Heathfield School, Ascot, offers the only UK ‘all girls’ Summer School and Camp to give girls a taste of boarding life
To help parents make the right decision for their child when it comes to choosing between boarding and day school, Heathfield School are offering girls the opportunity to experience boarding school and living away from home beforehand.
The school runs the UK’s only ‘all girls’ Summer School and Camp, enabling girls to experience boarding school life within Heathfield’s safe grounds and to enjoy its facilities. Activities on offer include arts and crafts, photography and cookery, as well as field, water and racquet sports. Attendees also participate in whole-school events such as quizzes, treasure hunts, discos, a film night and Scottish and English country dancing. Shows and exhibitions are also put on by the girls, giving parents who live nearby the chance to see what their daughter is doing and participate in her summer fun. Activities for Summer Campers aged seven to 15 vary from week to week and courses range from two to four weeks in duration.
“Inspirational women is one of our themes this year,” said Marina Gardiner Legge, Headmistress at Heathfield School. “Here at Heathfield we are very passionate about inspiring today’s girls and tomorrow’s young women to try things and believe they can do anything and everything. Attendees will get the chance to mix with girls from around Britain and the world, learn to live with and understand the ways and views of others, learn independence, build their confidence, self esteem and most importantly try new things.”
Commenting on the camp, Helen Madaras, Director of Summer Courses, said: “Heathfield set up its own international Summer School in 1976. In the early 90s it was decided to add a Day Camp so that local girls could make use of the facilities and the expertise of all our activities staff. A few years later a girl from Ascot called Gemma – yes, I really do remember her name! – said she would love to try being a boarder as she would never get the chance in her day school and so we added boarding for British girls and named it Summer Camp.”