Talbot Heath

Talbot Heath
Talbot Heath, Rothesay Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH4 9NJ
01202 761881
564, Upper sixth 43
£1066-£3360 (Day), £5596 (Boarding), £5446 (Weekly)
the Headmistress

Founded in 1886 it moved to its present site in 1935. It has purpose-built premises on a single site in woodlands 1Î_ miles from the town centre and 2 miles from the coast. The junior school is housed in its own buildings on campus but makes full use of the senior school facilities and specialist staff; junior pupils are encouraged to feel an integral part of the school. There are very good facilities, including a science centre, music school, sports hall, astro-turf hockey pitch and heated swimming pool. It offers a broad and balanced curriculum. Academic standards are high and examination results very good. Flourishing art and drama departments and a tremendously strong music department. It is a Church of England foundation but pupils of all faiths and denominations welcomed; a multi-faith chaplaincy committee exists to serve the needs of all. The school aims to provide a stimulating holistic education in a caring environment for all its pupils. Excellent range of sports and games (numerous county representatives) and fine variety of extra-curricular activities.

Headmistress: Mrs Angharad Holloway in post from 2010. Educated at Oxford University (German and Italian). Previously, director of IB programme at Royal High School, Bath and taught at Clifton High and Sir William Perkins’ School. Teaching staff: 45 full time, 15 part time plus visiting staff for extra subjects.
GCSE: 71 pupils in upper fifth, 100% gained grade C or above in 8+ subjects. A-levels: 39 in upper sixth: 21% passed in 4 subjects, 79% in 3-3Î_ subjects; average final point score of 380.
Typically 90+% of sixth-form leavers go on to a degree course (10% after a gap year), 10% to Oxbridge. 15% take courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, 15% in science and engineering, 10% in law, 30% in humanities and social sciences, 10% in art and design, 15% in other vocational subjects (eg physiotherapy, nursing). Others typically go on to art college or employment.
Sport: Athletics, badminton, cross-country, dance, football, gymnastics, health-related fitness, hockey, lacrosse, netball, rounders, swimming, tennis, volleyball compulsory. Optional sports for older pupils: aerobics, squash, table tennis, trampolining, yoga. Currently national finalists and national representation in badminton, swimming, tennis; regional or county representatives in badminton, hockey, netball, squash, swimming, tennis, volleyball. Activities: Many pupils take bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards. Police service and first-aid courses followed. Numerous fundraising projects for wide range of causes undertaken by whole school, form/year groups or individuals. Clubs include Christian Focus, art, drama, Eco Schools, public speaking, computing, sports and musical activities.
Sixth form in single study bedrooms, other senior pupils in singles/doubles, younger pupils in dormitories. Boarding houses on main campus. Flexible weekend exeats by arrangement.
is run by commitee chaired by the Headmistress.
Judge Daffodil Cosgrave; Lady (Lucy) Faithfull (social worker and reformer); Dilys Powell, Charlie Lee-Potter (journalists); Pat Smythe (showjumper); Natalie Clein (cellist); Shirley Williams (SDP politician); Kate Royal (opera singer); Nicole Faraday (TV actress).