St George's School, Ascot
|St George's School, Ascot|
|Type||Independent day and boarding|
|Motto||Vincent Qui Se Vincunt|
They will conquer who overcome themselves
|Religious affiliation(s)||Church of England|
|Local authority||Windsor and Maidenhead|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Former pupils||Old Georgians|
The school was founded in 1877 as a boys preparatory school. Among its former pupils was the famous British war-time Prime Minister Winston Churchill. In 1904 it became a finishing school for girls, opened by Miss Pakenham-Walsh. In 1923 Miss Anne Loveday took over the school. In 1927 the school was recognised by the Department of Education. In 1932 the swimming pool was built and in 1943 the sports facilities were extended with tennis courts and games field. From 1939 to 1945 the school functioned during the war and air raid shelters were made to give protection.
The grounds comprise 30 acres of fields, woods, streams and heathland and the brick buildings have an elevated position with good views. The school is close to Windsor Great Park and opposite the Ascot Racecourse, only 5 minutes' walk from Ascot High Street.
HRH the Duke of York opened the Sue Cormack Hall, a multi-purpose hall, on 4 September 2002. The Sue Cormack Hall has a large theatre and gallery that can seat 300 people. The Hall also has a large drama studio and a reception foyer.
In the 2009 GCSEs, 71% of its candidates achieved all A*-A grades. The following year, the school had one of the highest achievers in the Ascot area who was awarded 13 A*s and 96% achieved 5 or more A*-C grades.
Each girl is assigned to one of the four houses upon entry. Throughout the year, inter-house competitions are held to promote camaraderie and teamwork.
Around half the girls are boarders. They are grouped by years and housed in three dormitories: Markham, Knatchbull and Loveday.
The majority of students learn musical instruments. The school has a variety of musical groups including: choirs, woodwind. strings, jazz group and orchestra. Many students are involved in school productions and in house productions.
All students must participate in the following sports and activities: netball, lacrosse, gymnastics, tennis, swimming, rounders, athletics and squash. Students may choose to participate in football, badminton, volleyball, table tennis, fitness, fencing, ballet, aerobics, modern stage, tap and basketball.
Notable former pupils
- Princess Beatrice of York
- Lady Davina Lewis, older daughter of Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester
- Lady Rose Gilman, younger daughter of Prince Richard
- Vivienne de Watteville
- Elaine (or Helene) Vagliano, Légion d'Honneur, Chevalier; Croix de Guerre avec Palme; Medaille de la Résistance
- Rebecca Gethings
- Victoria Smurfit
- Kimberley Garner, television personality and swimwear designer
- Former boys' school
- Winston Churchill, Prime Minister
- Niall Campbell, 10th Duke of Argyll
- Claud Schuster, 1st Baron Schuster
- Harry Graf Kessler
- "GCSE Results Round-Up". Bracknell News. 27 August 2009.
- "GCSE success for Ascot schools". Bracknell News. 3 September 2009.
- "GCSE results round-up". 24 August 2010.
- About the houses
- Boarding Houses
- "Royal joy at Beatrice's election win". Daily Mail. 18 May 2006.
- Country Life, vol. 202 (2008), p. 75