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Woldingham makes drama during a crisis

24 March 2021

Students relish a sporting finish to term

24 March 2021

Full marks for Fleur in Chemistry Society’s quiz to celebrate British Science Week

24 March 2021

Lower Sixth students close in on fundraising target for Mind’s 27 27 challenge

24 March 2021

Bronze DofE students prepare for practice expedition

24 March 2021

Musicians impress at Coulsdon & Purley Festival

18 March 2021

Students receive superb offers from MIT and RADA

18 March 2021

Woldingham walks in support of the Cardinal Hume Centre

17 March 2021

WSHA offers Leavers’ Scholarships to Upper Sixth

17 March 2021

Fantastic first face-to-face Thinking Big talk of 2021 from Jemima

17 March 2021

Katie shines in ARTiculation London final

17 March 2021

Students explore potential career options through virtual work experience programmes

17 March 2021

Dusty Springfield, Dmitri Schostakovich and Disney feature in latest My Music Podcasts

17 March 2021

Prospective medics learn about the realities of becoming a doctor

15 March 2021

#PhotographersWold overall champions crowned

5 March 2021

Social media and animal intelligence on this week’s Woldingham Talks menu

4 March 2021

Golden time for Woldingham alumnae

4 March 2021

Expert discusses media’s unrealistic “beauty standard” in Lower Sixth THRIVE session

4 March 2021

Departments share more innovative approaches to remote teaching and learning

4 March 2021

Sport scholars enjoy virtual session with GB hockey star

4 March 2021

Musicians perform concert series and composition credit for Clemmie

4 March 2021

Wonderful results in the Intermediate Maths Challenge

4 March 2021

STEM teachers share their musical choices

4 March 2021

Mrs Mason turns to Orwell for her island choice

3 March 2021

Promising news on overseas university applications

3 March 2021

Exeter, Edinburgh and ethics explored in this week’s excellent talks

25 February 2021

Musicians perform marvellous mini musical

25 February 2021

Amelia puts her best foot forward for Lenten fundraising challenge

25 February 2021

Half term boarding fun includes an afternoon at Woldingham’s cinema

25 February 2021

THRIVE sessions focus on LGBT+ History Month

25 February 2021

Sixth Formers immerse themselves in “The Secret History” at inaugural Book Club

25 February 2021

My Music podcast guests choose both familiar and lesser known pieces this week

25 February 2021

Eye-catching close ups in week 4 of #PhotographersWold

12 February 2021

Drama, German, DT and science share ideas on remote teaching & learning from our #VirtualValley

11 February 2021

Expert panel reveals career variety on offer in property sector

11 February 2021

Barat celebrates House Mass and Feast ‘lockdown style’

11 February 2021

A view from the valley – the big freeze

11 February 2021

Goals in sight in the Lockdown Landmark Challenge

11 February 2021

Busy start to 2021 for Woldingham’s Ribbons

11 February 2021

A triple bill of My Music podcasts from the Music Department

10 February 2021

Students learn strategies to help with stress and worry

10 February 2021

Students aim high with university applications

10 February 2021

Mme Maillot turns to Potter magic for her desert island reading

8 February 2021

Animal magic in week three of our #PhotographersWold competition

5 February 2021

“In Conversation With”: Alumnae offer great advice to students

4 February 2021

Students’ essay success helps prepare them for the future

4 February 2021

From poetry to politics, extra-curricular clubs thrive in our #VirtualValley

4 February 2021

Sport scholars enjoy learning from former England netball captain

4 February 2021

Old laptops get new homes

4 February 2021

View from the valley – white carpets and a rainbow flag

3 February 2021

Desert Island Valley – Stories of endurance from Ms Ward

3 February 2021

Music Department launches new My Music podcast

2 February 2021

Woldingham celebrates Racial Justice Sunday: “A time to act”

1 February 2021

Sun and light theme inspires even more entries in week two of #PhotographersWold

29 January 2021

Two excellent talks look at the ancient, the modern and the future

29 January 2021

A bird’s eye view from the valley

29 January 2021

Sixth Formers compete strongly in prestigious debating competition

29 January 2021

Teachers share more ideas on remote teaching & learning from our #VirtualValley

28 January 2021

Woldingham lights candles to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

28 January 2021

Desert Island Valley – Mr Kellaway

27 January 2021

An essay on the economics of tulips wins Livvy a scholarship

27 January 2021

Sport scholar Lea rises to karate’s world number two

27 January 2021

Staff become creative in setting up remote teaching spaces

27 January 2021

Taking care of Woldingham 365 days a year

27 January 2021

Entries received from far and wide in this week's photography competition

22 January 2021

Boarders make the best of lockdown

22 January 2021

Higher education options and opportunities shared at online event

22 January 2021

New on-line hub provides wellbeing advice and support for parents

21 January 2021

Global CEO kicks off 2021 Woldingham Talks programme with insight and inspiration

21 January 2021

View from the valley – the ones that got away

21 January 2021

Sports Ribbon Sophie launches Lockdown Landmark Challenge

21 January 2021

Desert Island Valley - Second Edition

20 January 2021

Biological baking

20 January 2021

Remote teaching & learning re-booted in our #VirtualValley

20 January 2021

Survey informs diversity, equality and inclusion programme

20 January 2021

Reflecting on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25

19 January 2021

Cameras to the ready for #PhotographersWold

14 January 2021

Something for everyone in our #VirtualValley extra-curricular programme

14 January 2021

Learning in lockdown: reflections from our Head Girl, Charlotte

14 January 2021

View from the valley – a snowy start to term

14 January 2021

Testing, testing 123

14 January 2021

Desert Island Valley - What book would you take on your desert island?

14 January 2021

A fond farewell from Mrs Giblin

14 January 2021

"Best talk ever" from performance psychologist

13 January 2021

Thriving in our #VirtualValley

13 January 2021

Celebrating World Religion Day in January

12 January 2021

Chapel carol service celebrates Christmas

16 December 2020

Festive fun to finish term

16 December 2020

Two new senior appointments for Woldingham School

16 December 2020

This sporting term

15 December 2020

Excellence in ARTiculation

14 December 2020

Devised theatre exams and dramatic intentions

14 December 2020

Cook-along aids theology studies

14 December 2020

Ribbons' round up

11 December 2020

Poetry shines brightly at Woldingham

11 December 2020

Going the extra mile

10 December 2020

Woldingham community shows generosity during Giving Week

10 December 2020

Sophie’s short story success

9 December 2020

A triumph of talent and technology

8 December 2020

Progress made on diversity and inclusion this term

8 December 2020

University offers start flooding in

26 November 2020

Students complete highly regarded Extended Project Qualification

26 November 2020

Stuart House celebrates

25 November 2020

Students’ love of literature apparent at Book Fair

25 November 2020

Sporting Saturdays get competitive

25 November 2020

Year 11 students become Sixth Formers for a day

24 November 2020

Estates team raises £600 for the Cardinal Hume Centre

24 November 2020

Woldingham hosts virtual networking events for alumnae in US and Hong Kong

24 November 2020

An action-packed weekend for Year 9 boarders

23 November 2020

Year 9 discuss GCSE options

13 November 2020

REthink Junior launched

12 November 2020

Woldingham remembers

12 November 2020

“Rusty” Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award students rise to the challenge

12 November 2020

Next Steps discussion informs Upper Sixth Parents

11 November 2020

Networking session provides career insights for Upper Sixth

11 November 2020

Students become data analysts during Maths Week

11 November 2020

Thinking big about trees

11 November 2020

Mock university interviews prepare medics and vets

11 November 2020

Marden celebrates bonfire night

11 November 2020

US election engages Woldingham students

10 November 2020

Back in the swim

10 November 2020

Duchesne House fundraises and feasts

9 November 2020

Year 11 students benefit from careers consultation sessions

15 October 2020

Steganography, Magic and the Art of Deception

15 October 2020

Harvest Festival supports Purley Food Hub and Cardinal Hume Centre

15 October 2020

Muddy conditions no obstacle for cross country runners

15 October 2020

Social distancing no barrier to Upper Sixth networking

15 October 2020

Year 11 students explore A Level options

15 October 2020

A fruitful day of reflection for Year 7

14 October 2020

Woldingham celebrates Black History Month 

14 October 2020

A joyful and happy Mass for Year 10

14 October 2020

Top tips and big questions at Kritikos session

14 October 2020

Facials, fitness and fun for Year 10 boarders

13 October 2020

Further First Holy Communions celebrated

13 October 2020

Students embrace Duke of Edinburgh’s Award challenge

12 October 2020

Students inspired to face fears at annual Dineen Lecture

8 October 2020

University of Bath awards Alice A* for chemistry project

8 October 2020

Live music returns to the Woldingham stage

7 October 2020

Woldingham hockey players hone their skills

1 October 2020

Woldingham celebrates National Poetry Day

1 October 2020

Students receive first Holy Communion

1 October 2020

Current Affairs Club inspires and educates

1 October 2020

Keeping COVID safe at school

1 October 2020

Former Woldingham staff member makes face masks for Cardinal Hume Centre

1 October 2020

Another year of outstanding success for our financial studies students

30 September 2020

Seminar helps Lower Sixth achieve best possible results

30 September 2020

Woldingham’s youngest boarders get to know their new "home away from home"

30 September 2020

Virtual open morning a success

29 September 2020

New Black Lives Matter reading list published

29 September 2020

House Charities for 2020-2021 chosen

28 September 2020

Edwina and Ploy win Young Money Challenge 2020

24 September 2020

Diageo Chairman gives Faith in Action Lecture

17 September 2020

Back on court

16 September 2020

Mathematical golds in Junior Challenge

16 September 2020

Prizes and plaudits for Sixth Form essayists

16 September 2020

Head Girl team become movie stars for the day

15 September 2020

Casting a spotlight on avoiding overloading ‘working memory’ in the classroom

14 September 2020

ClubsFest 2020

14 September 2020

New and returning students take the new normal in their stride

11 September 2020

Resilient students achieve exceptional results

10 September 2020

A busy summer behind the scenes

10 September 2020

Woldingham signs up to BSA Covid-Safe Charter

21 August 2020

Year 11 students celebrate on GCSE results day

20 August 2020

A bright future for Woldingham students

13 August 2020

2020 Prize Day goes virtual

3 July 2020

Lucy is an 'Antibody Angel'

2 July 2020

Fierce, but friendly, competition at House Day 2020

2 July 2020

The return of Year 10

2 July 2020

Years 7, 8 and 9 take on creative and business challenges

2 July 2020

Lower Sixth chemistry students discuss university life with undergraduates

1 July 2020

UCAS webinar takes place for Lower Sixth parents

1 July 2020

Lily wins French language essay prize

1 July 2020

Diversity forum helps shape Woldingham’s future direction

29 June 2020

Hybrid teaching and learning at Woldingham

25 June 2020

Gardeners’ Wold: The Glory of the Garden

25 June 2020

PE teachers undertake 30-day challenges to inspire students

25 June 2020

A warm Woldingham welcome for new families

25 June 2020

Superb curiosity projects round off this year’s stimulating Kritikos programme

25 June 2020

A virtual tour around the year groups – week 9

25 June 2020

Film about boarding life at Woldingham in September

25 June 2020

House Music Festival 2020 – the show must go on

19 June 2020

Virtual tour around the year groups – week 8

19 June 2020

Year 11’s independent research impresses

19 June 2020

Gardeners’ Wold Episode 7: Beyond the valley

18 June 2020

Arkwright scholar Milan selected for cyber security course

18 June 2020

Mr Hillier goes the extra mile

18 June 2020

Just what the doctor ordered

18 June 2020

On-line Sports Awards event celebrates this year's sporting successes

12 June 2020

A virtual tour around the year groups - week 7

11 June 2020

School listens to feedback in survey of parents

11 June 2020

Gardeners’ Wold Episode 6: A wetter week

11 June 2020

Booklet on updated school uniform now available

11 June 2020

Students explore the everyday application of chemistry

11 June 2020

Joint statement on diversity at Woldingham School

6 June 2020

First webinar on remote learning this week

5 June 2020

A virtual tour around the year groups - week 6

4 June 2020

Students design an energy efficient future

4 June 2020

Gardeners’ Wold Episode 5: Trees and seeds

4 June 2020

Almost 4,000km covered for St Catherine’s Hospice

4 June 2020

Rising to the Masterchef challenge

3 June 2020

A virtual tour around the year groups - week 5

21 May 2020

Wellbeing at Woldingham – the importance of kindness

21 May 2020

Molly keeps on running for ActionAid's Coronavirus Appeal

21 May 2020

Teaching & learning continues to thrive from our virtual Woldingham

21 May 2020

Gardeners’ Wold Episode 4: Wild garlic, hostas and cows

20 May 2020

A virtual tour around the year groups - week 4

14 May 2020

New Ribbons team announced

14 May 2020

Gardeners’ Wold Episode 3: Tumbling tomatoes and a frost in May

14 May 2020

Sport scholarship and England Athletics Youth Programme selection for Charlotte

14 May 2020

Teaching & learning continues to thrive from our virtual Woldingham

13 May 2020

British Physics Olympiad success

7 May 2020

A virtual tour around the year groups – week 3

7 May 2020

Woldingham Sport sets series of challenges, including '50k in May'

