St George's School, Ascot
|St George's School, Ascot|
|Type||Independent day and boarding|
|Motto||Vincent Qui Se Vincunt|
They will conquer who overcome themselves
|Religious affiliation(s)||Church of England|
|Local authority||Windsor and Maidenhead|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Former pupils||Old Georgians|
The school was founded in 1877 as a boys preparatory school. Among its former pupils was the famous British war-time Prime Minister Winston Churchill. In 1904 it became a finishing school for girls, opened by Miss Pakenham-Walsh. In 1923 Miss Anne Loveday took over the school. In 1927 the school was recognised by the Department of Education. In 1932 the swimming pool was built and in 1943 the sports facilities were extended with tennis courts and games field. From 1939 to 1945 the school functioned during the war and air raid shelters were made to give protection.
St George’s, Ascot is located on a 30 acre, stunning green site, down a private road, just off the High Street in Ascot, Berkshire. The school is close to Windsor Great Park and opposite the Ascot Racecourse.
All the facilities are on-site and include, amongst others:
25m, 6-lane indoor swimming pool, Separate drama studio, Large sports hall, Three lacrosse pitches, Eight tennis courts, Sports pavilion, Purpose-built Library, Light airy classrooms, A fabulous dining room which serves our delicious award-winning food, Three cosy, family-style boarding houses - one of which is solely for use by the Upper Sixth giving the girls the space to study for their A Levels. State-of-the-art 300-seat theatre, Mirrored dance studio, Onsite Gym, Six floodlit netball courts, Two squash courts, Science centre, Photographic, textiles and art studios, One fully equipped ICT suite and two additional ICT labs. Sixth Form cafe.
The Duke of York opened the Sue Cormack Hall, a multi-purpose hall, on 4 September 2002. The Sue Cormack Hall has a large theatre and gallery that can seat 300 people. The Hall also has a large drama studio and a reception foyer.
St George's is committed to the academic development of all pupils as individuals and measure success by value added. St George's has specialist support, excellent teaching, small class sizes and extra clinics, which all combine to help girls to achieve the best grades possible in their GCSEs and A Levels.
2020 was a very successful year for St George's and girls achieved a strong set of results in a diverse range of subjects. At GCSE, 100% of girls gained 9-4 grades in 2020 and 70% gained grades 9-7.
99% of pupils passed their A Levels in 2020 with 69% gaining A*/A.
Each girl is assigned to one of the four houses upon entry. Throughout the year, inter-house competitions are held to promote camaraderie and teamwork.
Around half the girls are boarders. They are grouped by years and housed in three dormitories: Markham, Knatchbull and Loveday.
The majority of students learn musical instruments. The school has a variety of musical groups including: choirs, woodwind. strings, jazz group and orchestra. Many students are involved in school productions and in house productions.
All students must participate in the following sports and activities: netball, lacrosse, gymnastics, tennis, swimming, rounders, athletics and squash. Students may choose to participate in football, badminton, volleyball, table tennis, fitness, fencing, ballet, aerobics, modern stage, tap and basketball.
Notable former pupilsEdit
- Princess Beatrice of York
- Lady Davina Lewis, older daughter of Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester
- Lady Rose Gilman, younger daughter of Prince Richard
- Vivienne de Watteville
- Manpreet Bambra, actress
- Elaine Vagliano, Légion d'Honneur, Chevalier; Croix de Guerre avec Palme; Medaille de la Résistance
- Rebecca Gethings
- Victoria Smurfit
- Kimberley Garner, television personality and swimwear designer
- Former boys' school
- About the houses
- Boarding Houses
- Country Life, vol. 202 (2008), p. 75