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  • Holland Park School
    Airlie Gardens
    Campden Hill Road
    W8 7AF
  • Head: Mr Colin Hall
  • T 020 7908 1000
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Kensington & Chelsea
  • Pupils: 1,409; sixth formers: 214 (109 boys / 105 girls)
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: For entry in September 2022, given the school ordinarily welcomes over 3000 visitors, to maintain a safe environment, we will be unable to host our annual Open Evenings and Mornings.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 12th November 2014
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Lessons are not so much classes as theatre. The teachers’ performances are packed with pizzazz and the pupils are spellbound. English and the humanities trump everything else, say both students and parents. Teachers (30 per cent from Oxbridge, all thoroughly committed – they have to be or they don’t last) are expected to teach across a range of abilities and year groups and all are observed and stretched. Their open-ended questions are relentless; oracy and deep analysis matter. SEND, once a weak spot, is now going from strength to strength. Not an obvious choice for families seeking sporting glory. By the school’s own admission…

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What the school says...

Holland Park School is an Ofsted outstanding school. Its GCSE examination performance has fallen in the top 5% of schools nationally now consistently for the last 7 or 8 years. It boasts equally outstanding Sixth Form results and launches its students to a range of first class universities. It holds the Investors in People award at gold level, is a member of The Prince's Teaching Institute and enjoys links with English National Opera and many other organisations. The writer Alan Bennett and the poet Simon Armitage are, amongst others, friends of the school. The new school building opened in late 2012 and is a stunning piece of architecture. Students benefit from splendid facilities including a Multi-Use Games Area, a 4G Astro Turf pitch; tennis courts; a 25m swimming pool; professional dance studios; a music recording studio; Music technology suites (Apple Mac); Media Suite; drama studios; dedicated Sixth Form library and reading room. The school is driven, fast-paced and ambitious for its students. In the national league tables it exhibits the highest order of value-added and is frequently visited by other schools seeking to glean from its practices and success. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2001, Colin Hall BA PGCE (60s). Announced his resignation in September 2021; remains in post until he retires in August 2022. Durham born and bred, he attended Durham Wearside grammar school, thence to Sheffield Uni (history) and Cambridge (teacher training). First senior positions at Cheney School in Oxford and King Edward VI Morpeth in Northumberland and his first (and only other) headship in Hounslow. Part of an elite band of ‘superheads’, he is one of the best-paid academy bosses in the country with a salary of £260K. Helped turn this school around from a failing urban comp to Ofsted Outstanding but makes no secret of his reliance on and affection for his trusted loyal advisers, the senior leadership team, most notably his right hand man, David Chappell, academy head. ‘I’m sorry if you...

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Special Education Needs

The school treats its students as individuals and understands that all students, regardless of diagnosis, have their own needs. There is some specialism in the school in high functioning autism, and many students with ASD have been very successful in the school. For more information and to discuss your child, please talk with Joe Holloway, SENDCo and deputy head.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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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