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St George`s School
Wells Lane, SL5 7DZ, UK Ascot
+44 (0)1344 629900

St George's School Ascot is a girls' independent boarding and day school with approximately 300 girls aged 11-18. We are very fortunate with our position. The school is situated in 30 acres of beautiful countryside opposite Ascot Racecourse, and we enjoy magnificent views over woodland and fields, although we are less than 30 miles from London. The buildings are a harmonious mix of traditional Victorian and modern design. 

The Pupils

Although the school is an Anglican foundation, we welcome girls of any faith, or indeed of none. Whilst the majority of our pupils live in the United Kingdom, we also have pupils from all over the world. We are always pleased to see how well these girls from overseas settle in and soon feel at home.


The Headmistress

Mrs Caroline Jordan has been Headmistress since September 2005.  She joined us from Wycombe Abbey where at first, as well as teaching Physics for ten years, she was a Housemistress.  She then moved on to the post of Deputy to The Head of Boarding and was concurrently Head of Sixth Form. Educated at St Helen's and St Katharine’s School in Abingdon, Oxon, she went on to St Edmund Hall, Oxford, to read Earth Sciences. After a period of working in the commercial world, she decided to enter the world of education and then completed her PGCE at The University of Manchester.

Married with one son aged 13, she lives with her family at the school.


Admission is usually by the Common Entrance examination. For further details, please see the Admissions page.



The Sue Cormack Hall, a new multi-purpose hall, occupies a triangular piece of ground behind the Music Schools, Knatchbull and Loveday. It was officially opened on Friday 5th July 2002. The designers intended the hall to be as unobtrusive as possible. The largest wall is made of glass to reflect the trees lower down the hill, and because of the sloping site the main entrance does not dominate the surrounding buildings at all.   

The hall offers enormously improved facilities for all large-scale functions, such as Drama and Music performances and house parties. Apart from the main performance area there are also a Drama Studio, a Green Room, two teaching rooms and a Sixth Form ICT room, as well as two spacious foyers. All major public examinations are held in the hall, and space has been freed up in the main school for other academic departments. The former Concert Hall is now being used as an extension of the dining area, and the stage area has been converted into a classroom.

The interior of the hall with its raked, retractable seating
The front foyer
The view from below the hall


The boarding accommodation at St George's is spread around the school, so during their time in the school boarders experience a wide variety of accommodation - some dormitories are in the older parts of the school, others are in very up-to-date purpose-built boarding houses. You can read more about boarding in the Boarding section. You might also like to look at pages in the New Girls' Guide such as Weekends.

Knatchbull at present houses the 5th and Lower 6th boarders


The rear of Knatchbull

There are 6th Form study bedrooms and study areas for the day girls in Loveday and New Loveday


The 1st - 4th years live in Markham Building (on the right of the picture)

South Lawn


The Network

St George's has been fully networked in all teaching and boarding areas since September 2000. In teaching areas there are wireless access points to allow more people to make simultaneous use of the network. We have a full-time Network Manager. The use of ICT in all areas of the curriculum is expanding fast. Departments now find that ICT is a vital tool in their delivery of the curriculum.

E-mail and Internet

There is internet access - via a broadband connection - throughout the school. Everyone has an individual e-mail address, and wide use of the internet and e-mail is made by pupils and staff. A firewall protects users from unsuitable internet sites.

ICT Rooms

There are two dedicated ICT rooms, with 14 and 16 terminals respectively and data projectors. When not timetabled for the teaching of ICT skills and keyboarding, these rooms are booked by other academic departments. In the Sue Cormack Hall a further ICT room is dedicated to Sixth Form use.



The school library area is situated above the Chapel. It consists of: the main library, which is a study area and resource centre; the fiction library, for reading and relaxation; the careers library, for reference and information.

Mrs Rosemary Harrison is the school librarian.  She is on duty each day from 12.30 – 5.30 pm.  Mrs Harrison has breathed new life into both the fiction and non-fiction libraries; they are now popular venues in lunchtimes and tea breaks, and afternoon private study sessions take place there, too.  Mrs Harrison is always willing to help girls find information, whether it be in book form or on the internet.  She has received many requests for new titles and she has also set up a DVD lending facility which immediately proved a great success.   St George's girls are also now taking part in The Berkshire Book Award.

