St George's Ascot
Wells Lane, Ascot, SL5 7DZ, Berkshire
Girls' Day & Boarding Senior & Sixth Form
|Head||Mrs Liz Hewer|
|Girls Age Range||11-18 years (boarding from 11)|
|Number of pupils||270|
|Please see website|
|Average Class Size||17|
St George's is a thriving independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11-18 offering an ambitious, connected and future-facing education tailored for girls to realise their potential both at school and in fulfilling adult lives ahead. Awarded 'excellent' in its November 2022 ISI inspection, the report speaks of pupils demonstrating 'healthy self-knowledge, well developed study skills, first-class social skills and an awareness of the world around them.'
The St George's ethos, and education, focuses on developing Confident, Capable and Connected young women who are thoroughly prepared for the world beyond school. Learning in an all-girls environment fosters confidence as girls are emboldened to innovate, lead and express informed views free from gender stereotypes. They are, as a recent Head Girl explained, at 'the centre of their own story' throughout their time at the school. They are exposed to a wide range of opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom, developing excellence in academic, sporting, musical, dramatic and creative pursuits. Throughout their time at St George's pupils are encouraged to connect across the diverse school community but also with the world around them and so they develop a strong sense of what they want to bring to and how they will challenge the society they will ultimately join.
Pupils enjoy facilities that 'might easily belong to a school three times the size' (2023 Good Schools Guide review), with four art studios, a state of the art 6-lane swimming pool, a 300-seat theatre, a Cookery & Food Technology room, and brand new music recording studio. Yet the school is small enough to develop markedly strong relationships across the community. Each pupil is known and supported by a close network of boarding, teaching and pastoral staff who help shape and develop each individual. Examination results are excellent with regular Oxbridge success, a high percentage attending Russell Group universities in both the sciences and humanities and a strong number of girls choosing post-18 options in the Arts in courses ranging from visual effects, fine art, textiles and fashion to photography. A recent value-added figure for the school at GCSE placed St George's 7th out of 344 schools. In 2023, the school maintained the excellent A Level standards achieved in 2022, with 43% of grades awarded at A*-A, 72% of grades at A*-B and nearly a third of the Upper Sixth leavers achieving all A* and A grades.
The school is a finalist in the Independent Girls School of the Year category for the upcoming Independent Schools of the Year 2023 Awards. During 2022, St George's was also shortlisted for a number of industry awards and chosen as a finalist in the prestigious Tes Awards' category for Innovative Learning. After a demanding application process, the school was also recently awarded Google for Education Reference School status as a mark of the tremendous work that has been done to integrate technology in the classroom and innovate teaching methodology in collaboration with Google Education. The History Department was also proud to have been awarded the Historical Association's Gold Quality Mark with assessors noting the department's 'strong desire to become a centre of excellence for the transformation of history education.'
Pupils benefit from a sizeable and diverse co-curricular programme with over 70 clubs on offer through the 'working week' for the girls to enjoy. With sports clubs in abundance, a Gardening Club, the SGA 'Googley' Google Diploma Club, Amnesty International, a Cultural Diversity Club and Model United Nations on the list, there is plenty to spark the girls' interest.