Pipers Corner is an independent day school for girls aged from 4 - 18. Set in 36 acres of Chiltern countryside, the school is less than one hour from central London.
At Pipers Corner School there is a focus on excellence which is reflected in the quality of teaching we provide and the environment in which our girls develop. This focus, along with our nurturing and encouraging ethos, enables all girls to grow into mature, confident and independent individuals. Academically successful, our girls progress to further study at Oxbridge and other top universities or specialist dance, drama and music colleges.
11+ Scholarships are available for entry into the Senior School in any one of the following areas: Academic, Art, Drama, Music and PE. Means-tested bursaries are also available up to a maximum of 100% of day fees (including any scholarship award). We also offer The Jessie Cross Bursary – an award for an all-rounder at 11+. This is a means-tested bursary of up to 100% of fees, available to a deserving student currently educated in a maintained primary school and who shows promise in a number of areas. A limited number of Sixth Form Scholarships are available at 16+.
The standard and extent of our excellent facilities along with our commitment to a programme of continual improvement means that our girls have all the space and equipment they need to enable them to excel.
Sport is popular at Pipers, and from the 25-metre indoor swimming pool to the sports hall and outdoor pitches we can accommodate a wide range of activities. Similarly, those with creative interests benefit from the use of dance, drama and art studios within our Performing Arts and Technology Centre.
In addition to providing a stimulating learning environment, we also encourage the girls to cultivate any sporting or creative talents they have through a wide range of lunch-time and after school clubs and activities.
Visit www.piperscorner.co.uk to find out why our School could be the right choice for your daughter.
Year 9 Business students presented their entrepreneurial ideas to Mrs Crosse and Mr Ranford during their Business Studies lessons in mid-November.
19th November 2018 — Year 9 Business students presented their entrepreneurial ideas to Mrs Crosse and Mr Ranford during their Business Studies lessons in mid-November.
The groups were tasked to pitch their products to the two Dragons paying, particular focus on the different functions of operations, sales, finance and marketing.
Key focus points included:
How they were planning on making everything and the challenges they could face.
Is the stall at the Christmas Fair going to attract potential customers and how they were planning on boosting sales on the day.
How many items they need to sell in order to break-even and cover their costs.
How they intend to make their target market aware of their products.
The great range of products on offer were:
Santa’s Stocking: Handmade Christmas Cards and Candles as well as a photobooth available at the Fair.
Marbleous: Handmade marble trinket dishes for jewellery and other knickknacks.
Christmas Treats: Ornamental pine cones and wood slices to hang on your Christmas tree.
Vanité: Luxury home decorations such as handmade framed drawings of characters from children’s storybooks. Mini hampers including fluffy socks and handmade candles.
Candy Kisses: 100% natural lip scrub made from sugar, coconut oil and essence oil available in four different flavours.
Paper Petals: Wine bottles with fairy lights eco-friendly products made from 100% recycled products.
Each team had created their own unique logo and slogans used to promote their products through social media accounts as well as packaging and wrapping to create their final look. The panel quizzed the girls about their products asking questions about what marketing research they had done, what the anticipated profits were and how were they prepared to make their stall and products stand out from the rest.
It was great to see the girls putting so much enthusiasm into their brands, if you’d like to purchase any of their products you can find them at the School Christmas Fair which is taking place on Saturday 1 December 2018 from 1000-1300 hours.
Girls and staff at Pipers Corner School marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice at the end of World War One with a special act of Remembrance in November.
9th November 2018 — As part of the national "There But Not There" campaign, the School installed its own Tommy Figure, which was dedicated during a Remembrance Service in honour of all men and women who have given their lives in conflict, with a particular focus on the First World War.
The service started with an incredibly poignant poem “Remember Me”, written and delivered by Lower Sixth student, Katie P. The Last Post was performed by Mr Barr (Head of Modern Foreign Languages) and the two minutes silence marked and drawn to a close by the laying of a wreath by the Head Girl Team. Finally there was a beautiful performance from the Choir of Mozart’s “Laudate Dominum”.
As part of our act of remembrance, members of the school community had been invited to make a poppy to be “planted” in the school quad. Every girl and staff member was asked to research the name of someone in his or her family who has served, or been affected by conflict, or alternatively find out about someone in the local community. The names of these people were then written on the leaves of our poppies. The resulting ribbon of poppies was an incredibly emotive sight, encouraging the whole school community to reflect on the very real cost of the lives lost in the Great War.
The Junior Debating club, along with a number of our Sixth Form students were thrilled to welcome Clair Dobbin – a leading Human Rights Barrister to talk to about a career in Law in early November.
7th November 2018 — Clair’s 19-year career in the legal profession qualified her to talk to our engaged girls about the ins and outs (as well as the ups and downs) of a career in Law. Clair is a passionate advocate for Human Rights particularly when it affects children, she also represents Sajid Javid, Home Secretary, in cases when legal action is brought against the government.
Throughout the talk, Clair took the opportunity to encourage bright and engaged Pipers girls to consider a career in Law and was able to shatter unsubstantiated myth’s such as; “successful barristers need to be posh”, “you can be too nice to be a barrister” as well as others. Clair spoke to students about the qualities that make a good lawyer emphasising that if you have some of the softer skills such as being a good communicator, a strong work ethic and are a team player – you are well equipped for a career in law. All lawyers need to be diligent and hard-working and core Pipers qualities such as perseverance and tenacity will help girls in pursuit of their goals – Clair said “no-one is born a brilliant lawyer”.
