About Queen's College London

Welcome to the Queen's College website.

Queen's is an independent day school for girls between the ages of 11 and 18, and occupies four large houses on Harley Street. We are academically selective, but not narrowly so, and we place very great importance on the nurture and development of the talents of each individual girl. This is not a school to force anyone into a mould, and we are very proud of that. Our size allows for small classes and close relations between the well qualified staff and pupils, but we are large enough to be able to offer a wide range of subjects and subject combinations.

Being situated at the heart of the capital, we are able to take full advantage of the cultural life of London, and to draw upon the museums, galleries, theatres and concert halls around. And while Queen's girls come from a huge range of different backgrounds and traditions, they share a self-confidence and open-mindedness which enables them to embark upon their university courses and future careers with vigour and success.

Queen's is a unique institution - with an exceptional history behind it and a distinctive approach to the education of girls and young women in the 21st century. Please come and visit us.

Dr Frances Ramsey



Queens College Tatler Review 2015

To read our entry in 'Tatler Schools Guide 2015' please click here.

Good Schools Guide

To read our entry in 'The Good Schools Guide' please click here.


Queen's College occupies an extraordinary position in the history of education. It was founded in 1848 by Frederick Denison Maurice, professor of English Literature and History at King's College London and Christian Socialist thinker. His ambition was to provide a means by which girls and young women could gain a serious education, and Queen's was the first institution in Great Britain where they could study for and gain academic qualifications. In 1853 Queen's received a Royal Charter from Queen Victoria which established much of the organisation of the College. Following this early royal patronage, the Patron of the College has always been a queen, and our current Patron is Her Majesty The Queen.

In keeping with its radical and pioneering past, Queen's has maintained a liberal and self-confident tradition throughout its history. It has educated young women who have gone on to become leaders in the professions and who have blazed trails in just about every walk of life.


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Queen's College, which comprises both the senior school and Queen's College Preparatory School, is a registered charity (no 312726). It is governed by the Council of Queen's College under the terms of the Royal Charter of 1853.

HM The Queen

The Rt Revd and Rt Hon the Lord Bishop of London

Members of Council
Michael Sharman BSc (Southampton) - chairman**
Ms Jessica Pulay MA (Oxon) MCIL - vice-chairman
The Revd Charlotte Bannister-Parker BA MA (Durham)*
Ms Sally Cass*
Mrs Susan Deans MA (Oxon) FCA
Lady Hopkins AADipl Hon FAIA Hon FRIAS**
John Jacob BSc (Southampton)
Mrs Danielle Salem BA (Farnham)* **
Miss Sarah Shebbeare BA (London)
Tim Streatfeild MA (Oxon) FCA
Professor Alison While BSc MSc PhD (London) RGN RHV
Mrs Rhiannon Wilkinson MA (Oxon) MEd (Manchester)

* denotes Old Queen's
** denotes current or former parent

Staff list

Principal Dr FMR Ramsey MA DPhil (Oxon)

Senior Tutor Mrs KC Woodcock BA (Bristol)

Director of Studies MJ Wardrop MChem (Oxon)

Teaching staff
* denotes head of department
MR Amherst Lock MA (Cantab) English
Mrs SC Atkins MA (Oxon) Classics
Mrs ES Azis BA (London) English
Miss FB Barrett MA (St Andrews) French
Miss LE Borck BA (Waikato) PE
Mrs S Cerasale BA (Milan) Italian
RA Curtis BSc (London) Chemistry
JT Donovan BSc (Imperial) Mathematics*
Miss CE Forsey BMus PGDip (RCM) Director of Music*
JBM Gaudoin BSc (London) Chemistry
Mrs MK Gilmour BA (California) SENCO/Learning Support
Dr JP Gray MA (Cantab) PhD (London) History of Art*
D Griffiths BSc (Kent) MSc (London) Physics
Mrs DF Gumpert BD (London) Religious Studies*
Mrs D-AP Hammond BSc (Surrey) DipCG Careers
Mrs SE Harrison MA (Oxon) Classics*
Miss CW Homes BSc (Melbourne) MSc (Imperial) Mathematics
Mrs AJ Hope BA (London) Drama*
B Howard BA (Sheffield) Economics
Miss SJ Keogh BA (Nottingham) Spanish
Ms ES Lane BA (York St John) Computing
Dr SM Lindfield BSc (Reading) PhD (Liverpool) Biology
AT Marchant BSc (London) Science*
Mrs HA McCall BSc (Durham) Mathematics
Ms PL Millward MA (Oxon) Modern Languages*
Mrs LMT Penny MA (Oxon) Classics
Dr SM Perry BA (Stirling) MA PhD (Sheffield) Librarian
Mrs L Randall BSc (Chichester) PE*/Head of the School
Miss LN Robinson BSc (Nottingham) Biology/Head of the Junior College
JR Rose BA (Kingston) Music
Dr CK Seymour BA (Cantab) MA PhD (Kent) English
Miss EJ Sims BA (Bath) PE
AJ Skilbeck BA (East Anglia) MA (London) Drama
Mrs PHO Sperling BA (London) FRGS Geography*
Dr CAF Stephens MA (Oxon) LLB PhD (London) Government and Politics
Ms LE Summers BA (Bristol) Religious Studies
Ms EJ Thonemann BA (Oxon) MA (London) History
G Tocco Maîtrise (Nancy 2) French Assistant
Miss H Veerapen BSc (London) Mathematics
Miss LM Walker BA (Oxon) English
MJ Wardrop MChem (Oxon) Chemistry
Mrs EBJ Warner BA (Bristol) German
HRS Weetch BSc (Durham) Physics
EA Wilkins BA (Oxon) History/Head of the Senior College
D Willows BA (York) MA (London) History*
Mrs KC Woodcock BA (Bristol) French
Miss EDM Woodhouse MA (Oxon) English*
Mrs S Wright BA (Middlesex) Art and Design*

Visiting staff
Miss RM Bentall BA MA (Huddersfield) PGDip LRAM Singing
RC Bottriell BA (Exeter) PGDip LRAM Piano
Miss CA Bradshaw BA (Oxon) Geography
Miss C Bridge BMus (London) LRAM Singing
Miss H Chapman BMus (RNCM) PGDip (RAM) Cello and Piano
JD Clarkson MA (Cantab) Singing and Music Theory
Mrs S Hambleton Smith GRSM LRAM Guitar
Mrs F Hamilton BMus (London) LRAM Singing
Miss I Hancock BMus (London) LRAM Brass and Piano
Ms A Huntley BMus (London) PGDip (RAM) Singing
Miss G Jayandra BA (London College of Printing) Art
Miss EM McNulty BMus (London) MMus (Trinity) Harp
Miss K Mount BA (Rose Bruford) Speech and Drama
Miss R Palmer LRAM Violin and Viola
A Tanvir BA (De Montfort) Psychology and Geography
LS Tucker BMus (RCM) MMus (Guildhall) Woodwind
M West BMus MMus (RCM) Percussion, Drums and Music Theory
Miss IDA Winkley BA (Leeds) Mandarin

SN Turner (also Secretary to the Council)

Director of Development
Ms C Buswell BA MA (Durham)

Assistant Bursar
Miss J Kozak BA (Sussex)

Admissions Secretary
Ms A Gardiner

Office Manager
Miss R Archer

Administrative Assistant
Miss L Stileman

Finance department
Miss J Holmes
Mrs T Jai Indiran

College Nurse
Ms SJ Vanstone RGN

Support staff
KP Anderson Senior Laboratory Technician
Mrs M Narauskas BSc (Szczecin) Laboratory Technician
MS Gray BA (London) Network Manager
GID Hutchinson ICT Assistant
MW Kevin Caretaker
T McHenry ICT Support Officer
P Venesiani Assistant Caretaker

Prep school

Queen's College Preparatory School, which educates girls between the ages of 4 and 11, was founded in 2002 on Portland Place. The school has grown very rapidly and is one of London's most successful girls' prep schools. There is a close relationship between QCPS and the College, and both are governed by the Queen's College Council.

