Burgess Hill Girls - Tomorrow's Women

Burgess Hill Girls creates students who stand out from the crowd by embracing every individual’s uniqueness.

This independent school in the heart of Sussex is proud to be excellent, proud to provide the very best education and proud to develop outstanding young women ready to face the world.

Head Liz Laybourn explained: “We aim high. We expect our girls to be big and bold, brave, bright and brilliant – traits that make them stand out from the crowd – without being pretentious and losing sight of the privilege bestowed on them.

“We want our girls to be interesting and interested, to have soft skills necessary to survive in a very competitive world and if they are in a crisis to be able to deal with it and come out smiling.

“We have brilliant children who come with individual needs, gifts and talents and we don’t try to mould them. We offer them opportunities that will help them find their hidden talents and passions in order to develop into the person they want to be. Pupils get to find their own way with help from staff who go that extra mile.”

Pride in her pupils is justified – girls are charming and engaging and genuinely display a love of learning.

With 500 pupils, each girl is known, they can’t hide and get lost amongst the masses. “We are small enough to truly care about every girl but big enough to compete against the very best schools. Our girls carry a very high currency and they are in great demand,” explained Mrs Laybourn. All pupils are treated equally and contribute to the school ‘family’. “Everyone has a role to play within our school community and therefore deserves equal respect.”

Pastoral care is of huge importance – students see their tutor every morning and lunchtime, Lower School girls have a pastoral mentor, Sixth Form pupils act as mentors while year 10 and 11 pupils have an academic mentor too. The Lower and Upper Section Leaders play a vital role too.

Based on a 14 acre site, the school is divided into separate sections according to age. The unique building layout creates an intimate feeling. The Nursery, which welcomes both girls and boys, is open 51 weeks a year and offers a variety of sessions to suit all needs. Bright colours adorn the walls, smaller classrooms create a nurturing feel while the large outdoor play area gives plenty of space for fun and adventure.

Reception and Years 1-2 (EYFS) are based in the same beautiful building above the nursery and along with welcoming classrooms has its own library and hall, ensuring the transition into “proper school” is not too overwhelming.

Junior School offers a nurturing environment where girls embrace new opportunities and experiences. With its own science area, music school, art studio, computer room and hall, Junior School offers a full range of learning experiences that challenge young minds and create students who want to learn.

Senior school has undergone significant maintenance work over the summer, creating a modern learning environment with first class facilities. Focus is always on enabling pupils to achieve their full potential. As well as a rigorous and exciting academic foundation the school enables girls to develop the essential soft skills and confidence to make their way in the world beyond school and become leaders of the future.

The Learning Resource Centre is home to 10,000 books, audio tapes, DVDs and a bank of computers where girls undertake independent study.

Whilst academic achievement is a main focus at Burgess Hill Girls so is everything creative, sporting and artistic. The dressage team is fifth in the country for their age – quite an achievement when there is not a single horse on site! Music and drama are outstanding with regular concerts and plays making the most of the stunning Croft II performance space that underwent a million pound redevelopment last year. More than 200 girls play an instrument. Textiles produces award winning work. Art, which can be seen throughout the school, is exceptional and of the highest quality. Following the phrase ‘Sport for All’, a wide range of activities are offered to all girls to promote a healthy lifestyle. Girls compete in many local, regional and national competitions and are incredibly successful.

Sixth Form provides the perfect stepping stone from school to university. It provides the foundation for their future, giving girls opportunities to stretch themselves, make decisions and take responsibility for their learning. Whilst Sixth Formers do use the main school for many lessons, the recently extended and upgraded Sixth Form building offers a mix of classrooms, spacious common rooms for relaxing, socialising and studying, as well as a kitchen area for making snacks and drinks.

Help in finding the right university or each girl is crucial and Sixth Formers are offered extensive guidance throughout the application process, with significant numbers going to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities.

Burgess Hill Girls’ House System provides a friendly rivalry between the houses – Austen, Pankhurst, Williams and Watson – and is the basis for a whole host of inter-house activities including a drama competition, quizzes and sporting competitions. Girls of all ages work together with one common goal – to be the best!

The Dining room is the bright, open yet homely centre of the school where staff and pupils eat together. Delicious home cooked meals are provided daily along with a full salad bar, jacket potatoes, homemade soup, fruit and very tempting puddings – there is quite simply something for everybody.

