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.

Mr Richard Tillett



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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.


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
Professor Alison While BSc MSc PhD (London) RGN RHV - chairman
Mr Matthew Hanslip Ward MA (Cantab) - vice-chairman**
Mr Seth Bolderow MSt (Oxon) BA (Exeter)
Mrs Alexia Bolton MA (Open) BA (St Martin's)
The Revd Charlotte Bannister-Parker BA MA (Durham)*
Mr Richard Ford BSc (LSE)**
Mrs Alexandra Gregory BA (Exeter) ACA
Mr John Jacob BSc (Southampton)
Ms Holly Porter MA (Cantab) MA (RCA) RIBA FRSA**
Mr Paul Reeve**
Mrs Danielle Salem BA (Farnham)* **
Mrs Rhiannon Wilkinson MA (Oxon) MEd (Manchester)

* denotes Old Queen
** denotes current or former parent

The Chairman of the Council may be contacted by writing to:
The Bursar
Queen's College
43-49 Harley Street

Staff list

Principal Mr RW Tillett MA (Cantab)

Senior Tutor Mr MJ Wardrop MChem (Oxon) FRSC

Pastoral Deputy Head Dr SJ Abbott BA MA PhD (Reading)

Assistant Head Mr EA Wilkins MA (Oxon) MA (Cardiff)

Teaching staff
* denotes head of department
Dr SJ Abbott BA MA PhD (Reading) History
Mr MR Amherst Lock MA (Cantab) English
Mrs R Argent BSc (Northumbria) Director of Sport*
Mrs SC Atkins MA (Oxon) Classics
Mrs ES Azis BA (London) English
Mrs JK Baker BA (Leeds) MA (Warwick) Economics
Miss FB Barrett MA (St Andrews) French
Miss C Billard MA (ÉNS Louis Lumière) French Assistant
Miss R Bor BSc (Birmingham) Mathematics
Miss LE Borck BA (Waikato) PE
Mrs SLS Bottaioli BA (London) Italian
Mr FJS Burgess BEng (Glasgow) Physics
Miss LV Catlin BA (Ulster) MA (Royal Central School) Drama
Mrs S Cerasale BA (Milan) Italian
Ms CE Curtis BA (Sheffield) MA (London) Learning Support
Miss IW D'Arcy BMus (RAM) Music
Dr P Davies BSc MA PhD (London) FRSB Science*
Mrs EF Delany MA (Cantab) Geography*
Ms Z Dharsi BA (Durham) MA (UCL) English*
Mr JT Donovan BSc (Imperial) Mathematics*
Miss CE Forsey BMus PGDip (RCM) Director of Music*
Mr RV French BSc (Hatfield) Biology
Dr JP Gray MA (Cantab) PhD (London) History of Art*
Mrs DF Gumpert BD (London) Religious Studies*
Miss EI Halstead BA (Oxon) Religious Studies
Mrs D-AP Hammond BSc (Surrey) DipCG Careers
Mrs SE Harrison MA (Oxon) Classics*
Miss SJ Keogh BA (Nottingham) Spanish
Ms ES Lane BA (York St John) Computing
Miss CV Loftus BA (Bristol) Mathematics
Mrs P Martinez Romero BA (University of Chile, Santiago) MA (UNI) MA (UNED), Spanish Assistant
Ms AER Morse BA (UAL) Director of Drama*
Miss N Murugan MChem (Manchester) MSc (London) Chemistry
Mr JPW Oakley BSc (Leeds) Physics
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
Miss EJ Sims BA (Bath) PE
Dr PJ Smith BSc MSc PhD (Birmingham) Mathematics
Mrs PHO Sperling BA (London) FRGS Geography
Mrs EJ Stafford BA (Durham) French
Dr CAF Stephens MA (Oxon) LLB PhD (London) Government and Politics
Ms RJ Stewart BA (Central St Martins) Art
Mrs IKR Stonham BA (Durham) English
Miss DNJ Suri BA (Durham) MA (London) Modern Languages*
Miss REM Thomson MA (Edinburgh) Art*
Ms EJ Thonemann BA (Oxon) MA (London) History
Mr RW Tillett MA (Cantab) History
Miss LM Walker BA (Oxon) English
Mr MJ Wardrop MChem (Oxon) FRSC Chemistry
Mr EA Wilkins MA (Oxon) MA (Cardiff) History
Mr D Willows BA (York) MA (London) History*
Miss RL Wilson MChem (York) MSc (London) Chemistry