To enter the QCPS website, please click here.

Latest News Queen's College London

Year 12 at the British Library

On Monday evening a group of Year 12 students enjoyed the British Library's blockbuster Magna Carta exhibition.

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Queen’s running club ‘Race for Life’

Members of the Queen’s running club took part in the 5km ‘Race for Life’ in Victoria Park on Sat 27 June.

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Benvenuti in cucina!

Our Year 9 Italian class celebrated the summer by preparing a selection of delicious homemade dishes from different regions of Italy.

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Piano duet competition

The Music department hosted its first piano duet competition this week.

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News Archive 2009 / 2010

Exam results 2010

Queen's students achieved their best ever A-level and GCSE results this year.

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Sports Day 2010

On Fri 25 June the Queen's community participated in the annual Sports Day at Parliament Hill athletics track.

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Queen's trip to the Open Air Theatre

On a lovely June afternoon, Class 3 and I Juniors enjoyed a visit to the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park.

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Hell is other people

Last week a group of eight intrepid I Seniors tore themselves away from the England match in order to attend the last Socratic Club of the year which was led by Mr Skilbeck.

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News Archive 2010 / 2011

Excellent public exam results at Queen's

Congratulations to A-level and GCSE students at Queen's on this summer's excellent exam results.

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Queen's College girls sing in BBC suffragette drama

Queen's girls young and old recently recorded songs which will be broadcast as part of a BBC Radio 4 drama in the autumn.

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Queen's College mathematicians at the British Museum

Ancient Egypt meets Year 9 Maths…

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GCSE students go paintballing

An intrepid Miss Paillasse took girls who had recently finished their GCSE exams on an unforgettable paintballing trip.

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News Archive 2011 / 2012

Excellent A-level results at Queen's College

Congratulations to our 2012 leavers who have achieved outstanding A-level results.

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Annual Gathering 2012

The last day of the Summer Term at Queen's is always marked by the Annual Gathering, which this year took place on Thurs 5 July.

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Queen's students visit the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

On Fri 22 June Year 9 and 10 Japanese students from Queen's College went on a school trip to visit the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation near Regent's Park.

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A dramatic assembly

This week in assembly a Queen's College drama group, directed by Lina from Year 12, performed a version of the story of Abraham and the sacrifice of Isaac from the Old Testament.

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News Archive 2012 / 2013

Exam results 2013

A-level and GCSE students at Queen's have achieved excellent results this year.

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Annual Gathering 2013

The last day of the Summer Term at Queen's is always marked by the Annual Gathering, which this year took place on Thurs 4 July.

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Year 7 in Northumberland

The whole of Year 7 went to Northumberland for a week in early June.

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Spanish cooking in Year 9

Year 9 students recently tried their hands at Spanish cooking, with great success!

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News Archive 2013 / 2014

Public exam results 2014

There have been smiling faces at Queen's this week and last as the girls have picked up their A-level and GCSE results.

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Annual Gathering 2014

The Queen’s College Annual Gathering 2014 took place in glorious sunshine on Thurs 3 July.

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Queen’s College play polo

On Tues 24 June fourteen very excited Queen’s girls set off to the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club to have an afternoon taster session at Cool Hooves polo training centre.

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Year 7 make a movie!

The work for the Year 7 pupils after their Classics week in Northumberland has come to a close.

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News Archive 2014 / 2015

Posted: 1st Jan 1970


Term dates 2014 / 2015

Summer Term 2015
Beginning of term (staff) Tues 21 Apr
Beginning of term (girls) Wed 22 Apr
Bank holiday Mon 4 May
Half-term Mon 25 May – Fri 29 May
End of term (girls) and Annual Gathering Thurs 2 July 
End of term (staff) Fri 3 July

Michaelmas Term 2015
Beginning of term (staff) Tues 1 Sept
I Senior and Class 3 induction day Wed 2 Sept
Beginning of term (girls) Thurs 3 Sept
Half-term Mon 19 Oct – Fri 30 Oct
End of term (girls) Tues 15 Dec
End of term (staff) Wed 16 Dec

Lent Term 2016
Beginning of term (staff) Tues 5 Jan
Beginning of term (girls) Wed 6 Jan
Half-term Mon 15 Feb – Fri 19 Feb
End of term (girls & staff) and Founder's Day Thurs 24 Mar

Summer Term 2016
Beginning of term (staff) Wed 13 Apr
Beginning of term (girls) Thurs 14 Apr
Bank holiday Mon 2 May
Half-term Mon 30 May – Fri 3 June
End of term (girls) and Annual Gathering Tues 5 July
End of term (staff) Wed 6 July


Week beginning Mon 29th June

Mon 29 June
12.30pm-3.30pm I Juniors Maths lecture (Bloomsbury Theatre)
1.05pm-1.35pm Philosophy club (Room 27)
1.05pm-1.35pm Model United Nations club - Juniors & Seniors (Room 27)
1.05pm-1.35pm Computer programming club - Juniors & Seniors (JB Lab)
1.05pm-1.35pm Chamber Music - Class 1 woodwind (Music Room 1)
1.05pm-1.35pm Queen's College Movie Makers (MR5)
4.05pm-6.00pm Rounders (Regent's Park)
4.05pm-5.15pm 'Into the woods' chorus rehearsal (Music room 1)
4.05pm-5.30pm Class 3 Rounders tournament vs QCPS (Regent's Park)
4.05pm I Seniors Athena: Magna Carta exhibition (British Library)
4.15pm Piano duet competition (Waiting Room)
4.15pm-5.15pm GCSE Composition session (MR5)
Tues 30 June
1.05pm-1.35pm Chess club (BS Lab)
1.05pm-1.35pm Science club (JB Lab)
1.05pm-1.35pm Class 3 Choir (Music Room 1)
1.05pm-1.35pm Jam Sandwich (MR5)
1.05pm-1.35pm Drama club (NFR)
4.15pm-5.15pm QCL Sinfonia (Music Room 1)
4.45pm-5.15pm Violin Quartet (Music Room 1)
Wed 1 July
1.05pm-1.35pm History Society - Seniors (Room 11)
1.05pm-1.35pm School Choir (Music Room 1)
3.30pm-4.30pm Second hand uniform sale (Lower Common Room)
4.05pm-4.45pm Chamber Choir (Music Room 1)
4.05pm-6.00pm Tennis Squad (Regent's Park)
4.15pm-5.15pm Chamber Music - violin duet (Music Room 1)
4.15pm QCPA AGM (Waiting Room)
Thurs 2 July
11.00am Annual Gathering (All Souls Church)
12.00pm End of term (girls)
Fri 3 July End of term (staff)

