GSA Girls' Boarding & Day School 11–18

Priorsfield Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 2RH

Tel: +44 (0)1483 810551


Prior's Field has a policy of encouraging applications from any pupil who would benefit from a place at the school, regardless of their financial situation. As part of widening access, means-tested bursaries are available at all points of entry and may be up to 95% fees. In addition, there is limited funding available for bursarial help where parents have experienced unforeseen financial hardship. Bursary awards are subject to repeat testing of parental means each year and may be varied upwards or downwards, depending on parental circumstances. Initial applications should be made through the Registrar (Ms Pen Harris) on 01483 813107 or at

Sixth Form Bursaries

Prior's Field offers means-tested Sixth Form Academic Bursaries for day places. These bursaries may be up to 100% fees.

Armed Forces Discount

Pupils who have a parent serving in the armed forces are eligible for a 20% discount on the fees. Serving personnel should be aware that they can apply for the MOD continuing education allowance under certain criteria. This currently allows for a total of £6,074 against boarding fees.  MOD child care vouchers may be used to pay for PFS boarding fees.

Parents serving in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are eligible for a 20% discount on fees provided that they are receiving the FCO education allowance. 

Old Girls

A 10% reduction in fees is offered to the daughter of an old girl.


A 10% reduction in fees is offered to the elder daughter, whilst at least three siblings are at Prior's Field at the same time.

For further information, please contact the school Registrar (Ms Pen Harris) on 01483 813107 or at


Each year a number of Prior's Field scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit to pupils who show above average ability. These can be worth up to 20% of the fees for either day or boarding pupils. Exhibitions of up to 10% are also awarded. We offer academic, art, drama, music and sport scholarships and exhibitions for entry at 11+, 13+ and 16+.

A scholarship or exhibition will normally be held throughout a pupil's career at Prior's Field and the continuity of the award is subject to satisfactory performance. It is expected that all scholars will make a wholehearted contribution to the life of the school and will remain at Prior's Field for the Sixth Form.

Academic Scholarships

At 11+ and 13+ Academic Scholarships are awarded to students who show high levels of ability in Mathematics, English and Science. The School Entrance Examination results will be used in identifying academic scholars and candidates may be recalled for interview.

In recent years our academic scholars have obtained excellent public examination results, gaining places at some of the country's top universities, including Oxbridge. At 16+ candidates sit an entry scholarship examination and are interviewed. Click here for more information about Academic Scholarships. 

Exceptionally Able Pupils

At Prior's Field, we have a 'whole school' approach to ensure that every student reaches her full potential. Therefore, once identified by test results or by teacher recommendation, an exceptionally able student in any field will be encouraged and stretched within the subject area by her teachers.

We meet the needs of the scholars and other academically able students in the school with a programme designed to stimulate and challenge.

Monitoring of academic achievement happens on a regular basis, both informally and formally through the reporting system. This involves the girls' subject teachers, Heads of Department and the Coordinator for Exceptionally Able Pupils.

We are sensitive to the life-work balance, social and emotional needs of our academic scholars, including their contributions to the wider life of the school. This is closely monitored through the Pupil Profiling that is completed with the support of the Form Tutor and Head of Year.

Work in lessons and prep are differentiated, as appropriate, to give girls enriched provision and meet individual needs. Subject teachers deliver challenging lessons with a brisk intellectual and interactive pace.

In the fifth and sixth form we provide expert support and guidance, especially for girls wishing to take the Oxbridge route or apply to other competitive universities - meeting previous students, attending the Oxbridge conference, practising interview techniques and enjoying the annual Oxbridge Dinner with Tutors and undergraduates.

There are opportunities beyond the classroom to participate in activities throughout the year and for students to meet those who are equally gifted in other schools.

Other enrichment activities also take place across the curriculum. In core subjects these include maths roadshows, conferences, the UK Mathematics Challenge, A Level university study days, master classes and puzzle days.

In science, chemistry camps at universities and the Surrey University Lecture Programme are always popular. English students have the opportunity to take part in residential A Level weekends, internal and external writing competitions, visiting author workshops, theatre trips, the school magazine, Radio Club, public speaking and debating competitions. In languages, students have the opportunity for work experience in Europe.

Art Scholarship

Prior's Field's Art Department provides an exciting and stimulating environment where students have the freedom and opportunity to explore their creative skills.