Although she has only been here since the start of term, Mrs Harrison has introduced a new library database, and she also intends to introduce exciting fingerprint recognition software to make borrowing books and DVDs even faster.... and more fun. If you are interested in finding out how this software works, do follow this link to the Education Executive article. 

 The Main Library

The main non-fiction and reference library has approximately 9,000 books, an excellent selection of magazines and journals and 5 daily newspapers.  Within this area there are 6 computers for pupils' use, and from which they can access the internet, the school intranet and online resources such as the Encyclopaedia Britannica and Collins English Dictionary. 

Within the reference section there are dictionaries for most languages, encyclopaedias, Who's Who and many other books of reference.  There is a large selection of reference material for the younger pupils within the school, such as The Junior Encyclopaedia and History and Science encyclopaedias. 

The seating area is a quiet place for pupils to study and use their laptops for school work.

There is a qualified librarian on duty from Monday to Friday during the school term.  She is always available to assist the pupils with research for their work, and with collating information from the resources within the library and from the internet.

The Fiction Library

This area is for quiet reading and relaxation.  There are 1,500 fiction books here for pupils to borrow.  There is a separate section for the junior members of the school.  The librarian is always available to help the pupils to select reading material and she encourages them to ask for additional books that they think their fellow pupils would enjoy.

This room has an area with sofas and occasional tables where pupils can relax and read.

The Berkshire Book Award

Six pupils have been asked to read six newly written books, and after they have read the books they are invited to write a review and vote on the best book in their opinion.  In February next year the six girls will be accompanied by Mrs Harrison, the School Librarian, to an award ceremony evening, during which all six authors will give a short talk on their books.  The pupils will then be able to meet and chat to the authors and will be there when the winning author is presented with the award.


St George's offers more to day-girls than would be available in most day-schools. All day girls have an extended school day, remaining in school to do their prep, so they can take part in the extra-curricular activities arranged in tea-break. These include: team practices and matches, aerobics and modern dance, music and drama rehearsals, Science Club, Focus (Christian Fellowship), Spanish Club and badminton.

Afternoon lessons, which finish at 4 pm, are followed by tea for all boarders and day-girls. Between 4.15 and 5.15 pm there is a wide range of clubs on offer and girls are strongly encouraged to attend them. Girls then get ready for supervised prep. The youngest day-girls leave school at 6.15 pm; the oldest are free to leave at 6.45 pm.

When dances are arranged for a year group, day-girls are most welcome to attend. First year day-girls can join boarders for "sleep-over" parties at the weekend and all day girls can spend a night in school whenever they want, by arrangement with the housemistress.

BOARDING - Frequently Asked Questions

Where will I live?

All the boarders at St George's live in Year Groups - this means that all the First Years live together in one area under the care of the 1st and 2nd Year Housemistress, Miss Bunce.

You will share a dorm with several other girls and you may, within the limits set by your Housemistress, decorate the room as you wish. Your Housemistress is not the only person who looks after you. There are also Resident Tutors who assist the Housemistress and between them they will help you to find your way around, check that you have done your prep, support you in your competitions, make sure that you know what the rules are, among many other things.


Where will I eat?

All meals are taken in the Dining Room - including break and tea. In the evenings you are allowed tuck - and there is always fruit available for you. Miss Bunce might also make hot chocolate for you if you're lucky!

Will I be able to speak to my family?

We think it is really important for you to be able to contact your family and friends. There is a telephone (call box) in your area, and the computer room is open until 9.00pm every night so that you can send and receive e-mails. Most girls also have a mobile phone which Miss Bunce looks after during the school day.

Where can I spend my free time?

The First and Second years share a common room in the boarding area. This room is for you to use in the evening - to play games, read, watch the television (and videos), chat to your friends - even do some work if you want to.

How often am I allowed to go out?

