At Surbiton High School our focus is on learning, leadership and values. It is a place where every individual is encouraged to give of their best. Inspirational staff delivers an exciting curriculum which allows pupils to explore ideas and develop independent minds. All this takes place within a supportive atmosphere where our pupils learn to work together in an environment of mutual respect.
About the school
Surbiton High School is a private independent school in Surbiton, England. It has seven buildings overall including Boys' Preparatory School, Girls' Preparatory School, the Senior School and Sixth Form.
Surbiton High Boys' Preparatory School is a successful independent School for boys aged from 4 to 11. Our pupils achieve their potential through academic rigour and exceptional pastoral support.
Surbiton High Girls' Preparatory School is a happy, warm and loving place where our pupils are very much at the heart of everything we do. As soon as you are welcomed through the doors, you will see the vibrant artwork, hear the buzz of learning, and see smiling faces in every corner.
Surbiton High School Pupils Shine in Virtual Green Love! Performance
Pupils celebrate virtual premiere of Green Love! with thousands of their peers in schools from across United Learning.
19th October 2021 — Last Friday, pupils at Surbiton High School joined together virtually with thousands of their peers from across United Learning to see themselves in the online premiere of Green Love! Songs to save the world.
Green Love! is an ambitious music and performing arts project designed to develop pupils’ musical talents and encourage them to think more about the environment and how, together, we can protect it. The project culminated in the professional production of a unique thirty-minute film, featuring performances recorded in the 40 schools involved.
Last academic year, pupils at Surbiton High School immersed themselves in the world of music and dance, enjoying in-school rehearsals and virtual, group-wide Green Love! assemblies delivered by The Voices Foundation and Beat Goes On. Collectively, they learnt six original songs inspired by sustainability and composed by celebrated musicians Alexander L’Estrange and Joanna Forbes L’Estrange, as well as accompanying body percussion rhythms. Having mastered the lyrics and foot-tapping rhythms, pupils recorded their final in-school performance in the Summer Term.
To celebrate their hard work, pupils enjoyed an early premiere of Green Love! on Friday afternoon. This was followed by a ticketed online showing in the evening, where pupils’ friends and families were able to watch the special performance, held in support of Ibba Girls’ School in South Sudan. The film is available to watch on YouTube here.
Catherine Barker, Head of Music and Performing Arts at United Learning, said:
“Congratulations to all our pupils who took part in Green Love! Each and every one of them gave a superb performance, which has not only led to the creation of a fantastic film but has, I’m sure, inspired us all to help tackle climate change and lead more sustainable lives.
“As our schools return to normal ways of teaching and learning, this virtual production is testament to how pupils and teachers alike can join together during times of difficulty to spread awareness about an important cause and foster their creativity. It’s an incredibly inspiring feat that everyone involved should be immensely proud of.
“Thank you to all our teachers and support staff who showed such enthusiasm in delivering Green Love! to our young people, and likewise to our longstanding partners Joanna and Alexander L’Estrange, The Voices Foundation and Beat Goes On who made the project such a success. Ensuring our young people have access to opportunities like this is all part of how we deliver an Education with Character at United Learning and I am very much looking forward to seeing how we can build on this for the future.”
Surbiton High Girls' Preparatory School Awarded Primary Science Quality Mark
We are delighted to announce that Surbiton High Girls’ Preparatory School has been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark.
19th October 2021 — 283 Primary Science Quality Marks have been awarded to infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to celebrate their commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning. So far, since its national launch in 2010, over 4,000 schools across the UK have achieved a prestigious Primary Science Quality Mark.
The Primary School Quality Mark programme ensures effective leadership of science, enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning. Schools that achieve PSQM demonstrate commitment and expertise in science leadership, teaching and learning.
The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust.
Associate Professor Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said:
"There was never a more important time for primary children to have a high-quality science education. The coronavirus pandemic has made everyone aware of the impact of science on our daily lives. Primary schools have an important role to ensure that children understand how science works and keeps us healthy and safe. Schools that have achieved a Primary Science Quality Mark have demonstrated a significant commitment to science teaching and learning, even at this challenging time for schools. The profile and quality of science in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as securing scientific understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud".
We are so proud of our Year 11 pupils who have been in and around the School celebrating their fantastic GCSE results!
13th August 2021 — Surbiton High School’s Year 11 pupils have been celebrating their fantastic GCSE results today.
These pupils have faced a tumultuous time during their GCSE course, as they studied remotely through lockdowns and adjusted to hybrid learning throughout Year 10 and 11. They undertook their studies with great diligence, commitment and resoluteness and have been justly rewarded through the rigorous testing. A specific mention goes to our pupils who achieved straight 9s in their GCSEs; Madeleine, Caitlin, Tilly, Lizzie, Sian, Ciara, Madeleine, Juliet, Charlotte, Lilac, Izzie, Martha, Alexandra, Olivia, Beth, Chanel, Katarina, Noemie, Sophie, Freya, Lucy, Maddie, Lauren and Hetty.
