St George’s is a girl’s boarding and day school (aged 11-18), situated just outside Ascot in Berkshire. The school has around 270 girls.
I was welcomed to the school by the Registrar, Ros Lloyd. One of the highlights of the ensuing tour was the fantastic parkland in which the school is set. Despite being relatively close to London (about one hours drive from our offices in Battersea) the school has the feel of a proper country boarding school; with seemingly endless games fields, a good sized swimming pool and an enormous sports hall.
Entrance is usually at 11+ and there are also places available at 13+ and 16+. The school is extremely well resourced in terms of art studios, theatres, science labs, computer rooms and a modern chapel, which can accommodate the entire school. The campus is large and very well equipped for such a small number of girls. The school’s headmistress, Rachel Owens explained that they strive to be welcoming to international students but to maintain the school’s, ‘Englishness’ above any temptation to increase numbers.
Academically, the school has a strong track record, with GCSE’s in 2012 achieving 71% of all grades at A*-A, with 94% of all grades being within A*-B.
Overall the school has a very obvious feeling of calm. The school is Christian but welcomes girls of all faiths and has an emphasis on a creating a, ‘moral and spiritual framework’. In this respect it feels quite similar to Cheltenham Ladies College (but much smaller and closer to London). Unlike CLC many more girls choose to go back to London for the weekends, which in some ways allows them to enjoy the best of both worlds. Fifty percent of girls board during the week but some also travel in locally, from Windsor.
The school’s cohort is largely English, with a small number of international students. It maintains close links with nearby Eton College. Overall impressions were that the school is impeccably well presented and well organised very well run. All the dorms I saw were spacious and welcoming and the food – as claimed on the website – was fantastic!
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