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St Nicholas’ is a unique school where children have the chance to grow up at their own pace, and where they can let their talents and imagination run free. At every stage of their educational journey, pupils flourish. It is a privilege to be the Headmistress of such an energetic and talented school community.

We have a long history of educating boys and girls together in our Infant Department and girls all the way through to 16. Few schools offer the opportunity to get to know pupils so well. It is little wonder that they achieve so highly academically; nurtured and supported as they are throughout their education. Our GCSE results rank amongst the best nationally and if you visit us you’ll see why.

An education at St Nicholas’ equals a happy childhood.

I look forward to showing you exactly what this looks like.

Headmistress, Dr. Olwen Wright

Click here to read  'Welcome From The Head'

Nursery

Our Nursery offers a rich, stimulating, and secure learning environment, both indoors and outdoors, which encourages children to explore their curiosity and encourage enthusiasm.  Our vision is for each child to be the best that they can be, to become happy, confident learners, keen to explore and try out new things.

Infants

'Branksomewood', the Nursery and Infant Department, features natural wood construction and a wonderful airy atmosphere that provides light and space for our younger children. With an adventure playground set in the woods, a large hall fitted with PE equipment, and our experienced teaching staff, it is no wonder the children are so happy. 

Juniors

Redfields House, the home of our Junior Department, is the beautifully decorative main building with high ceilings and a wooden staircase that takes centre stage. Years 3 -6 form rooms are to be found here, and the Juniors have their own Library and I.T suite. Our Curriculum Support and ELSA Rooms are also located here, enabling easy assess for both Junior and Senior pupils.

Seniors

The Senior Department is located in a separate building at the far end of the school along with form rooms, science laboratories and the fantastic Pritchard Hall and Drama Studio. Pupils also have access to our open-plan Senior Library and I.T suite and our Sports Hall. Our wonderful sporting facilities, including our multi-use area, enable a number of sports to be played, such as volleyball, basketball, netball, football and cricket. 

Co-Curricular Programme

At St Nicholas’, our co-curricular programme refers to the academic, personal, spiritual, creative and physical development of every pupil, alongside a sound understanding of community.  A key component in the delivery of a well-rounded education, our co-curricular programme develops the whole child and affects almost all areas of school life.

Pastoral

At St Nicholas’ we pride ourselves on having outstanding pastoral care. We also involve the girls themselves in the school’s pastoral systems and our team of Prefects and ‘Big Sister’ mentors, made up of girls in the senior year-groups, provide a listening ear every day of the week.

By the Numbers

1st

in Hampshire for 2019 GCSE Results

4th

nationally for small independent day schools

5

different languages to choose from at GCSE (Latin; Mandarin; Spanish; French; German)

20

different sports are played

35

acres of beautiful grounds, including ancient woodland

350

seat auditorium with orchestra pit and raked seating

What's Happening

News

Queen

It is with profound sadness that we have learned the news that Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II has passed away. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family in their time of loss.

May she rest in peace.

 

Rainbow

Somewhere over the rainbow.... can you see this beautiful rainbow over Pritchard Hall?

Tea and Tissues 2022

The new academic year is officially underway! For some of our younger parents it was a little emotional - so luckily we had some 'tea and tissues' on hand.

We wish all of our pupils the very best for the new academic year!

Year 7 Transition Day

On Friday we welcomed the next generation of Year 7 pupils. This transition day was another chance for them to meet their new classmates, familiarise themselves with the layout of the school and have a cheeky hot chocolate and marshmallow in the woods.

During the day we saw plenty of smiling faces and it was clear that everyone was making new friends. It was a flying start to secondary school and our new Year 7s.

Isabelle

Alumni update... Congratulations to ex pupil Isabella Voake, who received excellent A Level results and is going to her first-choice university. Isabella is following her dreams and will be reading Architecture at Gloucestershire University. 👏👏

We are so proud to be part of your educational journey Isabella and wish you well at Gloucestershire.

Good luck🍀🍀 and keep in touch.

Back to School 2022

It's been a busy summer at St Nicholas' School - we have transformed, refurbished and relocated already for the start of term on Monday.

We can't wait for you to see the school.

GCSE Results Update

Girls at St Nicholas' School demonstrated once again their academic abilities across a range of GCSEs, as they received their stellar results this morning.

Dr Wright and her colleagues were delighted to share in the pupils' enviable successes as everyone was able to use the grades they attained to pursue their post-16 choices.

As ever, at St Nicholas' School, there were some fabulous grades across the board but Dr Wright was also keen to emphasise the individual success stories. " All pupils have worked incredibly hard to achieve such high grades, against the backdrop of a couple of disrupted years. Girls at St Nick's have shown just what they are capable of this morning, in subjects as diverse as P.E and Mandarin. I am thrilled with our results once again and I know the future is bright for every single one of this year's cohort."

For the first time since 2019, pupils sat externally assessed GCSEs under exam conditions this year. 95% of pupils gained 5 or more GCSEs at grade 4 or above, and where other schools may have seen a slight dip in the numbers of high grades in core subjects, St Nick's actually increased the percentage of pupils gaining 7 or above in Maths and English Language to 42%.

Some of the most impressive results were in STEM subjects, with 100% of pupils who took 3 separate sciences, passing them all at grade 5 or above. 65% of grades in Biology, 58% in Chemistry and 54% in Physics were awarded at 7, 8 or 9. 100% of pupils passed Computer Science.

In History, Geography and Classical Civilisation 90% of pupils gained grades 7, 8 or 9. In languages (French, Spanish, Latin, Mandarin and German) 97% of these subjects were passed with a grade 4 or above.

As far as the performing arts, creative and practical subjects are concerned all grades in PE, Music and Drama were an average of 8 or 9. In Art, Textiles and Food, a third of all grades were 7, 8 or 9. 13 pupils took Business Studies and 4 of them gained either an 8 or 9.

This year's results are a testament to the hard work of all the pupils and the dedication and support given to them by the staff. We are all looking forward to learning of the girls' further successes as they continue on their academic journeys.

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GCSE Results 2022

HUGE congratulations to our talented Year 11s, on achieving a great set of GCSE results today!

50% of all GCSEs were awarded grades 9-7

We are so proud of you all, your hard work and dedication really did pay off!