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Studying at Surval

Why Study at Surval?

Studying at Surval is a very different experience to many other schools due to our small size and highly personalised approach which lends itself to lessons being more tutorial style.  Surval classes are small, ranging from 2 to 15 students. This means students benefit from a great deal of individual attention from subject teachers and can progress at their own pace.


CODE: Challenge, Ownership, Dialogue and Engagement

The approach to Teaching and Learning at Surval is underpinned by CODE.  We seek to empower girls by instiling in them the confidence to speak up and step up to opportunities, to take the lead.  This starts in the classroom, where we focus on girls taking ownership of their learning rather than relying heavily on the teacher to be the font of all knowledge. They are encouraged to think critically and flexibly and to problem solve, skills which they will need in the fast-changing workplace.

Homework tasks are designed to ensure the girls come to lessons prepared to engage actively and take the lead in questioning and discussion, having done preparatory work in advance.  This enables lesson time to be used as productively as possible to deepen learning and enable greater exploration of a topic.


Our starting point is the girls. Where are they with their learning when they arrive in Surval and how do we take their learning forward to ensure challenge and progression?  What are their goals and aspirations and how do we tailor their Surval programme to help them achieve these goals? In establishing this, we build the curriculum around them to ensure they graduate from High School with strong academic credentials fit for university admissions around the world.  Our teachers are adept at tailoring individual pathways.

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