Our history

Our history

Founded by Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat in 1842 as the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Woldingham is one of the oldest girls’ schools in the UK. Initially based in Acton, the school later moved to Roehampton and in 1946 moved to our current home at Marden Park. Initially a full boarding school, Woldingham now has more than 600 students and is a well-balanced mix of boarders and day girls.

Our future

As one of the top 100 independent schools in the country, we are not only ambitious for our students, we are ambitious for the school as a whole.

Our School Strategic Development Plan 2019-2024 sets out our exciting vision for the future and our six key strategic objectives.

In July 2021 the school outlined far-reaching plans to further develop our superb 700-acre campus with an outdoor education and adventure centre, a new library and Sixth Form centre, a new swimming pool complex, a sports pavilion, and  cookery school and vineyard.

Construction of the outdoor education and adventure centre will start during the 2021-22 academic year, with the other projects to follow within the next five years.

For more information on how to support or be involved in the development of these projects, please contact our Foundation Director, Camilla Mair on mairc@woldinghamschool.co.uk.

As we approach our 180th anniversary, Woldingham is keen to explore opportunities to extend the unique education we offer both in the UK and internationally. Within the UK, we are interested in working more closely with prep schools so pupils and families can benefit from a Woldingham education from a younger age. Internationally, we are open to exploring options with partners overseas.

Strategic Plan

International investor opportunity

Our future