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Music is the life blood of the school. Dedicated music house accommodates ensembles galore from samba to string and four choirs; majority of girls learn an instrument or two. Results place the school comfortably as the highest performing in the Harrogate area for both GCSE and A level. Traditional curriculum offer but with an ever stronger focus on…

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Harrogate Ladies’ College is a vibrant, stimulating and diverse school community. We are a day and boarding school for girls aged 11-18 located in the heart of the beautiful spa town of Harrogate – voted the 'happiest place to live' in the UK for the last 3 years.
Outstanding teaching, strong pastoral support and a secure, friendly community allow girls to excel academically and become confident, amazing young women who strive to be the very best they can be.
The size of our school means that we know all of our pupils as individuals, the way their parents know them, each with their own strengths, weaknesses, hopes and fears. This enables us to work with them and challenge them to achieve more both inside and outside of the classroom.
We’re proud of our excellent academic results which belie our largely non-selective status. Studying with us typically adds one whole grade per subject and the majority of our girls go on to study at top Russell Group universities.
Boarding is at the heart of our school ethos and around forty percent of our students are boarders. Both day and boarding pupils benefit greatly from the extended facilities, services and support available through our boarding provision.

Harrogate has excellent transport links. Trains run directly between Harrogate and London Kings Cross several times a day and we have easy access to Leeds Bradford airport (20 minutes), Manchester airport (90 minutes) and London Heathrow (30 minute shuttle flight).
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Since 2013, Sylvia Brett BA MA. Exudes a calm and engaging sense of purpose and confidence. Read theology at Durham, followed by master’s in philosophy and religion at University of London. Lay chaplain and head of RS at Caldicott followed by head of lower school, RS teacher and year 7 housemistress at Downe House, before being appointed as sole deputy at Roedean. She knows her school, has a clear ethos of inclusivity and a determination that HLC will stick to its guns by insisting that an all-round balanced education is as important as academic outcomes. ‘Those who want an academic hothouse will be disappointed, but those who want a school where the progress of every child in every sphere, academic, sporting, artistic and being a decent human being is important will find a home...

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