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Burgess Hill Girls
Keymer Road

, ,
RH15 0EG

Coordinates50°57′05″N 0°07′31″W / 50.9514°N 0.1254°W / 50.9514; -0.1254
TypeIndependent day and boarding
MottoI am, I can, I should, I will
Established1906 (1906)
FounderBeatrice Goode
Local authorityWest Sussex
Chairman of GovernorsAlison Smith[2]
HeadLars Fox[1]
GenderGirls (boys are accepted at the nursery)
Age2½ to 18
HousesPankhurst, Austen, Watson, Williams
Colour(s)White, yellow, and navy blue      
Former pupilsBold Girls
Former pupilsBold Girls

Burgess Hill Girls (previously named Burgess Hill School for Girls) is an independent, girls-only day and boarding school for girls aged between 2½ and 18 years (full boarding is offered from 11 years), founded in 1906 by Miss Beatrice Goode. The school is located in Burgess Hill, West Sussex, having moved to its present location in 1928. The school also has boys attending the nursery.[3]


Burgess Hill Girls School, 2010

The multi-building school is situated on Keymer Road, in the West Sussex town of Burgess Hill, and is a five-minute walk from Burgess Hill railway station, which is on the Brighton Main Line. Coaches and minibuses collect girls from outlying areas in Sussex.

The school was last visited in 2014 by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. The main findings were that the school met its aims successfully and the achievement and personal development of all pupils was excellent. The school met all the requirements of the Independent School Standards Regulations (2010) but did not meet all the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools (2013). The majority of boarders were found by the report to be from Nigeria and China.[4]

Mrs Kathryn Bell (Head 2014–2017) took the place of Mrs Ann Aughwane (Head 2006–2014) in 2014. In September 2015, she rebranded the school,[5] changing its logo, colours, and name. The name changed from Burgess Hill School for Girls to Burgess Hill Girls.

After 11 years as Deputy Head, Mrs Liz Laybourn became Head in 2017 until she retired in 2022.

In August 2022, Mr Lars Fox became the new Head of Burgess Hill Girls.[6]


Name   House colour   Namesake  
Pankhurst Blue Emmeline Pankhurst
Austen Yellow Jane Austen
Watson Red Emma Watson
Williams Green Serena Williams

Notable former pupils

This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. Please improve this article by removing names that do not have independent reliable sources showing they merit inclusion in this article AND are alumni, or by incorporating the relevant publications into the body of the article through appropriate citations. (September 2015)

See also: Category:People educated at Burgess Hill School




  1. ^ = Interview with Lars Fox|
  2. ^ "Governors - Burgess Hill Girls". Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Independent Girls School Sussex - Burgess Hill Girls". Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Find an ISI Report :: Independent Schools Inspectorate".
  5. ^ "Branding campaign transforms Burgess Hill - Kilvington". Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  6. ^ = Interview with Lars Fox|
  7. ^ "Art for art's sake- performing arts within schools". March 2012.
  8. ^ "Art for art's sake- performing arts within schools". March 2012.
  9. ^ "About Us - School History - Burgess Hill Girls". Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  10. ^ = Interview with Lars Fox|

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