Heathfield School in London Road, Ascot,  has been awarded ‘Excellent’ in all categories by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in February 2018. The inspectors stated that ‘pupils grow into young people who make a difference to the world and live their lives boldly’ and that ‘pupils consistently demonstrate positive attitudes to learning and achieving their best’. They concluded that ‘pupils are articulate, happy and confident’.

Happy confident girls succeed – that’s the simple but powerful philosophy at leading independent girls’ school Heathfield in Ascot, renowned for its outstanding pastoral care and impressive academic success.


Heathfield, independent day and boarding school for girls aged 11 to 18, is holding a 5th Form Open Evening on Wednesday, September 23rd 2020, from 6.30 to 8pm

And it’s paying off - the school has achieved its best ever GCSE results in 2017, with 60% of students achieving A*-A and grades 7,8,9 in the new and significantly more demanding English GCSEs – an 11 per cent improvement on last year’s figures.

The percentage of top grades (9s and A*s) overall is up from 17% to a sparkling 27% this year.

At A Level, eight in 10 girls (87%) achieved all A*-C grades in their A Level exams this summer, with more than half gaining all A*-B grades. Students achieved well in both academic and vocational subjects, gaining places at a diverse range of prestigious destinations – from leading Russell

Group universities such as Edinburgh, Exeter, Newcastle and Warwick to acclaimed arts and drama colleges RADA and Central St Martins.

CLICK HERE for article on 2018 GCSE results

“Heathfield celebrates talent and spirit so that everyone learns to be the best possible version of themselves - self-confident, resilient, articulate young women with ambition”, says headmistress

Marina Gardiner Legge (pictured below) . “Our founder wanted Heathfield girls to ‘see the sky’. Whilst she meant it literally, I take it to be a metaphor to allow the girls to reach their greatest potential wherever their strengths lie – whether academic, artistic, sporting, musical or dramatic......

“We have put a particular focus on academic performance in recent years and these results – our best ever - show the hard work is paying off. They are testament to the dedication and high expectations of our talented team of staff and the hard work and ambition of our students.”

The all girls’ school, founded in 1899, was in the vanguard of educational establishments advocating the theory that happiness equated with academic success and has always placed high importance on pastoral care accordingly. A fulfilling and enriching programme of co-curricular activities and sport, music, drama and the arts ensures Heathfield girls have an holistic and inspiring education. Also strong in the arts, Heathfield is the only school in the UK to have a link with the world-famous London College of Fashion.

The school has a wide curriculum for a small school but is about far more than this. Its strength lies in its size - meaning every girl receives dedicated individual attention and is imbued with persistence, grit, confidence and the desire to achieve.

Standing in beautiful surroundings just outside Ascot, in a classic Italianate country house set in 36 acres, the school is conveniently located being just 30 miles from central London, 9 miles from the M4 and 5 miles from the M3 motorways.

Entry is at 11, 13 or 16. Scholarships are awarded for Academic, Art, Drama, Music and Sport at all three entry points. The school holds open mornings every term and private tours are also available. Please visit the website for details: heathfieldschool.net.

Heathfield School, London Road, Ascot, SL5 8BQ - 01344 898343

Please come along and see us at our next open morning . For further information contact registrar@heathfieldschool.net.

Heathfield School, Ascot: Open Mornings | Sixth Form Open Day - Wednesday September 26th; Whole School - October 13th

There are numerous opportunities throughout the year for you to visit Heathfield School and find out more about us.






‘No more jobs for life.’ Marina Gardiner Legge, headteacher at Heathfield, a leading independent secondary boarding and day school in Ascot for girls aged 11-18, shares her thoughts on which skills will best equips girls for multiple careers in an ever changing workplace

With the economy changing, markets becoming more global, and increasing automation leading to huge changes in industry, young women leaving school in the next five years will have a much longer working life, potentially in careers that do not yet exist. How can a school prepare them when there are so many unknowns?

A new report Life Lessons[1] highlights the recognition among teachers, employers and young people on how important life skills are to the success of young people. I agree wholeheartedly. Taking academic excellence as a given, there are other skills that are increasingly important to children’s wider development, such as confidence, social skills, self-control, motivation, and resilience – all essential ‘life-skills’. As the report says, these attitudes, skills and behaviours underpin success in school and work, and include the ability to respond to setbacks, work well with others, build relationships, communicate effectively, manage emotions, and cope with difficult situations.

It is apparent that success in the future will require a highly-educated, smart and adaptable workforce and young people will need well-developed, high-level 'soft skills' such as the ability to learn rapidly and take the lead in careers that don't yet exist. They will need imagination and 'big picture' thinking to find creative original solutions, but they will also need to fine tune their critical faculty so they can drill down and identify weaknesses in plans and projects.

If we are to educate our students to value and develop their imagination and creativity, to become more collaborative and to see innovation as a worthwhile goal, then we need to look beyond the traditional school curriculum. Extramural activities must offer value- added opportunities giving the students the opportunity – and the time – to pursue their own interests, to be confident and motivated and to relish fresh challenges.

About Marina Gardiner Legge

Marina was a boarding school girl who went on to Oxford to study English. Her first job was in marketing and advertising and she spent several years in Hong Kong where she taught disabled children to ride. She was so inspired by this experience that she decided to train as a teacher.

She taught English at Rutlish school in south west London and moved to Heathfield as Director of Studies where her role was to drive up academic standards. This year, Heathfield celebrated record examination results and has just been named in The Telegraph’s top 10 small independent schools by exam ranking. She became Head of Heathfield in 2016.

[1] https://www.suttontrust.com/research-paper/life-lessons/ Research Author(s): Carl Cullinane, Rebecca Montacute