The department offers a strong foundation of skills and learning in the lower school which is then built on at GCSE and A Level. The Art Department believes in challenging and stretching students as well as offering support. Scholars have the opportunity to work alongside artists in residence and to experience art through trips to local, national and international attractions. Students are encouraged to experiment with a large array of techniques and media while there is a strong under-pinning of sketchbook work and investigation.

The majority of Art Scholars go on to pursue a career in Art and Design. Most students opt for an Art Foundation course before going on to specialise in their chosen area at art school or university.

The department is looking for individuals who genuinely enjoy, and are excited by, creativity. Portfolios and sketchbooks should show an interest in and passion for the subject and potential scholars should be able to demonstrate evidence of work pursued in their own time. Final pieces can be in any media, but should be backed up with preparatory work, experimentation and investigations.

Candidates are required to deliver a sketchbook and two pieces of work to the school a week prior to the scholarship. These will be assessed by the Head of Creative Arts and, during interview, candidates will be expected to talk about their own work. They will also sit a two hour drawing examination.

Art scholars may be requested to contribute to exhibitions and to loan their artwork for school display. Click here for more art scholarship information.

Music Scholarship

The Music Department is a thriving department in which students can grow as musicians. We offer tuition in a wide range of instruments. School ensembles include choirs, concert band, string ensemble, rock bands, chamber groups and a jazz band. There are frequent concert opportunities every year, including the Carol Service at Guildford Cathedral, Speech Day, Music Competitions, informal Teatime concerts, pf: Rocks! and the Summer Concert. Scholars will be expected to take part in some of these, as appropriate and will also play in assembly on an occasional basis. Scholars are automatically included in the school's Music Committee.

Candidates are required to be approximately Grade 3 standard, though it is not essential that exams have been taken. They may offer up to three instruments, including voice, in which case one piece per instrument is sufficient. Those who only offer one instrument should prepare two contrasting pieces/songs. Music scholarships are awarded based on performance,  potential and enthusiasm; discussion, therefore, plays a significant part in the audition process. The school will provide an accompanist or a CD player for backing tracks, though candidates are welcome to bring their own accompanist.

The application form and any copies of accompaniments should be returned to the school by the due date. Evidence of grades taken, certificates, reports, concert programmes etc should be brought along on the day with a supporting reference: this could be from a current teacher, and outlining progress and commitment. Click here for more music scholarship information.

Drama Scholarship

The Drama Department offers a lively and imaginative approach to all areas of drama from mime and mask work, to improvisation and the use of technical resources. Drama Scholarships are offered as an incentive to motivated and enthusiastic students whose individuality is likely to benefit the department as a whole. The aim is to include as many students as possible in drama activities and to vary the content and style of practical work to give students the widest range of possibilities in performance situations.

In preparation for the drama scholarship candidates are required to prepare a performance piece lasting approximately two minutes. This may be poetry, prose or a speech from a play and should be performed from memory.

Candidates are required to spend two hours at the school. They will be involved in a practical drama workshop and then asked to perform their pieces to one another.

Drama scholars are expected to undertake considerable involvement with both curricular and extra curricular activities and to become role models to the wider school community in respect of their commitment to drama. Many opportunities are available each year, including school productions and participation in the Schools' Shakespeare Festival. Click here for more drama scholarship information.

Sports Scholarship

Prior's Field has an excellent reputation for sport and in recent years there have been many notable achievements. The department recognises the importance of sport in keeping girls healthy and fit and in encouraging team spirit. Through enjoyable and challenging experiences, Prior's Field girls develop a positive attitude towards physical activity, gain a sense of achievement and build self-confidence.

The main winter sports are hockey, netball and cross country and, in the summer, rounders, tennis and athletics. In addition, lessons cover swimming, gymnastics and dance. Annual sports tours are run to different venues for both at home and abroad, for junior and senior teams.

Facilities include a large well-equipped sports hall, a full sized all weather astroturf pitch, 6 outdoor netball and tennis courts, outdoor heated swimming pool and two large grass playing fields.

Sports Scholarships are awarded to students with a proven, high level of sporting ability and potential. Candidates will normally be expected to offer two major sports to a high standard or any one sport to an exceptionally high standard. Candidates must also demonstrate flair for acquiring new skills, passion and commitment to the subject.

Potential scholars are required to provide a letter of recommendation from their current school and/or club and a Curriculum Vitae of their sporting achievements. They will then be invited to Prior's Field for approximately two hours to participate in a group games and fitness session and will attend an interview with the Director of Sport. Click here for more sport scholarship information.