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‘Much more academic than its reputation,’ say parents. Now gives local rivals Channing and Francis Holland a real run for their money. Arts and humanities traditionally stronger but we heard that maths is ‘the bee's knees’ and ‘science is huge’; our guides enthused about a guest lecture for A level biologists on zombie ants and reminisced fondly about dropping eggs from the elegant, curved staircase as part of GCSE physics. We were captivated by a year 10 chemistry practical presented as a forensics crime scene, in which girls...

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Queen's College occupies four elegant and spacious houses in Harley Street. The College is academically selective, and great importance is placed on the development of the talents of each individual girl and on pastoral care. Results are impressive, and students go on to competitive degree courses (including Oxbridge).

Classes are small yet the curriculum is wide at both GCSE and A-level. Five modern languages are taught as well as Latin; the three separate sciences are available throughout. Provision for the creative arts is outstanding and good use is made of the cultural life and landmarks of Central London, which are easily accessible from the School's central location. A wide variety of co-curricular activities are on offer, with a full programme of fixtures in the traditional team sports. The School makes use of Paddington Recreation Ground's excellent sporting facilities for tennis, hockey, football and cricket and benefits from an on-site gymnasium.

Founded in 1848 and given a Royal Charter in 1853 by Queen Victoria, Queen's College is a unique School. it was the first educational institution to award academic qualifications to women to enable them to apply to university, and its pioneering spirit is still much in evidence today. It has an exceptional history behind it and an ambitious, warm and distinctive approach to the education of young women in the 21st century.
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Since 2017, Richard Tillett, former deputy head at Harrogate Ladies’ College. Degree in modern languages and history from Cambridge. Driven by altruism from a young age, he eschewed the milk round corporates and joined the health service training scheme, specialising in mental health. Disillusioned by bureaucracy, gained his PGCE from Sussex and hasn’t looked back. Taught history and politics at King Edward VI Grammar and was housemaster and history teacher at the Leys before joining Harrogate Ladies’ in 2010 as head of sixth form.

Wife and daughter remain in North Yorkshire, from where he commutes weekly. School community very supportive of this: ‘Everyone has great respect for his deep commitment to the school and hands-on approach.’ Keeps his hand in teaching on school’s ‘Thrive’ programme. A keen musician, he plays...

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Special Education Needs

Queen's College focuses on the development and needs of each individual. All new girls are screened to see if they have specific learning difficulties and when a pupil requires help, whether for basic study skills or essay technique at A Level, we provide up to half a term of sessions with our educational support specialist.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
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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