This week, our Year 13 Biology students enjoyed an awe-inspiring day at Wakehurst, which is part of Kew and has a wonderful botanic garden.
This week, our Year 13 Biology students enjoyed an awe-inspiring day at Wakehurst, which is part of Kew and has a wonderful botanic garden.
The Year 7 ‘Wild Fridays’ programme is an exciting new initiative for us – we are keen for the students to thrive at School, appreciating the nature which surrounds them on all sides, and developing new skills and knowledge which they will take forward into their lives beyond Roedean.
Well done to Merla (Yr10), who was part of the National Youth Music Theatre over the summer.
Emily, Olivia, and Megan (Yr13) were delighted to receive a handwritten postcard over the summer from Julia Donaldson, the famous children’s author, who wrote the Gruffalo and Room on the Broom.
Minnie (Yr8) competed in Telford as part of Storm Dance Squad in the delayed 2020 Dance World Cup in August;her squad entered the group junior Acro category and finished in Bronze place
Congratulations to six students in Year 13 – Bronwen, Emily, Megan, Molly, Thea, and Tuhina – who have completed their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold expedition over the summer holiday.
Congratulations to everyone in Year 13 on achieving excellent A Level grades!
The entire school body enjoyed a morning of activities, including Zumba in the sunshine, and a relaxing nature walk.
On Wednesday 16 June, as part of Roedean’s ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’, the Year 7 students and tutors took part in a collective act of memory to mark every life lost to Covid in the UK.
Congratulations to Jacqueline (Yr13), who has won a highly-coveted place at the private JAM University in Vienna, starting in September.
Year 7 let their hair down on the last week of term with the Jerusalema Dance Challenge.
Congratulations to Chloe (Yr7) for winning the Easter Cake Design Competition! We are excited to finally be able to unveil Chloe’s winning design which was turned into a real cake by Ruth, our fantastic pastry chef.
The wait is finally over! Our exciting new Virtual Tour is now live:
Well done to Alexia (Yr7) for her incredible Biology assignment!
We are delighted to share two fantastic performance recorded by our students and directed by our Head of Theatre Arts and Productions for Open Day last Saturday.
The new Netflix drama film, The Dig, which premieres tonight, tells the story of Edith Pretty, an Old Roedeanian, who contributed to one of the most stunning archaeological discoveries in the world, that of the Sutton Hoo ship burial.
A guide to remote learning at Roedean
Congratulations to Gabi (Yr13), who has achieved a Merit at Advanced 2 in her Royal Academy of Dance examination.
Congratulations to our team of Year 12 Mathematicians who entered the annual Ritangle Competition last term.
One of the Year 8 HHH groups has adopted Mary Beauty, an orphaned chimpanzee at LCRP, the Liberian Chimpanzee Rescue and Protection sanctuary.
Congratulations to thirty-two students from Roedean who have been named as winners in the World Chinese Essay Writing competition.
During the first lockdown, Megan (Yr12) entered the Stephen Spender Prize for Poetry in Translation – this is a national competition, and, from a very high of entrants, Megan won her category. Well done, Megan!
Year 8 and 9 Art Scholars have been busy in the Art Department, creating silhouettes to feature on one of artist Michelle Dufaur’s sculptures. The large withy sculpture will be displayed as part of Glow Wild at Wakehurst next month.
We are excited to announce our long-awaited book '100 Roedeanians' is now available to pre-order from the Roedean Shop: www.roedean.co.uk/shop.
Need a Christmas present for a young friend or relation? Struggling to find the gift you need because the shops are closed? Well, scroll no further – here it is!
After 28 days of watching an incubator full of eggs, 4 ducklings and 1 bantam hatched over the half term break.
To mark Remembrance Day on 11 November, the Roedean community held a short socially-distanced commemoration service at 11am in the Quad.
On Wednesday this week we learnt that Jacqueline (Yr13) had passed her Grade 8 Singing examination with Distinction, with a stunning 145 out of 150 marks! Well done, Jacqueline!