Whilst Burgess Hill Girls is principally a day school there is some boarding. Boarding houses, set in lovely Edwardian buildings, offer mixed age accommodation on the edges of the school campus creating a homely feel, away from the main school site. Boarding is definitely an integral part of the school.

Burgess Hill Girls is a fabulous school that quite rightly boasts it provides the best academic and creative education for girls in Sussex.

Note from the Head

Whatever your daughter wants to be, Burgess Hill Girls is the place to be. We are a truly remarkable, happy and vibrant school. Every day is busy, active and exciting. So much is packed into every minute of the day.

Our girls are truly valued for who they are, for the wonderful and unique gifts and talents they possess and for what they can bring and give to the wider community. It is a happy, caring, friendly and supportive environment. It is proactive so that every girl flourishes, excels and does her very best. In fact we put the ‘excel’ into excellent! The school is filled with pupils who enjoy learning and aim to be the best they can be. As our motto says: ‘I am, I can, I should, I will’.

Burgess Hill Girls is known for its reputation for excellence. Of course, we set very high standards in every area of education; from academic to creative, and in the personal lives of every girl; however, we also ensure that we develop the individual character of every one of our students. Our girls work in an environment where they develop confidence and independence, enabling and encouraging them to be themselves and where no barriers exist that prevent them from being who they want to be.

Every member of our community is important. Our girls are comfortable and therefore prepared to take risks. They are keen and willing to be stretched and challenged. The size of the school is such that it is large enough to provide a wealth of opportunities, both academically and in the diverse co-curricular and extra-curricular programme, but also small enough to ensure no girl goes unnoticed.

The support offered encourages our girls to look after each other, to listen to the needs of others and to seek the good in everyone. The girls are self-aware and have self-worth. This is why our girls develop into thoughtful and successful young women. They leave school with a sense of hope for the future, a positive outlook and a desire to go that extra mile. They are the bright sparks of the future.

Mrs Liz Laybourn


"Burgess Hill Girls has been an excellent school for both my girls, who are academically very different. It is outstanding for academic achievement, but still manages to balance this with proper pastoral care and personal attention to the individual needs of each child. Drama here is exceptional too. My girls have felt valued and supported all the way through. I cannot speak highly enough of this wonderful place."

Parent of girls in Sixth Form at Burgess Hill Girls


"Burgess Hill Girls provides a secure environment and gentle encouragement, allowing our daughter to be independent but knowing she has the school right behind her to help her fulfil her ambitions, develop resilience and emerge into a quietly self-assured young woman. These strong building blocks will make our daughter appreciate that everything is possible, and she too can 'Break through the Glass Ceiling', staying a true Burgess Hill Girl!"

Parent of girl at Burgess Hill Girls Senior


"I am proud of all my girls, but my youngest seems to have flourished at Burgess Hill Girls. She just seems so much more grounded and grown up.  I am really pleased we made the jump when we did. It certainly seems to be paying off for the betterment of all three of my girls. Thank you for your continued professionalism and support."
Parent of three girls at Burgess Hill Girls Junior


