Girls smiling during house sports


The school community benefits hugely from the rich diversity which comes from the combination of girls from the local area, international students, and British girls from ex-pat families; the cultural understanding and tolerance which this affords all the girls is valued highly. 

  • Aspirational girls from over 30 countries around the world are attracted to a ‘home away from home’ atmosphere, where they can challenge themselves to excel; they join together in an environment where the mix of different nationalities and backgrounds is completely normal
  • Girls who come to the school from abroad fall in love with its stunning location, on the cliffs overlooking the English Channel
  • Roedean benefits from its proximity to the vibrant city of Brighton, yet it is just a little removed and surrounded by greens and blues – the sea to the south, and the South Downs National Park to the north – with the result is that the school has a wonderfully calming sense of space and freedom

Outstanding integration between pupils of different nationalities results in mutual respect.

ISI Inspection 2016

The School Grounds

The school’s historic main building, constructed in 1898, sits in the centre of beautifully maintained fields and sports pitches.  Each of the four houses in the main building juts forward towards the English Channel, and the majority of girls have a sea-view from their bedrooms, a claim which very few schools in the UK can match.

Roedean from the downs


Transport links with the school are very good indeed:

  • London is only 53 minutes from Brighton by train
  • London’s main international airports are also very accessible
    • Gatwick only 30 minutes away by taxi
    • Heathrow is 75 minutes’ drive

This proximity to the capital and its airports means that those students who live far away can return home and back to school after the holidays with ease.




The One-Year GCSE Programme

The One-Year Programme is designed to help to prepare girls whose mother tongue is not English with the skills they will need before starting A Level study.  The majority of subjects at A Level require students to have a sophisticated level of English in order to be successful. 

  • We have students from a variety of countries on the course, which focuses heavily on English as a Second Language tuition, as well as a course and excursions to improve the girls’ cultural awareness of Britain.
  • The girls are prepared to sit IGCSE examinations in fivesubjects, namely English as a Second Language, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, and Economics.  In addition, they have timetabled periods each week for PSHE and Cultural Awareness, tutorial time, and Games, along with the rest of the Sixth Form students. 

We fully intend this one-year programme to prepare girls to be able to access the A-level curriculum at Roedean fully, so that they can begin their A Level courses with confidence and secure in their linguistic ability.

  • The girls have access to the full range of co-curricular activities, and they are entitled to take part in four weekend trips each year.  They can, of course, take part in more events and activities if they wish to, but these would be chargeable. 
  • The will all take part in group cookery sessions, have access to the Head of Careers, and have the option of being involved in the schools’ Community Action Programme.

The specific nature of their course means that the girls on this programme are taught separately, but there are many opportunities to integrate fully with other students, through co-curricular activities such as choir and sports, weekly clubs, and the girls are each linked to one of the main school Houses and take a full part in House activities, such as pizza nights or House bowling trips.