ISI Inspection 2016

Students walking through front door

Dynamic and engaging teaching and learning sit at the heart of academic opportunity and success at Roedean.  We strive to challenge and nurture every individual, developing independence, curiosity, and self-belief.   The girls achieve excellent results in public examinations and we are extremely proud that the majority of our students leave the school to study at top universities, primarily in the UK but also abroad.


When a girl joins Roedean, we will encourage her to develop originality and creativity both in her character and in her thinking.  It is a journey that she will continue throughout her life.  There are two beliefs that lie at the heart of everything we do: 

  • Firstly, to develop as a happy, self-confident person, girls must be part of a school environment that is warm, accepting, and dedicated to developing people as individuals and fostering the passions.
  • Secondly, to develop real academic enthusiasm, students must learn to do more than just pass exams or assimilate knowledge, and they must learn to think deeply, critically and spontaneously, and to challenge expectations of their subjects and of themselves.

The atmosphere in class is one of enthusiasm with a strong collaborative desire to learn.

ISI Inspection 2016



Intellectual Curiosity

To complement their learning within the classroom, the girls have wide-ranging academic opportunities outside of it, and the result is that they have the edge over their peers when it comes to highly competitive university places.  We pride ourselves on ensuring that Roedean students have both intellectual curiosity and a breadth and depth of understanding which goes beyond the confines of their classroom learning.

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. 

WB Yeats

The curriculum offers broad academic study in a learning environment which is dynamic, inspiring, and well-equipped.  We have a weekly lecture programme in the Sixth Form, and there are also subject-based visits, field trips, conferences and workshops, as well as useful careers advice.

Students working

Academic Success

Academic success is, of course, very important in any school, and public examination results are the tangible product of education, but to develop real academic enthusiasm, you must learn to do more than just pass exams and assimilate information; at Roedean we expect every girl to engage with the learning process itself and to think deeply, critically and spontaneously about what she is doing.   We want every student to move on to the next stage in her life with a well-rounded view of life, equipped with the skills to be able to play an active role in a globalised society.  Roedean expects the girls to be aspirational and push themselves – with the right encouragement and confidence in their own abilities, girls will leave the school believing that they can do anything.


Academic Staff and Tutors

At Roedean, the members of teaching staff are talented, dedicated, and passionate about their subject areas and about getting the best out of their students, with the result that learning at Roedean is exciting and stimulating.  Visitors to Roedean comment on the relaxed, yet purposeful atmosphere in the classroom, the clear enthusiasm of the teachers, and the special quality of relationships between members staff and their students.


Teachers know their pupils extremely well, and the atmosphere in class is one of enthusiasm with a strong collaborative desire to learn.

ISI Inspection 2016

All students have contact with their tutor twice each day, through tutorial time, and the opportunity to meet individually.  This means that they receive support whenever they need it and that any issues can be dealt with in a timely manner.  The tutor monitors the progress of each student, and together they discuss the effort and attainment grades which are published twice each term.  This close monitoring, together with support if required, means that Roedean is able to bring out the best in every student.


2016  ISI Report

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