Talbot Heath is proud of its reputation for academic excellence, as well as its reputation for holistic education. Its pupils attain consistently high exam results while also excelling in sport and the creative and performing arts. High numbers of our pupils perform at national level, representing Great Britain at sport, or participating in national youth choirs, orchestras or theatres. The school ethos means that girls flourish in all areas, giving of their best and excelling in all that they do.
Our scholarship programme is designed to recognise and support those who are gifted and talented in a range of fields. Our scholars benefit from tailor made programmes that enhance their learning and develop their skills, be it on the sports field, the stage or in the classroom.
Our comprehensive enrichment programme, which encompasses collaborations with AUB, BU and Southampton universities, Dragons’ Den, Young Enterprise, Cryptography, Robotics, Shakespeare workshops, literary and design festivals, ensures that our pupils are inspired and develop into highly motivated and independent thinkers.
Our ‘ Honour Before Honours’ Award scheme, rewards initiative, creative thought, entrepreneurship and dedication, thereby helping our pupils to develop the skills that will be so important to them in the future.
We are keen to attract girls who will make the most of every opportunity given to them and our scholarship programme is designed to support this aim.
These are awarded to candidates of a creditable standard whose parents demonstrate financial need. Bursaries for daughters of Church of England clergy are also offered. These are dependent on a satisfactory report from the candidate's present school and a competent performance in the entrance examinations.
Discounted boarding fees are offered to girls whose parents are members of HM Forces.
The Governors reserve the right to determine the number and value of any awards to be made in a given year. All awards are made at the absolute discretion of the school, based on the examinations, interviews and any other factors which the Governors deem relevant.
Bursaries are reviewed annually.
|Junior and Senior School||£55|
|Pre-prepartory (Kindergarten to Year 2 inc)||£55|
(Stationery, lunches and external examination fees are included)
|Senior School||£4619 per term|
|Year 6 (10 yrs)||£3769 per term|
|Year 5 (9 yrs)||£3529 per term|
|Year 4 (8 yrs)||£3092 per term|
|Year 3 (7 yrs)||£2659 per term|
|Year 2 (6 yrs)||£2388 per term|
|Year 1 (5 yrs)||£2388 per term|
|Reception (4 yrs)||£2117 per term|
|Kindergarten (3 yrs)|
|AM 8.00am - 1.15pm||£35|
|PM 12.50pm - 4.00pm||£23|
|FULL DAY 8.00am - 5.30pm||£48|
All sessions include healthy lunch and snack.
Discounts are given to parents who would otherwise pay full fees as follows:
10% for 2nd child
15% for 3rd and subsequent children.
|Full Boarders||£3563 per term|
|Weekly Boarders||£3180 per term|
|Flexi Boarding||£50 per night/£120 for a 3 day package|
|(Flexiboarding gives you the option to choose from regular fixed days or ‘one off’ overnight stays on an ad-hoc basis.)|
|Surcharge for boarders with permanent addresses abroad||£83 per term|
Discount on boarding fees for children of parents serving in HM Forces is given as follows:
10% for one child
15% for second child
20% for third or subsequent children.
The Governors reserve the right to determine the number and value of any awards to be made in a given year. All awards are made at the absolute discretion of the school, based on the examinations, interviews and any other factors which the Governors deem relevant. The Governors reserve the right to withdraw Scholarships and Bursaries, following written warnings, if the pupil's work and/or behaviour fall below the standard expected by the school.
Payable on acceptance of a place in school and refunded when pupil leaves the school.
|(£500 to be credited against first term's fees)|
|(£500 to be credited against first term's fees)|
|Music (Individual lessons)||£214 per term|
|Hire of musical instrument is charged in advance (3 terms' hire)||£132 annually|
|Individual||£214 per term|
|Shared||£119 per term|
|Ballet/Tap/Modern Dance (Group)||£53 per term|
Technology materials charged in arrears if supplied by school.
|Subscription to Parent/Staff Society (per family per annum)||£15|
|Old Girls Association U6 Leavers (final bill)||£50|
|Junior School, milk and fruit||£32|
|Junior School, fruit only||£18|
|Junior School, milk only||£15|
Tuition and boarding fees are subject to annual revision.
Fees in respect of a pupil's first term are due on the date of parental acceptance of a place for their child but need not be paid until the account is received.
All fees are required to be paid by the first day of term. One term's fees will be payable by parents who accept a place which is not subsequently taken up.
No remission of fees can be made in the event of temporary closure of the school resulting from an act or event outside the control of the Governors.
Withdrawal requirements are set out on the Admissions Procedure sheet. Details of the Composition Fees Scheme can be obtained from the Accounts Department.
The Governors cannot consider a remission of fees on account of absence. Full particulars of a scheme of insurance which is recommended by the school Governors can be obtained from the school. Under this scheme those parents who wish to do so can insure against loss of fees in case of absence due to illness, accident and quarantine.
These figures are subject to change on an annual basis.
Candidates will be called for scholarship assessment after success in the entrance exam and based upon supporting evidence provided, including references.
The following scholarships are available:
By invitation only. Candidates are called to sit extension papers in English and Maths only should they attain marks that place them in the top 20% of candidates.
Candidates of all ages will sit an extension paper lasting 1½ hours.