Visiting staff
Miss RM Bentall BA MA (Huddersfield) PGDip LRAM Singing
Mr RC Bottriell BA (Exeter) PGDip LRAM Piano
Miss C Bridge BMus (London) LRAM Singing
Miss M Carroll BMus MMus (London) LRAM Piano
Mr JD Clarkson MA (Cantab) Singing and Music Theory
Miss G Dafydd Diplôme (École Normale de Musique de Paris) LRAM MA (RAM) Harp
Dr AL Fredrick BMus (Northwestern) MMus PhD (RAM) Singing
Mr JR Gale MEng (Leeds) Physics
Mrs F Hamilton BMus (London) LRAM Singing
Miss R Hinton BMus (London) DipABRSM Violin
Ms M Lo BA (Birmingham City) Mandarin Chinese
Mr DA McCormick Gymnastics
Miss T McKoy-Patterson Dip (London Studio Centre) Dance
Ms HE Meehan Cert (AACCA) Cheerleading
Miss K Mehmet Cert (Santosha Yoga Institute) Yoga
Miss EL-M Mitchell LRAM Trumpet
Miss K Mount BA (Rose Bruford) Speech and Drama
Miss R Palmer LRAM Violin and Viola
Miss M Ridd BA (Oxon) PGDip (RAM) Cello and piano
Mrs KC Scott Dip (Brunel) Dance
Mr B Sharpe BMus (LCM) Guitar
Mr LS Tucker BMus (RCM) MMus (Guildhall) Woodwind
Mr M West BMus MMus (RCM) Percussion, Drums and Music Theory

Bursar (also Secretary to the Council)
Ms JCL Whittingham BSc (Cardiff) MSc (London Business School) 

Director of Development
Ms C Buswell BA MA (Durham)

Miss FA Murdoch BSc (Portsmouth)

Principal's PA
Miss GL Nicholson BA (Canterbury Christ Church)

Assistant Bursar
Miss EC Austin BA (Oxon)

Office Manager

Miss R Archer

Administrative Assistant
Miss L Stileman

Database and Academic Administrator
Miss N Robinson

Finance department
Miss J Holmes BA (Brunel)
Mr D Pretorius BA (Pretoria)

College Nurse
Mrs AL Donnelly RN

Miss AG Pendias BSc (LSE) MSc (UCL)

Support staff
Mr Anderson Senior Laboratory Technician
Mrs M Narauskas BSc (Szczecin) Laboratory Technician
Mr MS Gray BA (London) Network Manager
Mr GID Hutchinson ICT Support Officer
Mr HS Lau BSc (Portsmouth) ICT Assistant
Miss M Moor BFA (Oxon) Art Technician
Miss E Pegler Clerical Assistant
Mr S Kumandan Caretaker
Mr P Venesiani 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.

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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. Our guest speaker was the Revd Dr Jo Bailey Wells, who is chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury and a Queen’s College parent. At the Annual Gathering the Principal makes her report on the work of the College for the year just ending. This is what she said:


Chairman, Dr Bailey Wells, Ladies and Gentlemen

It’s a great pleasure to welcome you to today’s Annual Gathering and to be able at the end of a busy year to celebrate what we have done and who we are in our own unique format. I am especially pleased to be able to welcome to the College Dr Jo Bailey Wells who will speak to us later and who acts as the representative of our official Visitor, the Bishop of London. Last year we managed a first in having a clergyman who is an Old Queen address us at Annual Gathering; this year we are blazing the trail again because Jo is a Queen’s College mother – her daughter is in Form V at the Prep School – and this is the first time a College mother has played this important role at Annual Gathering. Our founder FD Maurice, as both a great Anglican and a visionary thinker on the capacities and capabilities of women, would I think be very proud. Jo is a scientist by training and has had a varied career in the church, having been dean of Clare College, Cambridge, and has more recently held a professorial post at Duke University Divinity School in North Carolina. Earlier this year she was appointed chaplain to the new Archbishop of Canterbury, and both supports him in his wide-ranging ministry and oversees the spiritual life of Lambeth Palace. Jo, we are greatly looking forward to hearing you speak to us today and are so grateful to you for finding the time to be here in amongst your many responsibilities.

Meanwhile I am pleased to present my report on the work of Queen’s College for the school year 2012-13.

This is not the first report on Queen’s to be produced this year. In March we had a visit from the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate; and a team of nine inspectors spent four days in the College and looked thoroughly at our provision, following this up with a full report which arrived at the start of the Summer Term. We were excited to learn that we had been graded ‘Excellent’ (the top grade available) in all six educational areas: teaching, the quality of pupils’ achievements, curricular and extra-curricular provision, pastoral care, leadership and management, and pupils’ moral, social and cultural development. Beyond this, we were delighted that despite proving rather inscrutable during the inspection week, the inspectors seemed to have ‘got’ us. Above all, they had found Queen’s girls as we all know them to be: (I quote) ‘friendly, exceptionally confident and happy… having strong values and a well-developed sense of self-worth and great respect for the rights of others…they demonstrate an excellent social commitment… accepting responsibility for supporting one another as well as those less fortunate than themselves… tolerance and harmony are strong features of the school community.’