6 May 2020

1,000 visors produced

6 May 2020

Bluebells, beans and peas on the menu in this week’s Gardeners’ Wold

6 May 2020

A virtual tour around the year groups – week 2

30 April 2020

Woldingham cultivates its own gardening show

30 April 2020

Teaching & learning continues to thrive from our virtual Woldingham

30 April 2020

Top award for pianist Clemmie

30 April 2020

Thoughts on a successful, but strange, first week of summer term 2020

23 April 2020

Year 8 students give superb 'virtual' mini EPQ presentations

23 April 2020

Innovative programme provides vital life skills

23 April 2020

Community support continues in response to Covid-19

22 April 2020

Cambridge choral award for Ediss

20 April 2020

Royal congratulations for Olivia

17 April 2020

Sporting Excellence Award for Alex

3 April 2020

Woldingham School supports local NHS staff with face visors and eye goggles

31 March 2020

Remote working brings sense of déjà vu to Mr Kellaway

27 March 2020

Spring term edition of REthink magazine from Woldingham's Theology & Philosophy Club

27 March 2020

Essay writers excel

26 March 2020

University update

26 March 2020

International Week

25 March 2020

Bright future for U12 netballers and bronze for Charlotte in English cross country

24 March 2020

Sixth Former thinks big about diplomatic immunity

23 March 2020

Barat's Lion King themed House Feast a roaring success

23 March 2020

Expedition training for students working towards Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award

23 March 2020

Politics students enjoy university masterclasses

20 March 2020

Woldingham students to be educated remotely from Friday 20 March

18 March 2020

Following the UK Government’s announcement that all schools are to be closed from the end of the school day on Friday 20 March, students at Woldingham will be taught remotely until the end of term, Friday 27 March. Both teachers and students will work from home.

Dr James Whitehead appointed as Woldingham’s new Head

12 March 2020

Baroness Cox speaks about being a voice for the voiceless

11 March 2020

Students enjoy breakfast discussion about working smarter

11 March 2020

District Plate win for U12 team and other sports news

11 March 2020

Woldingham rated Outstanding in Diocese inspection

10 March 2020

V&A exhibition stimulates ideas for textile projects

10 March 2020

Author visit is World Book Day highlight

9 March 2020

Year 11 students consider how unique gifts can make them 'changemakers' during Day of Reflection

6 March 2020

Superb results in UKMT Intermediate Mathematical Challenge

5 March 2020

Book club members attend Southern Schools Book Award ceremony

4 March 2020

Museum and synagogue trip furthers theology studies

3 March 2020

School enterprise challenge set for Lent

2 March 2020

World champion poet performs at Woldingham

2 March 2020

Valentine's Ball supports Woldingham School bursary programme

28 February 2020

Hat trick for Stuart in Inter-House Pancake Race

27 February 2020

Creative careers

13 February 2020

Following very successful career panels on law and STEM, Creative Arts took centre stage on Thursday 12 February.

Tour success and other sporting news

13 February 2020

In recent weeks our netball teams have seen great successes: excellent results across the board against CLFS; the U14B team beat Warlingham in their district league; the U13A and B teams won their respective District Netball tournaments; and the U12A team have qualified for the Surrey Netball Finals, which will be held in March.

Considering life without taps - and more - with CAFOD

13 February 2020

On Tuesday 11 February the Theology Department welcomed CAFOD (The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) to Woldingham for the day.

Artistic inspiration at Tate Modern

12 February 2020

We had a fabulous time at the Tate Modern with the Sixth Form artists on Monday 10 February.

Showcasing musical theatre collaboration with Orpheus Centre

12 February 2020

On a stormy February evening, it was a delight to huddle up in the Barn Theatre at the Orpheus Centre (a local specialist college for young adults with disabilities) in the company of our friends there while we were treated to a showcase of musical theatre from Orpheus students and some of our Year 8 girls.

Thinking Big - capital punishment and the teenage brain

11 February 2020

We enjoyed two Thinking Big lectures in the first half of the spring term. Lower Sixth Former Sofia, presented a reassessment of capital punishment in the USA, posing the question ‘Should capital punishment be sent to death row?’

Triwizard Tournament to celebrate Harry Potter book night

10 February 2020

To celebrate Harry Potter Book Night on Thursday 6 February, Librarian Ms Owens organised a hugely enjoyable themed party in the library, as Year 8’s Anjali describes:

Year 10 reflect on social awareness

7 February 2020

On Monday 3 February, Year 10 students, tutors and I travelled to Aylesford Priory in Kent for a Day of Reflection facilitated by the Southwark Youth Services Team.

Spanish play a success

6 February 2020

On Monday 3 February, Year 8 students learning Spanish enjoyed an educational treat during the last period of the day – ‘Primera Cita’ (First Date), a play staged by Onatti Productions.

Science Museum piques scholars' curiosity

4 February 2020

Academic scholars on Woldingham’s Kritikos programme undertake a ‘Curiosity Project’, a significant piece of independent research on a subject of their choice, that they will present to parents and peers later this year.

Sixth Form History of Art Workshop

3 February 2020

At the end of January, Mr Cullen organised a fantastic History of Art workshop, run by Ms Fielding from The Bigger Picture.

An Aladdin-themed feast for Stuart

30 January 2020

After a special Mass on Tuesday, members of Stuart House enjoyed a delicious feast in an unusually exotic dining room, complete with lanterns, fairy lights, balloons and stars.

Cross country and other sporting successes kick off new year

30 January 2020

It has been a cold but busy January for sport at Woldingham.

Great effort from ski team

30 January 2020

The school ski team has just returned from competing in the annual British Schoolgirls’ Races in Flaine, France.

Stuart House takes debating title

28 January 2020

On Tuesday 28 January the whole school gathered in the auditorium for the House Debate Finals.

Fleur flourishes in final

28 January 2020

Skills in computational thinking took Year 7's Fleur to the final of the Bebras Challenge, held at the University of Oxford, as she explains below.

Phenomenal Face the Music

27 January 2020

To borrow a line from Comedy Tonight, the infectiously upbeat opening number of Face the Music 2020, there really was ‘something for everyone’ on Friday 24 January. 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020

27 January 2020

The theme of this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 18-25 January, was ‘they showed us unusual kindness.’ Taken from Acts 28:2, this draws on the story of St Paul finding safety in Malta after a shipwreck.

Students receive offers from top universities

24 January 2020

University offers are well underway and it’s looking very positive. Students in the Upper Sixth have already received offers from top UK universities including Cambridge, Durham, Exeter, Edinburgh, Bristol, Imperial College London and LSE.

Sacred Heart Reps visit sisters

24 January 2020

On Wednesday 22 January, Mr Ross, our Sacred Heart Reps and I travelled to Duchesne House, Roehampton, to meet the retired Sisters of the Sacred Heart Order who live together in community.

Sophie skis for Team GB at Youth Olympic Games

23 January 2020

Woldingham Sixth Former and sport scholar Sophie Foster was one of just four alpine skiers to represent Great Britain at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games, held in Lausanne, Switzerland, 9-22 January.

Year 8 take time to reflect

23 January 2020

On Tuesday 21 January, Year 8 students travelled to Aylesford Priory in Kent for a Day of Reflection, led by the Southwark Youth Services Team. 

Theatrical art workshop

22 January 2020

On Monday 20 January we were delighted to have Jackie and Katie, both practising theatre set designers, to lead Year 9 art students in a theatre set workshop.

Computer science students complete university task

21 January 2020

On Monday 20 January, Year 11 and Lower Sixth computer scientists visited the University of Southampton for a taster day.

Higher education evening

20 January 2020

Speakers from four of the UK’s top universities (and some of the most popular universities with Woldingham students), Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter and Sussex, joined us on Thursday 16 January for our Higher Education Information Evening for Lower Sixth and Year 11 parents and students.

Jane sings at Carnegie Hall

20 January 2020

I was thrilled to be able to sing twice at Carnegie Hall, New York, just before Christmas, having won second prize in the American Protégé International Vocal Competition earlier in the year.

Students help make parishioners' lunch a great success

17 January 2020

On Saturday 11 January a group of Sixth Form students travelled the short distance to the Sacred Heart Parish, Caterham, to help organise the New Year lunch for parishioners.

Time for a rethink

13 December 2019

REthink, Woldingham’s Theology and Philosophy Club, has just published its latest termly magazine.

Two trophies for computer scientists

12 December 2019

On 11 December, ten Year 10 computer science students and a Lower Sixth mentor visited the University of Kent to take part in the First Lego League Competition.

Eco Club digs deep

12 December 2019

Members of Woldingham’s Eco Committee – Alice, Claudia, Jing Qiao, Estelle, Mrs Clayton and Mr Ceska - headed for Top Pitches on Wednesday 11 December to plant four new trees.

Hockey clean sweep finishes sporting term

12 December 2019

Our Year 7 netballers finished off their first term at Woldingham with excellent matches against Caterham and Reigate Grammar, losing only narrowly.

Woldingham community rallies round for Fishlake

12 December 2019

In mid November, Mrs Vicky Panagiotidou, Year 11 Assistant Housemistress and Head of Swimming, suggested, as a school, we offer help to those affected by the serious flooding in Fishlake, near Doncaster.

A wonderful celebration of Christmas

12 December 2019

The final week of term began with Woldingham’s annual Carol Service in the wonderful setting of Westminster Cathedral.

Students support work of Cardinal Hume Centre

11 December 2019

On the morning of Woldingham’s Carol Service, a group of Sixth Form students, accompanied by Mrs Cheesman, Mrs Wiseman and me, visited the Cardinal Hume Centre to help sort out Christmas gifts to be distributed to families in need.

West End Worthy Jesus Christ Superstar

11 December 2019

In the knowledge that Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock opera classic, Jesus Christ Superstar, was beginning its 50th anniversary celebrations, with numerous professional productions taking place across the globe, as a Sacred Heart school, we knew Woldingham had to be a part of this historic moment.

Another term of big thinking

11 December 2019

Woldingham’s Thinking Big Lectures are designed to stimulate minds and provoke discussion.

Gracie's climate change poster makes top five

10 December 2019

As a one-off maths lesson, students in Years 8 to 11 looked at the climate impact of fast fashion, particularly Christmas jumpers.

Lights, Lebenkuchenherz and language learning

10 December 2019

Year 8 girls studying German took their language skills outside the classroom in early December, as they headed to Germany’s oldest city, Trier.

Mrs Alex Hutchinson to leave Woldingham to become Head of James Allen's Girls' School

10 December 2019

Robert Parkinson, Chair of Governors, issued a letter on Friday 6 December with news that Headmistress Mrs Alex Hutchinson is to leave Woldingham School next summer having been appointed Head of James Allen’s Girls’ School from September 2020.

Festive entertainment for guests from local community

6 December 2019

On Thursday 5 December, Mardeners showed themselves to be in fine voice as they entertained guests from local residential homes with a selection of carols and festive songs.

Making politics relevant to students

6 December 2019

Mrs Payne, Woldingham’s Head of Politics, has done a great job of keeping the whole school community objectively informed about the December general election.

Alumnae receive gold Duke of Edinburgh's Awards

3 December 2019

On 27 November, four recent Woldingham leavers - Maddie Wingate, Natasha Finch, Natalie Yu and Rebecca Goldsmith - were presented with their Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award certificates at St James's Palace.

