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Roedean School

Roedean Way
East Sussex

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ISC ID: 34302


Mr Oliver Blond (Head)

Girls - age range:

Day: 11 to 19

Boarding: 11 to 19


676 pupils

Roedean School case studies (8)

Roedean Mission


  • Roedean School
  • Roedean School Mission Fund
  • School sponsorship
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Assisted Boarding places


  • Roedean School
  • Royal National Children's Foundation (RNCF)
  • School sponsorship
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Primary school partnership


  • Roedean School
  • City Academy Whitehawk, Whitehawk, Brighton
  • Performing arts and music
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Impact of partnership work done in 2019 (ISC annual Census 2020)

  • 30 state schools involved
  • 200 to 500 state school pupils involved
  • 120 staff hours given

*Please note, data shown here is from the 2020 Census for partnerships in 2019, rather than from the 2021 Census. This is due to the impact of COVID-19 on full year collection for 2021. The coronavirus pandemic has forced many schools to put some partnership projects on hold until restrictions are eased.

Impact Statement


Local State Schools where Roedean is making an impact

There a many local state schools that benefit from the time and resources of Roedean’s pupils and staff over the course of the academic year. Part of this work is provided via the Community Action Programme where all Year 12 students spend one afternoon per week in over 20 placements working towards a community service project.


Roedean made a difference to the experience of St Mark’s students in a number of ways:
Sports Activity Day: 42 children experienced sporting activities at Roedean with specialist training and coaching on specialist equipment and pitches, all of which they do not have access to in their own school. Teachers also benefitted from the opportunity to work with specialist coaches.

Year 1 & 2 Adventure Day: 32 Roedean students helped 55 visiting children from St Mark’s Primary to enjoy Roedean’s facilities by running an sporting adventure day, including team games and engaging with the farm. The children benefitted from the fresh air, exercise, and thoughtful and engaging activities.

Roedean Sports Scholars Coaching: 10-15 students provide weekly PE sessions to 30 children with extra coaching and support; they also provide more specific coaching and resources which they would not otherwise have access to e.g. tag rugby kit.

Supporting Pupils in Lessons: Roedean Year 12 students support classroom teachers (equivalent of three classes) with the running of lessons; this may include helping children with reading, writing, crafts, sports, literacy and numeracy.

Swimming Lessons: Year 4 comes to Roedean every week for swimming lessons with Roedean staff.

Reading ‘Buddies’: Year 9 students (approximately 15) from Roedean read with pupils each week to assist in their development of fluency and comprehension reading skills. The girls assist in every classroom in the school which means they interact with all the pupils at some point (70 pupils). St Mark's pupils benefit from improved literacy skills and interacting with role models. The students at Roedean benefit from learning social responsibility and leadership skills.

Listening ‘Buddies’: Six peer-listeners have been chosen from Roedean to work one-on-one with specifically identified students from St Marks. The students from St Marks were targeted based on their need for social and emotional support and development. The students visit every Wednesday for 10 weeks and participate in various activities with their 'listening buddy' such as trampolining, t-shirt designing and ice creams by the beach. The overall aim is to develop confidence in the St Marks students and develop the leadership and listening skills of the Roedean peer-listeners.

Language ‘Buddies’: Students from Roedean (2- 6) visit St Marks every Wednesday. The Roedean students have been paired with St Mark’s students who speaks the same native language. They work one-on-one with the students to develop language skills and confidence. St Marks have a significant proportion of EAL learners who can often feel isolated due to the limited speakers of their native language and time/resources available to them in the classroom. This initiative utilises the abundance of students who speak additional languages at Roedean and encourages them to become positive role models. The Roedean students assist the EAL students at St Marks academically and socially.

Ad-hoc enrichment visits. The reception class from St Marks visited Roedean to experience the farm. They developed their understanding of various animals as linked to their curriculum. Afterwards, Y7 students from Roedean performed a number of musical pieces. The teacher explained that some of their students had never heard live music before. More visits are planned for the spring/summer term.

Maths Support: A Maths teacher from Roedean works with the most able Mathematicians in Y6 on Wednesday 3/10 – 30 minutes on a weekly basis. The aim is to stretch and challenge the most able Mathematicians.

Upcoming: Football training - Sport prefects from Roedean to lead football coaching sessions for St Marks on a weekly basis.

Upcoming: Art Project – Brighton Festival Children’s Parade – Roedean Art scholars to assist St Marks with the design and construction of costumes and carnival structures for their annual parade in Brighton. (Parade is in May 2019.)

Practical Support: a team of Sixth Formers go on an ad hoc basis to give practical support (digging vegetable patches, making displays, painting corridors, etc.), and on Community Day, the girls painted the corridors and worked on displays.

Library: Roedean is proposing to donate £25k to St Mark's which will be used to fund the building of a new library at the primary school and make a big impact. The funds will not be from the charity but personal and Roedean Mission donations, and the library will encourage the children to read widely from an early age, thus providing a major boost to improving literacy levels which is a key educational objective.

The hope is that by concentrating various resources in one place, Roedean will be able to make a significant difference to St Mark’s.