School news

9th Mar 2020
Talented Sussex athlete Peanut Meekings has been selected to represent the South East at the 2020 England Volleyball Inter-Regional competitions. Burgess Hill Girls’ student Peanut is already an accomplished athlete; she represents Sussex at the Javelin and was invited to join the British ... more
28th Jan 2020
Burgess Hill Girls is celebrating another year of outstanding results in the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Now an integral part of the Sixth Form ‘BOLD Programme’ – a consolidated curriculum covering both academic and non-academic pursuits – all students take the EPQ in Year 12 ... more
24th Jan 2020
Ten-year-old Burgess Hill Girls’ trombonist Daisy Hogan has been invited to join the National Children’s Orchestra. Daisy was first inspired to take up the trombone after hearing a fellow pupil at Burgess Hill Girls play the Looney Toons theme tune on a red plastic trombone.  Four years ... more
17th Dec 2019
Burgess Hill Girls has always been a dog-loving community, visit the school in the holidays and sometimes you will find as many canines as humans.  This year the school has decided to take things one step further and recruit a dog to help the school nurse Liz Hall in her role of caring for the ... more
12th Dec 2019
Burgess Hill Girls timed its Just One Tree non-uniform day to coincide with the latest day of planned climate strikes on Friday, November 29.  This was also the day of conspicuous planet-destroying consumption known as Black Friday.   Just One Tree is a non-profit initiative removing CO2 ... more
12th Dec 2019
More than 100 local senior citizens enjoyed an afternoon of festive entertainment at Burgess Hill Girls.  On Wednesday, November 27, Burgess Hill Girls kicked-off the start of its 2019 festive season with a tea party for local senior citizens, organised in partnership with Burgess Hill Town ... more
21st Nov 2019
Burgess Hill Girls, recently appointed as a Digital Schoolhouse, is offering free computing workshops to primary schools in Sussex.  Digital Schoolhouse has been created in partnership with Nintendo UK and The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE). It uses play-based learning ... more
25th Oct 2019
Burgess Hill Girls produced the best GCSE results for the lowest fees in Sussex according to recent research from The Telegraph and Independent Schools Council.  With much chatter about the exorbitant fees of private schools how can you guarantee value for money? Using data from the ... more
16th Oct 2019
Thirteen year old Burgess Hill Girls pupil Tia Joseph wins ‘Best Batter South East’ at the 2019 Sussex Women’s Cricket Awards. If it wasn’t for her mum enrolling her in a summer cricket club where she was the only girl, Tia might never have discovered her passion for the game.  Within a ... more
1st Oct 2019
Burgess Hill Girls launches its innovative BOLD programme for Sixth Formers to develop the social, interpersonal and leadership skills they need to fulfil their ambitions. Students are invited to find out more at the Burgess Hill Girls Sixth Form Open Evening on Wednesday October 9. Like ... more
8th Aug 2019
In July 2019 Sixth Formers at Burgess Hill Girls hosted their first Tomorrow’s Women conference for young women in Sussex. Over 50 female students attended the Tomorrow’s Women conference from schools including Warden Park, Oathall Community College, Tanbridge House and Burgess Hill Girls ... more
31st Jul 2019
Pupils at Burgess Hill Girls were invited to CAE in Burgess Hill to learn about careers in aviation and to experience CAE’s helicopter and airline simulators.  CAE is a worldwide leader in civil aviation training. Lower Sixth Formers at Burgess Hill Girls were delighted to be invited to ... more
31st Jul 2019
Ten athletes from Burgess Hill Girls represented Sussex in the National Prep Schools’ Athletics Championships in Birmingham on July 2. Eleven year old Bronwen Llewellyn took Silver in the Discus.   After competing in the Sussex qualifiers in June, ten athletes from Burgess Hill Girls were ... more
10th Jul 2019
Burgess Hill Girls Sixth Formers have won second place in a prestigious national competition run by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) – and they vow to come back next year to claim the top prize! The BASE competition is designed to give school and college ... more
10th Jul 2019
Students at Burgess Hill Girls saw off teams from Sevenoaks School and Brighton College to become champions at the Independent School National Beach Volleyball Championships at Yellowave in Brighton. The team, Tia Homer, Meg McCallum, Olivia Gunn and Jurkowski, were able to draw on their ball ... more
15th May 2019
Young trombonist Daisy Hogan (pictured) hit all the right notes at the Rotary Club Young Musician of the Year competition, where she won the award for Most Promising Instrumentalist. Nine-year-old Daisy, a pupil at top independent school Burgess Hill Girls, won the judges’ vote with her ... more
25th Apr 2019
A budding fashion designer from top independent school Burgess Hill Girls who modelled her own outfit on the runway at the NEC Birmingham has been chosen as a finalist in a prestigious national schools competition. This theme of this year’s annual ICHF (International Craft and Hobby Fairs) ... more