Roedean’s fundraising this year will focus on supporting the chimpanzees at LCRP – they need 24-hour care, just like human babies, and many come with injuries requiring medical treatment.
We are delighted to announce the winners of the History department’s Black History Month competition.
Congratulations to all those who were on Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions last weekend.
‘To have the opportunity to see such a diverse range of sculptures, set in such a stunningly beautiful park, was such a privilege, especially in the current climate.'
Well done to Carissa, who achieved A*A*A* in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology and takes up her place at Pembroke College, Cambridge.
Well done to Sarah, who achieved four outstanding A* grades at A Level in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Further Mathematics; she will take up her place to study Medicine at Churchill College, Cambridge
Monday saw the return of Roedean’s Teatime Recital series, and the very first one to be live-streamed. It was a poignant moment hearing our wonderful musicians perform again, and we are delighted that so many people have been able to listen to it!
Congratulations to Gracie, who has received the first UCAS offer for the current Year 13 cohort.
It was wonderful last Friday to hold a cake sale for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Last week students from Years 8 & 9 have been Orienteering on the South Downs.
Congratulations to Isobel (from last year’s Year 13), who achieved her Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award.
Alyssa is a talented accordion-player, and she has been entertaining her boarding house this week.
Roedean is delighted to introduce a brand new, prestigious scholarship for candidates with a passion for the Performing Arts.
Congratulations to Mollie (Yr9), who has been selected to attend the Swim England Swimming National Development Programme for 2020
Congratulations to Rosie, who achieved A*A*A*A* at A Level; she leaves Roedean to take up a place at Magdalene College, Cambridge
Both Roedean Head Girls and other Roedean Prefects attend a Girls’ Leadership Summit 2020, hosted by our sister school, Roedean South Africa.
Congratulations to Florence, one of our outgoing Head Girls, who, with A*A*A* at A Level made the exciting decision to take up a highly-coveted Strategy and Transactions Apprenticeship with EY.
Just two weeks into the new academic year, after being closed for months because of Covid, the School had to close for a day and a half earlier this week, because the mains water supply in the surrounding area went off.
As we are currently unable to welcome applicants to our site for our Experience Days, this year we have arranged a programme of virtual challenges for those applying for Years 7-9 2021 entry and Year 9 2023 entry.
Congratulations to Venetia (Yr13), who entered the Newnham Essay Competition just before lockdown in March, and her essay was Highly Commended, which is an excellent achievement.
Congratulations to Galina in Year 9, who has been playing with the National Schools' Symphony Orchestra over the summer.
Roedean is incredibly proud of Alex, 13, who is a Team GB speed skater and whose new world ranking of 11 is all the more impressive as Alex now skates up a category and is one of the youngest skaters in Junior C, an Under 16 category.
Roedean is incredibly proud of the entire GCSE cohort this year – the girls have achieved excellent results in the most difficult of circumstances. Their success reflects their consistently positive and diligent attitude over the two years of their GCSE courses.
Well done to our Leavers, who have achieved very impressive A Level results – the School is very proud of all of the girls.
What an exciting end to the Race Across the World – we made it to Roedean South Africa and back!
Eliza (Yr8) is passionate about charity work, and has been working hard for a number of years to fund-raise for a variety of projects. ‘My current project is to raise money for a charity called ‘Invisible Girl’, which is an organisation based in India, that helps fund girls’ education and fights ‘gendercide’ in India.'
We warmly invite you to our online Virtual Open Day
We are in the midst of a tragedy. People across the world are joining together to ask for justice. This tragedy mirrors an underlying truth about the world we live in and the experience of many people who suffer from racial discrimination, injustice, and abuse.
Congratulations to Galina (Yr8), who has been accepted into the National Youth Music Theatre
Year 11 students produced the most wonderful picture book for St Mark’s and Deepdene.
We are incredibly proud that the Roedean community has stepped up to the challenge of making a positive difference, in a variety of ingenious ways!
Year 7 have shown their determination and ability to think of others even in challenging circumstances by donating 31 Easter eggs to the local Rockinghorse charity.
