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Teaching is generally very good – friendly, good-humoured staff, and girls feel both known and supported on the whole. Generally a willingness to learn and good manners makes teaching a worthwhile experience here. Sport, the life-blood of the school, is keenly pursued by all with lacrosse ('lackie') embedded in the school’s culture. Dedicated music house accommodates ensembles galore, from samba to string with four choirs. Music is a real strength and majority of girls learn an instrument...

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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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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Chinese at an English Independent School (GCE A level)

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Principal

Since 2013, Sylvia Brett BA MA (40s). Read theology at Durham, followed by masters in philosophy and religion at University of London. Worked in alumni relations and as moral tutor at Durham for four years before joining the Royal Masonic School as RS teacher and sixth form housemistress. Then 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.

Head believes in ensuring girls are ‘jolly good at lots of different things’ when they leave HLC. Breadth of curriculum and extracurricular opportunities vital and girls ‘are encouraged to be brave’ in extending their comfort zone and trying new activities.

Open, engaging and caring, has a ‘passion for...

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