2nd Apr 2019
A budding fashion designer from top independent school Burgess Hill Girls who modelled her own outfit on the runway at the NEC Birmingham has been chosen as a finalist in a prestigious national schools competition. This theme of this year’s annual ICHF (International Craft and Hobby Fairs) ... more
21st Mar 2019
Leading Independent School Burgess Hill Girls has been presented with a Crystal Award after being named one of an elite group of ‘Top 20 Girls Boarding Schools by A Level results’. Nicola Donson, the school’s Assistant Head, Pastoral and Boarding, was joined by some of the school’s boarders ... more
21st Mar 2019
When Nursery pupils at Burgess Hill Girls were asked who they would most like to visit their school, they chose TV favourites PAW Patrol. And older pupils seemed to be just as keen! Led by 10-year-old Ryder, the plucky pups of PAW Patrol are rescue dogs in training. Each pup is inspired by a ... more
12th Mar 2019
When Nursery pupils at Burgess Hill Girls were asked who they would most like to visit their school, they chose TV favourites PAW Patrol. And older pupils seemed to be just as keen [see picture]! Led by 10-year-old Ryder, the plucky pups of PAW Patrol are rescue dogs in training. Each pup ... more
28th Feb 2019
Pupils at leading independent school Burgess Hill Girls have voted to rename their school houses in honour of inspirational women.   Among the shortlist for the new house names, compiled by the girls, were Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai,American civil rights activist Rosa ... more
19th Feb 2019
Pupils who attend Thinking Schools, state schools where pupils and teachers use a shared ‘thinking language’ across all subjects, are showing outstanding results in the Government’s Progress 8 (P8) scores, which measure pupils’ progress across eight key subjects from the end of primary school ... more
19th Feb 2019
Making a moving robotic hand would be a tough challenge for sixth-formers, but at Burgess Hill Girls it is all part of a term’s work for Year Five girls aged nine and ten. Working in pairs, the girls made hands of card, with straw fingers. Then they did the necessary coding andwired it to ... more
31st Jan 2019
The Burgess Hill Girls junior and senior ski teams have returned to Sussex with a clutch of medals after taking part in this year’s Independent School Ski and Snowboard Championships (ISSC). Held in the French Alpine ski resort of Les Deux Alpes, the six-day competition attracted over 400 ... more
14th Jan 2019
Seventeen-year-old Rachel Yu is in a spin after winning the prestigious Asian Junior Figure Skating Challenge 2018/19 in Hong Kong which attracted competitors from all over the world. Rachel, a pupil at Burgess Hill Girls, began ice skating at the age of five. ‘I started ... more
14th Jan 2019
As soaring nursery fees take their toll on working families, Burgess Hill Girls has produced aground-breaking infographic to show that a place in a top independent school for a four-year-old can cost as little as £37 a week. A recent TUC analysis showed that working parents with children ... more
12th Dec 2018
Burgess Hill Girls is celebrating after being ranked in the top 100 independent schools in the prestigious Sunday Times  ‘Parent Power’ listings. The 26th edition of Parent Power identifies the highest-achieving schools in the UK, ranked by their recent exam results. It is the only girls’ ... more
28th Nov 2018
Burgess Hill Girls is celebrating after being ranked in the top 100 independent schools in the prestigious Sunday Times  ‘Parent Power’ listings. The 26th edition of Parent Power identifies the highest-achieving schools in the UK, ranked by their recent exam results. It is the only girls’ ... more
28th Nov 2018
To mark Parliament Week [12-18 November], Burgess Hill Girls pupils have been spreadingthe word about the importance of political engagement in winning women’s suffrage. Sporting a suffragist’s sash, Head Girl Cara Eckstein and Deputy Head Girls Sophie Rowson and Bridget Calthrop walked the ... more
14th Nov 2018
Burgess Hill Girls Junior School pupils showed their support for Anti Bullying Week [12-16 November] by backing Odd Socks Day (pictured). It was an opportunity for children to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique. The Junior School is marking every ... more
14th Nov 2018
Burgess Hill Girls is joining together with Burgess Hill Academy, engineering giant Siemens and the Government’s Year of Engineering campaign to inspire girls to study more STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and tackle the UK’s shortage of women engineers. Women make ... more
2nd Nov 2018
Students from Burgess Hill Girls have created a special hat for an inspirational cancer awareness campaigner to wear for the New York marathon. Sara Cutting, who has raised £35,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support since being diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago, is heading to the States ... more
10th Sep 2018