ISI’s praise both for teaching at the College and for the quality of the pupils’ achievements did not come as a surprise. Last summer the departing II Seniors had delivered record A-level results with 83% of exams graded A*, A or B. Well over a third of the year-group gained three A grades or better, and particular mention must go to those girls who achieved two or more A* grades: Sarah Al-Sowaidan, Ella De Cleyn, Freya Gibbs, Natasha Goldstein, Clemmie Hastings, Flora Hastings, Daisy Hilliard, Mariette Moor, Olivia Qasir and Robyn Yeang. They won places at a range of competitive universities with Bristol, Nottingham and UCL proving the most popular. At GCSE, the results did not quite match the record set in 2011, but comfortably over half the grades were A* or A, and the II Juniors unquestionably acquitted themselves very well indeed. The inspectors said of our teaching that it leads to ‘an ethos of high aspirations and achievements for pupils’ and that the expectation at Queen’s is that all students want to do their best. This of course comes about as a result of the commitment of the teaching staff to fostering each individual student’s talents, and I would like to pay tribute here to their hard work, their constant encouragement of the girls, and their dedication to the raising of standards over the past few years.

As ever at this time of year we thank those teachers who are leaving or have left during the course of the year. Tim Lello, who had been Senior Tutor for the past eight years, left at Christmas to take up the headship of Babington House School in Chislehurst. Tim and his sidekick Oscar (an utterly charming cocker spaniel) had been a rock of support for many girls and staff in his time here. He was a talented teacher of History, had a firm but light touch on disciplinary matters, and embodied the Queen’s values of warmth, friendliness and worldly wisdom to a tee. His witty but thought-provoking contributions to our assembly programme were celebrated at the farewell party put on for him by other staff on his final day here with a wonderful take-off of a song from ‘HMS Pinafore’ celebrating the occasion on which Oscar had joined in with our morning hymn at Prayers – this seemed a rather fitting combination of the giddy and the serious with which to dispatch Tim to his headship. Tim has of course been ably succeeded by Katharine Woodcock over these past two terms and I would like to express my enormous gratitude to her for ensuring a seamless transition and for carrying such a significant share of the administrative burden as we have been one deputy head short since January. We also bid farewell today to Peter Wilford who has been Head of Art since September 2000. Peter runs what is by universal acclaim one of the very finest school Art departments in London. He is a superb teacher and his nurturing of the girls’ creativity is both inspired and inspiring. Our walls are covered with the work which his pupils have produced under his watchful eye, and his older students win places on the most competitive Art and Design courses in the country. He will be sorely missed, but what he has generated here will be a wonderful memorial to his fourteen years. We warmly wish him well for his retirement and for the time he is planning to enjoy in his studio in France. This year we have enjoyed the company of four teachers who will now be moving on to new fields of endeavour. Tom Whyte has taught RS with humour and intelligence covering Ms Summers’ maternity leave, Ceri Blunden has been a popular and sympathetic teacher of History taking on Mr Lello’s classes from January, Caroline Pagni has brought a wealth of experience and dedication to the languages department and Marie-Sophie Reijers has been our thoughtful and committed French assistante. We wish all of these all the best in their new posts and thank them for their part in the life of Queens’ College this year.

Nest September we will be pleased to welcome new members of the community. As Director of Studies, a new deputy head post with a specific brief to oversee our academic life, I am delighted to have appointed Mark Wardrop who is currently head of Chemistry at Channing School. Mark has had an outstanding career so far, at St Paul’s Girls School, at Bancroft’s in Essex and now at Channing. I am sure that he will work closely with our heads of department to ensure continuing momentum and excitement in our teaching and courses of study. Samantha Wright will be our new head of Art, and will come to Queen’s from Copthall School in Mill Hill where she runs a superb department. Elizabeth Thonemann joins us as a History teacher from Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland, and Jennifer Cruickshank who is a newly qualified teacher will cover Miss Slingsby’s maternity leave in the PE department. As French assistant I am pleased to have been able to appoint Grégory Tocco, a teacher from the French system with a wealth of experience in secondary schools there.

At the end of each year we award just a few prizes to those who have excelled in particular academic areas or in their contribution to our community life. This year the Handford Award for Classics has been won by Laura Smithson, the Tyrell Award for Geography by Jess Lotter, the Harvard Book Prize by Jess Austin, the Zoe Jacobs Award for Italian by Robyn Armour, and the Art Cup by Haya Hizami and Isobel Freitas Distassi. The Boyland Award for Service has been given to Ashley Megregian and the Betty Johnson Award to Evangeline Henry. The Anne Smith Award for Service, traditionally presented to a Class 1 girl, has been won by Thea Stevens. Our Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award has been awarded to Maisie Barnes. I also feel it is right to mention here the students who have given generously of their time in positions of responsibility and commitment. Until January our Senior Student was Alice Kendall and her deputies were Harriet Salmon and Margaux Stockwell. They and the prefects do a great deal to ensure the smooth and happy running of the College, and I was particularly pleased that this team focused especially during their year in office on how older girls might support and guide younger ones. I should also like to thank the dedicated group of editors who with Miss Woodhouse’s guidance produce our termly in-house magazine ‘The Mews’. This year they have been: Serena Coid, Magda Simoes-Brown and Lilly Werth.

