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‘I think it’s very telling,’ another parent said, ‘that the staff get along with each other so well. They work late; they turn up to watch plays and concerts; they compete at school quizzes. It’s a community which functions.’ Masses of clubs (‘and they actually meet,’ said one parent): touring the school, it was easy to spot how easily and cheerfully engaged pupils seemed in all they were doing. The two art studios conveyed a special joie de vivre...


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Francis Holland, Regent's Park, is a happy, academic day school where girls achieve excellent examination results in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. All pupils transfer to universities, including Oxford and Cambridge. The ethos of the school emphasises courtesy and altruistic behaviour at all times.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Italian at an English Independent School (GCSE)

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Since January 2016, Mr Charles Fillingham (early 40s). Urbane and very approachable, he exudes a calm pleasure in his role and the school. A modern linguist, with degrees from University of Wales, Bristol and King’s London. His career has been spent between maintained schools and independent – he had a spell at The Grey Coat Hospital and was deputy at City of London School for boys. He commutes from Surrey each day and spends what free time he can rescue with his wife and two young children, ‘though I try still to read French literature’. Like so many other heads, a marathon runner. His three deputies are women: ‘They are all in position entirely on merit – but it also really matters for the girls to have outstanding female role models.’ Much liked by...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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