Clair encouraged girls to seriously consider their A Level subjects – attending a good Russell Group university with a good degree is imperative. Clair highlighted that an interest in debating and advocacy were some of the traits Chambers looked at when considering whether to offer a pupillage. She said that they also look favourably on those that volunteer – these experiences will set you apart as “special” from those other 1,600 who sat the bar on an annual basis (1,624 sat the Bar in 2017/2018).
The talk finished with an opportunity for the students to ask questions, which included - “is there a place for morality in the legal profession?”, “Have you ever felt threatened when representing someone accused of something really horrendous?” and “Will I be disadvantaged and looked down upon, if I don’t do a law degree?”.
We all had a fantastic time on Founder’s Day in October - an occasion when the whole school comes together to celebrate the life and work of the founder of Pipers Corner, Miss Jessie Cross.
17th October 2018 — Each year a different decade is chosen as the focus for the celebrations and this year marked the 1940s. From Pre-Prep to Upper Sixth, girls and staff came to school dressed in the fashion of the 40s and were given the opportunity to experience a range of themed activities in lessons, as well as learning about the history of Pipers Corner and what Jessie Cross set out to do for the school.
In the afternoon the whole school attended the Founder’s Day Assembly where the hymns and readings reflected the period. The service culminated with the cutting of a celebration cake by the Head Girl and the youngest member of our Reception Class. Performances included a solo rendition of the “White Cliffs of Dover” and a group performance of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”. The Prep Department also treated the rest of the school to a medley of songs from “The Wizard of Oz”.
Throughout the day the teaching staff worked hard to include elements of the 40s in their lessons including the following: In Pre-Prep the girls learnt a typical 1940s swing dance, played fun games such as snakes and ladders and made war time rock cakes using the traditional 1940s method. In the Prep Department the girls in Year 5 and 6 made bread pudding just like people from the period would have had for rations. In the Senior School girls looked at inventions of the 40s in Design Technology. In Art students in Year 9 – 13 looked at the work of artists from the 1940s including war artist Paul Nash and Graeme Sutherland as well as other artists of the time such as John Piper and Frida Kahlo whilst listening to 1940s music. In Chemistry girls were making Nylon, and in Biology students considered the history of antibiotics. In Maths, the focus was on the wartime code-breaking work undertaken at Bletchley Park. At the end of a lesson one class also had a visit from Mr Horlick who talked about his life as a schoolboy in London during the war. He brought in his 1940s school blazer and the girls were fascinated by his stories of near misses with the dreaded “doodlebug” bombs.
At lunchtime the girls had the opportunity to watch the film “Pinocchio” which won an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score in 1941.
Headmistress, Mrs Ness-Gifford, said “Founder’s Day is an annual school highlight – enjoyed by girls and staff alike who put huge amounts of enthusiasm into activities to mark the day. It is always a wonderful opportunity for us to reflect on the history of our school, whilst at the same time enabling us to discover more about the general social history of a particular decade.”
Lower Sixth Geography students from Pipers made the most of a trip to Snowdonia, over the weekend, participating in two full days of fieldwork.
16th October 2018 — The focus on their work was on glacial landscapes, which is part of the Physical Geography specification, as well as “Changing places”, part of the Human Geography specification.
After travelling to Cwm Idwal, in the Glyderau in typical Welsh weather, the girls walked around the lake, sketching features and learning about the role of ice in this dramatic landscape. Measurements of striations were taken before moving on to the Rôche Moutonnée in the stunning Ffranco Valley.
After a good night’s sleep, the girls were fuelled for the second day with an early start to Llandudno where their first appointment was with Mostyn Estates who work on behalf of the town’s key landowner. The girls learnt about the generations of their family that have been extremely influential in the planning of Llandudno, from the origins as a town to the future where they are currently funding their largest ever project worth £10m.
This was then followed on with a meeting with Councillor Evans, JP from Llandudno Town Council, who shared his wealth of experience on continuity and change, having served on the Town Council for 43 years. After a tour of the chambers and mayor’s parlour, the girls left with books about the town and pin badges from the Council.
Following this, the girls undertook a range of data collection techniques to aid their understanding of the perceptions, conflicts and contrasts within the town which will be useful for the students’ forthcoming AS examinations.
Despite the challenging conditions due to the wind and rain bought by Storm Callum, the students still had the opportunity to develop their fieldwork skills through observations and data collection – something that will be most useful to them throughout the year to come and looking ahead to Upper Sixth.
Year 6 Pipers Girls enjoyed a workshop at the Institut Français where they explored the story line of a French film; “Gus Petit Oiseau, Grande Voyage”. The film follows a hero’s journey with a most unlikely hero.
13th October 2018 — Gus is a teeny tiny orphaned bird that has never left the nest, has no family, yet desperately wants one. That is, until he finds himself leading a flock on their migration to Africa.
The Institut Français is part of the worldwide network promoting French language and culture and encouraging cross-cultural exchange and cultural diversity. As part of the workshop, the girls were challenged to use their French vocabulary to describe the poster. They used their knowledge of French colours, numbers and adjectives to work through a booklet, after which they enjoyed watching the film in French!
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