Successes on the pitch, in the pool and on wet and muddy terrain

28 November 2019

Our sports teams continue to perform well.

Duchesne House goes back to the 80s

27 November 2019

Duchesne House went back to the 80s for this year’s House Feast.

Autumn Concert is an evening of musical treats

26 November 2019

Our Autumn Concert on Thursday 21 November began with Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf – a work that was no doubt new to some and nostalgic for others.

Christmas Shopping and Workshops Support Bursary programme

25 November 2019

Thank you to everyone who came along to this year’s Christmas Shopping Event held in the lighter, brighter exam centre on Thursday 21 November.

Virtuoso performances inspire music students

25 November 2019

A spellbound audience of students and staff were wowed by virtuoso performances from London-based Taiwanese violinist Yu-Mien Sun, accompanied by pianist and Woldingham’s Co-ordinator of Instrumental Music Ruth Wang, at a lunchtime recital on Friday 22 November.

Ribbons Launch Podcast

25 November 2019

As a Ribbons team, our focus for this year is on legacy and tradition.

Lower Sixth and Alumnae Discuss Women and the Workplace

22 November 2019

Our fourth annual Women and the Workplace breakfast was once again a fantastic success, enjoyed by Lower Sixth students and guests alike.

A Battle of Wits

21 November 2019

On Tuesday 19 November, members of each House gathered in the Auditorium and went head-to-head for the Inter-House Quiz.

Oxbridge applicants put through their paces

20 November 2019

As part of their preparations for their upcoming interviews, our Upper Sixth Oxbridge applicants each delivered a talk on their specialist subject to students in Years 7 to Lower Sixth on our Kritikos programme.

Enthusing Future Design Engineers

18 November 2019

On Wednesday 13 November, eight A Level DT students, Mr Wahab and Miss Graham went to Product Design in Action at the Emmanuel Centre, London.

Developing Career Skills

14 November 2019

There was a wonderful buzz in the Stephens Room on Tuesday morning as Upper Sixth students and ten guests with a fascinating array of careers enjoyed lively conversation over breakfast.

Working smarter, not harder

14 November 2019

On Wednesday morning, some of our Year 10 girls gathered for breakfast with teachers from the school’s Teaching and Learning Committee.

Cross Country Success

14 November 2019

Our cross country runners performed extremely well in very muddy conditions in the South East Surrey Schools District Cross Country Competition on 5 November.

Remembrance Assembly 2019

12 November 2019

On Armistice Day, Monday 11 November, the school community gathered to remember the sacrifice of those who serve to defend our freedoms and way of life.

A sparkling evening

12 November 2019

Our annual Bonfire and Fireworks Night was, once again, a sparkling evening!

Woldingham hosts day on how to master a medical school interview

11 November 2019

On Thursday 7 November our Upper Sixth medical applicants took part in an interview masterclass in partnership with their peers from Wallington County Grammar School.

Woldingham and Whitgift Book Club

8 November 2019

On Tuesday 5 November, ten Sixth Formers, Mr Abbott and Miss Kaaber-Gore took a trip to Whitgift School.

US Alumnae support Woldingham School bursary programme

7 November 2019

Just before half term, Mrs Hutchinson and I went to the United States to meet alumnae and members of the Sacred Heart community and raise awareness of the newly launched US development plan.

Historians head to Berlin

6 November 2019

During half term, 21 history students travelled to Berlin.

Fun and Flamenco in Seville

5 November 2019

On Monday 21 October, 32 adventurous Year 8 girls and our teachers travelled to Seville on a four-day trip.

Theatre Studies Experience Day

4 November 2019

Shortly before half term, Sixth Formers studying Drama & Theatre Studies participated in the annual Theatre Studies Experience Day to launch a new academic year of theatrical adventures.

Harvest Festival Produce Supports Purley Food Hub

17 October 2019

On Thursday 17 October we welcomed Helen from the Purley Food Hub to our Harvest Festival assembly.

Top Tips for Kritikos Students

17 October 2019

On Tuesday 14 October, a group of Year 10, 11 and Lower Sixth students gathered for the inaugural Kritikos* lunch.

Lunch Celebrates Final Year

17 October 2019

On Friday 11 October we were delighted to host a lunch for Upper Sixth mums.

Bringing History to Life

17 October 2019

Last week saw the Year 9s go on the annual WWI battlefields trip to Ypres

Sport Round Up

17 October 2019

Well done to our U15A netballers who were runners up in the District Netball Cup after a closely-contested final, losing by just one goal to RAAS.

THRIVE Morning Focus on Community and Social Awareness

16 October 2019

During this year’s annual Woldingham THRIVE Day, students spent the morning serving the community and focusing on this year’s Sacred Heart goal, Social Awareness.

Super Performances at Junior Choir Festival

16 October 2019

Well done to Hornsby House School for winning this year’s Junior Choir Festival with a fantastic performance of Blowin’ In The Wind.

Coastal Coursework for Geographers

16 October 2019

Early on Friday 11 October, Upper Sixth geographers started making their way towards Paddington Station in London.

Great opportunity for Sixth Form at Networking Breakfast

16 October 2019

Students in the Upper Sixth were able to hone their networking skills on Wednesday 15 October in the first of the two Networking Breakfasts this term.

Sixth Form Open Evening

15 October 2019

On Thursday 10 October, students in Year 11 and their families were warmly welcomed to the Sixth Form Open Evening.

Year 9 Day of Reflection

15 October 2019

On Monday 14 October, Year 9 and their tutors enjoyed a Day of Reflection at Aylesford Priory, facilitated by the Southwark Youth Services Team.

Students and Staff Hit the Road, the Fields and the Footpaths

14 October 2019

Thankfully, in the midst of a rather wet autumn, the sun made a welcome, if sporadic, appearance for the annual Inter-House Cross Country and Fun Run on Thursday 10 October – the afternoon activity on Woldingham’s THRIVE Day.

Celebrating the Canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman: A Saint for our Times

14 October 2019

On Sunday 14 October, Blessed John Henry Newman was declared a Saint of the Church by Pope Francis in Rome.

Music Scholars Shine

11 October 2019

On Tuesday 8 October we welcomed our newest music scholars, Sophie, Dido, Jess and Isabel, to the Woldingham stage and they and our established scholars treated us to a lovely evening of music.

Parents contribute to school strategy

10 October 2019

Thank you to everyone who came to the parents’ forum to discuss the School Strategic Development Plan 2019-24 on Monday 7 October.

Digby House Feast

4 October 2019

On Thursday 3 October Digby had its annual House Feast.

Sport Round Up

3 October 2019

The U12 netballers have made an excellent start to the year with wins over Thomas’s Clapham and Croydon High, while the U13’s beat Royal Albert and Alexandra School (RAAS) in their league fixtures.

Celebrating National Poetry Day with Jolade Olusanya

3 October 2019

We were very fortunate to have Jolade Olusanya in school on Thursday 3 October to help us celebrate National Poetry Day.

Sixth Form Open Evening Thursday 10 October

3 October 2019

Woldingham Sixth Form is a thriving academic community.

Careers in STEM Event

3 October 2019

A group of Year 11 scientists enjoyed an informative, inspiring – and fun – trip last week to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for its annual Careers in STEM event.

Britain's First Female Fast Jet Pilot Gives Dineen Lecture

3 October 2019

We know that the sky’s the limit for Woldingham students, but some of them may now be seriously considering the sky as a destination following this year’s Dineen Lecture given by Jo Salter, Britain’s first female fast jet pilot.

Sacred Heart Student Leaders Conference

2 October 2019

On Thursday 27 September, Woldingham hosted the annual Leading from the Heart Conference.

Rock Climbing Club

1 October 2019

We have eight girls in the rock climbing club this term, which is being run at the K2 climbing centre in Crawley.

Faith in Action Lecture - A Tale of Two Cities

30 September 2019

On Wednesday 18 September we welcomed Stephen Currid from the Cardinal Hume Centre, Westminster.

Year 7 Day of Reflection

27 September 2019

On Tuesday 24 September, Year 7 travelled to Aylesford Priory in Kent for a Day of Reflection, led by the Southwark Youth Services Team. 

Design and Technology students receive Starpack Awards

19 September 2019

Our Lower Sixth Design and Technology students entered the 2019 Starpack Industry Awards competition.

Year 9 Activity Day

19 September 2019

Year 9 spent Monday 16 September in the middle of Ashdown Forest at Hindleap Warren Activity Centre, completing a range of activities from rock climbing to orienteering to team building tasks.

ClubsFest 2019

18 September 2019

The noise level in Main House rose rapidly after school last Friday as everyone gathered for ClubsFest.

Senior Sports Tour

17 September 2019

Last Friday the senior hockey and netball teams embarked on their annual sports trip – this year’s destination, Cheltenham.

St Ives Art Trip

12 September 2019

Our Art trip to St Ives was both exciting and inspiring.

House Festival 2019

12 September 2019

House Festival got the new academic year off to a colourful start on the first Saturday of term.

Classroom to Boardroom

9 September 2019

In July, a team of twenty girls took part in Woldingham’s first ‘Classroom to Boardroom’ programme.

Azorean Adventures

9 September 2019

“Hmmm, where are they again?” was a question I heard a lot when speaking to people about the school trip. Situated approximately 850 miles west of Portugal, The Azores form the most westerly point of Europe – useful for quizzers!

Woldingham Girls have excelled in the new GCSE qualifications for the third year running

22 August 2019

More than a quarter of all Woldingham’s GCSE grades were at the highest 9 grade, 45% of grades were at 9-8 and half of the year group achieved seven or more 9-7 grades.

Woldingham girls lead the way with one in four achieving straight A*-A grades at A Level

15 August 2019

Pupils at Woldingham School achieved excellent A Level results with nearly half of all grades at A*-A, one in five at A* and a quarter of pupils achieving straight A*-A grades.

Prize Day 2019

30 July 2019

On Saturday, 6 July, the academic year at Woldingham was brought to a conclusion with Prize Day.

Celebration of Achievement 2019

30 July 2019

On the last Friday of term, the Woldingham community gathered to celebrated the numerous and varied achievements of Years 7 to 9 over the past academic year, both in and out of the classroom.

Sports Day 2019

4 July 2019

A sunny Sports Day saw all four Houses out in force. The spirit of the day was great and all who took part should be congratulated.

Year 7's Technicolor Dream(coat)

4 July 2019

Year 7 performed the vibrant musical ‘Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ last week.

Parishioners' Lunch

3 July 2019

On Monday, we hosted a lunch in the Goddard Room for parishioners from the Sacred Heart Church in Caterham, All Saints Church in Oxted, St Ambrose Church in Warlingham and St Paul’s Church in Woldingham.

Prestigious National Youth Theatre Course for Grace

3 July 2019

Year 11’s Grace will take part in the National Youth Theatre (NYT) Backstage Course (Sound Design & Composition) in August.

Speak Up, Speak Out

3 July 2019

On Monday, Lower Sixth students took part in a day of public speaking workshops in order to enhance their portfolio of soft skills.

Move Over, Glyndebourne

3 July 2019

Last Sunday saw a fabulous afternoon of glamorous picnics on Pergola Lawn, followed by Surrey Opera's wonderful performance of The Barber of Seville in our beautifully cool auditorium.

Arkwright Engineering Scholarships for Milan and Grace

1 July 2019

In December 2018, Grace and I decided to put our mechanical and design skills to the test and apply for an Arkwright Scholarship.

Intellectual Discussion Over Tea and Cake

1 July 2019

Kritikos offers provision to those students who demonstrate both high academic ability and high engagement with learning.

Year 9 German Exchange

1 July 2019

The Year 9 German Exchange with girls from Sophie Barat School in Hamburg was a great success.

Party on the Pitches - and farewell Mrs Brown

1 July 2019

After making way for our fabulous 175 Giving Day last year, Party on the Pitches returned with a bang last Friday!

Assessed Duke of Edinburgh Expedition

28 June 2019

Last weekend, 50 Year 9 girls travelled by minibus into the North Downs to start our assessed expedition for our Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Day of STEM for our local primary schools

27 June 2019

Woldingham welcomed just over 50 girls from our local primary schools, St Francis’, St John’s and Woodlea, for a day exploring science, technology, engineering and maths related topics.

