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  • Holland Park School
    Airlie Gardens
    Campden Hill Road
    London
    W8 7AF
  • Head: Mr Colin Hall
  • T 020 7908 1000
  • E admissions@hollandparkschool.co.uk
  • W www.hollandparkschool.co.uk
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Kensington & Chelsea
  • Pupils: 1,400; sixth formers: 185
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 13th November 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 26th May 2011
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

This is, unquestionably, a good fit for a bright, motivated pupil who has a particular flair for the humanities and English. Located in one of the most fashionable and expensive corners of London, its demographic is very different from many schools of its kind across the capital. But only because standards are high. Hall and his henchman is a phrase that slips easily off the tongue - even if it is said with some irony. There is little scope for miscreants. The open design of the building ensures that no misdemeanour goes unnoticed. If you're sent out of the classroom…

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What the school says...

Holland Park School is an Ofsted outstanding school. Its examination performance in 2013 fell in the top 2% of all schools nationally and almost all students achieve 5 A* to C in English and mathematics. 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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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Biology at an English Comprehensive School (GCE A level)

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Head

Since 2001, Mr Colin Hall BA PGCE (mid 50s). Born and brought up in Durham, he was educated at Durham Wearside grammar school. He graduated with a history degree from Sheffield and went on to to do a PCGE at Cambridge. His career has been meteoric. Each employer recognised his hunger and determination, as well as fierce loyalty (a number of references are reproduced in the staff planner for the benefit of his aspiring teachers). He arrived here from Longford Community School in Hounslow, his first headship; prior to that he had senior positions at Cheney School in Oxford and King Edward VI Morpeth in Northumberland. He still manages to find the time to teach English, which is the subject he has chosen to teach since his first job at Thurston Community School (now...

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