Summer Term 2015

Tues 21 Apr
Beginning of term (staff)
Wed 22 Apr
Beginning of term (girls)
Thurs 23 Apr
4.15pm The poetry of Ted Hughes' with Sarah Hesketh (Senior Library)
Fri 24 Apr
IGCSE French oral examinations
8.30am QCPA coffee morning
Mon 27 Apr
GCSE Art examinations (finish Tues 28 Apr)
6.30pm QCPA meeting
Wed 29 Apr
11.00am Open morning
Thurs 30 Apr
10.40am-11.45am Junior Maths Challenge for select Classes 3 & 2
10.50am-11.45am AS Italian oral examinations
1.40pm-2.45pm A2 Italian oral examinations
4.00pm II Juniors study leave begins
5.00pm Open mic event (LCR)
Fri 1 May
10.40am-12.40pm AS Spanish oral examinations
Mon 4 May
Bank Holiday
Tues 5 May
A2 Art examinations (finish Wed 6 May)
1.40pm-2.50pm AS French oral examinations
Wed 6 May
4.30pm-6.00pm Classes 3 & 2 Rounders match vs La Sainte Union School (Regent's Park)
Thurs 7 May
AS Art examinations (finish Fri 8 May)
Fri 8 May
12.00pm A2 French oral examinations
4.00pm I Seniors study leave begins
Mon 11 May
9.00am-12.00pm Queen's College swimming gala for Classes 3, 2 & 1 (Marshall Street Leisure Centre)
4.30pm-6.00pm Class 1 & I Juniors Rounders match vs St Margaret's School (Regent's Park)
5.00pm-6.00pm Bronze Duke of Edinburgh information evening for Class 1 parents (Waiting Room)
Tues 12 May
5.30pm Northumberland trip information evening for Class 3 parents (Somerville Hall)
Wed 13 May
4.30pm-6.00pm Class 1 & I Juniors Rounder's match vs La Sainte Union School (LSU)
5.00pm Informal Concert (Waiting Room)
Thurs 14 May
Class 1 Battlefields trip (departs 6.45am, returns Fri 15 May 8.30pm)
Mon 18 May
4.30pm-6.00pm Classes 3 & 2 Rounders match vs St Margaret's School (Regent's Park)
5.00pm Sports tour to Sri Lanka information evening for parents (Somerville Hall)
Tues 19 May
4.05pm I Juniors Art trip to see the Sonia Delauney exhibition (Tate Modern)
4.30pm-6.00pm Classes 2, 1 & I Juniors Rounders match vs City of London School for Girls (Regent's Park)
Thurs 21 May
1.00pm-4.30pm Class 2 Ludi Scaenici Latin play competition
Fri 22 May
10.30am Classes 3, 2 & 1 trip to England vs New Zealand Cricket match at Lord's
4.00pm II Seniors study leave begins
Mon 25 May
Half-term (return Mon 1 Jun)
Mon 1 June
I Juniors examinations (finish Wed 10 Jun)
4.30pm-6.00pm Classes 3 & 1 Rounders match vs More House School (Regent's Park)
Wed 3 June
Classes 3, 2 & 1 examinations (finish Fri 5 Jun)
Fri 5 June
8.30am QCPA coffee morning
Mon 8 June
9.00am-4.00pm Class RS trip to Westminster Abbey and the Jewish Museum
Tues 9 June
I Seniors A2 lessons begin
1.45pm-4.00pm I Seniors UCAS event
4.40pm-6.00pm Classes 3 & 1 Rounders match vs Queen's Gate School (Regent's Park)
Wed 10 June
8.00am-5.30pm Class 1 expedition training for Duke of Edinburgh Award
8.45am-4.30pm Class 2 trip to Hatfield
Thurs 11 June
11.00am Sports Day (Parliament Hill Athletics Track)
Fri 12 June
I Juniors GCSE PE trip to Liddington Adventure Centre (departs 12.00pm, returns Sun 14 Jun 8.00pm)
9.00am-3.30pm STEM event fro selected Classes 3 & 2 (Queen Mary)
Tues 16 June
9.00am-4.00pm Class 3 trip to London Zoo
1.30pm-4.30pm Prospective Class 3 induction afternoon
4.30pm-6.00pm Classes 3 & 2 Rounders match vs Francis Holland School NW1 (Regent's Park)
4.30pm-6.00pm Class 1 & I Juniors Tennis vs Francis Holland School NW1 (Regent's Park)
Wed 17 June
4.30pm-6.00pm Class 1 & I Juniors Rounders match vs Francis Holland School NW1 (Regent's Park)
4.30pm-6.00pm Classes 3 & 2 Tennis vs Francis Holland School (Regent's Park)
5.00pm-6.00pm Summer Concert
Thurs 18 June
8.30am-4.00pm Class 2 trip to Colchester
4.30pm-9.15pm Trip to see Middlesex vs Hampshire Cricket match at Lord's
Fri 19 June
Trinity Drama examinations (finish Sat 20 Jun)
Mon 22 June
Class 3 trip to Northumberland (returns Fri 26 Jun)
4.30pm-6.00pm Class 2 Rounders match vs South Hampstead High School (Regent's Park)
4.30pm-6.00pm Class 1 & I Juniors Tennis vs South Hampstead High School (Regent's Park)
Tues 23 June
11.20am-4.00pm I Juniors RS study day at St Paul's Cathedral
Wed 24 June
9.00am-4.00pm Class 2 trip to Kew Gardens
4.30pm-6.00pm Class 1 & I Juniors Rounders vs South Hampstead High School (Regent's Park)
4.30pm-6.00pm Class 2 Tennis vs South Hampstead High School (Regent's Park)
6.30pm Leavers' Dinner
Thurs 25 June
1.30pm Class 1 trip to see 'To Kill a Mocking Bird' (Barbican Theatre)
5.00pm Council Meeting
Fri 26 June
12.00pm I Juniors end of year celebration at Queens Ice & Bowl
Mon 29 June
12.30pm-3.30pm I Juniors Match lecture (Bloomsbury Theatre)
4.00pm-5.30pm Class 3 Rounders tournament vs QCPS (Regent's Park)
4.15pm Piano duet competition (Waiting Room)
Tues 30 June
ABRSM examinations (Waiting Room)
Wed 1 July
4.15pm QCPA AGM (Waiting Room)
Thurs 2 July
11.00am Annual Gathering (All Souls Church)
End of term (girls)
Fri 3 July
End of term (staff)
Thurs 13 Aug As & A-Level results
Thurs 20 Aug GCSE results


News Archive 2009 / 2010

Exam results 2010

Queen's students achieved their best ever A-level and GCSE results this year.

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Sports Day 2010

On Fri 25 June the Queen's community participated in the annual Sports Day at Parliament Hill athletics track.

