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  • St Helen and St Katharine
    Faringdon Road
    OX14 1BE
  • Head: Mrs Rebecca Dougall
  • T 01235 520173
  • F 01235 532934
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  • A mainstream independent school for girls aged from 9 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Oxfordshire
  • Pupils: 719
  • Religion: Christian
  • Fees: £14,745 pa
  • Open days: September, October, November
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

The atmosphere is calm and purposeful until the bell goes for break or lunch, when there’s a refreshing amount of clamour and excitement. We saw girls running eagerly to lunch (‘Food here is the best!’ one exclaimed, and we agree...

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What the school says...

St Helen and St Katharine educates girls from the ages of 9 to 18. Pupils are admitted to the Junior Department at either 9+ or 10+ and to the Senior School at 11+, 13+ and 16+. It may be possible to admit pupils into other years; enquiries should be made to the Admissions Office.

The admissions process involves references from a pupils current school, an interview and an examination. For the Sixth Form, admission is dependent on interview and performance in I/GCSE examinations.

Scholarships and Bursaries
A range of scholarships are available at ages 11+, 13+ and 16+ for academic ability, art, drama, music, sport and an all-rounder award.The School also offers bursaries of up to 100% of school fees.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Art & Design (Fine Art) at an English Independent School (GCSE Short Course)

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says

The atmosphere is calm and purposeful until the bell goes for break or lunch, when there’s a refreshing amount of clamour and excitement. We saw girls running eagerly to lunch (‘Food here is the best!’ one exclaimed, and we agree it’s outstanding), with others chatting cheerfully in huddles. The pacey environment – and the school really does move at a brisk speed – isn’t for everyone, but the fastidious emphasis on admissions and ongoing support and encouragement for the girls means that they keep up, with few, if any, wilting.


Since January 2015, Mrs Rebecca Dougall BA MA (40s), previously head of the Royal High School, Bath. She has also taught at Wycombe Abbey and Oxford High, where she was deputy head. An English literature specialist, she is chic, sprightly, youthful and dynamic, as well as...

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Special Education Needs


Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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