We are delighted to see 120 pupils continue their studies with us into the Sixth Form with over 80 pupils continuing to study STEM subjects at A-level. Our scholarship and bursary programme is flourishing with over 65 pupils in receipt of a wide range of scholarships including Academic, Art, Dance, Drama, Music, Photography, Science (the Dame Angela Rumbold Scholarship) and Sport including Cricket, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rowing and Tennis.
Surbiton High School’s Principal, Rebecca Glover, commented:
"My heartfelt congratulations go out to this amazing group of pupils, who as with our A-level students, have adapted so proficiently over the course of their studies. We look forward to welcoming so many of this cohort back to the School in September to continue their studies into the Sixth Form, where we can continue to support and guide them through their A-levels and they can flourish as independent learners."
We are so proud of our 2021 A-level cohort and so pleased we were able to share the day with them as they came into School to collect their results!
10th August 2021 — Our congratulations go out to the 2021 A-level cohort who have achieved excellent results, despite the challenges of lockdowns and remote learning which became an integral part of their A-level course.
The robust testing procedures in place here at Surbiton High School, mean our students can reflect positively on what they have accomplished, despite no public examinations taking place.
We are delighted that over 100% have achieved their first choice at university, with over 90% going on to study at Russell Group, or Times Top Ten universities and the remaining students heading off to read Art or Design at the most prestigious universities.
Ten students will be studying dentistry, medical or veterinary science and eight students have accepted their places at Oxford or Cambridge Universities.
Rebecca Glover, Principal, stated:
“The A-level students have studied through one of the most challenging and disruptive times in education and we are immensely proud of the resilience they have shown throughout their A-level courses. The commitment of our pupils to their studies and the dedication of our staff to deliver the A-level curriculum through bespoke methods over the past 18 months, leaves me in awe of how well our school community has worked together to ensure the best outcomes for all students.
This year group have demonstrated an immense amount of resilience, adaptability and self-discipline to remain on track and this will pave the way for their future success. As our students leave us to go on to a myriad of courses at university and colleges, they leave with our best wishes for the bright future ahead of them.”
We look forward to catching up with our now alumnae girls as they begin their University studies later this year with our Green & Silver Club.
SHS Art Club Produce Artwork for Kingston Hospital's Garden of Reflection
Surbiton High School's Gifted and Talented Art Club produce collaborative artwork to feature at Kingston Hospital's Garden of Reflection.
29th June 2021 — Over the course of this year, members of Surbiton High School's Gifted and Talented Art Club have been working towards producing a collaborative artwork for Kingston Hospital's Garden of Reflection.
The finished artwork is a ceramic tile mural, which bears the message 'Thank You NHS' and celebrates the hard work, devotion and compassion of every NHS worker during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Each tile has been handmade and hand painted by over 30 students aged 11-15.
They hope that the mural serves as a reminder to the staff of Kingston Hospital that their community is eternally grateful for all of their efforts and achievements this year.
Success at the Young Artists Summer Show at the Royal Academy
We are delighted to share the news of former Surbiton High School pupil Katy Tomiak has been packing up her artwork to take to the Royal Academy for The Young Artists' Summer Show 2021 at the Royal Academy.
18th June 2021 — The Young Artists’ Summer Show at the Royal Academy is aimed at young artists studying in the UK and British schools overseas.
Applicants are judged by a panel of artists and arts professionals that select artworks to be displayed online and on-site at the Royal Academy of Arts. The Art department at Surbiton asked the Gifted and Talented artists to submit artwork to be selected for the exhibition. We were very impressed with the exceptional standard of Artwork and Photography that students created, and we were delighted to submit art from 7 students.
Competition was extremely high this year with The Royal Academy receiving over 33,000 submissions. We are very thrilled and proud to hear that Nina Holding in year 10 was successful to be accepted for the on-line exhibition. The painting titled ‘Josephine Knots’ an acrylic painting of Eyiwaa Agyekumhene, the owner of the fashion brand named Kayadua that has a strong belief in sustainability. Nina stumbled upon this image of Eyiwaa in an issue of the Courier magazine from August/September 2020 and felt immediately drawn to the vibrant jade colour. We are very pleased to be displaying Nina's artwork in the main building reception.
We are also very pleased that Katy Tomiak had her painting ‘Barry’ accepted for display at The Royal Academy. Katy produced an exceptional painting of Barry, our beloved life model who sadly passed away last year. Barry had been working at Surbiton High School for over 10 years as our life model. This painting shows exceptional technical skill as well as truly capturing Barry in a thoughtful pose. The painting is especially impressive because of the dramatic almost theatrical lighting, using chiaroscuro the piece resembles a renaissance masterpiece, demonstrating clear inspiration from Caravaggio.
The Young Artists’ Summer Show 2021 will open and launch online on Tuesday 13 July.
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