In the midst of everything, our brilliant performances of ‘Hairspray’ illustrated the wonderful resilience of our community.
On Monday, there was an amazing evening of A Level Drama from the Year 12s and 13s.
International Women’s Day 2020 was a great success again this year. The sixteen speakers we welcomed to Roedean this year were true inspirations - their talks were challenging, thought-provoking, entertaining, and, most of all, empowering. We are very fortunate to have had such a range of female role-models at Roedean yesterday.
Congratulations to Hettie (Yr7), who was awarded the Doris Waymark Cup
The Gala Concert at Roedean Chapel last Friday evening proved, once again, to be one of the highlights of the school year. It showcased the wealth of talent, musical diversity, and incredibly high standards which are synonymous with the School.
3 of our students made a visit to St Mark's Primary School last Friday to deliver a special lesson on Chinese culture to the Year 2 class.
Congratulations to everyone involved in House Dance at the start of the week - it was brilliant!
Roedean's new Good Schools Guide Review
Congratulations to Alex (Yr8), who took part in a major international short track competition in Baselga di Pinè in the Italian Alps. She competed extremely well, gaining a 777m personal best time of 1:21.574 – this time is only 1.3 seconds off the U14 British record, and it also places her at 23rd in the world for this distance.
The Year of the Rat has arrived! After weeks of excited preparations in the Houses, making paper decorations and traditional treats, it is wonderful that the entire Roedean community is sharing in the festivities for Chinese New Year.
The Roedean Academy for this academic year launched this week, and it was our pleasure to welcome 53 students from 4 local state schools.
Wednesday evening was the night of our annual New Scholars’ Celebration.
We are proud and delighted for Rosie, Sarah, and Carissa, who all have received offers from Cambridge, and for Elsie and Ellen who have also both received offers for Medicine courses this week.
This week, all of Year 8 took part in Bollywood workshops.
The Chapel services this week, led by Miss Best and Year 8 continued with the theme of Inspirational Women.
At the end of last term, in the week of the General Election, girls from every year group were able to cast their vote in the Roedean Mock Election of 2019.
Congratulations to Alex (Yr8) who performed brilliantly at the British Short Track Championships 2020 in Sheffield, and comfortably retained her British U14 Ladies’ Championship title
This week, all Year 7 pupils took part in an exciting day of rhythmic, music and movement.
Well done to everyone involved in the Harry-Potter-themed Christmas Fair. The girls really went to town with their stalls, and they had some brilliant ideas to engage with our visitors.
On Wednesday and Thursday this week we were treated to an adaptation of Arthur Miller’s exciting and controversial play, The Crucible.
For the first time in their illustrious history, the Blind Veterans have opened their doors to the youngest volunteers they have ever had, and, luckily for Roedean, it was to four girls from Year 8. Manon, Kincso, Ellie, and Phoebe.
The Around the World in 80 minutes Gala Performance was an outstanding concert, with over 150 girls performing in the Choir, String Orchestra, Junior Strings, Roedean Band, and Roedean Orchestra.
Tuesday saw 2 performances of the annual Dance Showcase. This year the showcase was entitled 'You Will Be Found' and followed the story of a teenager struggling with the pressures of technology and social media.
Congratulations to Emily Townsend, who ran the Brighton Half Marathon, and who, a few weeks ago, ran the Bilbao Marathon in Spain.
This week, some students in 8P contributed to a project run by The Samaritans called Operation Christmas Child.
Molly Hocking, the Winner of The Voice 2019, came to Roedean this week, to perform with Eden.
The Frillensee Cup, where Alex competed on Saturday, was her first long track competition of the season. In the 1000m, she achieved a new Personal Best time of 1:37.65, more than 4.5 seconds faster than her previous PB, placing her at number 12 in the world ranking for this distance in the U14 category.
On Monday, the Year 12 Geography squad took an afternoon trip to the lovely town of Rottingdean.
Year 13 were joined by members of Senior Team, including a very competitive Headmaster, and their tutors for a wonderful meal in the Studios.
This week we had a lovely Teatime Recital.
The Battle of Hastings came to Roedean last Tuesday!
