Founded in 1962, the school is in a magnificent Tudor manor house in 150 acres of historic parkland. There is a purpose-built teaching block, an indoor swimming pool and large indoor activities centre (including dance studio, fitness suite and tennis and netball facilities). It is a member of the Round Square and its values (of internationalism, democracy, environmentalism, adventure, leadership and service) are underpinned through a range of activities, experiences and worldwide opportunities. The school’s approach is that, by encouraging girls to challenge themselves – both their abilities and their perceptions – and to take part in everything on offer, they discover more about themselves and, in turn, do well academically and leave prepared for their chosen path in life. Music, drama and art play an important part in the life of the school. Sport and games are well catered for and standards are high, with girls competing at national and county level in a range of disciplines. There is a plentiful range of extra-curricular activities. Senior girls are involved in voluntary community services locally and help local organisations in their spare time; many participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.