Our inspectors back in March were impressed by the range and quality of the achievements of girls at Queen’s. They had to sum up their findings in just a few brief paragraphs and I would like to do better here. However one runs up against the problem of the sheer volume of different and wonderful things that have gone on in the course of a year, and what I mention now is offered very much in the spirit of ‘edited highlights’. A high point of the Michaelmas Term was Mrs Hope’s amazing devised production ‘2112: A Fairy Tale’. She and the girls worked staggeringly hard to produce this beautiful piece of drama from nothing. They brought in help from professionals at various points, but in every meaningful way the conception, script, set and production were absolutely their own. The courage and dedication this involved was immense, but audiences were rewarded with a thrilling piece of raw creativity the like of which had not been seen here before. Just a term later, and the Somerville Hall was transformed into a girls’ boarding school in Austria at the time of the Anschluss with Germany as the Music department put on Christopher Meux’s ‘Trouble at St Winifred’s’. Girls sang a complex score to an impressively high standard and our inspectors, who attended the dress rehearsal, were among those who were fulsome in their praise. More recently a group of Class 2 girls have distinguished themselves by winning the London Classical Association Latin play competition – their sitcom about a Roman family setting off on holiday, complete with inflatable crocodile, enabled them to see off the opposition very convincingly. Our tennis players, superbly prepared by their Easter tour to Portugal, did very well indeed in the Westminster borough tournament, with Isabelle Cheung making it to the singles final. And we continue our rather counter-intuitive successes in cross-country. As possibly the secondary school closest to the centre of Europe’s largest conurbation, you might be forgiven for thinking that Queen’s wouldn’t make the grade in cross-country – but not a bit of it. We started the season creditably at the Queen’s Gate competition in Hyde Park in November, with our teams taking third and fourth places. Then in the Lent Term we achieved first place at the Westminster Cross-Country Championships, after which several of our runners were selected to run for Westminster in the London Youth Games. There are individual achievements to note as well. Lorenza Dell’Aquila is a very successful junior fencer who earlier in the year came second in her age-group at the Surrey Youth Championships and qualified to fight at national level. Away from the world of sport, Isabella Barbaro was international winner (against nearly 14,000 other entries) of the National Geographic Children’s Photography Competition; while Freya Wood took first prize in a poster competition organized as part of National Science and Engineering Week. We hold half-termly informal concerts where our singers and instrumentalists perform to a small audience, and also put on major showpiece events such as the Dance Show and Jazz Concert. Small scale or large scale, groups or individuals, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that talent abounds at Queen’s. Three new ventures which have unquestionably harnessed talent this year have been the work of the Music department. Mr Rose’s small orchestra has grown in both size and stature, and has been playing at a higher and higher standard all year with a baroque and classical repertoire. A new addition to our programme of concerts has been an ‘open mic’ event at which girls can sing rock, pop and musical theatre numbers. Meanwhile Mrs Hamilton’s A Cappella group has provided an opportunity for some of our ablest musicians to work together in a new vocal ensemble. They are going to sing to us now, performing an arrangement of the folk song ‘Turn Around’.

