Aims And Vision


Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow:
Living Our Values

When Roedean School was founded by the Lawrence sisters in 1885, its aim was to provide ‘a thorough physical, intellectual and moral’ education with ‘as much liberty as is consistent with safety’.


Our trailblazers believed that girls deserved as good an education as boys – so Roedean was intended to challenge orthodox views. The sisters’ vision was to prepare girls for a university education and future careers.

Our first prospectus outlined six key pillars:

–To encourage healthy and active living
–To provide a strong academic foundation
–To develop an appreciation of sport, culture and the arts
–To build independence of thought and character
–To develop skills and confidence for university and careers
–To develop a strong sense of personal and moral values

Founding ethos

This founding ethos lives on at Roedean today – where we aim to provide a distinctively academic, high-quality, all-round education, within a caring and friendly community in a wonderful coastal setting.

We aim to inspire and challenge every student to develop her strengths and passions, seek the highest academic and personal standards for herself, and develop a strong foundation for her future.

We also seek to enable you to develop lifelong friendships, a strong sense of belonging, and a sense of pride in yourself and your school. 


We want every girl to: