Talbot Heath is a leading independent through school in Dorset that offers girls aged 3-18 an outstanding education within a strong and supportive community.
Welcome to our extraordinary school
Our motto at Talbot Heath is ‘Honour before Honours’. It encapsulates the ethos of our school, an ethos that can be found in every aspect of the daily life at our school: discovering who you are, the importance of supporting others and striving to be the very best you can be. When you join Talbot Heath you become part of a unique empowering community where expectations are high and there are no limits to what our girls can achieve.
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Tracy Harris joins Talbot Heath with a strong background in the leadership of high performing girls’ grammar schools. She has previously held posts as Head of Parkstone Grammar School and Senior Deputy Head of South Wilts Grammar School.
Tracy was raised and educated in the south west, from her childhood upbringing in Christchurch, to reading History at the University of Exeter, where she also studied for her PGCE. She is currently completing an MSc in Psychology to explore cognition and learning, along with child development. In her educational career, Tracy has taught in three other girls’ grammar schools in the area and will bring a wealth of experience to Talbot Heath. Her subject specialisms are in teaching history and politics. She has also been an Ofsted Inspector for eight years and inspected both secondary and all-through schools. In addition Tracy has acted as a School Improvement Advisor for two secondary schools, including a selective school, where she worked with senior leaders and governors on school improvement priorities. Tracy is a keen amateur musician and plays in a brass band performing in concerts and contests.
Tracy has a considerable track record of leading and delivering academic excellence in schools, coupled with outstanding pastoral care and experience of developing a productive vision. She is very excited to be leading the team at Talbot Heath towards the next phase of its rich and exciting journey.
I started at Talbot Heath as a teacher of Geography and was promoted to Head of Geography/Humanities the following year.
My daughter, Katherine, loves Talbot Heath, having been a pupil since Kindergarten. I have enjoyed seeing Geography grow in popularity in recent years and was consequently extremely proud to collect the Geographical Association’s SGQM and Centre of Excellence Awards on behalf of the department.
In my new role I aim to build on Talbot Heath’s strengths, supporting staff in the delivery of new specifications, whilst encouraging reflective practice and effective pedagogy.
My first position of responsibility at Talbot Heath was the Physics Coordinator. This proved to be a highly rewarding role and a post I held with pride.
My new role as Assistant Head (Academic Management) presents many new and exciting opportunities. I look forward to managing the school’s database system and producing the whole school timetable, meeting the needs of the Junior and Senior Schools. Above all I am delighted to be joining the Senior Leadership Team, working to continue to provide a first class education for our students.
A graduate of Law and History, passionate teacher and SEN specialist, Mrs Pugh is determined to ensure that the Junior School continues to flourish, with an emphasis on aspirational, active, engaging learning.
She attended Parkstone Grammar, it was during this time she swam in the TH pool and was hooked! Mrs Pugh, married with grown up children, sent her daughter to Talbot Heath because of its excellent academic standards and kind, caring family atmosphere. Ten years ago Mrs Pugh joined the staff of Talbot Heath as a Y2 form teacher. She subsequently became a Y5 tutor and SEN coordinator, then Interdisciplinary Lead and since January 2017 Deputy Head of the Junior School, with special responsibility for pastoral care. She is now absolutely thrilled to be taking on the Head of Junior School role. She has a real love of teaching and learning and is committed to enabling every girl in her care to become the very best they can be. Her philosophy in life is to seize every opportunity, try your very best and always treat those around you as you would like to be treated. She is determined to ensure that the Junior School continues to flourish, with an emphasis on aspirational, active, engaging learning, underpinned by compassion and Christian values, thus remaining true to the vision of Mary Broad.
My Talbot Heath journey commenced in 2015 when I was delighted to be appointed KS2 Maths Co-ordinator and Year 6 Form Tutor. As a passionate educator, my main aim is to create a supportive learning environment where pupils feel confident and happy to take on challenges – with a good sense of fun!
I enjoy nurturing a growth mind set amongst our pupils. The values and skills developed from this are important in all the curriculum areas but most importantly; help prepare our pupils for life beyond school. Talbot Heath is a school that successfully encapsulates both tradition and vision. As a result, I am very excited to be part of a team that develops elements of STEAM within our curriculum and provides different learning opportunities that embrace the ever changing world we live in.
Talbot Heath has always been part of my life, I joined the school at the age of 8, as a junior pupil. Following school I studied at University College London and was then lucky enough to train as a teacher at Talbot Heath. I was then promoted to KS2 Science Lead where I have developed an exciting curriculum using the state of the art facilities we have in order to immerse my pupils in their learning.
I have two daughters who both joined Talbot Heath in Kindergarten; my eldest has just left after gaining excellent A Levels and is now off to the University of Bath. As a parent I chose Talbot Heath for its exceptional pastoral care and traditional values as well as an extensive curriculum and sporting opportunities.