If you are a regular reader of the news items on the College website, you will know the range of activities that goes on at Queen’s and the many ways in which staff aim to interest, enlighten and challenge students, presenting them with opportunities for enrichment both within and beyond the academic curriculum. There are clubs and societies for all tastes, whether you are someone who would like to try flamenco at a Lingo Flamingo meeting, to participate in the Model United Nations over a weekend at Haileybury, visit the Neasden temple, put into action your ideas on ethical fashion or see Wagner in rehearsal at Covent Garden. To make my point more forcefully, I should like to commend the work of just one department this year and to summarise briefly what they have done to stretch and inspire their pupils. The department I have chosen is the Classics department and I felt it was appropriate to highlight the wonderful energy and imagination that they bring to bear on their subject because the head of department, Mrs Harrison, has the unique distinction of having this term completed her thirtieth year teaching at Queen’s. She and her colleagues Mrs Penny and Mrs Atkins are absolutely at the heart of what we do at Queen’s – they uphold academic rigour in the teaching of two ancient languages and classical history, philosophy and culture; but they do so in a way that captures the girls’ imagination and enables pupils of all abilities to understand the ancient world better. They also all play very significant pastoral roles with the youngest girls in the College, and in this way embody our key values of supporting our students’ development in the very fullest sense. The number of students who opt to study Latin, Greek or Classical Civilisation at GCSE or A-level holds steady – bucking the national trend - and every year there are those who go off to university to study the Classics, having had a life-long interest sparked off here. This year Pompeii has been something of a recurring theme for the department. Back in the October half-term the Latinists and Classical Civilisation students in the Juniors teamed up with those studying Italian to travel to Pompeii and visit the site itself, while younger girls were taken to the wonderful ‘Life and Death: Pompeii and Herculaneum’ exhibition at the British Museum. Meanwhile back at Queen’s, Class 2 held their own Pompeiian elections complete with authentic noise, rhetoric and bribery. For those of an artistic bent, there was the annual ‘Turnus Prize’ classical art competition, which inspired embroidery, collage, model-making, painting and film-making on classical themes. As we have our own replica ancient Greek loom in the College, the theme of costume or dress is a natural one to be pursued and this year there was a workshop given by a leading researcher on ancient dress during which we discovered, amongst other things, that an unfolded Roman toga covered about half the floor of the Waiting Room; and there was an opportunity during their Classics lessons for Class 3 to work out how to turn rectangles of cloth into the robes worn in 5th century Athens. We hosted the London Classical Reading Competition, in which our students won prizes for their delivery of a Greek chorus and various dialogues in both Latin and Greek. I have already mentioned our success in the annual Latin Play competition. There has been a visit to see Euripides’ ‘Medea’ at the Guildhall, a mask and chorus workshop here in the College, and Class 2 have been to Colchester to find out about Boudicaa and the revolt of the Iceni. And the coming of age for every new Queen’s girl is the week-long trip to Northumberland at the end of the first year. Now in its fourteenth year, this regular pilgrimage to the most northerly boundary of the Roman empire involves of course work on Hadrian’s Wall (whatever the weather) and the sending of postcards in Latin to those of us left slumming it in W1. This year’s trip also culminated in the production of a 20 minute film, a moral tale of revolution, retribution and remorse involving a lot of teddy bears and Roman weaponry – it was premiered yesterday to critical acclaim at our end of term Entertainments. None of these things would happen without the boundless dedication of Mrs Harrison and her department and on the achievement of her thirty years at Queen’s I think we should perhaps give her a round of applause.

We have as ever this year raised money for a range of good causes, with forms often adopting a charity on which to focus their fund-raising efforts. Class 3 launched a new initiative by setting up a Christmas Fair at the end of the Michaelmas Term and donating what they raised to the All Souls Clubhouse, a local community centre run by our parish church. They have inspired our Parents’ Association to seize the baton and aim to make the Christmas Fair a regular fund-raising venture in the College’s calendar. The Seniors threw themselves energetically into raising money for Comic Relief this year, following a lively Senior College Dinner at which Old Queen Emma Freud, one of the founders of Comic Relief, had inspired us with her wit and wisdom. She attributed much of her success with Comic Relief to what she described as ‘Queen’s girl pushiness’. Another Old Queen, Catherine Moss, came to tell us about the Rugby Portobello Trust which she runs, and I am delighted that in response to her visit a number of students have begun volunteering at some of the Trust’s after school clubs and also that we have raised a substantial sum of money for this very worthwhile local charity. In support of better sanitation globally, we have been actively ‘toilet-twinning’, and I am happy to report that we have College loos formally linked with counterparts that we have paid for in Uganda, Burundi, Afghanistan and Ethiopia. Meanwhile in response to an initiative launched at Northwick Park Hospital by the father of a girl in Class 2 we have sent toys and clothing out to a hospital in northern Ghana where they have very little.

We have farewells to make also today to three members of the Council who have served with great distinction over a number of years. The Reverend Jamie Hawkey joined the Council in 2007 and has been a very significant pastoral presence on the board ever since. His humanity has shone through discussions on any number of topics and we shall be very sorry to lose him now to the busy-ness of his life as a minor canon of Westminster Abbey. Nick Inge, who joined the Council in 1998, has contributed hugely. A parent and now a former parent at the College he understood our challenges well, but could always bring his professional training as a lawyer to bear on the topic of the day and he has been responsible for firming up our thinking on a wide range of matters. Sir Tom Shebbeare also joined the Council in 1998. As the great-great-grandson of FD Maurice, he has an important family connection with the College – but more than that he has brought to Queen’s the vast experience of the charities sector which he had gained as chief executive of the Prince’s Trust and more recently as chair of Virgin Money Giving. Sir Tom has assisted greatly in the restructuring of governance and executive roles at the College in recent years, work which has gone on behind the scenes and out of the limelight, but which has provided the momentum to enable Queen’s to flourish as it currently does.

The ending of a school year is always bitter-sweet. There are many partings to take place as a generation of pupils leaves and people who have played pivotal roles in our community life move on; but there is also the prospect of rest and refreshment ahead during the summer months and anticipation of a hopeful future for those of us continuing at Queen’s as much as for those forging new paths ahead beyond our walls. This year has been a full one, and I hope that everyone in the Somerville Hall today feels a part of the collective achievement that I have been reporting on. I would like to end by offering my thanks to you all: girls, parents, teaching and administrative staff, and Council members for all you have done in enabling the College to be the place that it is.

