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    英中教育 Anglo-Chinese Education Consultancy


    Talbot Heath School







    Talbot Heath 塔爾博特西斯中學, Rothesay Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH4 9NJ
    Tel: 01202 761881 Fax: 01202 768155
    • GIRLS, 3–18 Day, 10–18 Boarding (full & weekly). Boys 3–7 only
    • Pupils 617, Upper sixth 40
    • Termly fees £870–£2750 (Day), £4580 (Boarding), £4660 (Weekly)
    • GSA, SHA
    • Enquiries/application to the Headmistress


    Founded in 1886 it moved to its present site in 1935. It has purpose-built premises on a single site in woodlands 1_ miles from the town centre and 2 miles from the coast. It has very good facilities, including a science centre, music school, sports hall, astro-turf hockey pitch and heated swimming pool. It offers a broad and balanced curriculum. Academic standards are high and examination results very good. Flourishing art and drama departments and a tremendously strong music department. Excellent range of sports and games (numerous county representatives) and fine variety of extra-curricular activities. Some local community service. It is a Church of England foundation but pupils of all faiths welcomed.


    Pupils & entrance

    Pupils: Total age range 3–18; 617 pupils, 587 day (11 boys, 576 girls), 30 boarding girls. Senior department 11–18, 381 girls.
    Entrance: Main entry ages 3, 7, 11, 12, 13 and 16. Own entrance examination used; for sixth-form entry, GCSE at least grade B in sixth-form subjects. Academic and personal potential looked for. 50% of senior intake from state schools (plus a few at 16); many from own junior (enquiries to Head of Junior School, tel 01202 763360).

    Scholarships, bursaries & extras
    Some scholarships, value 10%–50% fees: academic, all-rounder, sport and music (awarded at 11, 12, 13 and 16). Variable number of bursaries, including for church and service bursaries. Parents not expected to buy textbooks.

    Majority of parents live within 30 mile radius, 5+% live overseas.

    Head & staff

    Headmistress: Mrs Christine Dipple, in post from 1991. Educated at Barnard Castle Grammar and at universities of Leeds (modern languages), Lille III (Maitrise) and Oxford (education). Previously Head of Modern Languages and Head of House for day girls at St Swithun’s, Head of Modern Languages at Sherborne Girls’, Head of Italian at Millfield and taught at a comprehensive school in the north east.
    Teaching staff: 45 full time, 15 part time plus visiting staff for extra subjects.

    Exam results

    GCSE: In 2003, 47 pupils in upper fifth, 96% gained grade C or above in 8+ subjects. Average GCSE score 64 (61 over 5 years).
    A-levels: 37 in upper sixth: 19% passed in 4 subjects; 78% in 3–3_ subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 373.

    University & college entrance
    Typically 90+% of sixth-form leavers go on to a degree course (10% after a gap year), 10% to Oxbridge. 15% take courses in medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 15% in science & engineering, 10% in law, 30% in humanities & social sciences, 10% in art & design, 15% in other vocational subjects (eg physiotherapy, nursing). Others typically go on to art college or employment.

    GCSE, AS and A-levels. 20 AS-level subjects offered, 18 A-levels.
    Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3–4 at A-level; general studies is not taught. Typically 33% take science A-levels, 33% arts and humanities, 33% combinations. Key skills integrated into sixth-form courses.
    Vocational: Work experience and careers guidance available.
    Special provision: Individual support for pupils with specific language difficulties.
    Languages: French (from age 7), German and Spanish offered to GCSE, AS and A-level. Regular exchanges to France and Germany; video conferencing links with UK and French schools.
    ICT: Taught as a discrete subject; internet used as a resource across the curriculum. 85 computers for pupil use (7+ hours a day), most networked and some with e-mail and internet access.

    The arts

    Music: Over 30% of pupils learn at least one musical instrument; instrumental exams may be taken. Some 15–20 musical groups including orchestra, 3 choirs, flute choir, clarinet choir, early music, recorder consort, concert band, string groups.
    Drama: LAMDA exams may be taken. Majority of pupils are involved in school productions.
    Art & design: Offered to GCSE and A-level with use of varied media.

    Sport & activities

    Sport: Athletics, badminton, dance, gymnastics, health-related exercise, hockey, netball, orienteering, rounders, swimming, tennis, volleyball compulsory. Optional sports for older pupils: aerobics, archery, fencing, squash, table tennis, yoga. Currently international representation in netball and tennis; national finalists/winners in netball, tennis; regional or county representation in badminton, hockey, netball, squash, swimming, tennis, volleyball.
    Activities: Many pupils take bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards. Police service and first-aid courses followed. Numerous fundraising projects for wide range of causes undertaken by whole school, form/year groups or individuals. Clubs include Amnesty International, Christian Focus, public speaking, computing.

    School life

    Uniform: School uniform worn, except in sixth form (secondhand uniform shop run by parents).
    Houses & prefects: 2 Head girls, 2 deputies, 6 prefects with special responsibilities – democratic election, final confirmation by Headmistress. All sixth formers share general school duties.
    Religion: Religious studies lessons (general) at all levels; daily morning assembly. Multi-faith chaplaincy committee with chaplains visiting regularly.
    Social: Pupils allowed to bring own car/bike to school. Meals self-service. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.

    ‘Firm but fair’ ethos with necessary minimum of formal rules. Privileges granted according to age.

    Younger pupils share dormitories; older students in single or shared; study bedrooms for sixth form. Boarding houses on main campus. Flexible weekend exeats by arrangement.

    Alumni association
    is run by the Headmistress.

    Former pupils
    Judge Daffodil Cosgrave; Lady Faithfull; Dilys Powell; Pat Smythe; Natalie Clein; Charlie Lee-Potter; Shirley Williams.





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