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Beautiful interior decorating: stunning new entrance hall lifts morale on arrival and upper sixth common room seriously plush. Academic success is recognised with flamboyant prize-giving at nearby Cadogan Hall, with performances by talented dancers and musicians. The girls were hugely excited to see staff wearing their graduation gowns and ‘felt proud’ to be part of Francis Holland. School has a renowned menagerie of animals, from gerbils and snakes to chinchillas, and younger girls get to take home animals for the weekend...  


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FHS, Sloane Square, offers a unique combination of academic success and pastoral care. It is a very personal school where nobody goes unnoticed. The Head not only knows every girl by name, she makes a point of shaking hands with all the girls as they leave at the end of the day. Relationships between staff and pupils are noticeably strong and the supportive environment genuinely allows each girl to fulfill her potential. Facilities are constantly upgraded in 2010 the Duke of Westminster opened the new Performing Arts Centre, further strengthening the music and drama programme. Future plans include developing a Centre for Creative Learning and Centre for Innovation and Enterprise bringing together art, design, technology and computing. The expansion of the Sixth Form centre will better prepare girls for entry into further education by developing business learning and enterprise skills. ...Read more

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Since 2012, Lucy Elphinstone MA PGCE MEd FRSA (50s). Educated at Barnstaple Grammar School, Devon, and Newnham College, Cambridge (English). Very varied career, including stints in publishing, bookselling, catering, property and ghost-writing. Wide teaching experience from 3 to 18 years, and countless leadership roles including head of a pre-school, head of English at King’s Taunton, director of studies in two prep schools, director of drama and resident tutor at Fettes College. Came here from Downe House where she was head of sixth form, senior leader and Oxbridge co-ordinator. Four highly successful adult children. Living in London for the first time since her 20s and loving the culture. Hobbies include ski-ing, watercolour painting, Scottish reeling and Victorian children’s literature.

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Special Education Needs

As a small and academically selective school with a generous staffing ratio we are able to cater for pupils with mild dyslexia or dyspraxia but we do not offer any specialist provision. We liaise closely with outside agencies, in particular the Kensington Dyslexia Centre. Currently we have one, very bright, statemented pupils (physically disabled) who has the help of a Learning Support Assistant. We cannot cater for pupils with serious special needs requirements.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
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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