Posted: 9th Jul 2013


Term dates 2017-18

Michaelmas Term 2017
Beginning of term (staff) Mon 4 Sept
I Senior and Class 3 induction day Tues 5 Sept
Beginning of term (pupils) Wed 6 Sept
Half-term Mon 16 Oct - Fri 27 Oct
End of term (pupils) Thurs 14 Dec
End of term (staff) Fri 15 Dec

Lent Term 2018
Beginning of term (staff) Tues 2 Jan
Beginning of term (pupils) Wed 3 Jan
Half-term Mon 12 Feb - Fri 16 Feb
End of term (pupils & staff) and Founder's Day Thurs 29 Mar

Summer Term 2018
Beginning of term (staff) Tues 17 Apr
Beginning of term (pupils) Wed 18 Apr
Bank holiday Mon 7 May
Half-term Mon 28 May - Fri 1 June
End of term (pupils) and Annual Gathering Wed 4 July
End of term (staff) Thurs 5 July

Michaelmas Term 2018
Beginning of term (staff) Mon 3 Sept
I Senior and Class 3 induction day Tues 4 Sept
Beginning of term (pupils) Wed 5 Sept
Half-term Mon 22 Oct - Fri 2 Nov
End of term (pupils) Tues 18 Dec
End of term (staff) Wed 19 Dec

Lent Term 2019
Beginning of term (staff) Mon 7 Jan
Beginning of term (pupils) Tues 8 Jan
Half-term Mon 18 Feb - Fri 22 Feb
End of term (pupils & staff) and Founder's Day Thurs 4 Apr

Summer Term 2019
Beginning of term (staff) Tues 23 Apr
Beginning of term (pupils) Wed 24 Apr
Bank holiday Mon 6 May
Half-term Mon 27 May - Fri 31 May
End of term (pupils) and Annual Gathering Thurs 4 July
End of term (staff) Fri 5 July

This Week

8.00am-8.30am Netball skills Gym Class 3 & 2 Mrs Randall
10.20am-10.40am Subject choices discussion Waiting Room Class 1 & I Senior
10.30am-1.30pm Art trip Tate Modern II Juniors Miss Thomson
1.05pm-1.35pm C2 Debaters Blue Library Class 2 Dr Perry
1.05pm-1.35pm Feminist society Room 43 All years Mrs Gumpert
1.05pm-1.35pm Greek & Latin rehearsals Room B Class 2 - II Seniors Mrs Harrison
1.05pm-1.35pm School string ensemble MR5 Classes 2 & 1 Miss Hinton
1.05pm-1.35pm Senior instrumental ensemble MR1 Class 2 - I Seniors Miss Forsey
1.05pm-1.35pm IGCSE French clinic Room 32 II Juniors Miss Suri
1.05pm-1.35pm IGCSE RS clinic Room 31 II Juniors Mrs Gumpert
4.10pm-5.00pm IGCSE Biology clinic JB Lab II Juniors Dr Davies
4.10pm-5.00pm IGCSE Maths clinic Room 22 II Juniors Mr Donovan
4.15pm-5.30pm GCSE Dance Gym Juniors Miss Sims
4.15pm-6.00pm Life drawing Art Studio II Juniors & Seniors Miss Thomson

England vs Australia international        netball match

Copper Box Arena Selected Class 2 Mrs Argent

7.30am-8.30am Yoga Gym All years Miss Mehmet
8.30am-9.30am QCPA coffee morning Mrs Greenwood
11.00am Open Morning
1.05pm-1.35pm Drama club NFR All years Miss Morse
1.05pm-1.35pm C3 Debaters Blue Library Class 3 Dr Perry
1.05pm-1.35pm Socratic club Room 43 Juniors & Seniors Mrs Gumpert
1.05pm-1.35pm Greek and Latin rehearsals Room B Class 2 - II Seniors Mrs Harrison
1.05pm-1.35pm Class 3 choir MR1 Class 3 Miss D'Arcy
1.05pm-1.35pm IGCSE Spanish clinic Room 32 II Juniors Miss Suri
1.05pm-1.35pm IGCSE Computer Science clinic RS Lab I Juniors Ms Lane
1.05pm-1.35pm History of Art club Room 40 Juniors & Seniors Dr Gray
1.05pm-1.35pm Open Studio Art clinic Art Studio II Juniors & Seniors Miss Thomson
1.05pm-1.35pm Maths Drop-in Room 26 Class 1 & I Juniors Miss Bor
4.05pm-5.30pm Running club Regent's Park All years Mrs Argent
4.10pm-4.30pm Greek and Latin rehearsals Room B Class 1 - II Seniors Mrs Harrison
4.10pm-5.00pm Book Art Art Studio I Seniors Miss Moor
4.10pm-5.00pm Homework Lab Room H Juniors Miss Robinson
4.10pm-5.10pm IGCSE Geography clinic Room 41 II Juniors Mrs Delany
4.15pm-4.45pm Maths club Room 43 Juniors & Seniors Mr Donovan
4.15pm-5.15pm Green Team Room 41 Class 2 & 1 Mrs Delany
5.00pm Informal concert Waiting Room Miss Forsey
6.00pm Athena trip to see 'The Final Year' BFI Southbank Seniors Mr Wilkins

