As a new academic year at Brighton and Hove’s Roedean School begins, the School is eager to welcome its 2023 cohort of fantastic students. Roedean is a highly commended, independent school that provides education and boarding for girls aged 11 to 18.

And, in just a few weeks’ time, on September 30, Roedean School’s applications and admissions will open for the 2024-25 school year.

Upcoming Open Days

Roedean’s open days allow potential students and their families to explore the School’s site and distinctive approach to education. Prospective students can explore the campus, interact with current students, and get a sense of the School’s culture. 

This first-hand experience can help them make informed decisions about their future and whether to make a Roedean School application. There is also a dedicated admissions team to help with any questions.

Roedean’s next open day will take place on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The School is also holding the following events for prospective students.

Individual Tours

Roedean encourages families to book in-person individual tours on a date that suits them. However, those who can’t visit the School, or have visited before, may prefer to follow Roedean’s innovative 360 Virtual Tour.

Sixth Form Open Evening

During Sixth Form open evenings, prospective students discover the School’s expansive Sixth Form curriculum. The evenings showcase how students can embrace new responsibilities and take on leadership roles. Students also have an opportunity to explore the School’s diverse range of co-curricular activities.

The next Sixth Form open evening will take place on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023.

STEM Day for 11+/13+

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) Days allow girls to work with the School’s enthusiastic STEM team. Participating students can also listen to an inspiring talk from Suzie Imber, a STEM Ambassador and Associate Professor of Planetary Science at the University of Leicester.

The next STEM Day will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023.

Hockey Masterclass 11+/13+

The hockey masterclass presents a one-of-a-kind chance to take part in a professional workshop with the Olympic Gold Medallist Helen Richardson-Walsh. Richardson-Walsh is also one of Roedean’s Sports Ambassadors.

Potential students can train, enhance their current skills, and learn new ones, all under Richardson-Walsh’s guidance.

The hockey masterclass will take place on Monday, Nov. 13, 2023.

Netball Masterclass 11+/13+

The Mintridge Foundation and accomplished netball player Pamela Cookey will hold this netball masterclass. Students can hone their netball skills and improve their technique with targeted drills.

The netball masterclass will take place on Wednesday, March 6, 2024.

Travelling To Roedean School

Minibus Service

Travelling to and from Roedean School in Brighton and Hove is efficient and easy, with 20 routes for students. A team of skilled, dedicated minibus drivers take pride in their work and are always eager to welcome students on-board.

The minibus fleet is both modern and comfortable. It operates according to current legislation, with on-board cameras for maximum safety. Additionally, all drivers are Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)-cleared with clean driving licences.

Victoria Escort Service

Roedean offers a safe, reliable, weekly travel service called the Victoria Escort (VE). The VE is for the weekly and flexi boarders commuting to and from London.

VE has been in operation for several years and has gained popularity amongst the London boarders. The service allows the students to spend weekends with their parents or guardians. It also includes transportation for the beginning and end of terms.

A Typical School Day

The typical day starts at Roedean when the bus arrives in Brighton and Hove at around 8.15 a.m. Students begin with form time, where they can catch up with their friends or prep for lessons.

During the day, there are six lessons, two activity sessions, a mid-morning break, and lunch in the dining rooms. When lessons end at around 3.45 p.m., the girls have tea in the House Old Dining Rooms (ODRs). Tea can range from samosas to doughnuts or fruit.

After tea, the girls participate in a variety of co-curricular activities until approximately 5 p.m. These activities can include music rehearsals, clubs, or sports training sessions.

Pastoral Care 

Roedean School recognises that every girl, family, and circumstance is distinct. As such, this principle guides the School’s pastoral care. Roedean provides support that enables collaboration between the School and families, ensuring each girl can individually flourish.

At the core of Roedean’s approach and every student’s achievement is the School’s commitment to the pastoral care they offer. Roedean has built this ethos on a comprehensive and integrated pastoral care system that is both calming and supportive.

Co-Curricular Activities

Roedean’s co-curricular activities are noticeably diverse, reflecting the school’s multicultural community (40% of the students are international). Activities offer a distinct range of opportunities for girls to develop and flourish. Each enables students to explore new areas and maximise their school experience.

Roedean aims to enhance students’ educational experiences. This goal also aids in students’ personal development and leadership skills. The co-curricular activities provide opportunities for students to connect with like-minded individuals within the School.

The activities include: 

  • 14 different sports.
  • 30 types of opportunities to perform recitals, productions, and showcases.
  • 130 activities and clubs.
  • 264 instrumental lessons a week on 22 different instruments.
  •  Opportunities to become involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Each girl at Roedean has the potential to find something that she is truly passionate about. The activities students choose to undertake may be physical, creative, intellectual, or expressive, highlighting the comprehensive approach to education that the School offers.

In providing these co-curricular activities, Roedean School hopes its students will leave their education in Brighton and Hove with a strong, broad set of skills. 

A Level and GCSE Results 2023

A Level Results

The Year 13 students at Roedean have achieved impressive A Level results this year, with 28.2% of all grades at A* and 55.5% at A*-A. These results are exceptional, particularly given the Covid-19-related disruptions to their education and the absence of GCSE examinations.

Niamh Green, the Head at Roedean, said, “I am incredibly proud of what this year group has achieved, particularly taking the educational context of their A Levels into account.”

About Roedean School

Situated in Brighton and Hove, Roedean School enjoys an impressive clifftop setting between the South Downs and the English Channel. The School, established in 1885 by the Lawrence sisters, originally started out with just 10 students.

Now, students come from 40 countries and nationalities. The School has an equally notable list of alumnae who have made significant contributions to sectors like education, politics, sports, science, and media.

Both local and international students make Roedean School applications. Families can apply either through the admissions page on the website or with the help of an educational agent. To make a Roedean School application, potential students will need to create an account on the School’s online admissions portal.Learn more about Roedean School on its YouTube channel.

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