After a set of outstanding GCSE results, Burgess Hill Girls has been confirmed as the top school in West Sussex and the top girls’ school in Sussex as a whole. Of the 300 independent schools which published their GCSE results, Burgess Hill Girls was placed 63rd in the prestigious Daily ... more
30th Aug 2018
Star Burgess Hill Girls student Selina Wang gained 9 Grade 9s, a further A* and a Distinction in Level 2 Further Mathematics. Selina’s amazing achievement comes as a study published by Cambridge Assessment in May predicted that only 200 so-called ‘star pupils’ in the country would get straight ... more
17th Aug 2018
Pupils at Burgess Hill Girls are celebrating after another excellent set of A level results. Maintaining an unbroken 100% pass rate, an impressive 55% of all grades were A*/A and well over half the girls gained A*-B grades in three or more subjects. The girls’ diverse interests and aspirations ... more
10th Aug 2018
These tots at Burgess Hill Girls Nursery certainly understand where their food comes from – their school garden, where they grow a wide variety of vegetables and fruit. With a recent survey reporting that fewer than half of young UK adults know butter comes from a dairy cow and a third do ... more
8th Aug 2018
This Open Evening provides a fantastic introduction to Sixth Form life at Burgess Hill Girls. Our girls will be delighted to show you round the school and you can join taster sessions for your preferred A Level subjects. You will also be able to meet the Head, Liz Laybourn, new Head of Sixth ... more
8th Aug 2018
Please join us for our whole school Open Day on Saturday 6th October. The whole school will be open; Nursery, Junior, Senior and the Sixth Form. Our pupils will be on hand to take you on a tour. You will also be able to meet our excellent teaching staff and our Senior Leadership team, including ... more
1st Aug 2018
Drones designed by young scientists from Burgess Hill Girls saw off stiff competition from all over theworld to be judged overall runners-up in an international competition organised by the British International Education Association and STEM Sussex, which supports and encourages young people ... more
1st Aug 2018
Race the Sun is a highlight of the school year for Sixth Form students from Burgess Hill Girls , who gather at a secret location on the edge of the South Downs National Park and walk through the night to reach Beachy Head by sunrise. Starting at 9.30pm, 40 girls walked 14 miles eastwards ... more
12th Jul 2018
Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold was guest of honour at Burgess Hill Girls Junior SchoolSports Day. Winning consecutive Olympic gold medals in 2014 and 2018, Lizzy is the most successful British Winter Olympian and the most successful Olympic Skeleton athlete of all time from any ... more
28th Jun 2018
Two  Burgess Hill Girls school pupils are celebrating their triumph in the South of England Agricultural Society (SEAS) schools competition. Sophie Farrant (left), and Rosina Murray, both 11 (pictured), won first prize in the KS3 Hanging Mobile category. Over 65,000 visitors attended the ... more
21st Jun 2018
Burgess Hill Girls in Sussex has launched a week of events to celebrate National Boarding Week (18-24 June). The Boarding Schools’ Association-inspired event kicked off with a Boarding Bop and sleepover on Saturday 16th. Students were encouraged to bring a friend from school to dance the ... more
10th May 2018
Women’s Equality Party leader Sophie Walker told senior pupils of Burgess Hill Girls that they should have the courage to follow their dreams when she visited the school as part of its celebration of the centenary of the women’s vote. ‘We don’t want to be safe; we want to be free,’ she ... more
19th Mar 2018
As Easter holidays approach, GCSE and A-level students all over the county are focusing on revision. And that’s making them – not to mention their parents - stressed. Too many young people will spend hours and hours staring at course notes, becoming disheartened as they realise they are ... more
19th Mar 2018
CBeebies star, storyteller and performer Katy Ashworth delighted children at Burgess Hill Girls Nursery, Infant and Junior School Open Day. Katy hosted an interactive singing and dancing show and met parents. Katy’s career in children’s presenting and entertainment has spanned over seven ... more
19th Mar 2018
Burgess Hill Girls Junior School’s Creative Week focused on brave and brilliant women of the second half of the 20th century. Each year group was assigned a decade to explore in order to find out how women have transformed society and now inspire our future. Even the youngest pupils took ... more
21st Feb 2018
CBeebies star, storyteller and performer Katy Ashworth wants to encourage more parents to get involved in the education of their children right from the very start by going into their school and building relationships with their teachers. Her message? ‘Get stuck in!’ Katy (pictured), who ... more
1st Feb 2018
CBeebies star, storyteller and performer Katy Ashworth wants to encourage more parents to get involved in the education of their children right from the very start by going into their school and building relationships with their teachers. Her message? ‘Get stuck in!’ Katy (pictured), who ... more
