Burgess Hill Girls

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Burgess Hill Girls
Burgess Hill Girls B Logo.jpg
Motto I am, I can, I should, I will
Established 1906 (1906)
Type Independent day and boarding
Head Elizabeth Laybourn
Chairman of Governors Alison Smith[1]
Founder Beatrice Goode
Location Keymer Road
Burgess Hill
West Sussex
RH15 0EG
50°57′05″N 0°07′31″W / 50.9514°N 0.1254°W / 50.9514; -0.1254Coordinates: 50°57′05″N 0°07′31″W / 50.9514°N 0.1254°W / 50.9514; -0.1254
Local authority West Sussex
Staff c.145
Students c.488
Gender Girls (boys are accepted at the nursery)
Ages 2½–18
Houses Pankhurst, Austen, Watson, Williams
Colours White, yellow, and navy blue               
Former pupils Bold Girls
Website www.burgesshillgirls.com

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.[2]


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.[3]

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,[4] 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 Elizabeth Laybourn was appointed Head in 2017.


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

Notable former pupils[edit]



  • Beatrice Goode (1906–1938)- founder of the school
  • Mary Gillies (1938–1955)
  • Margaret Morris (1955–1971)
  • Doreen Harford (1971–1979)
  • Barbara Webb (1979–1992)
  • Rosemary Lewis (1992–2001)
  • Susan Gorham (2001–2005)
  • Ann Aughwane (2006–2014)
  • Kathryn Bell (2014–2017)
  • Elizabeth Laybourn (2017–present)


  1. ^ "Governors - Burgess Hill Girls". burgesshillgirls.com. Retrieved 2016-08-14. 
  2. ^ "Independent Girls School Sussex - Burgess Hill Girls". burgesshillgirls.com. Retrieved 2016-08-14. 
  3. ^ http://www.isi.net/reports/?name=Burgess%20Hill%20Girls
  4. ^ "Branding campaign transforms Burgess Hill - Kilvington". kilvington.com. Retrieved 2016-08-14. 
  5. ^ "About Us - School History - Burgess Hill Girls". burgesshillgirls.com. Retrieved 2017-10-03. 

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