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Queen's trip to the Open Air Theatre

On a lovely June afternoon, Class 3 and I Juniors enjoyed a visit to the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park.

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Hell is other people

Last week a group of eight intrepid I Seniors tore themselves away from the England match in order to attend the last Socratic Club of the year which was led by Mr Skilbeck.

Find out more »


Admissions Queen's College London

At Queen's College we aim for our admissions process to be friendly and transparent, and to provide a real opportunity for both a girl's family and the school to explore whether she would thrive here.

The main points of admission are at 11+ and 16+. However occasional vacancies may occur at other stages, and arrangements can be made to test candidates on application. Please contact the Admissions Secretary if you would like to discuss this possibility.

If you would like to request a prospectus, please click here.

If you would like to print off an application form, please click here. Please note that you will need to complete and send us both sides of the form, together with a registration fee and some supporting documentation. Full guidance is given on the form.


Queens College Tatler Review 2015

To read our entry in 'Tatler Schools Guide 2015' please click here.

Good Schools Guide

To read our entry in 'The Good Schools Guide' please click here.

Open Days 2015

Our open days for entry in September 2016 are listed below. Parents and their daughters are warmly invited to attend, but we do advise that you book a place in advance by contacting the Admissions Secretary on 020 7291 7070 or by e-mail.

Wed 16 September 2015 at 5.00pm

Thurs 17 September 2015 at 5.00pm

Wed 30 September 2015 at 5.00pm (for Sixth Form entry ONLY)

Wed 14 October 2015 at 11.00am

Thurs 12 November 2015 at 11.00am

Tues 26 January 2016 at 11.00am

Wed 27 April 2016 at 11.00am (for Sept 2017 entry)  TBC

At our open days visitors will be able to meet the Principal, Dr Frances Ramsey, to ask questions and tour the College.  Open days starting at 11.00am take place during the course of a normal school day, so that people can see the College in action. Open evenings are held after school has finished, but there will be work on display and opportunities to meet pupils and staff members.  Although open days are geared primarily towards 11+ entry, those interested in entry at other levels (including potential Sixth Formers) are very welcome.

Bursaries & scholarships


The inability to pay tuition fees should not be a deterrent to girls who share our ethos from joining Queen's College.

We are very keen to admit any girl who will benefit from the unique education we provide, and we have a number of means-tested bursaries available on entry at both 11+ and 16+. A bursary can provide up to 100% remission of fees, depending on a family's financial circumstances.  Bursary applications for entry at 11+ must be submitted by 30 November in the year before entry.

Bursaries can also be awarded if parents' circumstances change dramatically during the course of a girl's time at the College.

Please contact the Bursar for further information.


Academic, Music and Art scholarships are awarded at 11+. In the case of Music and Art scholarships, girls who have indicated that they would like to be considered for an award are invited to Queen's for assessment. Candidates for Music scholarships play their instrument(s) to the Director of Music, and those for Art scholarships bring a portfolio of work and undergo a practical test. Results are released with the 11+ entry results.

Academic scholarships are also awarded on entry to the Senior College (Sixth Form). Both internal and external candidates are welcome to apply, and scholarship examinations are held each year in November. Scholarships up to about 20% of the value of the tuition fees may be held for the two years' study up to A-level. At least one Music scholarship and one Art scholarship are usually awarded at this stage too.

A bursary may be awarded in addition to a scholarship if financial support is necessary.


Registration and entry fees
There is a non-returnable registration fee of £100.

When a place is accepted, an entry deposit of £1000 is payable. This will be refunded when a pupil leaves the College provided the appropriate notice has been given.

Tuition fees
For the school year 2015-16, tuition fees have been set at £5620 per term, payable in advance. Individual music lessons are charged at £210 per term.

The Council reserves the right to increase tuition fees without notice in the event of an increase in the approved scale of teachers' salaries.

Fees for extras such as lunches, trips and textbooks are charged in arrears.

A discount of 20% is given on tuition fees for a third sibling attending Queen's whilst her two older sisters are still in the school.

Interest on all fees paid more than one term in advance is paid.

Payment may be made by cheque or bank transfer. Parents wishing to pay fees by direct debit should refer to brochures disseminated prior to the start of each term.

Interest will be charged on any school account which becomes overdue, and the Council may require the withdrawal of a girl whose fees are persistently late. Unfortunately no remission of fees can be granted for absence.

A term's notice in writing must be given before the withdrawal of a girl from the College or a term's fees in lieu of notice will be payable.

Admissions 11+

The main point of admission to Queen's College is at 11+, when there is a three-form entry. Applicants come from all over London, from a wide range of both independent prep schools and state primaries. Girls from Queen's College Preparatory School follow the same entry procedure as other girls.

The selection process
Selection is on the basis of an interview at Queen's College, a reference from the candidate's current school, and examinations in Mathematics and English.

All candidates are interviewed by the Principal or another experienced member of staff, usually in the second half of the Michaelmas Term preceding entry. Each girl is asked to bring with her a piece of work of which she is proud, and this forms the initial basis of discussion.

The Mathematics and English tests are those set by the North London Independent Girls' Schools' Consortium, of which Queen's College is a member (in Group 1). For entry to Queen's in September 2016, these tests must be sat on Fri 15 January.

The deadline for applications for 11+ entry in September 2016 is 30 November 2015.

To download the Consortium's 2016 Code of Practice, please click here. You can also download specimen questions in Mathematics.

For guidance on what we look for in examinations answers, and on how girls can best prepare for the Consortium tests, please click here.

The results of the selection process (offer, waiting-list, or no offer) are released on a date agreed jointly by the Consortium schools. In 2016 this will be Thurs 11 February.  Parents have just over two weeks in which to accept a place which has been offered, and must respond to the College by noon on Mon 7 March.


Please note that there is a slight change to the English paper for 2016.  In the place of one long creative writing task in the Writing Section, there will be two compulsory short writing tasks of 20 minutes each, one requiring an imaginative response, and the other asking for a personal, discursive response to an issue related to the passage.  In order to ensure that candidates have time to read and plan two tasks, the examination will be extended by just five minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes.  There is no particular change to the Reading Section, which will be fully accessible to all abilities, but there will be opportunities for the most able candidates to be rewarded for original and sophisticated insights.The guidance for the Mathematics paper stays the same and the time allowed for this paper will remain 1 hour 15 minutes.
A sample English paper in the new format, with the associated reading passage, is available here.

Entrance examinations
The past three years' examination papers can be downloaded below:

Mathematics exam 2012
English exam 2012
English exam 2012 (reading passage)
Mathematics exam 2013
English exam 2013
English exam 2013 (reading passage)
Mathematics exam 2014
English Exam 2014
English exam 2014 (reading passage)

Admission 16+

There has been a long and successful tradition of girls joining Queen's at 16+ for study in the Senior College (Sixth Form). Admission is on the basis of an interview with the Head of the Senior College and a good reference (with predicted GCSE grades) from the candidate's current school. Occasionally we may ask a girl to sit a short test in a particular subject or subjects, and entry is always subject to a minimum performance at GCSE as follows:

  • in Mathematics and English, good passes (grade C or above) must be obtained

  • in any subject to be studied at A-level, a minimum of a B grade is required

  • overall at least 50 points must be gained (A*=8, A=7, B=6, C=5, D or below does not score)

Generous bursaries are available to academically able girls whose families might not otherwise be able to afford our fees.