7.45am-8.30am Netball skills Gym Class 1 Mrs Argent
1.05pm-1.35pm Greek and Latin rehearsals Room B Class 2 - II Seniors Mrs Harrison
1.05pm-1.35pm School choir MR1 Class 2 & 1 Miss Forsey
1.05pm-1.35pm Debating society Room 43 Juniors & Seniors Mr Willows
1.05pm-1.35pm SciArt Art Studio selected Class 2 & 1 Ms Stewart
1.05pm-1.35pm Talking Books Kynaston Library All years Dr Perry
1.05pm-1.35pm Linguistics club Room 41 Juniors & Seniors Miss Suri
1.05pm-1.35pm IGCSE Physics clinic Truman Lab II Juniors Mr Burgess
1.05pm-1.35pm Chess club Truman Annex All years Mr Burgess
3.45pm-6.00pm Westminster netball league Pimlico Academy Class 2 Mrs Argent
4.05pm-5.00pm Chamber choir MR1 Class 2 - II Seniors Mrs Hamilton
4.05pm-5.30pm Gymnastics Gym All years Dario
4.10pm-4.40pm C3 Chamber Music ensemble MR1 Class 3 Miss D'Arcy
4.10pm-5.00pm Physics revision lesson Truman Lab II Juniors Mr Gale
4.10pm-5.00pm Homework Lab Room H Juniors Miss Robinson
4.30pm-7.00pm II Senior Parents' evening

11+ Music Scholarship assessment
7.30am-8.30am Cheerleading Gym All years Miss Mehan
9.55am-11.25am History of Art trip Wallace Collection I Seniors Dr Gray
1.05pm-1.35pm MUN club Room 40 Juniors & Seniors Mrs Gumpert
1.05pm-1.35pm Greek and Latin rehearsals Room B Class 2 - II Seniors Mrs Harrison
1.05pm-1.35pm Brass ensemble MR1 All years Miss D'Arcy
1.05pm-1.35pm Flute choir MR7 Class 1 & I Senior Mr Tucker
1.05pm-1.35pm Science club JB Lab Class 3 Dr Davies
1.05pm-1.35pm English drop-in session Room H All years Mrs Azis
1.05pm-1.35pm French Spelling Bee Room 26 Class 3 Miss Stafford
1.05pm-1.35pm Italian oral class Room 41 II Juniors Mrs Cerasale
1.05pm-1.35pm Music Theory club MR5 All years Miss Forsey
1.05pm-1.35pm Fun club Room A Class 3 Mr Wilkins
1.05pm-1.35pm Latin and Greek clinic Classics Office II Juniors Mrs Harrison
1.05pm-1.35pm Open Studio Art clinic Art Studio II Juniors & Seniors Miss Thomson
4.05pm-4.45pm Senior and Staff choir MR1 Class 2 - II Seniors Miss Forsey
4.05pm-5.30pm Swimming squad Marshall Street Leisure Centre All years Mrs Argent
4.05pm-5.30pm Dance Company Gym Miss Scott
4.10pm-5.00pm IGCSE Chemistry clinic Merz Lab II Juniors Miss Wilson
4.10pm-5.00pm History revision session II Juniors Mr Willows
4.45pm-5.15pm Senior A Capella MR1 Class 2 - II Seniors Annabel T (Senior)

11+ Art Scholarship assessment Art Studio
1.00pm-1.40pm Drama GCSE revision session NFR II Juniors Miss Morse
1.05pm-1.35pm Big Questions Room 41 All years Miss Stonham
1.05pm-1.35pm Orchestra MR1 All years Miss Forsey
1.05pm-1.35pm Medics group JB Lab Juniors & Seniors Dr Davies
1.05pm-1.35pm Art club Art Studio Class 3, 2 & 1 Miss Thomson
1.05pm-1.35pm Card games Kynaston Library All years Dr Perry
1.05pm-1.35pm Apps for Good club RS Lab Class 2 Ms Lane
1.05pm-1.35pm History of Art club Room 40 Class 1 - II Seniors Dr Gray
1.10pm-1.35pm Latin and Greek drop-in clinic Classics Office Juniors Mrs Penny
1.10pm-1.40pm French film club Room 43 Seniors Miss Billard