It's possible to go out on lots of weekends during the term. However, there are some weekends when everyone stays in, so that they can get to know each other better. These are called "Closed Weekends" and you will find more information on the page called "Weekends and Exeats".


Both staff and pupils agree that the food at St George's is remarkable.  There is a wide variety of dishes available, and it doesn't just look attractive - it is nutritious as well.  Mealtimes at St George's are something to look forward to!  



Girls at St George's all belong to a House. This is not a House that you live in but one that you join for inter-house competitions and matches. All the boarders and daygirls in every year belong to one of four Houses - Alexander, Becket, Churchill or Darwin - and you are allocated to a House when you arrive in school. If you have a close relative who has been to school at St George's or is still in the school, then you can ask to be put in the same house. Just let us know before you join the school, if you haven't already.

The competitions are varied and you will have the chance to join in most of them. They include Music, Drama, Declamation, General Knowledge, Lacrosse, Netball, Tennis and Swimming.

There is also a House Party every year when all the girls and their parents come to school for a dinner and an entertainment - put on by all the girls in the House. It is one of the highlights of the year.



2nd year Art

Download a Registration Form


Visiting the School

If you would like to know more about sending your daughter to St George's you are very welcome to contact the Registrar, Mrs Lloyd, and make an appointment to see the school, either with or without your daughter in the first instance. The full address, phone and fax numbers are on the Admissions page.

Open Days

The school holds one open day a term, on a Saturday morning.  You may find that this is the best way to see the school for the first time.  For more information, please click here, or otherwise telephone the Registrar on 01344 629920 or e-mail her.

Organising a Visit

When you visit the school you will have the opportunity to tour the school with some Sixth-formers and then meet the Headmistress. If you wish, you may then register your daughter.

Introduction Days

We invite each prospective new girl at 11+ and 13+ to spend part of a day with us in the autumn preceding the Common Entrance examination.

Our current pupils love to be able to welcome prospective new girls and show them round. 

Your daughter will be able to spend a morning or an afternoon in school on a normal school day.  During this time she will attend some lessons with girls of a similar age, so that she can get a real taste for life at the school.

These days are very popular, and prospective boarders also often like to spend a night in school. 

Your daughter will have a short interview with the Headmistress.  There will be a short written test during this visit, too.

When parents come to pick their daughters up they also have the chance to meet some members of staff over tea or a light lunch, and this is an excellent time to ask any further questions you may have.


To download information about Scholarships, click here

Scholarships are awarded for academic merit; the value of the award is subject to an annual means test.  These awards will be either for the period up to a pupil's GCSE examinations or for the Sixth Form.  All scholarship awards will be based on tuition fees, irrespective of whether the pupil is a boarder or a day girl.  Scholarships are offered to girls who obtain the top places in Common Entrance; there is no separate scholarship examination.  Music and Art Scholarships are also available in the First Year.  Music, Art, Drama and Sport are available at 13+.

If your daughter is applying for a Music or Art scholarship at 11+, or one of the scholarships available at 13+, she will meet the appropriate Head of Department on an Introduction Day.

The Common Entrance Examination - January / February

Admission is by selective examination. This usually takes the form of Common Entrance at 11+ held in January, or 13+ held in both February and June for entry in the following September. The 11+ exam traditionally takes place on a Monday and Tuesday in the middle of January, and we send the results out in early February. Girls currently take papers in English, Mathematics and Science at 11+ and we aim for a competent result in all three papers.

We take into account, too, the report from her previous school and her additional interests and talents. Girls for whom English is not the first language are required to take a Language Proficiency Test and do not have to visit the school in advance of Common Entrance.

Freshers' Day - June

All girls who are joining St George's First Year in September spend a day in the school in the June preceding entry. This gives them a chance to meet each other as well as their 1st year form tutors and Year Co-ordinator. The Second-hand Uniform Shop is open, too, for any parents who wish to visit it.

To download a detailed information sheet about Scholarships, click here

11+ Entry

Academic, music and art scholarships are available.   Successful candidates are eligible for further means-tested financial support which is subject to annual review. 

