy goats, annual House competitions, and the flood-lit all-weather pitch on site.
Roedean girls excel in a range of sports (the school recently had a seven-times World Karate Champion at school, and it currently has British Champions in Street Dance and Speed Skating), many musicians play beyond Grade 8 level, and girls achieve at the very highest level in ballet, jazz, and modern dance – all such activities have their own intrinsic value, but they also have huge benefits for the girls’ academic endeavours.
At Roedean, there can be no doubt that the girls’ rounded education ‘makes a considerable contribution to their personal development’ (ISI, May 2016), and it is precisely this which produces independent and creative young women who will make their mark in the world. The opportunity for girls to be able to excel in a number of different fields is one of the great gifts of Roedean, since it provides them with the space and time to devote to their passions, and all in one place.