Academic Queen's College London

Teaching and learning are at the heart of everything that is done at Queen's, and standards are high. At the point of admission girls are selected on the basis of their ability, and there is a further academic hurdle to be cleared later if they are to enter the Senior College (Sixth Form). Almost without exception our leavers proceed to university degree courses, and we are successful in preparing candidates for entry to medical schools and Oxbridge.

Our academic aims are ambitious, and are set out in our formal statement of educational principles:

  • we value academic excellence for its own sake, rather than the sterile pursuit of marks.
  • we measure our success by the development of each individual.
  • we value personal integrity and the discernment to deal responsibly with the wider world.
  • we value teaching that inspires pupils and stimulates intellectual curiosity; that encourages intellectual rigour and the ability to make informed judgements; that helps pupils to know how to think, rather than what to think.
  • we value in pupils self-reliance and independence of mind; self-discipline and the determination to outstrip expectations; imagination and the courage to take risks.

'...we shall be glad to improve our practice every day, not alter our principle.'  

(FD Maurice, founder of Queen's College)


    At all levels, the aim at Queen's College is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum with scope for girls to pursue their own interests as these emerge. We do not have a 'blocking system' at GCSE or A-level. The timetable is constructed each year around the girls' choices with the hope that everyone's individual needs can be met.

    A recent development at Queen's has been the introduction of International GCSE in a number of subjects. The decision to move to IGCSE has been taken by those departments who feel that the qualification provides a more rigorous and satisfying course in their area.

    Years 7, 8 and 9
    For their first three years at Queen's, pupils study the following subjects

    • Mathematics
    • English
    • Science
    • French
    • Classical Studies
      (including Latin)
    • History
    • Geography
    • Religious Studies
    • Art
    • Music
    • Drama
    • ICT
    • PSHE

    In Year 7, girls are given the chance to try each of German, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish; and in Years 8 and 9 they choose one of these to study as their second modern language. Games, PE and dance are also part of the curriculum at this stage, and all girls have one period a week in the Library.

    Years 10 and 11
    In these years girls study for nine, ten or occasionally eleven GCSEs or IGCSEs. It is compulsory to take:

    • Mathematics
    • English
    • English Literature
    • either Science and Additional Science, or Biology, Chemistry and Physics
    • a modern foreign language (French, German, Italian, Mandarin or Spanish)

    In addition, girls take three or four subjects from the list below:

    • Latin
    • Greek
    • Classical Civilisation
    • a second modern foreign language
    • History
    • Geography
    • Religious Studies
    • Art
    • Music
    • Drama
    • PE/Dance

    As well as their examination subjects, girls are required to take games and PSHE, which includes Careers.

    The Senior College (Sixth Form)
    In Year 12 girls usually select four A-level subjects. Most then drop to three subjects in Year 13. Some however take four subjects right through to A-level. The subjects available are:

    • Mathematics
    • Further Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • English Literature
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Spanish
    • Latin
    • Greek
    • Classical Civilisation
    • Economics
    • Geography
    • Government and Politics
    • History
    • History of Art
    • Religious Studies
    • Art
    • Music
    • Theatre Studies

    Seniors also have one period of PSHE each week. Although there is no timetabled sport in the Senior College, girls are allowed to use their study periods to take advantage of discounted membership of the University of Westminster gym, either for fitness classes or simply to work out.

    Exam results

    A-level results 2014

    A* A B C D E
    Art 4 3 2 1 0 0
    Biology 1 3 0 1 1 1
    Chemistry 0 2 1 1 0 0
    Classical Civilisation 0 0 4 1 1 0
    Economics 0 0 0 1 0 0
    English Literature 3 5 4 1 0 0
    French 0 0 3 0 0 0
    Geography 2 0 1 0 0 0
    Government & Politics 0 0 1 0 1 0
    History 0 4 2 0 0 0
    History of Art 0 1 4 1 3 0
    Italian 0 0 0 1 0 0
    Mathematics 0 3 2 1 0 0
    Music 0 0 1 0 0 0
    Physics 0 0 1 1 0 0
    Portuguese 0 0 1 0 0 0
    Psychology 0 1 3 0 0 0
    Religious Studies 3 1 1 0 0 0
    Spanish 0 1 0 0 0 0
    Textile Design 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Theatre Studies 0 2 0 0 0 0

    Totals by grade 14 26 31 10 6 1
    Cumulative % 15.7 44.9 80.7 91 97.8 98.9

    GCSE results 2014

    A* A B C D
    Art 11 10 10 2 0
    Biology 5 7 4 0 0
    Chemistry 4 7 5 0 0
    Classical Civilisation 2 4 2 3 1
    Dance 0 0 1 1 0
    Drama 0 4 3 2 1
    Dutch 0 1 0 0 0
    English (IGCSE) 11 16 14 4 0
    English Literature (IGCSE) 22 11 10 2 0
    French 3 4 1 2 0
    French (IGCSE) 3 0 0 0 0
    Geography (IGCSE) 0 3 1 3 0
    German 0 2 4 1 1
    History (IGCSE) 13 10 8 0 0
    Italian 1 1 3 1 4
    Japanese 1 2 0 0 0
    Latin 2 4 0 2 2
    Mathematics (IGCSE) 11 11 15 7 1
    Music 0 0 3 1 0
    Physics 5 8 3 0 0
    Religious Studies 14 7 1 0 0
    Science 4 5 14 5 1
    Additional Science 1 5 12 9 1
    Spanish 5 4 7 0 0

    Totals by grade 118 126 121 45 12
    Cumulative % 28.0 57.8 86.5 97.2 100


    There are two main libraries at Queen's and they form an invaluable resource for teaching and learning. Girls may use the libraries for private study during the school day and until 5.30pm, with the agreement of the Senior Tutor. There is a full-time, professional librarian.

    The Senior Library
    The Senior Library is made up of the Main Library and a later extension, the Blue Library. It is for use only by I and II Seniors and by staff, and is one of the most impressive parts of the College. A portrait of FD Maurice, the founder of the College, hangs over the mantelpiece and there is an atmosphere of quiet and purposeful study. Newspapers and periodicals are available in addition to the stock of about 10,000 books.

    The Kynaston (Junior) Library
    The Kynaston Library is available for use by all pupils and staff. It is used for the younger girls' Library lessons, and houses nearly 8000 volumes and a good DVD/video collection.

    The librarian runs a bookshop in conjunction with Daunt Books of Marylebone High Street. A small selection of books is kept, and special orders may be placed for items not in stock.

    Inspection Report

    Queen's College was inspected by the Independent Schools' Inspectorate in March 2013.   To read the report, click here.

    Co-Curricular Queen's College London

    A great deal goes on beyond the classroom at Queen's College, and we offer a very full range of cultural and sporting opportunities. We like everyone to get involved, and expect Seniors to play a part in leading and running activities.


