Ahead Of Its Time:
The Roedean legacy

Founded in 1885 by sisters Penelope, Dorothy and Millicent Lawrence, Roedean School was
originally known as Wimbledon House and based in Kemp Town, Brighton, with 10 pupils.

The Founding Vision

It aimed to provide ‘a thorough physical, intellectual and moral’ education with ‘as much liberty as is consistent with safety’. The founding Lawrence sisters believed that girls deserved an education which was at least as good as boys had – and articulated this in their founding vision:

– 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

From Roedean Way To South Africa

Roedean moved to its current location in Roedean Way in 1898, where it has been situated since, except 1940-1945. During those years, the school was evacuated to Cumbria and the school site was used as a Naval Torpedo training base.

Today, Roedean continues to push boundaries. For instance, Maths and Science are the most widely taken subjects in Sixth Form, with a third of Year 13s progressing to study STEM-related subjects.

Roedean has a sister school in South Africa. The two schools were founded by the Lawrence sisters less than two decades apart, and they share the strong ethos of providing a quality education for girls.

Wimbledon House School Staff including the founding Lawrence sisters as well as Sylvia Lawrence the original Art Mistress – 1888

Archery – 1890s

Art class with Sailor – 1907

Greek Dancing for Queen Mothers visit 22nd July –1955

Princess Margaret with Jean Fort former Headmistress – 1964

Young Enterprise 1980s

Car project – 1991/1992

Prince Charles visit – 1994