Last Sunday, the Sixth Form History Society ventured to Hever Castle to explore some Tudor history.
The Sixth Form head up to the Peak District for our digital detox residentials.
Year 10 took part in an excellent residential trip to Blacklands Farm.
It was our pleasure to welcome the wonderful comedian and musical improviser, Rachel Parris, star of AUSTENTATIOUS and The Mash Report to Roedean for Speech Day on 2 November.
This week, the Roedean community has indulged in a dazzling array of events, experiences, and lectures, all themed around tricks of the mind.
The annual and infamous Horror Maze provided a great night of fun which was enjoyed by girls in every year in the school.
he CAP Music group, who will be working mostly with St Mark’s from now on, went to the Blind Veterans home this week.
The Year 9 Battlefields trip to Belgium before half term was another excellent opportunity to engage with history of the First World War.
Year 8 travel to the Isle of Wight for 3 days of activities, fun and, unbeknown to them, a lot of mud!
The Year 7 2-day experience at Blacklands Farm in Sussex was one to remember.
Year 10 Design and Technology students venture to the London Design Museum to see the Beazley Design of the Year Exhibition
House Drama on Tuesday was an exhilarating evening, jam-packed with talent. Each House created a short drama by combining performance skills in acting, singing, and dance.
Following last Thursday’s Sixth Form Information Evening, which was for the current Year 11 and those considering joining the Roedean Sixth Form, Open Day on Saturday was the biggest we have hosted, and it was incredibly successful.
The year 10 art trip to the V&A gallery was an incredible experience and Year 11-13 Art students then went on a valuable trip to the Tate Modern yesterday
House 1 held their annual Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday. The total amount raised was......£435.30.
From making a circuit using lemons and copper coins to holding machine guns and parachutes, our trip to Sandhurst was thoroughly enjoyable, as not only was it fun, but it also informed us of the possibilities of a future career in STEM. As Sandhurst is an active military academy and encourages women to go into STEM
150 girls in Years 5 and 6 from London and South-East came to Roedean this week to take part in a challenging and really enjoyable STEM Day.
The Roedean Music Scholars’ Recital was a wonderful showcase of impressive musicianship, and it was a real pleasure to see players and singers from Years 7-13 performing with great confidence and composure.
Four of the sheep from Roedean’s Farm, our Welsh Badger Face ewes, move to pastures new at East Clayton Farm in West Sussex.
We were delighted to welcome both Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh, our Sports Ambassadors, to Roedean this week. They ran interactive workshops on mental resilience for every girl in Years 7 and 9, and the Sports’ Scholars.
Last Friday, the Year 11 Geographers travelled an hour and a half to Juniper Hall, in Dorking in order to spend the weekend collecting data for their GCSE exam
On Monday and Tuesday this week, the houses took to the badminton courts to find out who would be queen of the court!
Well done to Amber Anning OR, who has won a full scholarship to study at university in America.
Book binder and conservator, Holly Smith, visits the Art Department for the first KS3 scholars masterclass of the year.
Congratulations to Miss Wakeling and Miss Cheesman who completed in the Brighton and Hove Triathlon this week.
‘Such wondrous, fine, fantastic tales
Of dragons, gypsies, queens, and whales
And treasure isles, and distant shores
Where smugglers rowed with muffled oars.’
The School is delighted to have been shortlisted for three different categories as part of the Independent School Parent magazine's Independent School of the Year awards
Congratulations to all Roedean students on achieving excellent GCSE examination results.
Congratulations to all Roedean A Level students on their outstanding results – well done! We are delighted that 22.4% of all A Level grades have been awarded A*, our second best results in over a decade, and that 54.8% were at A*-A, showing a second year of improvement in the number of top grades.
Kincső recently starred as Poseidon in a play called the The Magical Voyage of Ulysses.
Roedean's new modular, multi-purpose classroom, to replace the old unusable space, has landed!
The Art Department held a Private View at the end of the term of GCSE and A Level work and the standard, range, and variety of media was exceptional.