Reading from Debut Novel

27 June 2019

Both staff and students were very excited to receive a visit from former Woldingham teacher Roy Peachey on Monday 24 June, the day his first novel was published.

Theology Trip to Canterbury

27 June 2019

On Tuesday, Year 8 went on a Theology trip to Canterbury to visit the Cathedral and St Augustine’s Abbey.

Marden Cross-Curricular Week 2019

26 June 2019

The theme for Marden’s Cross-Curricular Week this year was “Earth”; this was explored in a variety of ways in lessons, including:

A Level and Lower Sixth Fine Art and Textiles Exhibition

25 June 2019

We enjoyed a wonderful, celebratory evening for the A Level and Lower Sixth Fine Art and Textiles exhibition; it was a fantastic showcase for the many and varied talents of the students.

Inaugural Higher Education Conference

20 June 2019

We held our inaugural Higher Education Conference last week.

The Dineen Lecture 2019

20 June 2019

The Dineen Lecture is financed by a gift from parents, following Dr Dineen’s retirement as Headmistress of Woldingham in 1997.

Anything Goes

19 June 2019

As we have come to expect from our Anything Goes summer concert, all musical life was here!

Poetry Awards for Sarah

18 June 2019

Woldingham's Head Girl, Sarah Adegbite, has recently won two poetry competitions: The Lancaster Writing Award for Poetry and the Catholic Independent Schools’ Conference (CISC) Senior Poetry Competition.

Woldingham Alumna Co-authors Book

18 June 2019

Woldingham alumna Ore Ogunbiyi has co-authored a book with fellow Cambridge University graduate Chelsea Kwakye.

Sport Round Up

18 June 2019

Despite the weather, there have been some excellent sport performances in recent weeks.

Year 7 Grandparents' Tea

17 June 2019

It was a delight to welcome our Year 7 grandparents to our annual Grandparents’ Tea on Friday 14 June.

Year 9 French Trip

17 June 2019

Last week we went on the school French trip.

Woldingham Hosts GSA Meeting

14 June 2019

On Wednesday 12 June, Woldingham hosted the Teaching & Learning Cluster Group Meeting 2019 for Academic / T&L Assistant and Deputy Heads across the GSA network of schools.

Slow Tech Week

14 June 2019

The first week after half term was “slow tech” week, when all of us in the school community were encouraged to take a step back from high tech and consider alternative ways of spending our time.

Head of Art Exhibits at Brockley Open Studios

13 June 2019

I am delighted to be exhibiting at Brockley Open Studios (BOS) this summer. BOS has been providing a platform for local artists to promote, celebrate and sell their work since 1992 and it has been a pleasure to live and work within this diverse creative community.

Watersports Trip

13 June 2019

Well we certainly had water - but mainly from above us! Our annual Year 8 Watersports trip to Ardingly Reservoir, West Sussex, took place on what proved to be one of the wettest June days in years - if I had put out a rain gauge, I am sure it would have been very full.

Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award Practice Expedition

13 June 2019

Twenty girls set off from Woldingham on the Friday of half term for their Silver Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition.

New Altar and Lectern

12 June 2019

I am very grateful to WPSA for providing the funding for a new altar and lectern for the school Chapel, which are now in place.

Talitha Presented with Gold Award at Buckingham Palace

31 May 2019

Sixth Former Talitha went to Buckingham Palace last week to receive her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award certificate.

Lower Sixth Visit Supreme Court and Parliament

23 May 2019

On Thursday 16 May, Lower Sixth students of Government and Politics visited the Supreme Court and the Houses of Parliament.

Old Girls' Day 2019

22 May 2019

We were thrilled to welcome over 180 alumnae and their families to our annual Old Girls’ Day last Sunday.

Shaunagh Brown Presents Annual Sports Awards

22 May 2019

Guest of honour at our annual Sports Dinner was Shaunagh Brown, who plays rugby for England Women and was part of this year’s Six Nations squad, despite having only taken up the sport at the age of 25.

Sport Round Up

22 May 2019

Last Saturday we hosted our first Invitational Cricket Tournament.

New Writing Award for Drama Scholars

22 May 2019

On Wednesday 8 May, a group of sixteen Drama scholars (fourteen on stage and two working as lighting and sound technicians) performed their reworking of Alice in Wonderland, Alice 13, at the Leatherhead Drama Festival.

GCSE Art Exhibition

21 May 2019

Last week we enjoyed a lively and popular GCSE Art Private View.

UKMT Junior Individual Challenge

21 May 2019

At the end of April, a group of Mathematics students from Years 7 and 8 participated in the UK Mathematics Trust: Junior Individual Challenge, a nationwide competition full of lively and intriguing problem solving questions.

Café Scientifique: 3D Imaging and Virtual Tumours

21 May 2019

Last Thursday, Natalie Holroyd gave a fascinating Café Scientifique talk about the revolutionary work her lab has been doing on 3D imaging and virtual tumours, using Artificial Intelligence.

Year 7 Trip to France

20 May 2019

Year 7 students enjoyed a trip to France last weekend. Highlights included biscuits, marshmallows, waffles, ice creams - and snails! - as Oksana explains below (en française of course).

Dance Show

20 May 2019

Girls from Year 7 to Year 10 took to the stage to perform in the annual Dance Show last week.

La Salle des Énigmes

17 May 2019

Onatti Productions returned to the Woldingham stage, this time to perform a play entirely in French – La Salle des Énigmes.

Upper Sixth Leavers' Mass

17 May 2019

On Monday 13 May we celebrated Upper Sixth Leavers’ Mass in the School Chapel; our Sacred Heart Ribbon, Winifred, led the procession of leavers carrying roses, which is part of the Sacred Heart tradition, symbolising innocence and love and being joined in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

Geographers Visit Jurassic Coast

16 May 2019

Year 10 geographers had an early start to their fieldtrip to Swanage in Dorset, leaving at 7.30am in the bright sunshine that was to stay with us the whole weekend.


14 May 2019

Just a reminder that WPSA has joined Classlist: available as a private and secure website and an app, Classlist is designed to make life easier for school parents.

Open Day at BlueCrest Capital Management

9 May 2019

On Wednesday, Mrs Chambers, Head of Higher Education and Careers, and I accompanied 21 Lower Sixth students to BlueCrest Capital Management’s offices in London for a bespoke Open Day;

Bank Holiday Boarding Trip

9 May 2019

The boarders’ Bank Holiday weekend trip to Marchant Hill was a huge success!

Alumna Emma Joins Cast of The Crown

8 May 2019

We are delighted at the news that alumna Emma Corrin is to join the cast of The Crown in season four.

Thinking Big: Benny Dembitzer

8 May 2019

Thoughts were most definitely provoked earlier this week by a passionate talk in our 'Thinking Big' series from economist Benny Dembitzer.

Junior Production: The Black Knot

8 May 2019

Last Friday, a cast of 39 Year 8 and Year 9 students took to the stage in what can only be described as a spellbinding adaptation of the ancient Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Since January, a full ensemble cast had been rehearsing tirelessly to bring something different to the Woldingham stage and they did not disappoint.

WPSA Staff vs. Parents Rounders Match

7 May 2019

The annual Staff vs. Parents Rounders Match was held on Top Pitches last week in dry weather, if not the glorious sunshine of last year.

Maths in the Big Apple

3 May 2019

Woldingham and New York are not two places one would commonly associate; the picturesque Surrey countryside would stand out amongst the avant-garde concrete jungle.

First Holy Communion

2 May 2019

On Sunday 28 April the School Chapel was filled to capacity as two Year 7 students, Allegra and Alana, celebrated their First Holy Communion.

WPSA House Charity Sponsored Walk

2 May 2019

Students, staff and family members took part in the biennial sponsored walk on the first Saturday of the summer term to raise money for our House charities.

Three titles for Liv at British Alpine Championships

1 May 2019

Liv Foster, Upper Sixth, enjoyed phenomenal success at the 2019 Delancy British Alpine Championships, which were held in Tignes, France, in the Easter holidays. 

A trip to The Lion King

1 May 2019

Year 7 and Year 9 students who take part in the weekly collaborative musical theatre class with the Orpheus Centre had the opportunity to see The Lion King in the West End with our Orpheus friends.

Charlotte Wins Second Mini London Marathon

1 May 2019

Lower Sixth Former Charlotte Alexander won the U17 Girls Virgin Money Giving Money London Marathon on Sunday 28 April – two years after winning it in the U15 category.

Ski Trip to Sunday River, USA

26 April 2019

The first week of the Easter holidays saw the annual school ski trip head to Sunday River in Maine, USA.

Gala Opera Event Sunday 30 June

12 April 2019

Mrs Alex Hutchinson and the Woldingham School Foundation invite you to

Fight Night: Stage Combat Performance

28 March 2019

A group of Sixth Form students have successfully ‘fought’ their way to being awarded certificates from The British Academy of Dramatic Combat, following an eleven week course.

Remembering Sister Dorothy Bell RSCJ OBE (1924-2019)

28 March 2019

Sister Dorothy Bell RSCJ, who died earlier this month, devoted the majority of her long and remarkable life to education.

Julia Wins 2019 Prix de la Paix

27 March 2019

The annual French essay competition, Prix de la Paix, was won this year by Julia, Upper Sixth.

Squabbling Sisters entertain and educate

27 March 2019

On Monday afternoon, those of us studying German in Years 7 to 11 had the opportunity of improving our language skills, as the Onatti Theatre Company came to Woldingham to put on a performance of So Eine Nervensäge (What a Nuisance).

Lily and Grace appear on BBC One

26 March 2019

As part of my Higher Sports Leadership qualification, I, and some of my fellow Sixth Formers, work with the Orpheus Centre – a local college that builds the confidence and skills of young disabled adults through the performing arts.

Maths Puzzle Workshop

26 March 2019

Today the Happy Puzzle company came in to talk to us about teamwork, perseverance and making maths fun! We worked through puzzles and challenges in groups and tried to complete them to the best of our ability.

End of Term Sport Round Up

26 March 2019

The season came to close last Saturday with some outstanding netball being played across all year groups against Gordon’s School.

WSHA Business Networking Event 2019

26 March 2019

Our annual WSHA Business Networking event took place on Thursday 14 March at The Grosvenor Hotel, London.

Confirmation Ceremony

25 March 2019

On Friday 15 March, the school Chapel was filled to capacity as 19 students were confirmed by Bishop Richard Moth, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton.

Carnival of the Animals - a concert for spring

25 March 2019

Thursday’s Spring Concert was entitled Carnival of the Animals and, unsurprisingly, it featured a selection of the movements from Saint-Saëns’s 1886 suite of the same name, played by the Symphony Orchestra.

Careers in STEM Evening

22 March 2019

Government statistics show that women make up less than one quarter of the UK’s STEM workforce, so it was wonderful to welcome guests to our Careers in STEM evening, helping students find out more about where their interests in Science, Technology and Maths could take them.

Year 11 Mass

21 March 2019

On Tuesday 19 March, the Feast of St Joseph, Year 11 gathered in the Chapel for Mass, the theme of which was friendship. 

A Vibrant International Evening

21 March 2019

From whirling dances and sensational singers to drama on the piano, our International Evening was full of colour, vibrancy and enthusiasm.

Students brave the elements on Duke of Edinburgh Award practice expeditions

21 March 2019

On Saturday 16 March, 49 Year 9 students set off on their Bronze practice expedition for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Emily takes to the Glyndbourne Stage

19 March 2019

I auditioned for Glyndebourne Youth Opera when I was 13; I had always loved singing, acting and performing, so becoming part of GYO sounded like the perfect thing for me.

Spring Term Sporting Successes

14 March 2019

The second half of term has seen some fantastic sporting successes for Woldingham, in particular for our U13 teams:

100,000 Genomes Project

14 March 2019

Last Friday, Dr Nirupa Murugaesu gave a compelling talk about the 100,000 Genomes Project and the future of genetics in healthcare.

Women & the Workplace Panel Discussion

13 March 2019

Now in its third year, our Women and the Workplace panel discussion is a fantastic event designed to raise and discuss issues facing working women, and to offer valuable insights to our students as they start to think about their own career aspirations.

Anthea Wins Silver and Bronze Idea Awards

13 March 2019

The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) aims to equip people with digital and enterprise skills.

