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Townley Grammar School for Girls
Townley Road, DA6 7AB, UK Bexleyheath
+44 (0)208 304 8311

Townley Grammar School for Girls

I am delighted to introduce you to Townley Grammar School for Girls, one of the selective schools in the Bexley London Borough. The School, which was founded in 1937, has over the years established a tradition of academic excellence and is a lively, caring community of which we are justly proud

Through encouragement and by creating an atmosphere conducive to enquiry and the enjoyment of learning, we aim to develop in each girl confidence in her own ability to succeed.

The emphasis we place on the local community and links with industry and commerce not only helps to prepare students for the responsibilities of adult life but also equips them to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing society, aware of the opportunities for women at the highest levels.

Our girls are our best advertisement, so do take the opportunity to visit us and speak with them and their teachers. We look forward to meeting you and to showing you our school.

Mrs. Linda Hutchinson, B.A., M.Ed.



Homework is set every evening during term time and is considered to be an integral part of the learning process, encouraging independent study. The time pupils are expected to devote to their homework increases from 6 hours a week in Year 7 to 12 hours in Year 10, whilst girls preparing for public examinations will be expected to spend considerably longer in later years. The school library is open after school until 5.00pm, when books can be changed, research carried out and homework done under the supervision of the school librarian.

Teaching Groups

Girls are taught mainly in their tutor groups for the first three years but with some streaming in Mathematics, Science and French in Years 8 and 9, although these groups are further divided for practical subjects. In Years 10 and 11, pupils are grouped according to their learning rate in certain subjects such as Mathematics, Science and Modern Languages.



The regular assessment of the pupils' work is considered crucial to the educational process. Progress is discussed with both pupils and parents. Pupils' work in all subjects is formally reviewed each term, whilst assessment under strict examination conditions takes place once a year.


The Sixth Form offers a wide range of subjects and courses and most girls choose to pursue their studies at this level. To begin Advanced level courses, girls should have obtained at least 5 A-C passes at GCSE with grades A or B in the subjects chosen for further study.

The majority of students take a combination of five AS Level subjects in Year 12 and three A2 subjects in Year 13. The timetable is constructed as far as possible to meet their individual needs. The pass rate in recent years has been above 95%, enabling most girls in our Upper Sixth to move on to higher education. An advanced GNVQ course is also available in Business Studies.

The opportunity exists both to deepen the study of subjects taken at GCSE and to select new courses such as Economics, Law, Philosophy, Sociology, Theatre Studies, Italian and Psychology.

Most students follow an 'AS' General Studies course and are given guidance with Careers, Higher Education courses and Social and Personal Development. A detailed Sixth Form booklet is available from the School.

All students are encouraged to show initiative and develop leadership skills. Sixth Formers are expected to take on extra responsibilities - all are School Prefects, some becoming Senior Prefects in their final year. Responsibility for particular forms and year groups is undertaken by Sixth Formers as Year and Form Prefects.

Taking part in public speaking competitions, attending lectures and conferences, participating in debates, community service, organising the annual school pantomime and charity revue, visiting the theatre and attending a summer ball are all an integral part of being a member of the Sixth Form


We take every advantage of our close proximity to London by arranging frequent visits to the theatre, to conferences, museums and art galleries.

Each year between 50 and 80 girls in Year 10 spend a week in France as guests in French families and there is a yearly exchange with a German school in Bexley's twin town of Arnsberg. A new partnership has been made with the Shiri Ram School in Delhi. Pupils from both schools will be involved in curriculum links and in exchange visits.

Geography Field Trips range from a visit to Bexley Village for the pupils in Year 7 to a 5 day visit for sixth formers to a Field Study Centre in the Lake District.. The Science Department arranges visits to Industrial Organisations.

Holidays are arranged by members of staff and pupils have recently enjoyed sailing in France, a senior choir visit to Siena and Florence, a concert band visit to Arnsberg, visits to Venice and Verona and a World Challenge Expedition to Thailand. Year 7 participate in an activities' holiday in the summer term.

Clubs and societies include an Environmental Group, Art Club, CDT clubs, Drama clubs, a Debating Society, Christian Union, Science Societies, a Computer Club, a Food and Textiles Club and a Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme group.

The School's facilities make possible many activities such as Dance, Gymnastics and Games which are enthusiastically supported. There are school teams for netball, athletics, volleyball, hockey, tennis, swimming, rounders and football, who compete locally and in tournaments throughout north west Kent. Badminton and table tennis also thrive, whilst the fitness room gives senior girls even more choice. High standards are achieved through the dedication of both staff and pupils.

The School has a long-standing tradition for excellence in Music and Drama and has won a number of Bexley Arts' Council Awards over the years, most recently for a performance of Oliver, Sweet Charity, Forty Second Street and Oklahoma. Visiting musicians offer a full range of instrumental tuition, and a third of the School has instrumental lessons. Concerts at least twice a year and formal School assemblies provide performance opportunities for the school's two choirs, senior orchestra, concert band, string and recorder ensembles, as well as other smaller ensembles. Full-scale productions are an important part of school life.


Encouraging pupils to become good citizens is one of the school's aims. This is expressed in a practical way in fund-raising for charities, both local and national.

Fund raising is taken seriously by the girls who show great initiative and enthusiasm in organising events and providing practical help where appropriate. Sixth formers have the opportunity to take part in community service in local schools, special schools and hospitals.


Performing and Visual Arts Status
Apart from offering Dance, Music, Theatre Studies, Art and Photography to A2 level, we have a thriving curriculum enhancement programme.

In Half Term, October 2006, 40 students went to Barcelona and district for the week looking at the Gaudi and Dali art, and, working in dance and drama workshops.
(For students comments on the visit click here)

We mounted a full production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC from 28th February to 3rd March 2007 involving students from every year group. Over 180 people auditioned and the talent which emerged is reflective of our performing arts status. The school seems to be attracting lots of performers because of this status.
(For students comments on the performance click here)

The show was designed by a third year student from our link University, Rose Bruford Drama School.

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