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Dr Who springs to mind when describing St Hilda’s buildings. Set at the end of Bushey High Street in an unassuming Victorian house (originally the home of artist Hubert von Herkomer), with a number of more modern add-ons crammed into the site, it has a compact, urban feel, more akin to a London school than a leafy suburban prep. There’s a quiet energy rather than a buzz around the school, generated by a loyal staff, some of whom have taught at St Hilda’s for 15 years or more. Girls seem studious and sensible – not a hint of precociousness – probably because…

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Since January 2015, Sarah Jane Styles, previously head of Francis Holland (Sloane Square) Junior School. BA, QTS in theology and MA in philosophy of education. Previously director of studies at Wheathampstead House. Was a member of the royal navy and now a member of the royal naval reserve at weekends and in school holidays. Seen by Francis Holland parents as being ‘approachable’, ‘sweet’ and ‘fair'. Likes cycling, walking and being on the go.


About 50 per cent of the potential 18 reception places are filled from the school’s co-ed Bluebird nursery. Not academically selective but all potential newcomers are assessed to ensure good fit with the school and places are not a given. Girls join other year groups from a mix of local state schools and pre-preps, with the occasional joiner from competing preps as...

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