    The Art department at Queen's has an expressive, creative ethos which is supported by lively and dynamic teaching at all levels of study.  Based in a light and airy studio, the department aims to stimulate and foster individual development through a wide range of activities including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, construction and textiles.  The department emphasises contextual studies as an integral element in all its courses and values sketchbook-based research as an essential tool in the creative process for pupils of all ages.  We have a wide range of activities on offer to all year-groups which include lunchtime clubs, workshops with visiting art specialists, outside speakers and trips.

    There is a strong creative tradition at Queen's with Art and Design a popular choice at both GCSE and A-level.  The curriculum is broad and offers students opportunities to develop their skills alongside exploring their ideas in a wide range of materials.  We encourage students to develop a personal journey at the start of their GCSE course as this equips them with the skills to develop independent inquiry and confidence in their own decision-making.  Students are offered life drawing workshops, a practical weekend workshop in Suffolk and regular after school visits to galleries.  Many students go on to prestigious Foundation courses, either before pursuing an academic route at university or in preparation for a degree course in one of the many areas of Art and Design.

    Art scholarships are offered at both 11+ and 16+.


    Welcome to the Queen's College Music department.  Through a meaningful balance of support and encouragement we aim to provide a platform for all our musicians to shine.  We believe that girls can make a lasting contribution to society through musical accomplishment and dedication to the art.  Music is to be enjoyed, cherished and nurtured.  We offer a rich and varied extra-curricular programme creating opportunities for our budding musicians to perfect the art of ensemble and to perform at our many concerts and events.  Music scholarships are offered at both 11+ and 16+.

    Music is a popular choice at GCSE and A-level each year.  The academic curriculum ensures an inspiring balance of composing, performing and appraising across all year groups.  Music is a compulsory subject in Years 7, 8 and 9 with weekly lessons.  We follow the Edexcel syllabus for our GCSE course and AQA at A-level.  The department comprises a fully up-to-date ICT suite with the latest composition software as well as our rehearsal rooms and teaching space.

    The department currently offers instrumental lessons on a wide range of instruments.  This year the harp was introduced to the department's instrumental programme.  We also offer music theory lessons to support pupils' instrumental learning.  Every week 144 instrumental lessons take place delivered by twelve specialist instrumental teachers.


    A great deal of drama goes on at Queen's. There is always a major theatrical production in the Michaelmas Term, and operas in conjunction with both Bampton Classical Opera and the Little Opera Company. Lunchtime drama is popular, and Class 3 (Year 7) girls put on a classical play every year in their second term. Individual lessons in preparation for Trinity Guildhall Speech and Drama exams are available.

    Drama is offered at GCSE and Theatre Studies at A-level, and both are taken by a good number of girls each year.

    Recent whole College shows have included Menken and Ashman's 'Little Shop of Horrors' and Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible'.  In November 2012, the production was a devised piece, created by the students themselves working with theatre professionals: '2112: A Fairy Tale'.  Most recently, Christopher Meux's specially commissioned opera 'Trouble at St Winifred's' was performed.


    A full programme of sport is on offer at Queen's, and a healthy balance is struck between promoting fitness through a range of activities and training the most talented athletes to reach their potential. The PE department offers both a schedule of fixtures against other schools in traditional team games, and a wide array of other options for recreation and enjoyment. The sports curriculum is varied and interesting, and appropriate to girls at different levels in the College.

    Year 7, 8 and 9
    In Years 7 and 8 girls have two double games lessons each week, plus one lesson of PE and one of dance. In Year 9 they have one double games lesson each week, plus one of PE and one of dance. The sports on offer are:

    Michaelmas and Lent Terms - basketball, boxercise, circuit training, cross-country running, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, netball, tag rugby
    Summer Term - cricket, rounders, tennis

    Years 10 and 11
    In Years 10 and 11 girls have two double PE lessons each week. They have a choice of the following sports:

    Boot camp, circuits, contemporary dance, cross-country running, fitness training, football, netball, spinning, table tennis

    We have a well-equipped gym on site, and are able to make good use of other facilities nearby. Outdoor games take place in Regent's Park and swimming at the Marshall Street Leisure Centre.

    Extra-curricular clubs and affiliations
    The Queen's PE department runs many lunchtime and after-school clubs covering the following sports and activities:

    Cheerleading, cross-country running, Dance Company, dodgeball, fitness, gymnastics, netball, rounders, swim squad, table tennis, tennis

    Queen's College is affiliated to Blackheath Lacrosse Club, CAPS accredited Cumberland Netball Club, Tekne Gymnastics Club, and to Westminster Running Club.

    The PE department also offers:
    An annual Dance Show, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, GCSE Dance, GCSE PE, the Mini London Marathon, ski trips, PGL activity weekends, sports tours, a tennis coaching trip to Portugal, tickets to Wimbledon and other international sporting events.

    Clubs & societies

    A wide range of different activities is on offer at Queen's, often reflecting the interests and enthusiasms of particular members of staff or pupils. After school and at lunchtimes, there are clubs and societies which meet, some for particular year groups and some open to all. This is the current list:


    Athena The society for high culture for members of the Senior College - theatre trips, high brow lectures, concerts, and more.

    • when: five or six times a term, after school
    • where: all over London
    • contact: Mr Wilkins

    Chamber choir Entry by audition, this choir is open to our more advanced singers in Classes 2 and above. The choir performs at all major College concerts and events and includes close harmony and a cappella works.

    • when: Wednesdays 4.05pm-4.35pm
    • where: Music Room 1
    • contact: Ms Forsey

    Chamber music This programme is for our instrumentalists and aims to challenge our more advanced players. Groups vary from duo, trio or quartet with weekly 30 minute reherasal with the Director of Music or instrumenal specialist. Performance opportunities are frequent including College events and Concerts.

    • when: Mondays and Thursdays 1.05pm-1.35pm and Thursdays 4.15pm-.15pm
    • where: Music Room 1
    • contact: Ms Forsey

    Cheerleading club For Classes 3, 2 & 1

    • when: Thursdays 7.30am-8.30am
    • where: Gym
    • contact: Mrs Randall

    Chess club For all years

    • when: Tuesday 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Bovell-Sturge Lab
    • contact: Mr Weetch

    Class 3 Choir This choir is open to all class 3 students and encompasses a broad range of musical styles and tastes. Girls prepare for continued study in Classes 2 and 1 and perform at many of the College events and concerts throughout the academic year.

    • when: Tuesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Music Room 1
    • contact: Ms Forsey

    Computing club For Classes 3, 2 & 1. Come and learn how a computer really works! Code your own games and Apps using a range of fun programming languages.

    • when: Tuesdays & Thursdays 4.05pm-5.00pm
    • where: RS Lab
    • contact: Ms Lane

    Computer programming club For Juniors & Seniors

    • when: Mondays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: JB Lab
    • contact: Mr Griffiths

    Classics club

    • when: Thursdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Room B
    • contact: Ms Atkins

    Cross Examined Activities and discussion to explore the Christian faith

    • when: Thursdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Geography Office
    • contact: Mrs Sperling

    Debate club For Class 1 & I Juniors

    • when: Alternate Wednesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Room 20
    • contact: Mr Willows

    Debating Society For II Juniors and Seniors

    • when: Alternate Wednesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Room 11
    • contact: Mr Willows

    Drama club

    • when: Tuesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: NFR
    • contact: Mrs Hope

    ECDL club The ECDL qualification provides a basic introduction to IT by covering a range of topics such as using email, Internet tools and IT security.

