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Queen Annes School

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For many locals, the front perimeter wall, along a leafy suburban street, presents a mystery. ‘We always wondered what went on behind the wall,’ one pupil told us. The answer is a Tardis-like 35 acres of school grounds and elegant facilities. We’re not talking the usual maze of low-rise horrors from the decades that architecture forgot, but a gracious collection of buildings immediately adjoining playing fields and boarding accommodation. School’s motto changed in 2019 from Quietness and Strength (eek) to Kind Hearts, Fierce Minds, Strong Spirits (now, that’s more like it)...

 

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Queen Anne’s is an inspirational day and boarding school for girls aged 11 to 18, set in 35 acres in the heart of Berkshire, with easy access to London. It stands as a beacon of academic excellence and outstanding pastoral care. With a rich history dating back to 1894, the school continues to uphold its traditions while embracing the best that technology and innovative education has to offer to produce future-ready young people.

Queen Anne’s is known for its outstanding teaching and learning, with exceptional music, performing arts, English and PE provision. A broad, balanced curriculum complements an extensive range of co-curricular opportunities. Queen Anne’s boasts a state-of-the-art music centre; outstanding art, design, animation, and ceramics facilities; plus, a 250-seat theatre and a thriving dance department. Many students earn places on national sports teams and overseas sports scholarships, particularly in lacrosse where the school's USA lacrosse tour stands as great preparation. Netball is also a prominent sport, as well as emerging sports such as football and cricket, which are loved by the students.

From the modern sixth form centre – with unique, themed break-out spaces – to the careful support of the wellbeing programme, every girl is inspired to explore and enjoy her individuality in a safe environment that champions excellence and deep creativity. University destinations include Russell Group and Ivy League institutions as well as places on competitive degree apprenticeships. Our successful community of alumnae feel proud to have been part of the school and frequently return to give inspiring lectures and careers advice.

Queen Anne’s School strives to support busy families and offers and an extensive transport network with buses covering the local areas of Henley and Marlow, and further afield to London. The flexibility of day, flexi and full boarding options allow families to choose the right balance for their needs. All boarders and day students are seamlessly integrated in a vertical system called charters, where they are proud to collaborate on fundraising initiatives and friendly inter-charter competitions.

Queen Anne’s embraces innovation such as artificial intelligence in learning and the use of digital devices, while maintaining cherished traditions that shape the school's personality. The school’s pioneering education prepares girls for the challenges of the modern world – inspiring girls to explore their individuality, free from gender stereotypes.
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Head of school

Since 2022, Elaine Purves. Read English and German at Hull before completing a PGCE at Durham. Began her teaching career at Oakham School, then on to the Royal High School, Bath, where she was deputy head. Amazingly, Queen Anne’s is her fourth headship after Ipswich High School, Rossall School and, most recently, St John’s International School in Belgium. Tall, willowy and ‘approachable’ with an appearance strongly reminiscent of mid-eighties Jessica Lange. Hired during Covid via Zoom interview and agreed to take over the reins at Queen Anne’s ‘sight unseen’.

When not headmistressing, likes meeting new people, travel, cycling, and playing golf with her children. Is fluent in German and has now set herself the task of learning French. Married with two children – son is reading law at...

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