Congratulations to Amelie H (Yr10) and India H (Yr7), who recently took part in a campaign to raise awareness for Clean Air Day and to promote zero emission ice cream vans.
18 girls took part in the finals of the Roedean Musician of the Year. Congratulations to Freya, winning in her final year at Roedean, and to all the performers.
Darcey, Gowri, Niah and Chloe have worked really hard this year to raise £450 for Downs View.
We had another brilliant staff versus student hockey match at the end of the school year to round of the sporting year.
We were delighted to have 2 fantastic performance opportunities to finish off the term and academic year; the Performing Arts Gala and pre-launch of Artemis Performing Arts School and Roedean’s Got Talent.
A painting, thought to be by one of Britain's most famous artists, has been found in a walk-in safe in an old store cupboard in the former Headmistress' office.
Roedean is thrilled that our Honorary Chaplain, Rose Hudson-Wilkin, (also chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, and chaplain to the Queen) has just been appointed as the Church of England's first black female bishop.
It was absolutely brilliant to see the whole school community walking together on Tuesday to raise money for St Mark’s Primary and the ten girls we support around the world through PlanUK.
Congratulations to Mary, Chloe, and Freya (Yr13) who have won the ‘Best Innovation - Model, Prototype, or Product’ category at the 2019 TeenTech Awards, presented at a glitzy awards’ ceremony at the Institute of Engineering and Technology in London.
Well done to Galina B (Yr7), who performed with the National Children's Orchestra (NCO) London Seniors regional orchestra at the weekend.
100 girls in Year 5 came to Roedean yesterday to take part in our annual Rockpools Day. Well done to everyone who took part, and thank you to all the staff and girls who brought this day to life!
The opening night of Peter Pan was one for the books! The gasps were audible when Dorothea B flew onto stage through the curtains as Peter Pan! Thank you to every single member of the creative team who put on such a great show –congratulations to everyone involved!
On Thursday, the Year 12 History students ventured to London to visit the National Archives and Westminster Abbey.
The Art Department is delighted to announce another incredible achievement by an A Level Art student. Fawn C (Yr12) has had her painting 'Untitled' selected by the Royal Academy for the 2019 Young Artists’ Summer Show. Selected from over 6000 entries, Fawn’s painting is one of just over displayed 300 online and in the gallery at Burlington House in Piccadilly, London.
On Monday this week, it was a real pleasure to welcome Marcia Bellamy to Roedean to lead a day of masterclasses for 25 of our very talented singers.
Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Evening of Song last Friday which raised £125 for our charities.
A Roedean education is genuinely holistic. We pride ourselves on the wide variety of opportunities afforded to the girls to broaden their education experience. One of these is sign language and we are delighted that this featured in the recent edition of School Report.
This is the 16th year that Roedean has held a large-scale concert as part of the Brighton Festival Fringe, and we are delighted to be part of the largest Arts Festival in England, to which 400,000 visitors come each year.
Hot on the heels of her amazing success at the British Long Track championships in The Hague, Alex won all of her races at the recent British Short Track Championships in Sheffield, and therefore became the 2019 U14 Ladies’ British Champion and Gold Medallist!
Last weekend four of our Sixth Formers, Bells, Cherry, Alicia and Maggie, were featured in the Sunday Times having submitted an impassioned letter arguing in defence of girls in Physics, following the views of Italian Professor Alessandro Strumia that “women don’t like physics.” The Sixth Formers also invited the recently sacked Professor to visit us here at Roedean, to see for himself the enthusiasm Roedean girls have for STEM subjects.
Last week Roedean was buzzing with the success of our outstanding spring production of the 1966 musical, Cabaret, set in 1930's Germany. Our review looks at how the acting, music, choreography and set design all contributed towards a remarkable show.
Congratulations to Alex S (Yr7) who has returned from a very successful weekend at the British Longtrack Speed Skating Championships in The Hague and has been crowned champion and multiple Gold medallist!
Roedean is delighted to welcome Gruffalo and Sox to the Farm and wait with baited breath for 3 more due any day now.
A Quarterly review between Roedean UK and Roedean South Africa