Year 11 Chemists Visit Oxford University

13 March 2019

Meeting yesterday morning at 6:55am and getting on a coach with a bunch of bleary eyed teenagers was a wonderful start to the day!

Music Scholars' Concert

13 March 2019

Monday's Scholars’ Concert was, as always, a treat - and included a world premiere!

Computer Science 'Robo Workshop'

12 March 2019

Year 9 Computer Science students spent Tuesday morning in a ‘Robo Workshop’.

Celebrating LGBT History Month

11 March 2019

Students from Year 11 to Upper Sixth celebrated LGBT History Month at the last meeting of WOW (Women of Woldingham), with Miss Noble and Miss Reay.

Inter-House Pancake Race 2019

11 March 2019

The year, the calendar allowed the running of the annual Inter-House Pancake Race on Shrove Tuesday itself, meaning that, appropriately, pancakes provided the fuel for participants in this keenly-contested event.

Woldingham Shares Best Practice at GSA Conference

11 March 2019

Mrs Gail Haythorne, Senior Teacher, Staff Development, presented some highlights from Woldingham’s THRIVE programme to the Girls’ School Association’s national conference for Deputy Heads and Senior Leaders, hosted by Edgbaston High School in February.

Teachers As Learners

8 March 2019

Do you think the word ‘struggle’ is positive or negative?

Author Fleur Hitchcock Visits Woldingham

8 March 2019

We were delighted that the popular children’s author Fleur Hitchcock could visit us for the day on Tuesday 5th March as part of our World Book Day celebrations.

Year 9 Day of Reflection

7 March 2019

On Monday, Year 9 celebrated a Day of Reflection at Aylesford Priory in Kent;

Marvellous Maths Results in UKMT Challenges

5 March 2019

In February, Mathematics students participated in two competitions run by the UK Mathematical Trust.

Theatre Set Design Workshop

4 March 2019

Just before half term we were delighted to welcome Ken Walker from Chelsea Camberwell and Wimbledon School of Art and Jackie and Niall, both practising artists, to lead Year 9 art students in a theatre set workshop.

Careers in Law Panel

14 February 2019

A packed audience of students interested in law enjoyed a fascinating evening with a panel of lawyers from a wide array of practice areas within the legal profession at our Careers in Law event this week.

Sport Round Up

14 February 2019

After many fixtures being affected by the snowy spell, we have finally got to play some sport and Mardeners have enjoyed some excellent results!

Don Quijote Workshop

12 February 2019

The most influential novel written in Spanish, Don Quijote, was brought to life in a noisier-than-usual Exam Centre this week by Years 7 and 8 acting, supplying sound effects and providing audience participation (in Spanish, of course), led by visiting performer, Laura.

Jazz Night

12 February 2019

Woldingham’s musicians shook things up a little last week and the result was a mellow, melodious, marvellous Jazz Night

Year 10 Enjoy GCSE Science Live!

12 February 2019

Last Friday, Year 10 were lucky enough to be taken to The Apollo, Victoria, for a series of thought-provoking lectures about many different aspects of science at GCSE Science Live!

Café Scientifique Lecture about CRISPR

11 February 2019


8 February 2019

Girls in Years 7 and 8 have participated in BookTrust’s Bookbuzz programme once again this year.

Year 10 Day of Reflection

7 February 2019

Year 10 and their tutors travelled to Aylesford Priory in Kent for a Day of Reflection, the focus of which was on the Sacred Heart Goal of Personal Growth.

Woldingham wins TES Independent School Award

6 February 2019

Woldingham is delighted to be have been awarded ‘marketing campaign of the year’ at the prestigious TES Independent School Awards 2019.

Natalia Wins Prestigious European Commission Translation Competition

5 February 2019

Woldingham Sixth Former Natalia Glazman is the UK winner of Juvenes Translatores, an annual competition which rewards the best translators in the European Union.

Skiers Compete In 2019 British Schoolgirls' Races

31 January 2019

Six girls took part in the British Schoolgirls' Races in Flaine, in the French Alps, earlier this week.

Olivia Selected To Ski For Team GB

30 January 2019

Woldingham Sixth Former Olivia Foster has been selected to represent Great Britain in Alpine Skiing at the 2019 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival (EYOF).

Year 11 Brain Breakfast

30 January 2019

Some of our Year 11 students attended our ‘Brain Breakfast’ earlier this week.

Southern Schools Book Award

30 January 2019

Last Friday, Book Club members travelled to Roedean School in Brighton for the presentation of the Southern Schools Book Award.

Young Musicians Final 2019

29 January 2019

In his welcome, Director of Music, Mr John Hargreaves, said what a lovely start to the musical year this annual event is – and then qualified its inaugural position as he recalled the House Festival heats the previous Friday that had led up to it. 

Students Meet Parliamentary Researcher

25 January 2019

Sixth Form Government & Politics students were honoured with a visit from Parliamentary researcher

Higher Education Information Evening

24 January 2019

Speakers from five of the UK’s top universities – Bath, Durham, Loughborough, Nottingham and St Andrews – joined us for our Higher Education Information Evening for Lower Sixth and Year 11 students and parents.

Duchesne Heads to Hawaii

24 January 2019

Duchesne enjoyed a lovely Mass, followed by a tropical-themed evening as we ‘headed to Hawaii’ on Tuesday.

Sixth Form Portfolio Workshop

17 January 2019

Ken Walker, from the University of the Arts London, returned once again to Woldingham this week to offer his time and expertise to our students;

Sport Round Up

17 January 2019

It has been a busy start to sport this term, with ten teams playing on the first weekend back.

Spanish Film Studies at the BFI

17 January 2019

Last Friday the Lower and Upper Sixth Spanish students attended a fascinating study day at the British Film Institute on London’s Southbank.

Year 11 Day of Reflection

16 January 2019

On Monday, Year 11 students and their tutors travelled to Aylesford Priory in Kent for a Day of Reflection; this was facilitated by the Southwark Youth Services Team and the focus was on the Sacred Heart Goal for the academic year, personal growth. 

Students Spread Christmas Cheer in January

15 January 2019

On Sunday, a group of Sixth Formers headed to the Sacred Heart parish in Caterham to help with its ‘Christmas Lunch’, which is celebrated in January!

An Introduction to Oxbridge

14 January 2019

Four Woldingham Old Girls returned last week to talk to Year 11 and Lower Sixth students about their experiences of the Oxbridge application process, as well as life and study at Cambridge University (at which three are in their first or second year and from which one graduated in the summer).

Year 7 Drama Workshop Performance

14 January 2019

Year 7 members of the weekly Drama Workshop shared the fruits of their labour last week.

Trier Christmas Market Trip

13 December 2018

As is now a Woldingham tradition, Year 8 students of German travelled to Trier, one of Germany’s oldest cities, where they visited the Christmas market in order to practise their language skills in a real life situation.

Higher Sports Leadership

13 December 2018

Roles were reversed on Wednesday as Lower Sixth students took charge of a sports activity for staff.

A Joyful Celebration of Christmas

12 December 2018

Well over 1,000 members of the Woldingham community attended this year’s carol service in Westminster Cathedral.

December Sport Round Up

12 December 2018

The last few weeks of term has, as always, been busy for PE. 

Oh! What A Lovely War

11 December 2018

On Thursday and Friday evenings last week, 22 Sixth Formers took to the stage to perform in Oh! What A Lovely War.

Foundation Day Mass

7 December 2018

Last Friday brought the eve of Woldingham’s 176th anniversary, and our community, which includes well over 100 students and staff who have joined it in the last year, gathered for our Foundation Day Mass.

Top of the Bench

5 December 2018

This year, Woldingham’s team of chemists participating in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Top of the Bench competition was comprised of Bella and Stephanie from Year 9, Sophie from Year 10 and Gemma from Year 11

Hans Woyda Maths Competition

4 December 2018

Hans Woyda is a prestigious Maths competition for schools in the London area and our teams have gone from strength to strength this year. 

Fundraiser Dinner in Hong Kong

3 December 2018

At the end of November we hosted Woldingham's inaugural fundraiser dinner in Hong Kong at the prestigious Shek O Country Club, courtesy of one of our alumnae who is the Lady Captain there.

UK Mathematics Trust Challenges

3 December 2018

November saw Sixth Formers take part in two nationwide Maths competitions, with the UK Mathematics Trust Senior Individual Challenge in the early part of the month and the Senior Team Challenge in its last week.

Inter Faith Week 2018

1 December 2018

Inter Faith Week begins on Remembrance Sunday each year to enable people of different faith backgrounds to remember together the service of soldiers and civilians of all faiths and beliefs and to reflect on peace.

Sport Round Up

29 November 2018

A rather wet, windy and, very briefly, snowy November has meant that the sports tour in sunny South Africa is a fairly distant memory, but hasn’t impacted on sporting success:

Showcase at The Orpheus Centre

29 November 2018

A group of parents and staff were treated to a showcase at the Orpheus Centre on Monday evening, to celebrate the work that Woldingham girls in Years 7-9 and Orpheus students have achieved this term in their collaborative musical theatre group.

Digby House Mass and Feast

29 November 2018

On Tuesday evening we celebrated the life of Mother Digby with Mass in the chapel, during which we were treated to performances by some of Digby's singers and a string quartet.

Community Carols

29 November 2018

Woldingham girls made us all very proud once again as Year 7s from Digby and Barat helped host ‘Carols at Woldingham’ as part of their Thrive program.

Autumn Concert

27 November 2018

The Autumn Concert was a piece of art that could be described as flamboyant and delightful.

Standing Ovation for Autumn Concert

27 November 2018

Despite the orchestral and choral performance of Howard Blake’s The Snowman, the Autumn Concert was especially warm this year.

Christmas Workshops and Shopping Event

27 November 2018

In honour of our inaugural Christmas Shopping Event, Main House took on a decidedly festive air earlier than usual this year, with twinkling Christmas tree lights and aromas of cloves and cinnamon – emanating both from candles and mulled wine!

Inaugural Brain Breakfast

23 November 2018

We held Woldingham's very first Brain Breakfast on Thursday morning. Some Year 10 pupils took part in small group discussions about the highs and lows of their learning experiences, and also enjoyed a delicious full English breakfast.

Sports Leadership Training

23 November 2018

Year 8 students, Amelie, Rosie, Ella, Imogen, Milly and Sophie, were selected to represent Woldingham at a sports leadership day, run by Surrey Active.

Upper Sixth Networking Breakfast

15 November 2018

On Tuesday we held the second of this year’s Upper Sixth Networking Breakfasts, welcoming professionals from the fields of Accountancy, Architecture, Civil Service, Dentistry, Event Production, Film Production, Finance, Human Resources, Media, Property and Technology.

Year 9 Design WWI Centenary Memorials

14 November 2018

Following their trip to the battlefields around Ypres last month, Year 9 were tasked with creating a memorial to mark 100 years since the end of World War One.

Bonfire and Fireworks Night

13 November 2018

Bouts of heavy rain didn’t dampen spirits at last weekend’s Bonfire and Fireworks Night. Nor did it have any apparent effect on the huge bonfire – an annual triumph, courtesy of our wonderful grounds team.

National Poetry Day Competition

12 November 2018

To celebrate National Poetry Day on 4 October, the Library and English Department jointly ran a competition for students to write and submit a poem on the subject of ‘Change’ – this year's theme.

Remembrance Assembly

12 November 2018

Last week Woldingham remembered those who have died in the line of duty in a moving Remembrance Assembly.

South Africa Sports Tour

8 November 2018

In half term 27 Woldingham students embarked on a ten-day netball and hockey tour of South Africa.

Drama and Theatre Studies Day

22 October 2018

Last Wednesday began with a two-hour practical performance workshop for our A Level Drama students.

Music Scholars' Concert

19 October 2018

Last night’s concert was a lovely way to finish the first half of term. Director of Music, John Hargreaves, welcomed everyone and introduced a programme put together by Katie Wong, who also provided beautiful piano accompaniment to many of the performers.

From Woldingham to the West End

18 October 2018

On Wednesday, staff and Sixth Form students headed into London to see the English National Opera's production of Porgy and Bess.

Year 8 Day of Reflection

17 October 2018

On Monday, Year 8 students travelled to Aylesford Priory for a Day of Reflection, led by the Southwark Youth Services team.

