The Good Schools Guide "It seems an idyllic school , that offers the very best in single sex education".
Tatler "Applications to this historic girls’ school on the edge of Salisbury have increased by 35 per cent over the last six years, and one can see why. Girls are notably ‘chilled, accomplished and happy’ and Godolphin prides itself on ‘success without stress''.
Muddy Stilettos "An inspiring day and boarding school on the outskirts of Salisbury, perfect for girls aged 3-18 with a serious 'can-do' attitude".
Godolphin praises individuality and creativity and is passionate about educating girls for the 21st century. Boarders and day girls live together and there is a strong sense of community with a committment to pastoral care.
About the school
Godolphin has had a number of notable successes in the last few years. In 2019, the School was named South West Independent Secondary School of the Year by The Sunday Times. They also received a Gold Artsmark Award accredited by Arts Council England in recognition of the high standard we achieve in Art, Drama and Music.
Located in the cathedral city of Salisbury, Godolphin is one of the oldest girls’ boarding schools in the UK. The School, which educates girls from 3 – 18, has a strong sense of identity, something that they want to pass on to every one of their girls. They encourage students to follow their own path, discover what they love and explore the many opportunities available to them.
Godolphin’s public results year-on-year are remarkably consistent, reflecting both the hard work of students and the quality of their teaching. With 92% of our Upper Sixth going on to their first choice of university last year.
The Godolphin boarding community continues to thrive as we offer mid-week, weekly and full-time boarding. After a major refurbishment a few years ago, Cooper House now offers enhanced boarding facilities and can accommodate ninety students from Third Year through to Fifth Year. The school has also been acknowledged as a top twenty Girls’ Boarding School in 2019.
Godolphin is clear and modern in outlook as they prepare students for the 21st Century; Yet they remain true to their founder Elizabeth Godolphin who championed her vision to provide an education for girls. The School motto Franc Ha Leal Eto Ge, (Frank and loyal art thou’) reflects the School's core values and the Godolphin community still espouses the values of honesty, openness and loyalty three hundred years on.
- Girls' Boarding: 166 (11 to 18)
- Total Pupils: 435 (100 in Sixth Form)
- Day Fees: £6700 to £7445/term
- Boarding Fees: £8915 to £13055/term
Scholarships, Bursaries & Fees
Up to date, full fees can be found on the Godolphin https://www.godolphin.org/admissions/fees.
11+ Assessment & 13+ Assessment
Godolphin has a bespoke Assessment for 11+ and 13+ point of entry. Candidates for 11+ Assessment will be invited to complete approximately 8 months prior to entry and those applying for the 13+ Assessment will be invited 18 months prior to entry.
The School will write to ask for a Head’s reference before the assessment. During the assessment day, she will complete entrance papers in Maths and English, be interviewed by the Head or a member of the Senior Staff and will take part in team-building exercises.
The School will write to parents after the Assessment with the results and providing the candidate’s results fall within the school’s qualifying criteria, they will offer a place. 13+ CE results will be used for setting purposes.
Godolphin also has a bespoke assessment for 16+ entry which all candidates will be invited to complete approximately 12 months prior to entry.
Sixth Form entry is based on an interview and written papers, usually in each of a candidate’s proposed Sixth Form subjects. The School also asks the Head of the candidates existing school for a reference. If taking (I)GCSE examinations, entry will be based on a minimum of five subjects at grade B/5 or above with a minimum of A/7 grades in those subjects she expects to study in the Sixth Form. All students already at Godolphin have already earned their place in our Sixth Form.
Our bespoke post-16 curriculum is tailored around the needs and interests of each student. The Fourth Year Sixth Form Discovery Day provides an initial opportunity for the girls to explore their choices, and in the Fifth Year they can finalise their decision at the Sixth Form Open Evening. Option choices are made in February when the girls have a one-to-one interview with a transition tutor whose job is to make sure they have explored all options and are making the right decisions. We don’t use option blocking when students are selecting their A-levels, but instead devise a new timetable each year to reflect the year group’s choices. This means that most girls can study whatever combination of subjects they choose.