I am now lucky to be on the school senior leadership team as the Assistant Head Pastoral for Junior School. My main focus is the wellbeing of the pupils and staff. My aim is to develop confident individuals who have the ability to recognise their feelings and manage these in a positive way, improving their self esteem and in turn their willingness to take risks and challenge themselves.
Gerry joined TH in April 2015, a finance professional with over 30 years’ accountancy experience in practice, public and commercial sectors.
Gerry is responsible for overall finance function, which underpins and supports the school, its pupils and parents throughout their TH journey.
Adam joined Talbot Heath School in 2020 arriving with over 15 years facility management experience in leisure and heritage buildings.
As the schools Facility Manager he will encompass multiple disciplines to ensure functionality, safety, security, comfort and efficiency across all school buildings and grounds. Adam has the responsibility for the maintenance, grounds, caretaker, catering and cleaning support service teams to help achieve this.
He is a keen sailor and has gained instructor level qualifications in a number of marine and water based activities.
Our next Art Alphabet entry is L for Lino Printing. Here is an example from the archives of a Year 10 student’s work. The bold black pepper print looks great against the different coloured card inspired by Kathleen Metaxas.#TalbotHeathSchool #SaturdayShowcase
What a beautiful back drop for Chemistry experiments….L5 created their own pH scale with Mrs Fearnley today with differing concentrations of acid and alkali solutions. #colourfulchemistry
We all need some ‘me time’ occasionally, let us help you with that!
We offer an environment where your daughter already feels safe and happy.
Flexi Boarding gives you the option to choose from regular fixed days or ‘one off’ overnight stays on an ad-hoc basis to fit in with juggling family life – or simply a well earned weekend off!
If your daughter is in Y7 or above and we can help you care for her, learn more here.
❤️💙 Are you choosing a nursery, infant or primary school for your daughter?
Explore our excellent early years education and care at Open Morning on Thurs 14th March.
• Through school specialising in nurturing girls from Kindergarten to 6th Form
• Unique Early Years Curriculum
• Qualified EYFS trained teachers
• Forest School in our own beautiful woodland
• Acres of outdoor space and sports facilities
• Indoor swimming pool (timetabled lessons in Reception)
• STEAM sessions (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths)
• Access to our state of the art design studio
• Access to individual school iPads
• Emphasis on reading, library sessions and buddy reading
• One to one personalised targets and next steps
• Interactive phonics programme from age 3, giving a confident start in Reception
• Daily communication with our parents as well as appointments and open sessions
• Weekly French and Music sessions
• Topic linked trips, transport in our own minibuses
❤️ That’s the TH difference! ❤️
💙 Early Years Funding available 💙 Flexible hours Morning / afternoon sessions, choose your own Kindergarten package.
Book your place on our Open Morning Talk & Tour today www.talbotheath.org/open-days-and-tours/
Book today for 15% off Easter multi-activity camps! From crafts to sports and everything in between- SuperCamps has it this Easter 🎨⚽
Supercamps are resident here every school holiday, please book direct at www.supercamps.co.uk
💻 We are pleased to announce our new initiative called ‘Tech Bytes’! Look out for weekly snippets on our social media from our IT Department, on a variety of useful and information topics, starting from A-Z. We look forward to your feedback and comments! 💻
🤖 You will likely have heard the phrase ‘Artificial Intelligence’ thrown around in the media over the last year or so, since it has increased in popularity; but what actually is it? Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is a form of human intelligence emulated by computers. It performs two functions: Pattern recognition and Robotics. In a nutshell, its main benefits include saving time and money, gathering and identifying patterns in data, usually with a view to making decisions. Essentially, making our lives easier.
Chances are, you are already using AI without realising! Do you ever use autocorrect whilst emailing or messaging? Do you listen to suggested playlists or watch suggested videos? Do you ever browse or purchase products which you may have already looked at? These are all basic forms of artificial intelligence.
Generative AI tools, such as Chat GPT, Bard & Synthesia are fairly new technologies. They are changing the face of both education and our working lives and within the next few years, will become commonplace tools in our everyday lives. We look forward to covering this more in our sessions with both staff and students at Talbot Heath.
🦌 How deer-lightful is this! Miss Moran spotted 3 Muntjac Deer outside her classroom! They were munching on the new plants, but… we are quite fawned of them 🙊🤪😆
Every experience, good and bad, shapes your life and the person you are 🥰 #motivationmonday
🤩 We have a very exciting afternoon ahead! Tennis Academy pupil Daniella is playing the final at 12.30 GMT. This is an incredible achievement and experience for one of our rising stars.
We and the @west_hants_club will be cheering you on! 👏
Just a Friday night in the Boarding House! Mexican Shawarma went down a treat! Thank you Holroyd Howe 🙏