Marden House Mass

17 October 2018

The school Chapel was full on Tuesday, as students from Years 7 and 8 gathered together to celebrate their House Mass, the focus of which was ‘growing together as individuals in our Marden Community’.

Upper Sixth Networking Breakfast

17 October 2018

On Tuesday, we held the first of this year’s Networking Breakfasts, attended by one half of our Upper Sixth students and guests working in accountancy, banking, event production, fundraising, marketing, public relations, and technology.

Upper Sixth Ladies Lunch

16 October 2018

As ever, this annual event was a delight, with lots of chatter, delicious food and a wonderful setting in the Stephens Room.

Harvest Festival

16 October 2018

Once again, the generous donations of provisions from girls, parents and staff have been given to the Purley Food Hub

Barat House Mass and Feast

15 October 2018

After Mass, Barat headed to Marden Dining Room for an evening of circus-themed fun and, amongst other entertainment, tried turning their hands to balloon modelling - with great success.

WWI Battlefields Trip

15 October 2018

Last Friday, the whole of Year 9 arrived at school very early for the annual trip to the WWI battlefields around Ypres.

U15 Netball Successes

12 October 2018

Our U15B Netball team have become District Champions and our U15C team, runners up in the District Shield.  The respective team captains reflect on their success:

Junior Choir Festival 2018

11 October 2018

This was a spectacular afternoon of choral workshops at Woldingham School, culminating in a finale by the junior school choirs - described by one parent as ‘a truly uplifting evening’.

Memorial Mass for Jayne Triffitt

10 October 2018

Family is very important to us at Woldingham and on 3 July 2018, our community was rocked by the news that Jayne Triffitt, Headmistress of our school from 2007 to 2016, had died peacefully having bravely battled leukaemia for the past year.

Sixth Form Open Evening 2018

8 October 2018

We were delighted to welcome Year 11 students and parents to our recent Sixth Form Open Evening, where they explored the extraordinary range of 27 A-Level subject choices open to them at Woldingham, including a whole host of new and exciting options, such as Economics, Psychology and Politics.

Heart Fest 2018

8 October 2018

Last week, seven Woldingham students and two members of staff, made our way up to Newcastle to join other Sacred Heart Schools from all over the country for the annual Heart Fest.

Dinner with Jazz

4 October 2018

Those parents able to join us enjoyed a fabulous evening at Boisdale of Belgravia on Wednesday!

THRIVE Morning

4 October 2018

What a THRIVE Morning we undertook in Marden this year.

Celebrating National Poetry Day

4 October 2018

To celebrate National Poetry Day, students, and Library Manager Ms Owens, took to the Live Lounge stage today to share a much-loved poem.

House Cross Country and Fun Run

3 October 2018

After lunch on Tuesday, the back drive was a colourful sight as students and staff made their way to Top Pitches for the annual House Cross Country and Fun Run.

Sport Round Up

3 October 2018

It has been a busy first few weeks of term for Sport with plenty of fixtures across the board.

Study Overseas Fair

2 October 2018

Last week we were delighted to host the Study Overseas Fair, organised by The Student World which acts as an umbrella for numerous overseas institutions who wish to let British students know about opportunities for study abroad.

Faith in Action Lecture: For Jimmy

1 October 2018

Last Wednesday, the school community had the privilege of listening to a wonderful presentation by Margaret and Barry Mizen as they spoke movingly of how their son Jimmy was murdered, the day after his sixteenth birthday, in an unprovoked attack as he went shopping in his local high street in 2008.

Year 7 Day of Reflection

28 September 2018

On Monday, Year 7 travelled to Aylesford Priory in Kent to celebrate together in a Day of Reflection, organised by the Southwark Youth Services team.

Senior Hockey and Netball Tour

20 September 2018

Last weekend, our newly-formed senior netball and hockey teams got to play together for the first time, on tour in Cardiff. We arrived a little late for our first fixture on Friday, due to traffic, so it was a case of ‘straight onto the pitch’ for our 2nd XI.

ClubsFest 2018

19 September 2018

Last Friday afternoon, Main House came alive with the buzz and excitement of ClubsFest.

Maisie competes at British Triathlon U20 Festival

18 September 2018

Last Saturday, as part of the British Triathlon U20 Festival, Year 10 student Maisie Gibbins competed in the Inter Regional Championships.

Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Qualifying Expedition

14 September 2018

Whilst many of us were heading for the beach or the pool as the summer holidays began, seven Sixth Formers headed for the Lake District National Park to undertake their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award qualifying expedition.

House Festival 2018

13 September 2018

House Festival is a much loved and long-standing tradition, in which the Woldingham community comes together at the start of the academic year with an extravaganza of drama, dance and song.

Adventures in Ecuador

11 September 2018

Instead of spending the first three weeks of the summer holiday relaxing on beach, 34 girls and four teachers embarked on an expedition to Ecuador with Camps International.

St Ives Art Trip

11 September 2018

Our trip to St Ives was amazing. The first thing we did when we arrived was sketch the view of the town.

Pre Season

10 September 2018

On 31 August we welcomed girls from Year 7 and Year 8 for pre season netball and hockey training.

Girls excel at new GCSEs – 46% of all Woldingham grades at A*/9-8.

23 August 2018

Girls at Woldingham School have excelled in the new qualifications for the second year running.

Best ever A Level results: 61% A*-A

16 August 2018

Pupils at Woldingham School have achieved outstanding A Level results with 61% of grades achieved at A*-A and 22% of all grades at A*. This is the highest proportion of A*-A grades that the school has ever recorded.

BBC Media Editor Gives 2018 Prize Day Address

19 July 2018

On Saturday 7 July Woldingham School said farewell to the Upper Sixth with a graduation ceremony and prize giving for senior girls. Guest of Honour, Amol Rajan, BBC Media Editor, spoke to pupils about his career in media and the five lessons he had learnt along the way:

Celebration of Achievement 2018

11 July 2018

Last Friday the Woldingham community celebrated the many achievements of Years 7 to 9 over the past academic year.

A Year In The Life Of Woldingham

8 July 2018

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Charlotte competes for GB Athletics Team

5 July 2018

Charlotte Alexander travelled to Hungary earlier this week with the GB team to take part in the European Athletics U18 Championships.

Sports Day 2018

5 July 2018

Sports Day took place in fantastic, if somewhat hot, weather on Wednesday 4 July.

175 WoldFest

5 July 2018

Straight after Giving Day, those who had run, swum, driven and sung in the name of charity made the very short journey to the Kitchen Garden where they were joined by family and friends for 175 WoldFest – Woldingham’s very own Family Summer Festival, organised by WPSA.

Woldingham School hosts university access residential

4 July 2018

Year 10 students identified as having the potential to thrive at university attended a residential at Woldingham last week, as part of the United Access programme.

Parent and Daughter Tennis

4 July 2018

This morning's Parent and Daughter Tennis event was well supported, with a total of 30 pairs for the Marden and Senior age groups, and we had the welcome relief of light cloud cover for the first hour or so.

Parishioners' Lunch

4 July 2018

On Monday, Woldingham hosted a lunch for local parishioners and residents from local nursing homes, where the students visit on a regular basis throughout the academic year.

Jayne Triffitt

3 July 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce that Jayne Triffitt, Headmistress of our school from 2007 to 2016, died peacefully this morning. Jayne had been battling cancer for the past year and her condition deteriorated rapidly last week.

Year 7 Drama Production: The Peace Child

2 July 2018

Last Thursday, Year 7 girls treated parents and friends to a vibrant performance of 'The Peace Child', which involved every girl in the year group. As is now a tradition with the annual Year 7 show, every single girl said at least one line, all with great confidence.

175 Giving Day raises over £20,000

2 July 2018

Last Friday, as the culmination of Woldingham's 175th anniversary celebrations, students, staff and parents took part in a host of 175-themed sponsored activities to raise money for Woldingham School’s Bursary Fund and the Laini Saba School in Kenya.

175 Books for Keep Churchill at Chartwell Appeal

29 June 2018

One of Woldingham’s examination invigilators for the best part of a decade, Doreen Rawlinson is also a volunteer at nearby Chartwell, the former home of Sir Winston Churchill.

Woldingham hosts local primary schools for an accelerated learning day

29 June 2018

Woldingham ran a day of extended learning for local primary school students from Godstone, St Francis’, Woodlea and St John’s schools on Wednesday.

Museum Visits Inspire Scholars' Presentations

28 June 2018

Our younger academic scholars presented a range of EPQ style studies to an enthralled audience of family, friends and staff. Dr Bennett introduced the presentations by explaining the importance of curiosity - a desire to know - and its role in intellectual and imaginative creativity.

Theatre and Fashion Design Workshop

27 June 2018

Year 9 Art students enjoyed a fantastic theatre and fashion design workshop with the fabulous Ken Walker from Chelsea, Camberwell, Wimbledon Art School.

German Exchange

27 June 2018

Last month, students studying German continued the very successful tradition of a visit to our partner Sacred Heart school, the Sophie Barat Schule, in Hamburg.

French exchange in Martigny-les-Bains

26 June 2018

Mlle Lemée, our French assistant, and I took a group of 11 students from Year 9 to visit their French partners for a week.

A Level Art Private View

21 June 2018

Last night we enjoyed a fantastic, celebratory evening for the A Level and Lower Sixth Fine Art and Textiles Private View.

Summer Concert: Anything Goes!

21 June 2018

It’s a rare programme where Grieg rubs shoulders with Bon Jovi, Sheeran follows Haydn and Mendelssohn’s Venetian Boat Song meets the Colonel Bogey March – but it makes for excellent entertainment!

Carnegie Shadowing Group

21 June 2018

Our first foray into shadowing the judging of the CILIP Carnegie Medal has proved a very positive experience for all involved.

Sport Round Up

20 June 2018

The athletics season is in full swing and Woldingham’s athletes put in a strong performance at the Surrey Schools Track and Field Championships earlier this month, with Charlotte Alexander and Isobel Penniceard taking first and second places in the 1500m, and third places for Georgia Velasco in shot put and Sophie Foster in javelin.

Sports Dinner 2018

20 June 2018

Former England cricketer, double World Cup winner and four times Ashes winner, Lydia Greenway was guest of honour at Woldingham’s annual Sports Dinner.

Peer Mentoring

19 June 2018

Last Friday morning, Year 7 stepped back in time – by just over nine months.

Year 7 Grandparents' Tea Party

18 June 2018

Our annual Year 7 Grandparents' Tea Party took place last Friday and is genuinely one of the highlights of the Woldingham social calendar!

Shakespeare's Plays in an Hour

14 June 2018

Yesterday, we enjoyed a visit from author and historian Chris Lloyd.

Assessed Expedition for Bronze D of E Award

13 June 2018

Last Saturday morning, 41 eager girls congregated at school to embark on their assessed expedition for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

A Little Bit of Cornwall Comes to Woldingham

12 June 2018

Having had a brief back in September to brighten up the courtyard to the rear of the 3D Art room, with the help of Years 7 and 8, I had plenty of time to think and plan.

Water Sports Trip

12 June 2018

The annual Year 8 trip to Ardingly Activity Centre went ahead on a breezy, sunny day - perfect for the water sports activities on our programme.

Dance Display

5 June 2018

This year’s Dance Display, entitled ‘A Million Dreams’, brought together a host of students from all year groups.

Upper Sixth Leavers' Mass

23 May 2018

On Monday we gathered in the School Chapel to celebrate the Upper Sixth Leavers’ Mass. The Sacred Heart Ribbon, Vienna Leung, led the procession of leavers into the Chapel, each one carrying a rose.

Year 7 French Trip

23 May 2018

On Friday 18th June at 6.30am, a group of tired eleven and twelve year olds filled the coach ready for the four-hour journey to Northern France.

Royal Wedding Celebrations

22 May 2018

For those who hadn't received an invitation to St George's Chapel last Saturday, there was no better place to be than Marden Dining Hall.

A Feast of Music

22 May 2018

We were treated to two exceptional musical performances in the space of just one week. Upper Sixth Formers Elina Pampapathi and Maya Suen are both preparing for diplomas and wanted to perform the pieces they have been working so hard on to family, friends, teachers and other members of the Woldingham community.

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

21 May 2018

Last week, Year 8 went on a physics trip to the Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium.

Secondary Schools Pilgrimage

21 May 2018

Last Friday, a group of Year 8 students and I took part in the Secondary Schools Pilgrimage to Arundel Cathedral.