17th Jan 2018
Triumphant pupils from Burgess Hill Girls delivered their best-ever results at the prestigious Independent School Ski and Snowboard Championships in the French Alps, bringing home a clutch of medals from theSlalom, Giant Slalom and Team Parallel individual and team events. There were 360 ... more
28th Dec 2017
After three rounds of auditions where she was competing with nearly 700 other talented young dancersfrom all over the country, Burgess Hill Girls pupil Phoebe Moses (pictured) is celebrating after being awarded a place in the nationally renowned London Children’s ... more
29th Nov 2017
Children and staff from Burgess Hill Girls school in West Sussex put their best feet forward for Children in Need when they organised a sponsored ramble over the Sussex Downs which raised over £1,500 for the BBC Charity. Undeterred by the prospect of aching muscles and blisters, 55 of the ... more
29th Nov 2017
A talented young mathematician is celebrating after being among the prize-winners in the prestigious national Mathematical Olympiad for Girls. Burgess Hill Girls’s Selina Wang (pictured), aged 15, was among over 1,700 girls who took part in this year’s competition, which is run by the UK ... more
16th Nov 2017
Four Burgess Hill Girls students have been praised for their ‘discipline, dedication and courage’after being selected to represent their country in an international karate competition which is held only once every five years in Japan. The West Sussex girls who were selected for ... more
11th Oct 2017
Joyce Bellingham from the hit TV show Great British Sewing Bee passed on her expertise to a new generation when she visited top independent school Burgess Hill Girls. Those lucky enough to attend Joyce’s workshop, which was part of the school’s Open Day, learned to ‘cut out’ and use a sewing ... more
11th Oct 2017
Lawyer, diversity champion, social mobility campaigner, mentor, and all-round inspirational role model Funke Abimbola MBE returned to Burgess Hill Girls School to thank her teachers for giving her the determination and self-belief to achieve her dreams – and to instil in today’s pupils that ... more
11th Oct 2017
Three talented young skiers from top independent school Burgess Hill Girls triumphed in the BISS National Indoor Ski Racing Championships in ’snowy' Hemel Hempstead. Competition for the indoor event was stiff, with over 170 racers in both the junior and senior categories from schools across ... more
29th Sep 2017
Three talented young skiers from top independent school Burgess Hill Girls triumphed in the BISS National Indoor Ski Racing Championships in ’snowy' Hemel Hempstead on Monday September 25. Competition for the indoor event was stiff, with over 170 racers in both the junior and senior ... more
29th Sep 2017
It will be anything but a stitch-up when girls attending Burgess Hill Girls Open Day this Saturday September 30 have the opportunity to join a sewing workshop run by Joyce Bellingham from the hit TV show Great British Sewing Bee. Those lucky enough to attend will learn to ‘cut out’ and use a ... more
20th Sep 2017
Five young artists from Burgess Hill Girls School have been chosen as finalists in the inaugural National Open Art Children’s Competition – a feat hailed by judges as ‘an incredible achievement’. The judges said: ‘There were a high number of entrants from across the country and the judges ... more
24th Aug 2017
With a massive 64% of all entries graded A*/A (new grades 9-7) and nearly half the cohort gaining at least seven or more A*/A (new grades 9-7), top Sussex independent school Burgess Hill Girls is celebrating another year of success. Burgess Hill Girls again achieved highly across a wide ... more
23rd Aug 2017
Pupils from Burgess Hill Girls have swept the board at the Festival of Quilts, the largest quilting competition in Europe. Talented designers from the top independent school have won no fewer than three top prizes at the prestigious event, which is held at the Birmingham NEC. This year’s ... more
18th Aug 2017
It was another year of success at Burgess Hill Girls. Fifty five percent of girls gained three or more A*-B grades at A level and over half the year group took at least one STEM subject at A level. (55%). Subjects that did particularly well: 89% A*/A grades in Art Over half of all those ... more
18th Jul 2017
Olympic gold-medalist Kate Richardson-Walsh told Burgess Hill Girls to ‘be visionary, be challenged and be strong’ when she visited the school last week to talk about her career in hockey and present sports prizes to pupils. Kate [pictured left with Burgess Hill pupils] was capped a record ... more
6th Jul 2017
Burgess Hill Girls School in West Sussex laid on two days of celebrations to support National Boarding Week, the brainchild of the Boarding Schools Association. Celebrations started on Wednesday June 21st, when parents and staff were invited to garden party where an ‘I love boarding’ cake ... more
27th Jun 2017
