The school has continued to build on its early success and has achieved a reputation for excellent academic results. Small classes and high expectations have led to an outstanding success rate for children applying to selective state schools and selective independent schools. Those children who go to non-selective state schools have an excellent grounding and parents have reported that this has led to them being much more confident at the beginning of their secondary education.
Despite being a mixed ability school, children consistently have an excellent pass rate and often achieve places at super-selectives and gain awards against fees at secondary independents.
Grammar School passes
Independent School places
Independent School Awards
% 11+ pass
Steephill School pupils last took SATS at the end of year six in 2009 when they were very successful - 55th in The Times top one hundred prep schools.
Now, however, without the pressure of SATS, the children can enjoy a stimulating and creative time in their last year to capitalise on their learning throughout the primary curriculum. This also gives them an excellent preparation for secondary school.
Every term Steephill holds an Enhancement Day. Recent themes have included African Day (including drumming workshops), Engineering Day, Maths Challenge Day, Story Writing Day, Forensics Day, Challenge Puzzles Day and Archaeology Day. These enrichment opportunities always include all of the children, including Pre-school, and each class has an activity appropriate for their age group. This brings the whole school together and provides an abundance of new learning opportunities.
All classes also go on visits. Pre-school might go to a farm or gardening centre or perhaps visit Pocohontas in Gravesend. Other classes visit museums, go pond-dipping, visit the Royal Institute or the Cutty Sark. We think of the world as our classroom and use it when we can.