WPSA Rounders Match 2018

21 May 2018

Last Thursday saw the annual WPSA staff vs. parents rounders match.

GCSE Art Private View 2018

18 May 2018

We were delighted to celebrate all of the hard work and immense talent of the 36 GCSE artists at the Private View last night.

Woldingham and CISC Conference on Catholic Education

16 May 2018

Last week, Woldingham hosted a day conference for Heads and Governors working in Catholic Independent Schools.

Old Girls' Day 2018

15 May 2018

We were delighted to welcome back over 140 alumnae and their families, to our annual Old Girls’ Day last Sunday; past staff and Sisters from the Sacred Heart also joined us.

Geographers Head to Dorset

15 May 2018

The Year 10 geographers had an early start to their fieldtrip to Swanage, in Dorset.

Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads

11 May 2018

The speaker at last night’s Café Scientifique was Zena Curry, South East Area Highway Manager for Surrey County Council, civil engineer – and Woldingham parent.

Cricket, Carriage Driving, Gymnastics and Athletics

10 May 2018

I’m delighted to report that our cricket team won both matches in the U12 Smash It tournament earlier this week and have progressed to the next round, which will take place at the end of June.

Rats seen in Woldingham's Auditorium!

10 May 2018

However, before you ring for the pest controller, don’t panic!

Dads4Daughters Event Inspires Sixth Formers

9 May 2018

Woldingham hosted a ‘Dads4Daughters’ breakfast event this week, chaired by Lower Sixth student Anastasia Lewis.

International Mufti Day

8 May 2018

Last Friday was a riot of colour at Woldingham as students and staff dressed up in their country's traditional - and not so traditional - dress.

Ana Wins Prix de la Paix

8 May 2018

Prix de la Paix is an essay competition organised by the Rotary Club of Caterham for Sixth Form students at local schools.

Hong Kong Visit

3 May 2018

Mrs Hutchinson and I had a very successful trip to Hong Kong at the end of April.

Artist in Residence Private View

1 May 2018

At the recent private viewing of her 'Catch 22 Crash and Escape' Exhibition, former Woldingham Artist in Residence, Alice McVicker, shared her experience with current students, discussing her painting techniques, inspirations, ways of working and how to overcome creative block!

Leavers' Concert

26 April 2018

Nearby rooms had to be raided for more chairs as friends, family and staff packed the Recital Room last night for a farewell performance by our most senior musicians.

Excellent AQA Presentations

26 April 2018

This week saw three of our Mardeners complete their AQA Level 1 Project Qualification presentations, essentially a mini EPQ for which they will receive a formal qualification at the end.

Pedal the Pond give the 2018 Dineen Lecture

26 April 2018

This year’s Dineen lecture was given by Pedal the Pond, a group of friends who crossed the Atlantic in a custom-built pedalo to raise money for, and awareness of, mental health issues.

Thinking Big Speaker, Jillian Haslam

25 April 2018

Speaker, author, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Jillian Haslam, captured both the attention and imagination of her audience last night.

Stunning Maths Results

24 April 2018

Woldingham students have performed extremely strongly in this year’s Intermediate Mathematical Challenge, organised by the UK Mathematics Trust; 52 girls in Years 9 to 11 gained certificates that are awarded only to the top 40% of entrants.

Walking the Camino Way

23 April 2018

On the Wednesday after Easter, a group of staff, parents, grandparents and friends of Woldingham met up very early at Gatwick Airport at the start of a pilgrimage to walk 140 kilometres, from Sarria to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, in north west Spain.

Woldingham Ski Trip 2018

20 April 2018

After an early wake-up call, we met at London Gatwick to start our seven-day adventure to the Alps. Our group of 40 girls and five staff eagerly boarded the plane to fly to Geneva, followed by a swift transfer of a couple of hours, past the beautiful Lake Annecy, to arrive at Les Menuires in time for lunch.

A Level Biology Field Trip

19 April 2018

At the end of the Easter holidays, A Level biology students ventured to Nettlecombe Court in Somerset for the annual ecology field trip.

Chemistry Challenge at UCL

19 April 2018

On Tuesday, Mr Rickard, Charlotte, Izzy, Sadie and I went to UCL to take part in a chemistry challenge organised by Salters’ Institute Festivals of Chemistry.

Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award Practice Expedition

18 April 2018

At the start of the Easter holidays, whilst many of us were taking it a little easier, and perhaps taste-testing a little chocolate, nine intrepid Sixth Formers headed for the great outdoors – specifically, the Brecon Beacons in South Wales.

Trinity Exam Triumph

18 April 2018

Last term, the bi-annual Trinity Speech/Drama and Public Speaking exams took place.

Trip to Salamanca

18 April 2018

Students from Years 9 and 10 visited Salamanca during the Easter Holidays.

Spring Term Sport Round Up

23 March 2018

Woldingham’s spring term sport has been affected by the adverse weather in recent weeks, with a lot of the Saturday block netball and hockey fixtures being cancelled.

175 Concert, Cadogan Hall

22 March 2018

Our 175 Concert at Cadogan Hall in London shared the joy of music with the whole Woldingham community – girls, parents, alumnae, staff and governors.

Duchesne House Feast

21 March 2018

Last week’s Duchesne House Feast was ‘Fiesta’ themed and we decorated Marden dining hall with all things related to this, including sombreros, a giant inflatable cactus, piñata, red flowers, and selfie party props.

Final Presentation to Gatwick Airport

21 March 2018

Today saw the final presentation meeting of this year’s Woldingham School Business partnership with Gatwick Airport.

Culture Show 2018

21 March 2018

We were impressed and delighted by the wide variety of contributions to our Culture Show.

Forensic Workshop

20 March 2018

Last Thursday, Years 7 and 8 took part in a forensic workshop to investigate a crime, based on a true event that once happened in Australia.

Business Partnership with Sussex Innovation Centre

19 March 2018

Following on from the success of our Woldingham-Gatwick business partnership, which has seen two groups of Lower Sixth students working on community engagement and retail projects with the team at Gatwick Airport, we have now set up a new business partnership with Sussex Innovation Centre in Croydon.

Year 8 French Trip

16 March 2018

On Tuesday, Year 8 students who do French went on a fantastic and educational trip to the French Institute in London.

Upper Sixth Networking Breakfast

16 March 2018

We were delighted to welcome ten external guests from a variety of career areas to the second networking breakfast of this academic year.

Fencers Out in Force

16 March 2018

This year, 11 Woldingham girls entered the Public Schools’ Fencing Championships at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on 13th and 14th March.

WSHA Business Networking Event

15 March 2018

Last night we welcomed over 30 alumnae to WSHA’s third fabulous annual networking event at The Grosvenor Hotel, London.

Sixth Form Ball

14 March 2018

Far from your usual Saturday, Woldingham’s Sixth Form Ball on March 10th was an evening of gorgeous gowns, luxurious meals and an array of dances, all within the beautifully-furnished venue of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Felbridge. 

French Drama Festival

13 March 2018

On Thursday 8 March, after months of rehearsals, Mme Maillot & the three of us (Trinity, Angel and I), went to King Alfred School to participate in a French drama festival.

Music Scholars' Concert

9 March 2018

As always, our Scholars did themselves – and the Music department - proud at this term’s concert.

Anglican Confirmation

9 March 2018

On Friday 2nd March, Bishop Christopher Chessun, the Bishop of Southwark, confirmed three students and two staff in the school Chapel.

Year 9 Day of Reflection

8 March 2018

On Monday, Year 9 students travelled to Aylesford Priory to take part in a Day of Reflection, which was organised by the Southwark Youth Services Team.

Curiosity Project

6 March 2018

On Wednesday 28th February, amid a flurry of ominous weather reports, 26 students on Woldingham’s Gifted and Talented programme embarked on a trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Science Museum.

Weather Update for Monday 5 March

3 March 2018

Following the spell of bad weather, we fully expect normal school routine on Monday 5 March.

Making The Most Of This Week's Snow

28 February 2018

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Boarders Enjoy Skiing

28 February 2018

Last Sunday, boarders from Years 7, 8 and 9 headed off to Xscape Snozone in Milton Keynes, an indoor skiing and snowboarding venue.

Student Lecture: 'Why Were Witches Women?'

28 February 2018

Grace Flanagan began researching the topic of the ‘witch hunt’ or ‘witch craze’ in the early modern period over a year ago and she was a joint winner of the 2017 Vellacott History prize, awarded by Peterhouse College, Cambridge, for her essay "Why did early modern people accuse their neighbours of being witches?".

'Vive la France' by The Flying Theatre Company

27 February 2018

Last week, The Flying Theatre Company performed an excellent French drama at school.

Faith in Action Lecture

26 February 2018

Last Wednesday, the Goddard Room was packed to capacity with students, staff and local parishioners as we listened to a very engaging lecture from representatives of the Cardinal Hume Centre – “Asylum and the Criminal Bear”.

Pancake Race 2018

23 February 2018

Shrove Tuesday falling in half term did not prevent the running of the annual pancake race, the following Tuesday. To deafening support, students and staff from each House battled it out, looping around the Marden lawn.

UKMT: Team Challenge

23 February 2018

On Tuesday, an enthusiastic team consisting of Year 8 and 9 students travelled to Tonbridge Grammar School to participate in the UK Mathematical Trust: Team Challenge.

Classics Trip to Greece

21 February 2018

The first stop for students on half term’s Classic Trip to Greece was the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, south of Athens. Built in 444 BC – the same year as the Parthenon – there is much left to appreciate, however, the ruins offer little shelter from the rain these days and everyone got thoroughly drenched.

International Mother Language Day

21 February 2018

We celebrate Woldingham's global community on International Mother Language Day.

French Cinema Trip

21 February 2018

Les étudiantes de français ont eu la chance de visiter l’Institut Français à South Kensington.

Politics, Parliament and Pankhurst

8 February 2018

Fittingly, students of Government and Politics visited the Houses of Parliament in the same week as the centenary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which first allowed women in the UK (over the age of 30 and who met a property qualification) to vote.

Model United Nations Conference

8 February 2018

Last Saturday, 12 students attended the 8th annual International Model United Nations Conference, hosted by The John Warner School.

Year 10 Day of Reflection

7 February 2018

On Monday, Year 10 and their tutors headed off to Aylesford Priory, Kent, for a Day of Reflection, the theme of which was “Beautiful Child of God”.

Young Voices

7 February 2018

We had a long drive to the O2 arena but it was worth it because when the show started it was AMAZING!

Thinking Big Staff Lecture - How Do We Change The Past?

6 February 2018

In a thought-provoking talk, Head of History, Miss Noble, told us that history isn’t as black and white a subject as it might seem.

U13 Hockey and Netball Tour

6 February 2018

Last Friday, a group of us from Year 8 went on a fantastic tour to Reading.

Ski Team Races in Flaine

5 February 2018

Last week the school Ski Team travelled to Flaine, in the French Alps, to participate in the British Schoolgirls' Races.

House Swimming

5 February 2018

It was great to see all age groups involved in the House swimming on Tuesday 30th January.

Harry Potter Book Night

5 February 2018

Harry Potter Book Night on 1st February was celebrated by students attending a Harry Potter party in the Library after school.

A Musical Triumph

2 February 2018

Face the Music IV – A Tale of Two Cities was a triumph, not just of musical talent, but also of stamina, memory and versatility.

Digby Feast Day

24 January 2018

Last week, Digby celebrated Mass for House patron, Mabel Digby (1835-1911), among whose many achievements was the modernisation of Sacred Heart education, particularly in science.

January Sports Report

23 January 2018

I’m delighted to report on sporting successes notched up by Woldingham students since last term.

Fuelling Passions for Science

23 January 2018

On Thursday 18th January, Lower Sixth Chemistry students set out to London to attend an A Level event hosted by Science Live!

Year 11 Day of Reflection

22 January 2018

On Monday 15th January, Year 11 travelled to Aylesford Priory to take part in their Day of Reflection; the theme of the day was ‘A journey of discovery’.

Molière at the Institut Français

19 January 2018

Year 10 & 11 students of French recently enjoyed a screening of Molière's 'Les Fourberies de Scapin' and, fittingly, then lunched at a nearby crêperie.