    • when: Tuesdays and Thursday 4.05pm-5.00pm
    • where: RS Lab
    • contact: Ms Lane

    GCSE Dance club Compulsory for GCSE Dance students only

    • when: Fridays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Gym
    • contact: Miss Sims

    German conversation

    • when: Wednesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Room 25
    • contact: Ms Millward

    History Society

    • when: Alternate Wednesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Room 11
    • contact: Mr Willows

    Holloway Society

    • when: Alternate Tuesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Room 11
    • contact: Mr Wilkins

    Italian conversation

    • when: Tuesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: LL1
    • contact: Ms Millward

    Jam Sandwich Teaching the art of band rehearsal and performance in popular music and jazz.

    • when: Tuesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: MR5
    • contact: Mr Rose

    Lingo Flamingo The College languages and global culture club

    • when: 3-4 times per term
    • where: LL2
    • contact: Ms Millward

    Model United Nations club For Juniors & Seniors

    • when: Mondays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Room 27
    • contact: Mrs Gumpert

    Philosophy club - For Class 2

    • when: alternate Mondays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Room 27
    • contact: Mr Skilbeck

    QCDanCo Come and learn different dance styles and techniques for performances in school and around London.

    • when: Thursdays 4.05pm-5.30pm
    • where: Gym
    • contact: Miss Sims

    QCL Sinfonia Open to instrumentalists grade 2 or equivalent, pupils will learn about sectional roles and finer details concerning orchestra rehearsal. Performances include the Michalemas and Summer concerts.

    • when: Tuesdays 4.15pm-5.15pm and Fridays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Music Room 1
    • contact: Ms Forsey

    Queen’s College Movie Makers Film making club for all years

    • when: Thursdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: MR5
    • contact: Mr Rose


    • when: Mondays & Wednesdays 4.05pm-6.00pm
    • where: Regent's Park
    • contact: Mrs Randall

    Running club Run for fun, fitness, or fanaticism. Open to all.

    • when: Tuesdays 4.05pm-5.00pm
    • where: Regent’s Park
    • contact: Miss Archer

    School Choir For Classes 2 & 1

    • when: Wednesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Music Room 1
    • contact: Ms Forsey

    Science Club For Class 3

    • when: Tuesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: JB Lab
    • contact: Mr Marchant

    Senior Choir Open to Class 1 & I Junior students who wish to study a more advanced choral repertoire.

    • when: Thursdays 4.05pm-4.45pm
    • where: Music Room 1
    • contact: Ms Forsey

    Spanish conversation

    • when: Wednesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: LL2
    • contact: Ms Millward

    Swim squad For Classes 3, 2 & 1

    • when: Tuesdays 7.00am-7.45am and Thursdays 4.00pm-5.30pm
    • where: Marshall Street Leisure Centre, W1
    • contact: Mrs Randall

    Tennis squad

    • when: Wednesdays 4.05pm-6.00pm
    • where: Regent's Park
    • contact: Mrs Randall

    Life at Queen's College London

    Life at Queen's is extraordinarily varied. This website attempts to give a flavour of what goes on in the central areas of College life, but our unique atmosphere is best experienced in person on one of our Open Days. Please contact our Admissions Secretary for further details.


    At its foundation in 1848, Queen's College occupied 45 Harley Street and within ten years acquired the lease on number 43 as well. The late 19th century saw extensive remodelling, and in 1898 a major bequest enabled significant changes to be made. These included the construction of the portico on the street front between numbers 43 and 45, which is still the most notable feature of the entrance to the College, and of the Main Corridor and Pfeiffer Hall. In 1921 the College was able to expand when the lease on 47 Harley Street was bought.

    The second half of the 20th century witnessed major new developments. Kynaston House (49 Harley Street) was acquired in 1962, providing additional Library space and for a while accommodation for weekly boarders. Under two recent Principals, the Lady Goodhart (1991-99) and Miss Margaret Connell (1999-2009) modernisation has proceeded rapidly with new laboratories, ICT facilities, a Drama studio, a reworked kitchen and dining area and in 2007 a stunning refurbishment of the Pfeiffer Hall (re-named the Somerville Hall in 2010).  In 2011 work began in the basement of the buildings, and there has been significant opening up of the dining area and provision of better changing and bathroom facilities.


    At Queen's we have different names for the year-groups and sections of the school from those you might have met elsewhere. Girls in their first three years are said to be in the School; those studying for GCSEs constitute the Junior College; and Sixth Formers make up the Senior College. The table below explains this fully.

    Historically Queen's was a college for older girls (from about the age of fourteen) and 'the School' was a later addition to provide preparatory classes for those who wanted to attend the College.

    National Curriculum

    Queen's name

    Queen's section

    Year 7
    Year 8
    Year 9

    Class 3
    Class 2
    Class 1

    The School

    Year 10
    Year 11

    I Juniors
    II Juniors

    The Junior College

    Year 12
    Year 13

    I Seniors
    II Seniors

    The Senior College

    Pastoral care

    At Queen's we aim to provide a happy and supportive environment and, consistent with our aim of developing each girl individually, pastoral care is one of our greatest strengths. The ethos of the College ensures that all members of staff take responsibility for the pastoral welfare of the pupils, and the girls' own Care, Consideration and Courtesy document provides guidelines for maintaining a civilised and tolerant community.

    Members of staff with specific pastoral responsibilities are:

    • the Principal
    • the Senior Tutor, who is also Designated Senior Person for Child Protection (Safeguarding)
    • the Head of the Senior College
    • the Head of the Junior College
    • the Head of the School
    • the College Nurse
    • Year Tutors
    • Form Tutors and Deputy Form Tutors

    Form Tutors
    Form tutors and their deputies play a vital role in the pastoral care of the girls. They meet with the girls in their form for registration at the beginning and end of each day, and attend Prayers and PSHE lessons with them. They are well placed to get to know the girls in their care and to help with any difficulties. Parents are able to communicate with Form Tutors by telephone or e-mail, and are encouraged to do so.

    Form Groups
    When girls join the College in Class 3 (Year 7), they are allocated to a form partly on the basis of where they live.  This is intended to help families with their travel arrangements and out of school activities. We also try to ensure an academic mix within each form and a balance of girls from different feeder schools. We reorganise the form groups at the end of each of the first three years in the College, and again on a girl's entry to the Senior College.  It is hoped that as a consequence girls will have the opportunity to experience varied friendships.


    Lunch is available daily in the self-service dining area and paid for on a fingerprint recognition system. It is also possible to bring in a packed lunch. Only senior girls are allowed to leave the College at lunchtime, and then they are required to sign out and back in again.

    There is a wide variety of different meals on offer each day, and the quality is high.

    To see this week's lunch menu, click here.


