Achieving Academically

We don’t have a one size fits all approach and reject any form of regimentation that stifles the joys of independent thinking, discovery and self expression.

Tracy Kirnig, Head.

Promoting independent thinking

As the individual girl is at the centre of what we do, class sizes are kept small. Personal and academic potential are nurtured.  The spirit of Prior’s Field is one of creativity and enterprise. We place a high priority on independence of thought, problem solving and the huge satisfaction that comes from working hard.

Our school is full of high performing young women who constantly demonstrate sparkiness and a ‘can do’ attitude. They step up to edit the school magazine, run school council, build and race sports cars and break school sports records. They rise to all sorts of academic challenges through Olympiads and masterclasses, conferences and workshops. Their learning is enriched by the superb line up of authors, academics, artists and adventurers who regularly visit. 

We encourage the girls to develop styles of learning that work best for them. In lessons, they are taught essential skills that will help in their future working lives. They also learn the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork and celebrating the success of others. 

Dynamic teaching and learning keeps everyone focused, challenged and motivated. Talented teachers give the girls that very special gift of believing in them. 

From the moment girls join us we encourage initiative, curiosity and self direction. We want the girls to be leaders, not followers: thoughtful, well informed and confident in their own opinions.

We emphasise the power of optimism and the difference that resilience and good study habits can make.






Pupils throughout the school acquire high levels of knowledge, understanding and skills in a wide range of subjects and disciplines. This indicates that they are extremely well educated.

ISI Report 2016 – Section 3.2