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Regular assemblies, often with outside speakers. Recent visitors include actress Samantha Bond, the High Commissioner of India and Australian superstar Rebel Wilson, who spent a whole afternoon there as part of the school’s Women of Influence programme. ‘The girls interviewed her over a cup of tea and it was a little bit of magic,’ says the head. Along with entertaining stories the star shared pearls of wisdom about the importance of building inner resilience, exploring opportunities and learning not to fear failure...


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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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Since September 2022, Katharine Woodcock, previously head of Sydenham High School (GDST) since 2017. Comes from a long line of teachers and couldn’t wait to get started herself, it seems, as she gained considerable teching experience both in the UK and abroad after reading French and Russian at Bristol but before embarking on her PGCE at St Mary’s, Twickenham. First qualified teaching post was as a languages teacher and resident tutor at Oakham School, Rutland, where she later became housemistress. Joined Queen’s College, London in 2005, where she rose to deputy head. Sits on a number of educational groups and in her spare time enjoys running and outdoor pursuits. Married with two children.


Around 650 girls apply for 88 year 7 places. Prospective parents are invited to an open event during year 5 or at...

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Special Education Needs

Francis Holland School, Regent's Park, aims to offer all students who join the school the opportunity to fulfil their academic potential. The Head of Learning Enhancement (SENCo) leads a small team of specialist and experienced teachers who work with individual pupils for defined periods of time according to learning need. We also run a screening programme to help us identify any potential learning issues. All subject teachers are made aware of each student's specific educational needs and are given recommendations as to the most effective teaching strategies. We recognise that the most successful student outcomes result from effective communication between school, home, and student.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
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 Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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