    An exciting recent development at Queen's has been the reintroduction of uniform after several decades without one.  For the school year 2014-15, full school uniform will be worn by Years 7, 8 and 9.  Our uniform is modern and attractive, and girls are expected to identify themselves with the College and its ethos by wearing it neatly and without adaptations.  Full uniform regulations are available here, and uniform must be purchased on-line from Schoolblazer.  For those who are interested, the uniform can be viewed on the Schoolblazer website (www.schoolblazer.com).

    For girls in the Junior College (Years 10 and 11), we have a dress code which includes a uniform jacket and blouse.  The Junior College dress code is available here.  Students in the Senior College (Years 12 and 13) have no specific code to follow, but their dress is required to be appropriate for school.

    All girls need uniform for PE and this is also available from Schoolblazer.

    Parents’ association

    Queen's has a thriving Parents' Association, the QCPA, which does a great deal to support the College through social events, practical assistance for College activities, and fund-raising.  All parents are automatically members of the QCPA.

    The QCPA operates very much as a team.  Events are planned using old-fashioned committee meetings and coffee mornings, but also e-mail. Responsibility is spread so that parents can contribute in big or small ways to fit around their other commitments.  New ideas are always welcome, whether they come from parents, staff or pupils.

    All events and meeting dates are listed in the College calendar, and the current chairman is Mrs Sarah Lang. The QCPA's constitution is available here.

    Life after Queen's College London

    Girls leaving Queen's go on to a wide variety of different degree courses, and very careful consideration is given to the needs and aspirations of each student. During their I Seniors year (Year 12) all students take the Cambridge Occupational Analysts' 'Centigrade' test and receive a full report detailing possible careers and routes through higher education. There is also an annual careers fair.

    The College employs a qualified careers guidance specialist who is available to give advice, and who conducts practice interviews with all II Seniors (Year 13). Those applying to Oxbridge or to medical schools are given additional interview practice. The Head of the Senior College, heads of relevant academic departments, subject teachers and Form Tutors also play an important part in providing constructive advice and support throughout the application period.

    Former pupils

    Queen's College was founded to provide women with the qualifications they needed to enter the professions. It is not surprising then that during the course of its history the College has produced a large number of successful, professional women. Former pupils are known as Old Queen's. These are a few of the best known, with their dates at the College:

    • Imogen Lloyd Webber (1988-95) writer, broadcaster and political commentator
    • Vanessa Walters (1988-95) writer and film critic
    • Laura Tenison MBE (1982-84) businesswoman
    • Caroline Lee-Johnson (1980-82) actress
    • Amber Rudd (1979-81) MP and cabinet minister
    • Claudia Rosencrantz (1975-79) senior TV executive
    • Emma Freud (1973-80) broadcaster
    • Catherine Goodman (1972-79) painter and Artistic Director of The Prince's Drawing School
    • Tamara Ingram OBE (1972-79) advertising executive
    • Daisy Goodwin (1972-77) BBC television producer and presenter
    • Sarah Anderson CBE (1966-73) businesswoman
    • Emma Soames (1965-6) journalist and magazine editor
    • Professor Griselda Pollock (1964-66) art historian and cultural analyst
    • Harriet Cass (1962-70) broadcaster
    • Dame Hermione Lee DBE (1963-65) biographer, academic and President of Wolfson College, Oxford
    • Margaret Elphinstone (1960-67) novelist
    • Deborah Moggach (1959-62) novelist and script-writer
    • Jacqueline du Pré (1959) cellist
    • Barbara Thompson MBE (1955-62) jazz saxophonist and composer
    • Dame Rosalinde Hurley DBE (1948-50) microbiologist, barrister and Chairman of the Medicines Commission
    • Professor Albinia de la Mare OBE (1947-56) palaeographer and librarian
    • Joyce Rose CBE (1946-50) former Chairman, Magistrates' Association
    • Gillian Sheen (1945-47) Britain's first Olympic gold medallist in fencing
    • Professor Jane Somerville (1944-50) consultant cardiologist, Chairman of Queen's College Council (2000-06)
    • Lady Soames LG DBE (1940) daughter of Sir Winston Churchill, writer, former Chairman of the Royal National Theatre Board, mother of Emma Soames (above)
    • Dame Simone Prendergast DBE (1939-40) lawyer and public servant
    • Dame Elizabeth Chesterton DBE (1932) architect
    • Diana Barnato Walker MBE FRAeS (1928-34) aviator
    • Dame Alison Munro DBE (1924-25) High Mistress of St Paul's Girls' School
    • Katherine Mansfield (1903-06) author
    • Eleanor Davies-Colley FRCS (1891-94) co-founder of the South London Hospital for Women and Children
    • Gertrude Bell (1884-86) diplomat, archaeologist and writer
    • Frances Dove (1860-62) founder of Wycombe Abbey School
    • Sophia Jex-Blake (1858-61) co-founder of the London School of Medicine
    • Dorothea Beale (1848-55) founder of Cheltenham Ladies' College and St Hilda's College, Oxford
    • Frances Mary Buss (1848) founder of North London Collegiate School

    Contact Queen's College London

    By post:
    Queen's College
    43-49 Harley Street
    W1G 8BT

    By telephone:
    General enquiries: 020 7291 7000
    Admissions: 020 7291 7070

    By e-mail:
    General enquiries: queens@qcl.org.uk
    Admissions: admissions@qcl.org.uk

    How to Find Us

    Queen's College has a unique, central location at 43-49 Harley Street, and is very well served by public transport.

    For suggested routes from different areas of London, please click here.

    Some parents bring their daughters to school by car, and it is possible to avoid the Congestion Charge zone if girls are dropped off at the top of Harley Street.

    Numerous bus routes pass close by the College, and tube stations within easy walking distance are:

    • Baker Street (Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Jubilee and Metropolitan lines)
    • Bond Street (Central and Jubilee lines)
    • Great Portland Street (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines)
    • Oxford Circus (Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines)
    • Regent's Park (Bakerloo line)

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    Leavers Destinations

    leavers' destinations

    Queen's College Sixth Form Cultural Society


    Beyond the Classroom

    Beyond the classroom




    Senior mentors

    Alumnae lunches

    Duke of Edinburgh

    Welcome to Queen's College sixth form


    Here at Queen’s we are extremely proud of what we offer our sixth form students.

    Welcome from the Head of the Senior College

    Welcome from the Senior Student

    News Archive 13/14

    News Archive 14/15

    Academic Success at Queen's Senior School

    Academic success

    Academic ambition


    Last year's leavers' destinations

    • Queens College London

    • Queens College London

    • Queens College London

    • Queens College London

    • Queens College London

    Drama & Theatre Studies

    • Queens College London

    • Queens College London

    • Queens College London

    • Queens College London

    • Queens College London

    • Queens College London

    • Queens College London

    • Queens College London

    • Queens College London

    • Queens College London

    • Queens College London

    • Queens College London

    • Queens College London

    • Queens College London

    • Queens College London

    • Queens College London

    Life on Harley Street

    Life on Harley Street

    Your privileges


    • 'Make sure you get involved and make the most of all the opportunities available.' Emma, Year 12.  
    • 'Don't forget to enjoy your social time. Work is important but having some down time will help with your studies.' Alex, Year 12.
    • 'Don't be afraid to ask teachers for help; our teachers will always give you their time'. Polly, Year 12.