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Roedean School is an independent girls' school in Roedean villagemarker on the outskirts of Brightonmarker, East Sussexmarker in the United Kingdommarker. The school overlooks the sea and is situated close to the marina. Students attend from many different parts of the world. As well as teaching academic subjects, Roedean supports a wide variety of extracurricular activities such as dance, martial arts, sports, riding, music and drama. The Good Schools Guide stated that the "School has a healthy spirit and much to offer." The school incorporates a 320-seat theatre, a heated indoor swimming pool and a chapel, as well as a range of workshops, studios, laboratories and sports pitches. Current school fees are between £4,550 and £9,750 per term, from the youngest day girls to the oldest boarders. This puts Roedean amongst some of the most expensive schools in the United Kingdommarker.


The school was founded in 1885 as Wimbledon House by three sisters: Penelope, Millicent, and Dorothy Lawrence. In 1898, the school moved to its present site occupying new buildings designed by the architect John William Simpson. A sister school, also called Roedean School and co-founded by the youngest Lawrence sister, Theresa, is located in Johannesburgmarker, South Africa.

During the Second World War the students and staff were temporarily evacuated to Keswickmarker, in the north of England. The school buildings in Sussex were then used by the Admiralty. This school now accepts girls aged 3—18, now that Roedean has taken on board the St. Mary's Hall junior school and is taking senior school pupils in September.


Roedean School is set in of grounds off Roedean Way, at the top of a cliff on the Sussex Downsmarker overlooking the sea, approximately in line with Brighton Marinamarker.


The school community is divided into houses.

Upper Three (Year 7) - Upper Five (Year 11) students are admitted to Lawrence House or Tanner House.

Six Ones (Year 11) are admitted to Lawrence Sixth Form House or Tanner Sixth Form House.

Six Twos (Year 12) are admitted to Keswick House, which is detached from the main school building.

In the past 1960s houses were:Junior House;House Number 1;House Number 2;House Number 3;House Number 4;and a Sanatorium. In 1966 part of the Sanatorium was made into rooms for VIth form girls, two VI form girls from every numbered house.

Admission Procedures

Roedean is a selective school, and entry to the school is based upon various examinations, interviews and reports from the girls' previous schools.Entry at 11+ and 13+ is through the Common Entrance Examination.Applicants of 11+ and 13+ who are unable to take the Common Entrance Examination, those wishing to enter at 12+ and overseas applicants may sit the Roedean entrance examination.For entry at 14+ places are offered to girls who reach the required standard in the Roedean entrance examination and early application is advised. Late applications will only be considered if places are available for the two year GCSE courses.Sixth Form entry is very competitive, and requires at least 55 points in GCSE or equivalent where A*=8, A=7 etc. and, ideally, a grade A in the subjects (or related subjects) that the candidate proposes to take at AS/A level. Applications are also assessed on the basis of the school's Sixth Form entrance examinations in English and Mathematics, together with either a verbal reasoning test or a non-verbal reasoning test.

Scholarships can be entered for at 11+, 12+, 13+ and upon entrance to the Sixth Form. These are calculated based upon the results of the Upper Five (year 11) end of term exams. Sixth Form scholars for 2008 were Jasperina Baharie, Sungjung Kim, Hei Tung Chu and Iris Lok.

Notable Roedeanians

Past pupils are known as Old Roedeanians and include:

Roedeanians in fiction


  2. Roedean School
  3. Keswick Hotel and Roedean

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