WASP After-School Project (one-off): two sixth form students from Roedean planned and designed activities for the pupils at WASP. They also designed certificates to award to the pupils to make them feel special. The pupils benefitted from the enthusiasm of the Roedean girls, as well as the thoughtful touches brought to make them feel special on the day.

WASP Club: Roedean Year 12 students support the running of after school clubs for pupils. Examples of activities include playing games, cooking, crafts, sports and gardening.
Supporting Pupils in Lessons: Roedean Year 12 students support classroom teachers (equivalent of two classes) with the running of lessons; this may include helping children with reading, writing, crafts, sports, literacy and numeracy.


Year 12 students (3-5 varies from week to week) support classroom teachers (3 classes) at Saltdean Primary School with the running of lessons; this may include helping the children with reading, writing, crafts, sports, literacy, &/or numeracy, etc.


Roedean launched the Roedean Academy in January 2018. This provided academic enrichment for girls in Year 10 and 11 on a weekly basis, over a period of 6-8 weeks to support and inspire girls from two local state schools, Blatchington Mill School and Longhill School, working alongside Roedean Pupils, and the total number attending the sessions each week was about 40. Upwards of 12 teachers were involved in delivering the masterclasses and enrichment sessions.
The content of the different courses was intended to be beyond that of GCSE specifications, and therefore genuine stretch and challenge for all involved – the girls had the opportunity to learn Russian, do coding, study Shakespearean drama intensively, and a variety of other topics.
The Academy will run again in 2018-2019, and will include the same schools, with Peacehaven Community School and Dorothy Stringer added. These schools also have the opportunity to attend the UCAS day hosted by Roedean.


Year 12 students support classroom teachers (three classes) at Meridian Primary School with the running of lessons; this may include helping primary school children with reading, writing, crafts, sports, literacy and numeracy.


Roedean students go weekly to spend time in a social (lunch time) and academic (classroom) environment (for 24 pupils) to assist pupils with disabilities. The pupils at Downs View benefit from interacting with the wider community and building healthy relationships. The students at Roedean learn essential life skills including social responsibility and leadership skills, and were chosen after an application process to ensure they were resilient and willing to show initiative in a challenging environment.

The ‘Squirrels’ class visit. A junior class visited Roedean during the Christmas period. They spent time at the farm feeding the animals and then enjoyed refreshments and a piano performance by the Roedean students in House 4. More visits are expected in the Spring and Summer terms.
Downsview pupils have made regular visits to Roedean’s School farm. These visits have included basic animal husbandry lessons as well as giving pupils the opportunity to feed and interact with the animals.


Year 12 students support the running of after school clubs for pupils from the local state school. Examples of activities include playing games, cooking, crafts, sports and gardening, and this benefits approximately 70 pupils.


Two sixth form students from Roedean went over to Herons Dale Primary to act as teaching assistants for the day, and the students benefitted from having this extra support in the classroom.

Scholarships for entry into Years 7, 9, and 12

At Roedean, scholarships are available to new entrants to the school in order to recognise academic excellence and/or talent in one or two areas of specialism. They are worth a fee reduction of 10% per specialism, and all are awarded based on performance in the entrance tests, assessments if relevant, and interview.

Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships are awarded to academically able students, and assessment is on the basis of entrance tests (in English, Maths, and Non-Verbal Reasoning) and an interview.

Scholarships in Areas of Specialism

Scholarships are available in Art, Dance, Drama, Music, and Sport. For each of these scholarships, there is a practical assessment and an interview; ability and potential are taken into consideration as part of the awarding process.

At the School's discretion, exceptional applicants may be awarded one of the following:

Lawrence Scholarship (Years 7, 9 & 12)
Lawrence Scholarships are the most prestigious all-round scholarships available at Roedean. They reflect the holistic ethos of the school, and they are, therefore, awarded to students who combine Academic excellence with two areas of specialism (for example, in both Music and Art).

Newnham Scholarship (Years 9 & 12)
Newnham Scholarships are the highest and most fiercely-competitive academic award available at Roedean; they are awarded to the best academic scholarship applicants.

Sussex Scholarship (Years 7, 9 & 12)
Sussex Scholarships are awarded to students who combine Academic excellence with one other area of specialism (for example, in Sport or Dance).

All-Rounder Scholarship (Years 7, 9 & 12)
All-Rounder Scholarships are awarded to students who combine excellence in two areas of specialism (for example, in both Drama and Sport).

Key Dates for September 2022 entry

• Registration deadline, all year groups – Friday 15 October 2021

• Scholarship Application Deadline (Sixth Form) – Friday 15 October 2021

• Discovery Day (Years 7 & 9) – Wednesday 17 November 2021 (including NVR testing)

• Scholarship Application Deadline (Years 7 & 9) – Friday 5 November 2021

• Entrance Exams (Years 7 & 9) – Saturday 8 January 2022

• Practical Scholarship Assessments (Years 7 & 9) – w/c Monday 17 January 2022

• Scholarship Interviews (Years 7 & 9) – w/c Monday 17 January 2022

  • Academic scholarships
  • All Rounder awards
  • Art scholarships
  • Drama scholarships
  • Music scholarships
  • Sport scholarships
  • Sixth Form scholarships
  • Clergy discounts
  • H M Forces discounts
  • Sibling discounts
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils
  • Lump sum payment discounts