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St George's

Headmistress’ Welcome


St George's, Ascot is an independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11 to 18 years. We are located approximately 25 miles west of central London on a beautiful, leafy 30 acre site, within walking distance of Ascot High Street. We are a welcoming  school with a warm sense of community and visitors often comment on the perceptible supportive and cheerful atmosphere.

Most girls join St George's in First Year (Year 7); there are around 35 girls in each of the first two years and we keep class sizes deliberately small so that that each girl is individually known.  An additional class is added at Third Year (Year 9) with girls joining from 13+ prep schools and girls may also join in the Sixth Form, and occasionally in Second Year (Year 8) and Fourth Year (Year 10). 

We believe that a happy and successful school is one where all pupils have the opportunities to develop their strengths. The richness of the opportunities within and outside the classroom are fundamental elements of the St George’s experience. This allows the girls to foster the confidence, independence and academic curiosity that lead to success.

Our academic results are impressive, with the 'value-added' in public examinations a real strength. We understand how girls learn effectively and we regularly add at least one grade higher at GCSE and A Level than baseline testing would suggest. As the girls progress through the school, bespoke advice on subject options, universities and careers, as part of a thorough academic tracking process, gives each girl, and her parents, a sense of where her strengths lie and where she should be heading. 

We also offer an extensive range of opportunities, clubs and activities with a significant focus on the arts, music and sport. The girls work hard and play hard, they value each other’s abilities, and there is a positive and supportive pastoral and boarding ethos. 

St George’s is a place where girls flourish academically, creatively, physically and morally, a place where risks can be taken, lessons are learnt, and challenges are welcomed. We strive for the very best for our girls and by developing their love of learning, their academic potential and their individual talents, we are able to nurture them to become happy, responsible, well balanced and resilient young women in the twenty-first century.

Please do come and visit us and meet our pupils and staff to see how an education at St George’s will really make a difference to your daughter.

Mrs Liz Hewer 
Headmistress

Headmistress' Biography

Mrs Hewer has been Headmistress of St George’s since September 2016. She attended the all-girls King's High School in Warwick, going on to Jesus College, Cambridge to study Geography and later complete her PGCE. At Cambridge, she was Captain of the Cambridge University Women's Hockey Club, gained three full Blues for hockey and played for the British Universities. She also gained two Half Blues for cricket.

She has taught Geography, coached hockey, netball and tennis, sung in choirs and led outdoor activities at Bedford School, Marlborough College and the Royal Grammar School in Guildford. Prior to joining St George’s, Ascot, Mrs Hewer spent 10 years at nearby St Mary's Ascot where she was a Geography teacher, Housemistress, Director of Studies and latterly Pastoral Deputy Head for 7 years. Outside St George's, Mrs Hewer is a Governor of a co-ed boarding and day school in Sussex and works with ISI as a Boarding Team Inspector.

Mrs Hewer lives on site at St George’s with her husband Jim, their two children, Freddie and Katie, and their Hungarian Vizsla family dog, Laszlo. 

Pupils have a highly developed moral awareness. Their behaviour is excellent and they treat adults and each other with courtesy and respect.

ISI Report 2015
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