13+ Entry

Academic, music, art, drama and sports scholarships are available.   Successful candidates are eligible for further means-tested financial support which is subject to annual review. 


Sixth Form Academic Scholarships

Academic Scholarships of up to 25% of tuition fees are available for the Sixth Form; selection is by competitive examination the previous October.  Successful candidates are eligible for further means-tested financial support which is subject to annual review. 

Sixth Form Art & Design, Music, Drama and Sport Scholarships

Art & Design, Music, Drama and Sport Scholarships may be awarded to candidates of exceptional ability in their field who demonstrate a strong commitment to their subject.  Again, selection is by examination, but for these scholarships there are additional examination requirements.  If you wish to know more, please contact the school.

Sixth Form Entry (Years 12 and 13)

We admit some new girls into the Sixth Form each year; the requirement for entry is at least 6 A* - C grades at GCSE or equivalent, with at least a B expected in any subject to be taken at A Level. 

In the Sixth Form at St George's boarding is very popular.  A large proportion of the year group are boarders and this prepares girls very well for university life as they learn to become more independent and self-sufficient.  The Sixth Form support each other both in the classroom and outside, making friendships which last for the whole of their lives. 


Tutor groups in the Sixth Form span both the Lower and Upper Sixth and are arranged according to their houses so that they have the opportunity to work together as a team.  The house structure is a vital part of the school and the Sixth Form members of every house take responsibility for organising house events and for leading the younger girls in their house.

For details of the Sixth Form curriculum please click here.


The School Day

Boarders get up at 7.15am every weekday morning and breakfast is from 7.30am. After breakfast you'll have about 20 minutes before you need to be in your Form Room for registration - just time enough to make your bed and tidy your dorm, see your Housemistress if you need to and get your books.

Day girls have to be in school in time for morning registration, and then the school day is like this:

Lesson 1
Lesson 2
Morning Break
Lesson 3
Lesson 4
Lesson 5
Lunch break
Afternoon Registration
Lesson 6
Lesson 7
Lesson 8
Lesson 9
Activities / Early Prep
Prep (for boarders and daygirls)

Supper is at 6.30pm and after supper there are different activities on different days of the week: these include Sports Club, Art Club, Drama Club and Scottish Country Dancing.

Life at St George's is so busy that you'll be quite tired by the end of the day and ready for bed at 9.00pm - Lights Out is around 9.30pm. Saturdays and Sundays are different - for a start you get up later! A timetable of what is happening is on the Activities Board in your area. There is always an outing on either Saturday or Sunday and there are also other activities such as Cookery Club, Games, Drama Club and Cinema Trips.

Your First Day at St George's

2nd Year Art

2nd Year Art

The First Year new girls start at St George's the day after all the other girls in the September term. This gives the school the chance to settle into work and means that we can then concentrate on making you welcome.

On the first day you will arrive at school at 10.30am if you are a boarder. Boarders, and their parents, are then able to look at dorms, start to unpack a little, make beds up and, most important of all, meet the First Year Housemistress.

After this you will go into the Welcome Talk from the Headmistress. Daygirls and their parents arrive at 11.15am and go straight into the Welcome Talk. The Headmistress welcomes you to the school and introduces you and your parents to the people who will be important to you during your first year: the First Year Tutors, the First Year Housemistress, the Deputy Head, the School Sister, the First Year Form Deputies and the Head Girl.

After the Welcome Talk you will go to lunch in the Dining Room with your 'shadow' - a girl in the 2nd Year who is there to look after you for the first few weeks.

After lunch, you will go to your Form Room and meet the girls in your form. This is the time that your Form Tutor will tell you about your timetable, clubs, activities, help you with books, explain about prep and so on. You'll also find a lot of information about all this in the First Year Handbook, which also contains a plan of the school.

And then it will be into your first classes. For the first week of term, daygirls go home at 5.00pm - before Prep. This will give you a chance to get used to us slowly and not get too tired! Prep starts in the second week of term and 1st year daygirls will then go home at 6.15pm.

You'll get used to the new routine very quickly!

Now you may like to read some other pages in the New Girls' Guide.

