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Box Hill

Box Hill School, Mickleham, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6EA

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Co-ed, 11-18, Day and Boarding (full and weekly)
Pupils: 394, Upper sixth 40
Fees: 4840−5350 (Day), 8925−10,800 (Boarding), 7360−7720 (Weekly) per term
Affiliation: SofH, Round Square, BSA


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School details

Box Hill

What it's like

Founded in 1959, it is located in the village of Micklehamand surrounded by beautiful countryside. The main building is a handsome Victorian mansion in 40 acres of delightful grounds, with big playing fields. It was founded as a co-educational school. It was a founder member of the Round Square and is centred around the six IDEALS of internationalism, democracy, environmental concern, adventure, leadership and service. The school now offers the IB Diploma at a sixth form level. Great importance is attached to being outside the classroom and a number of weekly sessions are set aside for compulsory activities, of which there are a very wide range. Students also take part in expeditions, ranging from mountain biking in the New Forest to expeditions to India, South Africa or Peru. There is a well-developed pastoral system, each student being assigned to a house and a personal tutor. The houses have a family ethos and emphasise positive relationships, close friendships and mutual respect.

Pupils & entrance

Pupils: Age range 11-18; 394 pupils, 254 day (195 boys, 59 girls), 140 boarding (83 boys, 57 girls). Entrance: Main entry ages 11, 13 and 16. Own exam used and school reports; pupils not assessed on academic achievements alone. Sixth-form entry based on GCSE results; own exam for international students. Ability to contribute to school life looked for; no religious requirements.

Scholarships & bursaries

Scholarships, awarded at age 11, 13 and 16, value 5%-10% of fees: academic, performing arts, sport, all-rounder. Bursaries for cases of proven need.

Head & staff

Acting Headmaster: Mr Corydon Lowde, in post from 2014. Previously Deputy Head at the school. Teaching staff: 50 full time, 20 part time.

Exam results

GCSE: 59 pupils in Year 11; 79% gained at least grade C in 5+ subjects (including English, maths, a science, a humanity and a modern language). IB: 47 in Year 13, gaining an average IB score of 30.

Pupils' destinations

95% of leavers go on to a degree course, taking a wide range of courses.


Pre-GCSE, IGCSE/GCSE, IB Diploma.Sixth form: All pupils take the IB diploma. Special provision: 5 dyslexia specialists, 7 teachers of English as a second language. Languages: French, German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese offered at GCSE and IB; also Japanese and Russian IB. Regular exchanges to France, Germany, Spain and Japan. ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject and across the curriculum. Pupils can take ECDL.

The arts

Music: Over 30% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can be taken. Music offered at GCSE and IB. Many musical groups including strings, choirs, rock, jazz, percussion. Drama and dance: Both offered. GCSE drama and IB theatre may be taken. Many pupils involved in school productions (acting or technical); productions include Bugsy Malone, The Crucible, Arabian Nights and Return to the Forbidden Planet. Art and design: Art and textiles are popular exam subjects. Pupils are regularly accepted at major art schools.

Sports & activities

Wide range of sports available including athletics, basketball, climbing (expeditions and indoor climbing wall), cricket, lacrosse, rugby and swimming. GCSE in PE and IB sports available. Also bronze (compulsory), silver and gold (optional) Duke of Edinburgh Award; compulsory activity time each week, to do sport or a range of other activities including rocket club, photography, gardening, radio production, archery and canoeing.

School life

Uniform: School uniform worn; smart formal wear in sixth form. Houses and prefects: Competitive houses for friendly inter-thirds competitions. Head boy and girl (Guardians) and prefect body (The Syndicate); also student council. Religion: Non-denominational. Social: A number of expeditions, including overseas trips to South America, India and South Africa; also exchange programme, language development trips and adventure trips.


School has strict, published policies on illegal drugs, alcohol, smoking and bullying. A strong moral code is inculcated.


Most pupils share with one other. Single-sex houses of 30-35, same as competitive houses, each with house parent, common room and kitchen. Weekly boarding allowed. 2 non-compulsory exeats each term plus half-term. Visits to the local village allowed.

Association of former pupils

Old Boxhillians run by Jemma Joyce, Alumni Officer (

Former pupils

Zuleikha Robinson (actress); Will Padley (musician, The Domino State).