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Handcross Park School

Address: London Rd, Handcross, Haywards Heath RH17 6HF, United Kingdom

Description Handcross Park School

  • Founded: in 1887
  • Location: Houston Hills, West Sussex, United Kingdom
  • Age of students: 2-13 years
  • Total number of students: 315 people (50 full board)
  • Type of education: joint (mixed)
  • Type of accommodation: residence (full board)
  • Language of instruction: English.

Prestigious private boarding school Handcross Park School (School Handcross Park School) works through a system of joint education - here boys and girls from 2 to 13 years old study. Initially, the school worked only as a male guesthouse: it was founded in 1887 (called the Newells Preparatory School), by 1970 it had switched to a joint type of study, and a little later it opened a day school and a week-long boarding school (when children leave home for the weekend) . In 2011, Handcross Park School joined the Brighton College Family of Schools, and since its inception has maintained close partnerships with the prestigious Brighton College. Brighton College in 2011 was named "School of the Year" (according to The Sunday Times), has repeatedly been recognized as the best in Brighton and in its county - it is here, according to statistics, graduates of Handcross Park School continue their education. But not only Brighton College is happy to accept graduates of the preparatory junior school - they successfully continue their studies in the middle and senior classes of the most prestigious and in demand, elite boarding schools in Great Britain:

  • Sedbergh School;
  • Rossall School;
  • Brighton College;
  • Wellington College;
  • Millfield school;
  • Harrow School;
  • Burgess Hill;
  • Sherborne School for girls;
  • Ardingly College;
  • Lancing College;
  • Sherborne School for boys;
  • Tonbridge School;
  • King's College Canterbury;
  • Oundle School;
  • Sevenoaks School.

The total number of students today reaches 315 people, according to recent data, only about 20 foreign students.

This is one of the most academically strong schools in county. The School Handcross Park School manages to combine the historical traditions of British education with cutting-edge technologies, equipment and innovative pedagogical approaches. The motto and basic principle of the institution is the phrase "A happy child is a productive child": every child is talented and capable, most importantly - to give him full disclosure and show himself. The school administration strives to create a family, warm, friendly atmosphere, the most productive for the education and comprehensive development of each individual.

The school is divided into several departments:

  • kindergarten (Nursery, 2-4 years)
  • preparatory classes (Pre-Prep, 4-6 years)
  • primary classes (Prep-School, 7-13 years).

For each age group, it is not just a thought-out curriculum that creates a plan for extra-curricular, developmental and recreational activities that will be useful and interesting for students of a certain age. You can study at school on a full-time, weekly or full board (the latter is available to foreign students aged 7 and older).

In recent years, the school follows the mentoring and supervising institute - every student meets with his personal mentor at least once a week. For foreign students, the special language course EAL - English as an Additional Language - helps to quickly develop basic skills and knowledge of the English language (available for an additional fee). The religious affiliation of the school is Anglicanism, but it is not imposed in any way, representatives of any confession and religion can study here.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Handcross Park School

Program name
from 12 000 £ / term

Kindergarten (2-4 years)

At the stage of Nursery, or kindergarten (here it is called The Secret Garden), the youngest students form a relationship to themselves and the world around them. All classes are held in a light, interesting game form, designed to develop the child's personality, his innate abilities and talents: communication skills, the basics of counting, reading and writing, logical thinking and understanding the world, and physical attention is also given to physical development. For the kids prepared a huge number of fun creative activities, exciting adventures and mini-master classes, singing and skits - all to instill in them love for school, learning and working in a group.

In the department for students of 4-6 years - Pre-Prep - the children are already a little bit, in a playful, informal form they begin to get acquainted with the basic school disciplines:

  • English
  • mathematics
  • religious studies
  • computer science and computer literacy
  • natural science (natural history)
  • geography
  • music
  • creation
  • physical culture and sport.

Many classes are held in nature, in a special "Forest School". To facilitate the adaptation of the kids to the learning process, all lessons are taught by the same teacher, except for specialized music specialists, Spanish and computer science.

And the last stage of the junior school is directly the elementary classes of Prep School, where students from 7 to 13 years old study. Here, the intensity and depth of education is gradually becoming more and more difficult to give children the opportunity to prepare for the transfer to the strongest middle and high schools in the UK. Each class (up to 17 people in each) is not only engaged in the basic academic program - here students actively develop general academic skills, so that they can later learn more easily, comfortably and effectively. Students learn to organize their time, synchronize and rank various tasks, analyze information from different sources. The list of disciplines and lessons already covers almost all fields of knowledge and sciences:

  • physical Culture and sport
  • physics
  • geography
  • information technology (ICT), computer literacy and informatics
  • English
  • philosophy for children
  • mathematics
  • natural Sciences
  • art, design and creativity
  • Latin language
  • dramaturgy, theatrical and acting skills
  • religious studies (theology, or the foundations of religions)
  • biology
  • French
  • music
  • chemistry
  • Chinese
  • history
  • Spanish (as a basic, compulsory foreign language).

Much attention is paid to the physical development of students: they have sections for golf, rugby, basketball, volleyball, water polo, tennis and cricket. There are also numerous clubs and clubs-electives (creative and scientific communities), a music school. With the students there are professional psychologists specializing in the education of students of primary school age.

The cost of schooling is (the price is for 1 person for 1 trimester, 1 academic year = 3 terms):

  • day form (without accommodation) = 2,760 £ - 5,450 £
  • full board (accommodation in residences on campus) = 9,444 £ - 10,780 £.