New Girls' Guide

Your First Year

There are approximately 300 girls at St George's - from 11 to 18 years old. When you start, you will be one of up to 48 First Years.

The First Years are divided into three Forms, each of which has around 16 girls. Your Form Tutor will help you find your way around and will be able to answer all your questions. In addition, each Form has a Form Deputy who is a member of the Lower 6th. This older girl is there to help you settle into life at St George's.

The Boarders also have a Housemistress who looks after all the Boarders after school but she is there for Day Girls too, as she teaches you all Personal and Social Education.

This guide will tell you a bit about life at St George's for a new girl so that when you arrive it will seem a little easier. Please click on the different sections to find out more about life as a new girl with us. This guide assumes you are a new girl in the 1st Year.

Guide for New Girls


Every Term at St George's there is a Half Term holiday and there are two Exeat Weekends. Exeat Weekends are when everyone goes home from 4.30pm on Friday until 8.30pm on Sunday. The Half Term holiday is usually a week. The dates for Half Term and the Exeats are published in the School Calendar.

Apart from this, all boarders must spend four weekends in school. These weekends are called 'closed' weekends and they are always the first and last weekends of term, and the weekends on either side of Half Term. As everyone is in school, we organise lots of activities and special outings for these weekends. Day girls are welcome to join these outings - in fact we are delighted when they do - and may stay overnight if this is arranged beforehand with the Housemistress.

All the other weekend are 'optional' weekends and you may, if you wish, go home from Saturday noon until Sunday Chapel - usually 8.00pm. You will be asked about your weekend arrangements by your Housemistress and you should tell her what your plans are - whether you are going home or staying in school. During the 'optional' weekends there are always lots of activities and girls often choose to stay in.

Now why not visit some more pages in the New Girls' Guide?


There are lots of clubs and activities to enjoy at St George's. Some are paid "extras" like music lessons and speech and drama lessons. Some are clubs or activities that you may join if you wish.

Before you arrive with us the school sends out various forms about which music or drama or sports lessons you would like to take. These include:

Some activities are not available to younger girls (such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and Young Enterprise) but most are. Other activities include: Spanish Club, Science Club, Cookery Club, Art Club, Focus (Christian Union), Drama Club, Badminton Club and Junior Choir.

Piano, Violin, Percussion, Clarinet, Flute, Harp, Cello, Oboe, Singing, Theory - do contact the
Director of Music if your instrument is not listed here or you wish to find out more about choirs and orchestras and the jazz group.
Verse and Prose, Music in Drama, LAMDA. Again, you can contact the Head of Drama if you need more information.


Tennis, Ballet, Tap, Modern Dance, Aerobics,Trampolining, Junior Football, Scottish Country Dancing, etc. The sports clubs and activities are many and varied, so for more details look at the PE subject page or contact the Head of PE.


In the 1st Year you will study lots of subjects - some of which will be new to you. You will have a certain number of lessons in each subject each week making a total of 45 lessons. Your timetable will be explained to you on your first day. As your lessons will take place in lots of different rooms round the school, your 'shadow' will help you to find your way round. In fact, everyone in the school will be very helpful, after all they were all new girls once! You'll find that the First Year Handbook will also be very useful as it contains a plan of the school and tells you where all the classrooms are.

The subjects you will study are: English, Maths, Science, French, Geography, History, Religious Studies, ICT and Keyboarding, Art, Drama, Music and Textiles. Every week you will also have one Tutor Period when your Form Tutor takes the lesson, and one lesson of Personal and Social Education which is taught by your Housemistress. If you would like to read more about any of these subjects, then you need to go to the Subject Pages.

You will be given Prep (homework) for each of your subjects at least once a week. If you do particularly well you may receive a commendation.


For further information about the overall curriculum for different age groups at St George's, please see:

ages 11 - 13
Curriculum in 1st - 3rd years (National Curriculum years 7, 8 and 9)
ages 14 - 16
GCSE (National Curriculum years 10 and 11)
ages 17-18

Sixth Form Curriculum (National Curriculum years 12 and 13)

For information about the syllabus in specific subjects, please go to the subject pages.


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