A former Burgess Hill Girls School student now working at Formula One motor-racing has been celebrated as part of International Women in Engineering Day when her story was featured on the official website. This day (23 June), which attracts global attention, focuses attention on the amazing ... more
22nd Jun 2017
‘It's Faaamly ain't it?’, ‘Rickaaaaaay!’… everyone knows the catch phrases of BBC’s top-rated soap EastEnders, but how do you craft a script that leaves millions of viewers on the edge of their seats week after week? Top script writer Spenser Frearson was just the person to guide Burgess ... more
31st May 2017
Top Sussex independent school Burgess Hill Girls has announced that its new head is Liz Laybourn, who has been Interim Head since May. Mrs Laybourn took the helm following the resignation of Kathryn Bell, due to ill health. Mrs Laybourn, whose new role begins with immediate effect, joined ... more
24th May 2017
It was back to school on Friday [19 May] for Burgess Hill Girls ‘old girl’ Kelly Willoughby, author of the ‘School for Stars’ book series alongside her sister, This Morning host Holly Willoughby – who was also a pupil there. Kelly, whose daughter is now also a Burgess Hill pupil, said ... more
18th May 2017
Burgess Hill Girls ‘old girl’ Kelly Willoughby is heading back to her school for this month’s Burgess Hill Girls School Open Day, and she’s keen to spread the word about the importance of reading to children. Kelly, author of the ‘School for Stars’ book series alongside her sister, This ... more
9th May 2017
Pupils from Burgess Hill Girls Junior School were out in force this weekend (Saturday 6 May) at Brighton Children’s Parade, which marked the start of the town’s Festival. This year’s theme was poets and poems, and the Burgess Hill girls took as inspiration for their banner (pictured) Robert ... more
27th Apr 2017
As National Offer Day for primary pupils looms, a top independent school has demonstrated that the actual cost of private schooling for a four-year-old can be as little as just £72 a week. On 18 April, parents will be notified by their local authority whether their child has got a place at ... more
27th Apr 2017
The head of leading Sussex school Burgess Hill Girls says Textiles is being neglected in too many schools as creative subjects are given short shrift. Liz Laybourn, Burgess Hill Girls’ Interim Head, said the outstanding success of Sixth Form pupil Allegra Cook in National Textiles and ... more
8th Mar 2017
The head of top Sussex school Burgess Hill Girls, Kathryn Bell, has decided to step down from her role due to ill health. She intends to resume her career in education as soon as she is fully fit. Dr Alison Smith, Chair  of Governors at Burgess Hill Girls, paid tribute to Mrs Bell’s ... more
17th Feb 2017
Children’s health and wellbeing will be on the timetable when CBeebies’ resident doctor Dr Ranj makes an appearance at Burgess Hill Girls’ Junior School on 4 March to answer questions from children and their parents. Dr Ranj – full name Ranj Singu – is a NHS paediatrician ... more
13th Feb 2017
Burgess Hill Girls Lower Sixth students, with prestigious invited guests, attended their annual, and highly respected, 'Practising Business Rapport' Dinner at Mid Sussex Golf Club. This is a truly unique event that combines a formal social gathering, with a wonderful learning experience. It ... more
13th Feb 2017
Burgess Hill Girls U13 Hockey Team took part in the annual Windlesham House Tournament on Friday, February 3rd. Ten schools from Sussex took part in the competition in what were pretty tough conditions. Despite the wind and rain the girls produced some excellent hockey, passing and moving ... more
13th Feb 2017
Burgess Hill Girls Ski Team, comprising of Annabel H, Lucy P and Anya K, continued to broaden their Ski Racing experience by entering the British Schoolgirls Competition held in Flaine from 28th - 31st January 2017. The standard was extremely high with over 30 schools competing and with 150 ... more
13th Feb 2017
On Tuesday 31st January, Burgess Hill Girls Year Six were pleased to welcome a member of the Samaritans to come and talk to them about listening. This session was to support their involvement with younger girls as well as to help them with their own friendships. John presented a brilliant, ... more
13th Feb 2017
On Tuesday 24th January 2017,  Burgess Hill Girls Year 6 led a class assembly on ‘The Amazing Human Machine.’ This gave them the opportunity to share their recently gained knowledge of the workings of the human body with the rest of the school. This has been part of the new Year 6 science ... more
10th Jan 2017
When the girls of Burgess Hill Girls Junior School took to the stage with their Christmas production, Strictly Panto, teachers took the opportunity to include a story line on assertiveness and self-belief. Based on traditional tales, the production depicted Cinderella’s growing belief that ... more

School details

Address: Keymer Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 0EG
Phone: 01444 241050
Head: Mrs Liz Laybourn
Founded: 1906
Pupils: 527 - Day: 49 boys, 423 girls. Boarding: 55 girls
Ages: 2 1/2 - 18
Website: http://www.burgesshillgirls.com
Email: registrar@burgesshillgirls.com
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