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Queen Annes School

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Fabulous art department – ‘creativity happens here’ announces a trompe l’oeil splashed across floor and entrance. One of the most imaginative arrays of A level art we’ve seen, from intricate hanging installations to the imaginary office of Kim Jong Un’s head of propaganda. The Space, home of the brand new sixth form centre plus dining hall, is a triumph of glass and stainless steel, complete with Café 6, the bright, stylish in-house eatery serving hot snacks and proper coffee to sixth formers, who relax in leather upholstered booths...

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What the school says...

Founded in 1894, Queen Anne’s is an inspirational day and boarding school for girls aged 11-18 set in 35 acres in the heart of Berkshire, with easy access to London.

From the Sixth Form centre that could be mistaken for Google offices, to the careful support of the wellbeing programme, every girl is inspired to explore and enjoy her individuality, free from gender-stereotypes, in a safe environment that champions excellence and deep creativity.

The school is known for its performing and creative arts offering. It boasts a state-of-the-art music centre; outstanding art, design, animation, and ceramics provision; plus, a 250-seat theatre and a thriving dance department. The extensive digital teaching and learning and outstanding academic support results in exceptional ‘value added’ at GCSE and A Level. Lacrosse, netball, tennis, dance, trampolining, swimming, and athletics all feature highly both in academic PE and in the bursting extra-curricular programme, with football, badminton and cricket recent growing additions.
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Head of school

Since January 2022, Elaine Purves, previously head at St John’s International School in Belgium. She has also been head at Rossall School and Ipswich High School, as well as deputy head at the Royal High School, Bath, GDST.


Girls join at 11 from a large number of prep schools and state primaries. Tests in maths, English, verbal and non-verbal reasoning and a group interview. Recommendations of help required for girls with SEND made in offer letter. For entry into year 12, there’s an entrance exam and requirement of minimum six GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English and maths) and 6 in subjects to be studied at A level.

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