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Welcome to Presdales School

A very warm welcome to Presdales School!

Whilst it is not easy to convey the ethos of a school through the medium of a website, we hope you will enjoy this 'snapshot' of life in our community.

We are a school which values all pupils, irrespective of their age and ability, and helps them to exceed expectations through high quality teaching and learning and the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of activities which will enrich their educational and personal development beyond the classroom.

Our Open Evenings in October give families the chance to find out first hand more about us.  We can assure you of a warm welcome and very much look forward to seeing you and showing you round.

Matthew Warren

About us

As an Academy, Presdales follows the admissions criteria for single-sex schools within the Local Authority which are published annually. Following the admission procedure, parents of girls who obtain places here are sent details of arrangements for them and their daughters to come into school during the summer term before they start in September. Each girl is given an opportunity to spend a day in school sampling classes and meeting staff who will be directly concerned for her welfare when she starts here, as the seeds of future success are often sown during the early stages of a girl’s career.

The day spent in school invariably allays any fears she may have about transferring to secondary school, and also serves to put parents’ minds at rest about how she will settle in in September. In addition, parents are invited to an evening when they can receive information about the running of the school and meet staff: this evening is an important opportunity to get to know us and one which it is hoped all parents will want to attend.

The Aims of the School

To promote:

  • Individual fulfilment of potential and achievement of excellence
  • The belief that education rightly challenges people to exceed expectations
  • The expansion of interests through richness of opportunity
  • The development of a sense of initiative and leadership skills
  • Good relations with the wider community and especially with parents whose support is invaluable to the educational process
  • A love of learning throughout life
  • The understanding of ‘what it is to be me’ and by extension ‘what it is to be another’
  • Sensitivity to the needs of others and a sense of team spirit
  • The development of a social conscience through the experience of belonging to a community
  • The development of a sense of public service
  • Respect for the environment
  • Acknowledgement of the importance of morality and the value of everyone
  • Curiosity about the spiritual dimension and eagerness to explore this
  • The development of wisdom and the importance of vision
  • A positive attitude in times of adversity

Facilities available

There are nearly 1,100 students in the school, including a Sixth Form of 250 which is accommodated in the mansion, which also houses the Library. The Music Suite and the Drama Studio are sited in newer buildings constructed in a style similar to that of the mansion. Eight science laboratories, four technology rooms, three art rooms, the classrooms which include seven specialist language-teaching rooms, seven computer rooms, assembly hall, dining-rooms, gymnasium and sports hall are housed in modern buildings surrounded by 22 acres of grounds which include almost 12 acres of lawns and playing fields. The outdoor heated swimming pool is used throughout the summer term.

The Sixth Form is a very important stage in students’ academic development. We hope the majority of parents will share our view that formal secondary education should span seven years rather than five. Sixth formers enjoy the facilities of the Sixth Form Centre, which was opened in 1994 to cater for increased numbers of students.

Students are registered in small groups by tutors who monitor individual progress under the guidance of the Head of Sixth Form. Private study periods are also carefully controlled, although very few are supervised by staff, the students being considered sufficiently responsible by this stage to exercise the necessary self-discipline.

Careers guidance is taken very seriously, and students are given every support in their deliberations about courses and careers. The vast majority of students leaving the Sixth Form proceed to higher education or suitable training courses, where happily they demonstrate a considerable degree of success.

Additional support

Special Educational Needs

Provision for those with a special educational need is usually made through placement in a smaller teaching group, differentiated teaching and materials and classroom management strategies. Where appropriate, additional support is given to girls requiring help with literacy and numeracy. Girls with exceptional special educational needs may receive additional help, funded by the Local Authority Exceptional Needs Funding Panel.

The Exceptionally Able

Exceptionally able girls are identified at an early stage. Provision is made for them within the banding system, through the school’s policy to set for particular subjects early on in their school careers and through special provision within the curriculum. Special workshops are also designed to stretch exceptionally able girls in areas beyond the common curriculum, and a wide range of extra-curricular activities is available for all girls at lunchtime and after school. Throughout the first five years, the guiding principle behind the organisation of the teaching groups is the belief that the girls achieve the best possible results when they are taught in classes of broadly similar ability.

Pastoral Care

Pastoral care is considered very important and a variety of support strategies are available if needed. Girls are placed in a form group on entering the school which is of mixed ability and contains friendship groups made in primary school. Each girl’s welfare is the special responsibility of her form teacher who may refer any problem to her Head of Year. The Heads of Year are responsible to Senior Staff for the overall pastoral care of their group. The Headmistress has ultimate responsibility for the well-being and good conduct of the girls, and matters of concern may always be brought to her attention.

Learner success


"Presdales School provides an outstanding education for its pupils".

"High expectations for its pupils, evident through the outstanding teaching, challenging curriculum and the support provided to help pupils do well, are the reasons for its success. A large majority of pupils stay on into the Sixth Form and the school's support for them enables them to continue to progress from their already high standards"

We are pleased to inform parents that Ofsted has deemed that, since our last inspection in 2008, our outstanding performance has been sustained and that we are no longer subject to routine inspection.
  • 161 candidates took 1640 exams with 1639 pass grades 
  • 87% of all entries were higher grade passes (A*-C) 
  • 42% of all entries were passes at A* or A 
  • 143 girls (89%) attained 5 or more higher grade passes 
  • 137 girls (85%) attained 5 or more higher grade passes including English & Maths 
  • 114 girls (71%) attained 9 or more higher grade passes 
  • 37 girls (23%) attained 9 or more passes at A* or A
  • 5 A*-C including English & Maths 89% 85%
  • Expected progress: English 86%
  • Expected progress: Maths 94%
  • Greater than expected progress: English 44%
  • Greater than expected progress: Maths 52%
  • Students Achieving EBacc 50%

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Presdales School directly.

Last updated date: 26 October 2016
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Key information


  • A: Presdales School
    • Address:
    • Hoe Lane
    • WARE
    • SG12 9NX
    • Telephone number:
    • Main: 01920462210
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    • More information:
    • Presdales is a five-form entry all-ability school which became an Academy on 1st April 2012, for girls aged from eleven to eighteen. Boys are welcomed into the Sixth Form. Founded as Ware Grammar School for Girls in 1906 on the Amwell House site, it moved to its present site at Presdales in 1964. Since 1975 – when the school’s intake was enlarged – we have accepted girls from a wide area of Hertfordshire.

      The school was rated ‘outstanding’ at all four inspections in 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2008. Language College status was granted by the DfES in 1995 and, on the strength of the school’s high performance overall, Music College status with English as an accompanying strand was awarded in 2006, followed by Mathematics & Computing College status with a Gifted & Talented focus in 2008.