Talbot Heath is a leading independent school in Dorset that offers girls aged 3-18 an outstanding education within a strong and supportive community.
The Daily Telegraph described the school as ‘a gem in its own right: a small but palpably warm school where individual girls get the attention they deserve.’ In an increasingly competitive and challenging world, the education that a young person receives at this independent school is crucial in their preparation for later life.
About the school
Exam results count, but just as important are resilience, self-esteem, character, those life skills that are acquired as a result of a nurturing environment and an holistic approach to education.
It is during their formative years that young people develop the attitudes and values that they will hold for the rest of their lives. It is essential that they feel supported and nurtured in their learning environment.
At Talbot Heath the pupils flourish, not only academically but in every area, be it music, sport or the performing arts. Small classes, individual attention and the ability to tailor the provision to the needs of each student, ensure that pupils achieve their very best.
As the only Independent Girls’ School within the Bournemouth and wider Dorset area, Talbot Heath is unique. We are proud of our distinctive character and believe that we have stayed true to Mary Broad’s vision of first class education for girls with a modern twist.
Scholarships, Bursaries & Fees
Bursaries: 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.
SCHOLARSHIPS: We offer an allrounder, academic, music and sport. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for full information.
Weekly boarding £3059, full boarding £3428. Flexi boarding £61 per night or £150 for a 3 night package.
Senior School: Age 11 to 14+
Entrance to Senior School is by our own examination for all girls including those from Talbot Heath Junior School.
All candidates sit papers in English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning.
Girls are usually tested at Talbot Heath in January, but they may take the examinations at their present school or at another time by arrangement. A report from the Head of the candidate's present school is requested as part of the entrance procedure.
We welcome new girls into the Sixth Form each year. Prospective Sixth Formers are invited to visit the school, meet pupils and discuss their A level choices with staff. The offer of a Sixth Form place is conditional upon the candidate achieving a minimum of five A - C grades at GCSE. We expect a candidate to have at least a B grade in the subjects she wishes to study to A level. A report from the candidate's present school is also required. In some instances, the candidate may be required to sit Sixth Form entrance papers.
The period of notice for withdrawal from the school is one term, such notice to be given in writing to the Head not later than the seventh day of the term in which a girl is to leave. If the full period of notice is not given, then one term's fees will be payable.
For new pupils, if a place is accepted and subsequently not taken up, a term's fees is payable in lieu of notice. Further information can be found in the Terms and Conditions document available on request from both the finance and admissions department.
Extra subjects, use of the school bus, or Sixth Form lunches may be discontinued at the end of any term. Notice must be given in writing by half term or fees in lieu will be required.
All girls whose parents reside overseas must have a guardian in this country who will take responsibility for the pupils during short holidays and exeats, and will act for their parents in case of emergency.
Girls entering the school are required to undergo a medical examination by their own doctor or the School Nurse. A medical form is issued by the school for this purpose.
It is expected that every girl will have been immunised against diphtheria and tetanus before entering school.
The school adheres to the Equalities Act 2010 with regard to any pupils who may have a disability or special educational or health need. The school will make reasonable adjustments for any pupils with SEND requirements or EHC plans.
Parents of a prospective pupil with any kind of disability are asked to give details to the school as early as possible. This will enable the school to make any reasonable adjustments in relation to Open Days, entrance examinations or entry to the school.