Woldingham School was founded in 1842 by Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat. It is one of the oldest girls’ schools in the UK and was the first Sacred Heart school in England.
The Society of the Sacred Heart was founded just a few years after the French Revolution with the aim of providing a first rate education for young women. This was a pioneering initiative for its time and Woldingham is fiercely proud of its heritage of strong, dedicated, forward-thinking women.
Arriving at Berrymead
Madeleine Sophie Barat visited the school in 1843-travelling in a train for the first time.
By the 1930s all girls sat the General School Certificate and it was expected that most would stay on for higher levels.
In 1992, on the 150th anniversary, a new Sixth Form Centre was opened.
From 1995 to 1998 new centres for sport and art were opened.
In 1999 the 600-seat auditorium, music and drama hub- Millennium Centre- was opened. Today the school holds six major productions every year.
In 2015 the refurbished Science Centre was opened.