Accommodation, housing and food

Approximately 30% of the total number of students live in a full board school - comfortable, cozy residences are equipped for them (for boys and girls floors are divided) for a total of 50 people. Each bedroom is designed for 3-6 people, on each floor there are common soft living rooms with a play area, comfortable furniture, WiFi connection, TV and DVD-equipment.

With the students in the houses there are educators (House Parents) with and teachers, Housemistress (a kind of commandant, "hostess" of the residence); rooms can be decorated with personal photos, toys, gifts from home, posters - everything that will help students feel comfortable, like at home. However, it is forbidden to bring these things to classes (as well as mobile phones) - in the lessons of students, nothing should be distracted from the main topic of the lesson. Administrative staff helps students to solve any emerging issues, is responsible for the safety of students around the clock, monitors the observance of cleanliness, order and discipline.

The medical office is constantly working, where a qualified nurse is on duty around the clock. In case of serious discomfort or trauma, the profile doctor, therapist or the hospitalization of the student in the nearest clinic is called into the school territory.

Students' meals are balanced, tasty and varied, it includes hot dishes, fresh vegetables and fruits, appetizing and healthy desserts. There is an opportunity to organize a special diet (medical diet, Muslim, vegan or vegetarian diet). Together with the students, their teachers and educators sit at the tables, which emphasizes the family atmosphere of the school and each House.

In the middle of each term there are special days off - Exeats: at this time students leave the campus and leave for their families or families of official guardians (for foreign students).

Subjects, specialties, faculties

Subjects list : Chinese, Computer skills, English, French, geography, history, Latin language, maths, Natural Sciences, philosophy, Religious studies, Spanish

Events Handcross Park School

For the all-round, harmonious development of students in the school, all conditions are created - an extra-curricular program accessible to students, differs in its diversity in its balance. There is a huge number of clubs and sections on interests:

  • painting;
  • the photo;
  • theatrical and dramatic art, acting skills;
  • music (singing, vocals, playing musical instruments);
  • football;
  • tennis;
  • swimming;
  • golf;
  • Dance and choreography (from ballet to hip-hop and street styles);
  • jewelery making;
  • trampoline jumping;
  • cookery;
  • chess;
  • judo;
  • cricket;
  • rugby;
  • hockey;
  • Athletics;
  • netball;
  • rock climbing;
  • cross-country;
  • cross-country running.

Regular concerts, performances, Talent Show, trips and excursions to the best museums, art galleries, theaters and cinemas are held regularly, theme events, festivals and discos, balls are held. Students go on hikes and expeditions - both in Britain and abroad, visiting the key attractions of the United Kingdom, significant historical, cultural and architectural monuments. And students from 13 years of age and older even have internships in sunny Spain!

Equipment Handcross Park School

The Handcross Park School is located close to the cities of Horsham and Haywards Heath (15 minutes drive) in the heart of West Sussex (south of England, about 20 minutes drive from Brighton). The campus is located almost on the coast, and Gatwick International Airport can be reached in just 20 minutes.

The school, despite its modest size and a small number of students, does not lag behind in the level of equipment from the huge developed boarding schools of the full educational cycle. The total area of ​​the territory reaches 20 hectares (50 acres), on which are located:

  • educational buildings;
  • administrative buildings;
  • Residences for living;
  • football fields;
  • fields for netball;
  • tennis courts;
  • hockey arena;
  • Lapta, cricket, rugby, cross country;
  • golf courses;
  • bright lawns, gardens and sunny green glades;
  • Scientific and Technical Center;
  • Center for Art and Design;
  • multifunctional, spacious sports hall;
  • large library: fiction, periodicals, educational materials, electronic sources;
  • Large dining room with a beautiful view from the panoramic windows;
  • sports pavilion for group lessons;
  • a modern, well-equipped music school with several rehearsal studios and a concert hall;
  • pool in Scandinavian style;
  • rope park;
  • classes with interactive whiteboards, computers, projectors (Internet access is provided).

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The cost of schooling is (the price is for 1 person for 1 trimester, 1 academic year = 3 terms):

  • day form (without accommodation) = 2,760 £ - 5,450 £
  • full board (accommodation in residences on campus) = 9,444 £ - 10,780 £.

The cost varies depending on the age of the student and the year of study. The indicated cost includes:

  • Educational program
  • Accommodation and meals - full board
  • Free use of the entire school infrastructure
  • Study trips and excursions, extra-curricular program of sports and creativity, events on schedule
  • Basic textbooks, books and materials.

The indicated cost is not included and is paid additionally:

  • Registration fee = 350 £ (non-refundable)
  • Deposit confirming the place on the course = 10,000 £
  • Examination Boards
  • Deposit for tuition (= 1 trimester cost)
  • Additional academic and language classes (optional)
  • Additional leisure activities and excursions (optional)
  • Guardianship (registration with the agency + guardian services)
  • Air tickets in both directions
  • Transfer in both directions
  • Compulsory medical insurance
  • School Uniforms
  • Personal pocket expenses
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification of documents
  • Consular fee (paid at the Embassy).

Extra fees:

  • Deposit for a course/programme 10000 GBP
  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 350 GBP

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

The school does not belong to the category of strictly selective: upon admission it is enough to present a standard package of documents, pass the English language proficiency test (intermediate level, no special talents are required) and pass a personal interview-interview with the director. You can also be asked to produce a report card with grades from the previous place of study, pass a basic test in mathematics and a level of logical / analytical thinking. The school administration welcomes the preliminary visit to the campus before enrollment and is always ready to meet the student and his parents, to introduce them to the school, teaching staff, infrastructure facilities and residential residences.

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