Woldingham School Impact Report 2018-19

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Impact Report 2018-19

Our Vision Woldingham provides an outstanding education that empowers women to change the world. Our Mission Woldingham is a happy and successful school developing confident, compassionate and courageous young women.


elcome to Woldingham’s impact report for 2018-19. For the first time in this format we are highlighting the contribution the school makes to students and alumnae, the local and national economy and our wider community.

of beautiful Surrey Countryside, not only do we make a positive environmental contribution, we share our space with thousands of walkers, cyclists and horse riders who make good use of the extensive network of paths and bridleways.

Woldingham is much more than the sum of its parts. Our first priority is, of course, to provide an outstanding education. Our students leave Woldingham not only with great academic qualifications, but also with a joy of learning and a wide set of skills and interests from our extensive co-curricular programme. Our superb pastoral care means we are a happy successful school developing confident, compassionate and courageous young women.

Lastly, we should not forget our commercial arm, Marden Enterprises, which manages our facilities when not used by the school. Young people attend language schools, sport, performing arts and activity camps run by partner organisations, local children learn to swim in our pool and last year seven couples used our beautiful grounds and buildings to celebrate their weddings. I hope you will be as impressed as I am by the impact and contribution made by Woldingham. Please do get in touch if you have any comments or questions.

At the same time, our school is rooted in our local community. We contribute to communities, schools and organisations nearby through fundraising, volunteering, sharing skills and expertise. Our school makes significant economic impact and provides fulfilling careers and opportunities to more than 200 teachers and support staff. As custodians of 700 acres

Mrs Alex Hutchinson MA (Oxon) Headmistress

Academic excellence impact A Woldingham education is broad-ranging, innovative and holistic. We are proud to admit hardworking students for whom academic endeavour is the norm. Woldingham is not, and never will be, a hot house. We have high expectations for all our students in an appropriate atmosphere of stretch and challenge.

We know Woldingham is achieving this as our ‘value added’ data puts us in the top 10% of all schools. As a result, on average, students add nearly a grade at GCSE and 0.4 grade at A Level compared to their baseline predicted scores on entering Woldingham.


Excellent exam results


of GCSEs were Grade 9 in 2019 This compares to 4.5% nationally and 23.1% at independent schools #

of A Level grades were A*-A in 2019 This compares to 25.5% nationally and 45.7% at independent schools #

Destinations Awards and scholarships


national awards for students in poetry, design and technology, biology, translation and essay writing


prestigious Arkwright engineering scholarships


of Sixth Form leavers secured a place at their first-choice university in 2019



students took an EPQ

(Extended Project Qualification)

highly coveted place on National Youth Theatre course



‘Kangaroo’ round qualifiers (top 3%) and Olympiad round qualifier in 2019 UK Mathematical Trust Intermediate Level Challenge # Independent Schools Council (ISC) data


of students went to Russell Group universities in 2019 Nationally 21% of UK students were admitted to Russell Group universities in 2018


of EPQs were graded A* EPQs are popular with universities and employers as they demonstrate research, independent learning and communication skills

Economic impact As a charitable organisation, and one of the larger employers within the local area, Woldingham makes a significant impact to the local and national economy. By educating students from overseas we make a positive contribution to UK export earnings.

The income we generate, and money we spend, contributes to UK taxes, employs and trains staff, and pays for us to manage our 700 acres of land and buildings, which includes being a custodian of buildings of historical interest and an area of outstanding natural beauty.




of GDP contribution is within our local Tandridge District Council area

contribution to UK Gross Domestic Product (GDP)


£6.9m £2.5m

UK jobs supported by the school’s activity through contracts and buying goods and services


of these jobs within our local Tandridge District Council area


teaching and support staff employed

paid in UK taxes

tax saved by educating students who could otherwise take up a free UK state school place


acres land managed as custodians

Public benefit impact In keeping with our Sacred Heart ethos, through our community work, charitable activities and partnership work with local schools, Woldingham makes a significant positive impact locally, nationally and internationally. Through our bursary programme we support more than 40 pupils with full and partial bursaries who would not otherwise be able to attend Woldingham. Previous students who received bursary support have gone on to be elected as Head Girls and study at top institutions including Oxford and Cambridge Universities.


We have a long history of working with local schools, sharing our fantastic sport, drama and music facilities and academic expertise to benefit a wide group of young people nearby. At last year’s enrichment day, Year 5 pupils from local state primary schools were inspired to study STEM subjects. Through a close and on-going relationship with St Francis’ School, our local Catholic School in Caterham, we helped develop its design technology provision. We are particularly proud of the links we have developed recently with the Orpheus Centre, a local charitable performing arts college for young people with learning disabilities. Sixth Formers and girls in Years 7 and 8 work with Orpheus students on a range of musical projects.

pupils from eight local schools gained valuable singing and performance experience in our professional standard auditorium at our Junior Choir Festival



local nursing homes visited by students establishing friendships with older people and gaining a better understanding of old age and health conditions, such as frailty and dementia


local state primary schools visited by students every week supporting reading programmes


students supported with bursaries

donated from fundraising for four house charities War Child (Barat), The Laini Saba School (Digby), PSDS (Duchesne), Centrepoint (Stuart)

Lifelong impact An education at Woldingham is not just about achieving excellent exam grades to open doors to good university and career options, it’s about developing confidence, resilience and a love of learning. This empowers the young women who leave Woldingham to change the world. Feedback from alumnae from the 1970s and 1980s, along with more recent leavers, suggests Woldingham


is more successful in meeting these aspirations now than in previous generations. Leaving with confidence appears to be consistent over the years. Alumnae who attended in recent decades say Woldingham prepared them well for higher education and careers ahead. This was not always the case in previous generations – a reflection of wider socio-economic changes for women in recent decades.

Woldingham gave me the confidence to get on and do things. I haven’t had a career, but I have been happily married and two daughters went to Woldingham. Though I say so myself, the school helped make them what they are, which is confident, compassionate and courageous young women, 1977 leaver.


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[The school] gave me an incredible support system that has guided and encouraged me through all my good and bad choices, and it gave me confidence to be myself. 1989 leaver, CEO. My passions that I found at school have remained an integral part of my life. I wish that we had had more instruction on life skills, but I was at Woldingham in a different era,



1991 leaver, photographer.

It’s only now I’m in my 40s that I realise how valuable my time at Woldingham was and still is! It equipped me with an ‘anything is possible’ attitude that is still serving me well, 25 years on, 1992 leaver, self-employed.


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Woldingham certainly helped me to achieve what I wanted. Good careers advice and help in choosing a relevant university. It also gave me the confidence to go for my chosen career,


2002 leaver, senior teacher.

Woldingham has shaped me into the person I am today helping me to develop confidence, courage and to be myself, 2004 leaver, investment management.


When first going to Woldingham in Year 9 I was very shy and was very much a small fish in a big pond. Woldingham showed me what people are capable of and taught me that I can be successful and happy in my career, 2017 leaver, gallery assistant.



I started school as a shy, introverted and under-confident girl. However, when I left school I felt empowered and ready to tackle the next chapter in my life. 2017 leaver, student.

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