At 11+ and 12+ candidates will be asked to respond to a demanding passage of prose or poetry designed to test their critical powers. They will also be required to write an essay which will assess accuracy, fluency and originality of thought.
At 13+ candidates will be asked to respond to two passages of prose or poetry designed to test their critical powers and their ability to make comparisons. They will also be required to write an essay which will assess accuracy, fluency and originality of thought.
At all levels of entry, candidates will sit a one hour extension paper which is more technically demanding and logically searching than the entrance examination.
Candidates will be expected to show a high degree of musical promise. Documentary evidence of a candidate's musical standard will be required in the form of a portfolio submitted by Friday 13 January 2017. The portfolio should include copies of certificates and mark sheets of instrumental examinations taken on their chosen instruments)
For the single Music Scholarship, candidates should be proficient in two instruments, one of which should be orchestral
At 11+ candidates must be at least Grade III on their main instrument. They will be expected to perform two contrasting pieces on their main instrument and one piece on their second instrument (at least one of the instruments must be orchestral). An accompanist will be provided. There will be one sight reading test on each instrument, one sight singing test and aural test commensurate with their present ability and an interview with Music staff.
At 12+ candidates must be at least Grade IV on their main instrument. They will be expected to perform two contrasting pieces on their main instrument and one piece on their second instrument (at least one of the instruments must be orchestral). Candidates may provide their own accompanist or one will be provided for them. There will be one sight reading test on each instrument, one sight singing test and aural tests commensurate with their present ability and an interview with Music staff which will include viva voce questions relating to musical extracts played to the candidate.
At 13+ candidates must be at least Grade V on their main instrument. They will be expected to perform two contrasting pieces on each of two instruments, one of which must be orchestral. Candidates may provide their own accompanist or one will be provided for them. There will be one sight reading test on each instrument, one sight singing test and aural tests commensurate with their present ability and an interview with Music Staff which will include viva voce questions relating to musical extracts played by the candidate.
Candidates offering Sport for the All-Rounder Scholarship or the single Sport Scholarship should demonstrate enthusiasm to participate in a range of sports and show an excellent sporting ability. They should also demonstrate above average ability in at least two sports.
A portfolio of evidence, for example in the form of certificates, photographs, medals and newspaper cuttings should be submitted by Friday 13 January 2017 where possible.
When they attend for assessment, candidates should show evidence of the ability to grasp skills and apply these to the practical situation. Candidates must demonstrate an element of maturity in their performance and the potential to develop further.
Please bring along a drink and comfortable sports clothing. Assessments takes place in the school hall and fitness suite so ideally shorts or skirt should be worn as candidates do get warm.
The assessment will involve fitness testing, involving both speed and endurance, as well as demonstrating individual skills shown in games as well as full match play.
It is impossible to cover all sports and pupils should expect to try sports they may not have done before. In this case we are looking for their ability to pick up new skills quickly and to show their work rate.
If we do not test them on their sporting strengths, their application form already received should highlight their level.
All pupils will be spoken to by the Head of PE on either a one to one or small group basis to determine their sporting passions, interests and achievements.
Candidates must be inI the top 20% of the applicants.
For the All-Rounder Scholarship, candidates should present one instrument to the levels as above for the Single Scholarship.
The candidate will be expected to present a folder of work to show originality, inventiveness, technical competence and a variety of media if possible. This should be submitted by Friday 13 January 2017.
The amount of work should reflect an enthusiasm for the subject, both from school and extra-curricular activities e.g. Saturday school at the Arts Institute.
For the Art assessment, the applicants will be required to do two tasks.
The theme for both will link but will be given to you on the day.
Each task will be 45 Minutes long. With a 5 minute preparation period at the start.
There are five parts to the Drama element for the All-Rounder scholarship assessment.
Portfolio of evidence (in the form of photographs, examination certificates, newspaper cuttings to be submitted by Friday 13 January 2017)
Performance of a monologue from a published play to show ability to create a believable characterisation using a good range of vocal and physical expression. Costume and props may be used. Or candidates may perform a dance routine to demonstrate a range of skills. Candidates are required to bring a CD with their own music. (approx. 2 minutes)
Sight reading test. Candidates will be given a minute to prepare and are then required to show understanding of the text, through their use of vocal expression and if possible physical skills, such as facial expression and use of gesture.
An improvisation task. Candidates will be given a minute to prepare a short performance on a given scenario and will be assessed on their use of imaginative detail to create an engaging character and situation.
Interview. Candidates will have a conversation with the Head of Drama about their drama experience and enjoyment of the subject.
SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS WILL REMAIN WITH THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WHILE THEIR COMMITMENT IS EVIDENT BUT ARE REVIEWED PRIOR TO ENTRY IN TO SIXTH FORM.
Honour before Honours is a student leadership award to encourage independence, creative thinking and interdisciplinary learning.
Each level has 12 criteria to be achieved, 2 of which you have to design yourself. Tasks include organising a charity event, being involved in a school club, collecting outstanding work. You are responsible for collating evidence, collecting verification and deciding when you are going to do each activity.
Gifted, talented and abler girls will be invited to apply but it is open to everyone, as long as you submit an application form and it is approved.
It depends on you, but months rather than weeks!