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The atmosphere is calm and purposeful until the bell goes for break or lunch, when there’s a refreshing amount of clamour and excitement. We saw girls running eagerly to lunch (‘Food here is the best!’ one exclaimed, and we agree it’s outstanding), with others chatting cheerfully in huddles. The pacey environment – and the school really does move at a brisk speed – isn’t for everyone, but the fastidious emphasis on admissions and ongoing support and encouragement for the girls means that they…

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What the school says...

St Helen and St Katharine educates girls from the ages of 9 to 18. Pupils are admitted to the Junior Department at either 9+ or 10+ and to the Senior School at 11+, 13+ and 16+. It may be possible to admit pupils into other years; enquiries should be made to the Admissions Office.

The admissions process involves references from a pupils current school, an interview and an examination. For the Sixth Form, admission is dependent on interview and performance in I/GCSE examinations.

Scholarships and Bursaries
A range of scholarships are available at ages 11+, 13+ and 16+ for academic ability, art, drama, music, sport and an all-rounder award.The School also offers bursaries of up to 100% of school fees.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Art & Design (Fine Art) at an English Independent School (GCSE Short Course)

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since January 2015, Mrs Rebecca Dougall BA MA (40s), previously head of the Royal High School, Bath. She has also taught at Wycombe Abbey and Oxford High, where she was deputy head. An English literature specialist, she is chic, sprightly, youthful and dynamic, as well as being passionate about single sex schools, having attended one herself. Doesn’t teach, but certainly not a chief executive type head and is known among pupils for being personable and approachable, regularly popping into lessons and having an open-door policy. ‘She doesn’t just know our names – she knows what our interests are, often stopping us to ask us about them,’ said one pupil, with another adding that she gives ‘great thought-provoking assemblies that we genuinely look forward to’. Parents also impressed. ‘She has her finger on the pulse...

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Special Education Needs


Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
Not Applicable
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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