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Life at our independent day school for girls

An independent day school for girls – with the bonus of boarders

Our girls’ families might live many time zones away, or they might have grown up just around the corner. Although most Roedean pupils are boarders, our day girls are an essential part of the community.

Interestingly, each year a small number of students switch their girls’ day school experience to become a boarder. Typically this is because they would rather use the travel time for their extra-curricular interests.

The Houses

All our girls, whether day or boarding, belong to one of the Houses – 1, 2, 3, or 4. Day girls in Years 7 and 8 have a desk in the Junior Prep Room (JPR) alongside the boarders. In Years 9, 10 and 11, day girls usually share a prep study with a boarder. After that, the girls have individual workspaces which are private.

Day school girls are welcome to stay behind to use the music rooms, libraries, computer rooms, theatre and studios whenever they want to in the evenings and at weekends.

The school day

Registration at 8.25am is followed by the first lesson at 8.30am. Lessons are punctuated by breaks mid-morning and at lunch time. Assembly (Monday and Wednesday), Chapel (Tuesday and Friday) and individual Tutor sessions (Wednesday) wrap up the formal school day. 

After tea, which day girls are welcome to stay for, there is prep or evening activities in the Houses, as well as drama, music and sports clubs and squads.

The minibuses arrive at school at 8.15am and leave at 6.15pm. This means our girls can do all their extra-curricular activities and still be home in time for dinner. The buses also bring girls into school on a Saturday if there is a sports fixture or weekend trip.

Is an independent day school for girls right for your daughter? If so, find out how to apply to Roedean. Alternatively, read more about the day girl minibus routes.

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