Excellent schools – whether academies, independent or maintained – are all about developing the individual child, creating an environment in which they can be happy and inspired by talented teachers.
This truth was at the heart of Prior’s Field founder Julia Huxley’s vision, when she opened the Godalming-based school in 1902. Prior’s Field nurtured talent, fostered ambition and encouraged girls to look outwards into society – offering a distinctive route to high achievement – as it does to this day.
At Prior’s Field, as well as focusing on academic ability and outcome, we promote participation, motivation, self-belief and enjoyment to bring out the best in our young people and transform lives.
Small classes allow each pupil to be well-known and understood by staff. Support extends beyond the classroom: Prior’s Field offers supervised prep (at no extra charge) and, having done their homework, girls can stay on for supper.
Beyond Prior's Field
Girls leave Prior’s Field for a wide range of universities, including Oxbridge, to study courses as diverse as medicine, philosophy, law and engineering. In their time here, however, they will also have learnt to: rise to the challenge of leadership and service opportunities (through Head Girl, Deputy and Prefect responsibilities, running school assemblies and events, mentoring younger pupils, Duke of Edinburgh awards that include working with local and national charities); set up businesses in the Sixth Form, including taking over the reins of PF Babysitters, a registered babysitting service set up three years ago by the then Upper Sixth; drive safely; cook healthily on a student budget (as taught by our school chef); control their finances; manage stress through yoga, mindfulness and exam revision technique; work and socialise with students from other sixth forms and colleges.
Boarding at Prior's Field
From its inception, boarding has been at the heart of Prior’s Field and approximately a quarter of its current pupils take advantage of boarding on a full, weekly or flexible basis. ISI inspectors, reporting in 2016, found girls for whom Prior’s Field is their second home to be “articulate, engaging and courteous”. Head of Boarding, Mrs Emma Picken, comments: ‘We were especially pleased that the report highlights the “atmosphere of trust, tolerance and friendship in the boarding houses” – testament to the commitment of our girls and boarding staff to each other’.
Boarding can prove an indispensable option for busy, working families but also for girls whose parents are abroad or for whom home life is difficult. Prior’s Field welcomes applications from any girl who would benefit from a place at the school, regardless of their financial situation, and bursaries are available at all entry points.