Students Bring Christmas Cheer in January

18 January 2018

On Saturday 13th January a group of Sixth Form and Year 10 students helped with the ‘Christmas Lunch’ which is celebrated in January for senior parishioners in the Sacred Heart Parish, Caterham.

University Offers 2018

17 January 2018

University offers are underway and we are thrilled that the Upper Sixth have secured five offers from Cambridge in addition to offers from a stellar range of universities, including Durham, Warwick and Bristol in the UK and Princeton, New York University, Haverford and Bard in the US.

Students Meet Universities Minister

17 January 2018

Appropriately, at the end of a busy week of university offers and our Universities Fair, Sixth Form Politics and Economics students enjoyed a good discussion with Woldingham’s local MP, and newly-appointed Universities and Science Minister, Sam Gyimah.

Young Musicians Final 2018

16 January 2018

Woldingham’s House Music Festival culminated with the Young Musicans Final just a few days into the new term.

Universities and Colleges Fair

12 January 2018

We were delighted to welcome visitors from many universities and colleges to our biggest ever Universities and Colleges Fair.

Carol Service at Westminster Cathedral

13 December 2017

Despite the snowy conditions, Westminster Cathedral was once again packed with students, staff, parents, grandparents, governors, alumnae and guests as the Woldingham community came together for the annual carol service.

Woldingham's 175th Anniversary

8 December 2017

On Friday 8 December, Woldingham School celebrated its 175th anniversary with the whole community coming together for a day of activities that showcased the wide array of interests, talents and opportunities that make a Woldingham education so distinctive.

Building Bridges

8 December 2017

On the morning of 6th December, eight Year 8 girls travelled to Collingswood College, Guilford, to take part in the SATRO Construction Challenge.

Christmas Market Trip to Germany

7 December 2017

At the end of November, Year 8 students of German travelled to Trier to visit a traditional Christmas market. Ahead of the trip we did some preparation in our lessons, learning some vocabulary that would help us talk to people at the market.

Carols in the Community

7 December 2017

What a very special experience the Care Home Carol Services were on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week!

A Talk by WaterAid

6 December 2017

Today Year 8 had the pleasure of an educational and exciting talk on WaterAid.

Twelfth Night: Sixth Form Production

5 December 2017

What do you get when you cross a shipwreck, love triangles, disguises and mistaken identity with a summer festival, a DJ, the music of Madness and a portable toilet?  A rollicking production of Twelfth Night, performed with aplomb by Woldingham Sixth Formers.

Debating Success

1 December 2017

Lower Sixth students, Sarah and Lily, have progressed to the second round of the ESU Schools' Mace debating competition after a great performance against Sutton Grammar earlier this week, at Epsom College. 

A Career in Wildlife Filmmaking

30 November 2017

Last week's Café Scientique speaker may well have directed students' thoughts to the possibility of a 'wild' career, as one audience member explains...

Sneak Preview of Twelfth Night

30 November 2017

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UKMT Senior Team Maths Challenge

28 November 2017

Last Wednesday, an enthusiastic team of Year 11 and Sixth Form students travelled to Ravens Wood School to participate in the UK Mathematics Trust Senior Team Challenge.

Harvest Festival Produce Donated To Purley Food Hub

27 November 2017

We held our Harvest Festival on Thursday 23rd November. All the goods donated have gone to the Purley Food Hub and Helen Harris from the Food Hub came to speak, as did one of her volunteers, Winifred Wright (Lower Sixth).

Poetry Workshop and Reading by Sarah Howe

27 November 2017

Having Sarah Howe visit the school was an eye-opening and thought-provoking experience.

Careers Fair 2017

16 November 2017

Students from Years 9 to Upper Sixth were given the opportunity to speak to some fascinating visitors at the Woldingham Careers Fair yesterday.

175 Gala Ball and Fundraiser

16 November 2017

Oh what a night! The Hurlingham Club was the perfect setting for our 175 Anniversary Gala Ball on Saturday evening.

Geographers Head into the Field

15 November 2017

Dartford and Devon were the diverse destinations of Woldingham geographers earlier this month...

Business Partnership with Gatwick Airport

15 November 2017

As part of Woldingham's business partnership with Gatwick Airport, 18 Lower Sixth students have been working on an assignment to benchmark Gatwick’s approach to community engagement to that of other companies.

Inter Faith Assembly

14 November 2017

On Monday 6 November we had our Inter Faith assembly in the auditorium; five students gave a personal reflection of their own individual faith - Judaism, Anglicanism, Catholicism, Pentecostalism and Islam.

Science Success

14 November 2017

Woldingham students are celebrating awards in two science competitions, the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge and the Royal Society of Biology's Intermediate Biology Olympiad.

Year 7 Oxbridge Interview Panels

14 November 2017

Our Upper Sixth Oxbridge applicants honed their interview skills last week by facing panels of Year 7 students.

Drama Scholars perform with the Prospero Theatre Company

13 November 2017

On Friday 10 November, the Woldingham Drama scholars performed with Prospero Theatre Company in ‘The Dali Project’: three half-hour long devised performances inspired by the paintings of Salvador Dalí.

Bonfire and Fireworks Evening

8 November 2017

A little rain did not in any way dampen the start of proceedings last Saturday, as Stuart (loudly) celebrated winning the House guy competition.

'Young Frankenstein' Theatre Trip

3 November 2017

On Wednesday, Year 11 GCSE Drama pupils went to London to watch the musical comedy ‘Young Frankenstein’.

Sixth Form Raised Funds for Beat

2 November 2017

It appeared that all our Sixth Formers had overslept on the last day of the first half of term as they – and several of our gappies – spent the whole day in their pyjamas.

Tatler Schools Social Editor

2 November 2017

When Tatler offered a Woldingham Sixth Former with an interest in journalism the opportunity to become a Schools Social Editor, it was too good to refuse.

Berlin History Trip

1 November 2017

The start of half term saw 35 girls from Year 11 and the Sixth Form descend on Berlin for the biannual History trip.

ICT Trip to California

1 November 2017

It was with great excitement and anticipation that 29 Woldingham girls and four teachers arrived at Heathrow Airport on Saturday 14 October. After a busy half term, we were ready to step aboard the plane and visit the USA!

Sarah Howe Poetry Reading

31 October 2017

Wednesday 22 November 5.30pm, Goddard Room

Pentathlon Gold and Squad Selection

31 October 2017

Bini Jones has had a busy and successful half term, winning bronze in the Elite Epee Junior Series, and is now #7 in the U13 national rankings.

Year 8 Day of Reflection

25 October 2017

On Monday 9 October, Year 8 travelled to Aylesford Priory in Kent for a day of reflection.

‘Party Girls and Rhino Horns: Death of an Icon’

13 October 2017

The first Café Scientifique of the academic year was a fascinating - though at times challenging- talk and presentation from author, and Woldingham Old Girl, Annabel Claridge.

Music Scholars' Concert

13 October 2017

Eighteen talented music scholars took to the stage last night to perform to family, friends and staff.

Sport Round Up October 2017

13 October 2017

As the first half term comes to a close, the action on the courts and pitches has been plentiful and, in many cases, very successful.

Upper Sixth Networking Breakfast

12 October 2017

We hosted another successful networking breakfast for this year’s Upper Sixth students this morning, welcoming eight external guests to a hotel-style breakfast in the Goddard Room, designed to give the students experience of networking in a business environment.

Bonfire & Fireworks - Saturday 4 November

12 October 2017

Woldingham Junior Choir Festival 2017

11 October 2017

Woldingham welcomed seven Junior School Choirs, and over 200 children, on Tuesday for our second Choir Festival.

WWI Battlefields Trip

10 October 2017

Friday 6 October saw the annual Year 9 History trip to the WWI battlefields in Ypres, Belgium.

Prep Schools Netball Tournament 2017

9 October 2017

The annual Prep Schools netball took place on Saturday 7 October, with 11 teams taking part in a highly competitive tournament.

Upper Sixth Mums' Lunch

9 October 2017

It was a beautifully sunny day for this year’s Upper Sixth Mums’ Lunch.

THRIVE 5km and Fun Run 2017

6 October 2017

The annual THRIVE 5km, also known as House Cross Country, took place on Tuesday 3rd October, followed by the school Fun Run.

The Dali Project - Prospero Theatre at Woldingham School

6 October 2017

Sixth Form Drama & Theatre Studies Trips

6 October 2017

The Sixth Form Drama and Theatre Studies students have enjoyed a variety of exciting trips this half term.

THRIVE Morning

5 October 2017

Marden girls spent their THRIVE Day focusing on the importance of our community and the service of others, beginning with a short liturgy from Father Gerry on the topic.

Runner up - Small Steppes School Challenge

2 October 2017

Congratulations to Emily, Year 10, who was runner up in the recent Small Steppes School Challenge.

Senior Sports Tour, Edinburgh

28 September 2017

On a September afternoon, 33 Senior hockey and netball squad members boarded a flight to Edinburgh for some top match play and bonding.

Thinking Big Lecture: Women Respond to the Reformation

28 September 2017

2017 is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of the ninety-five theses to the door of the University church in Wittenberg, an event which sparked the series of events which have come to be known as the European Reformation.

Opening Round Victory in Hans Woyda 2017

28 September 2017

Woldingham competed against Nonsuch School in the opening round of Hans Woyda 2017.

Staff Lecture: The World Beyond Your Head

28 September 2017

Mr Peachey took Matthew Crawford’s book, ‘The World Beyond Your Head: How to Flourish in an Age of Distraction’, as the basis for his lecture about how we connect with reality in a highly visual age – the ‘age of distraction’.

September Sport Round Up

28 September 2017

It has been a busy start to the autumn term for our Sports Teams, with Pre-Season, trials, fixtures and a senior tour to Edinburgh.

Stuart House raises funds for Shooting Star Chase

28 September 2017

House Captains, Sophie and Elise, presented Shooting Star Chase Fundraiser Ellie Christianson with a cheque for £4,135 on behalf of Stuart House at their assembly last week.

'Reading Mrs Dalloway' Study Day

28 September 2017

Recently, a group of four Upper Sixth students visited Cambridge to attend a 'Reading Mrs Dalloway' Study Day.

Sixth Form Debating Kicks Off

27 September 2017

The first House Debate of the academic year was called to order this week by its highly able chair, Amina.

Orpheus Centre Dance Classes

27 September 2017

Four eager Marden girls attended their first integrated dance class on Monday evening at The Orpheus Centre in Godstone.

Year 9 Activity Trip

27 September 2017

View the video here

Year 7 Treasure Hunt and BBQ

27 September 2017

After a welcome from Mrs Hutchinson in Mater Hall, it was down to business with the hotly-anticipated treasure hunt.

Year 7 Day of Reflection

27 September 2017

On Monday, Year 7 attended their Day of Reflection at Aylesford Priory, Kent.

Woldingham Business Partnership with Gatwick Airport

27 September 2017

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Woldingham Business Partnership with Gatwick Airport which offers Lower Sixth students the opportunity to experience the corporate environment and work as a team on researching, planning and presenting their findings on real-life business challenges facing the airport.

Pre-Season Training

14 September 2017

After a long summer break, nearly 100 girls came to school on September 1st for a day of hockey and netball coaching to get ready for the season ahead.

Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Qualifying Expedition

14 September 2017

Following on from their practice expedition in the Brecon Beacons in the spring, in July ten Lower (now Upper) Sixth Formers moved north to the Lake District for their qualifying expedition.

St Ives Art Trip

14 September 2017

Not only is St Ives home of the Cornish pasty, it was also a great place for Year 11 to have their art trip.

Geography Trip to Iceland

14 September 2017

The day after the summer term ended, 21 Year 10, 11 and 12 students embarked on a five day visit to Iceland with the Geography Department.


13 September 2017

On the first full day of term the Goddard and Wilson Rooms were full to bursting with girls visiting ClubsFest – a chance for them to find out what was going to be offered on the extra-curricular schedule this term; to meet the staff; to find out more and to express their interest.

House Festival 175

11 September 2017

Always a highlight of the year, House Festival brings together all four houses at the start of term for a fabulous display of story-telling, singing, dancing and creative fashion!

Gold for Charlotte at 2017 School Games

7 September 2017

Charlotte Alexander achieved yet more success last week with a Gold medal in the girls U17 3000m at the 2017 School Games, an event for the UK’s elite young athletes of school age.