Lent Term 2018

Tues 2 Jan Beginning of term (staff)
Wed 3 Jan Beginning of term (pupils)
Tues 9 Jan
4.15pm-5.15pm Green Team initiative for selected Class 2 & 1
Wed 10 Jan
8.45am-9.00am Launch of World Challenge for Juniors
5.00pm-7.00pm GCSE information evening
Thurs 11 Jan
1.40am-4.00pm Class 1 Holocaust memorial event
4.15pm-5.30pm Lady Zahava Kohn and Hephzibah Rudofsky History talk: living through World War Two and the Holocaust (Somerville Hall)
Mon 15 Jan
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 3 netball vs King Solomon Academy (King Solomon)
Tues 16 Jan
4.30pm-5.30pm Socratic club talk on Secularism by Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of Humanists UK for parents, Seniors and Juniors RS pupils (Somerville Hall)
8.00pm-10.30pm GCSE and A-level Drama and Theatre trip to see 'Woman in Black' (Fortune Theatre)
Wed 17 Jan
8.30am-9.30am QCPA coffee morning (Waiting Room)
3.45pm-6.00pm Class 1 Westminster netball league (Pimlico)
4.10pm-6.00pm Wildlife drawing workshop (Art Studio)
5.00pm-6.30pm World Challenge information evening for parents (Waiting Room)
Thurs 18 Jan
5.30pm-6.00pm Junior RS Amsterdam trip meeting for parents and pupils (Waiting Room)
Fri 19 Jan
College closed for 11+ entrance examination
Mon 22 Jan
10.30am-1.30pm II Juniors Art trip (Tate Modern)
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 2 netball vs King Solomon Academy (King Solomon)
4.15pm-9.00pm England vs Australia international netball match for selected Class 2 (Copper Box Arena)
Tues 23 Jan
11.00am Open Morning
5.00pm-6.00pm Informal Concert (Waiting Room)
Wed 24 Jan
3.45pm-6.00pm Class 2 Westminster netball league (Pimlico)
4.30pm-7.00pm II Seniors parents' evening
Mon 29 Jan
4.30pm-7.00pm II Juniors parents' evening
Tues 30 Jan
9.00am-3.00pm Class 3 cricket tournament (Lord's)
4.05pm-5.00pm Class 1 & I Juniors Mandarin students dim sum trip
Wed 31 Jan
11.30am-4.30pm Class 3 & 2 Sportshall Athletics (Queen Mother Sports Centre)
12.30pm-4.00pm Dance Show dress rehearsal (Somerville Hall)
3.45pm-6.00pm Class 2 Westminster netball league (Pimlico)
Thurs 1 Feb
6.00pm-7.30pm Dance Show (Somerville Hall)
Fri 2 Feb
9.00am-4.00pm I Juniors GCSE Science Live trip (Victoria Apollo)
6.00pm-7.30pm Dance Show (Somerville Hall)
Mon 5 Feb
9.00am-3.00pm Class 1 cricket tournament (Lord's)
10.40am-12.40pm UK Linguistics Olympiad for II Juniors
1.40pm-3.25pm UK Linguistics Olympiad for I Juniors & I Seniors
Tues 6 Feb
9.00am-4.00pm I Seniors Physics trip to A-level Physics Live (Friends House)
4.05pm-6.00pm Classes 3 & 2 football vs South Hampstead High School (South Hampstead)
4.15pm-5.15pm QCPA meeting (Waiting Room)
Wed 7 Feb
9.40am-12.40pm Class 3 French and Art trip (National Portrait Gallery)
4.30pm-7.00pm Class 1 parents' evening
Thurs 8 Feb
Senior Italian and History of Art trip to Rome (Returns Mon 12 Feb)
12.30pm-5.30pm Class 3, 2 & 1 swimming gala (Queen Mother Sports Centre)
4.00pm Senior Athena trip (Wellcome Collection)
4.00pm-7.00pm Music masterclass with Sheida Davis (Waiting Room)
Fri 9 Feb
Junior RS trip to Amsterdam (returns Sun 11 Feb)
Mon 12 Feb
Half-term (End Fri 16 Feb)
Mon 19 Feb
II Senior mock examinations begin (end Fri 23 Feb)
9.00am-3.00pm Class 1 Cricket tournament (Lord's)
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 1 netball vs Portland Place School (Regent's Park)
Tues 20 Feb
12.30pm-4.30pm Class 2 netball tournament (Paddington Rec)
Wed 21 Feb
10.40am-12.40pm I Juniors & I Seniors internet safety talk (Somerville Hall)
3.45pm-5.00pm Class 2 Westminster netball league (Pimlico)
4.15pm-6.00pm Internet safety talk for parents (Somerville Hall)
Thurs 22 Feb
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 1 netball vs Francis Holland School (Regent's Park)
Fri 23 Feb
9.00am-4.00pm I Seniors A-level History conference
Mon 26 Feb
5.00pm-7.00pm Careers evening for Class 1, Juniors & Seniors (Somerville Hall)
Tues 27 Feb
5.00pm-6.00pm French exchange meeting for parents (Waiting Room)
Wed 28 Feb
2.50pm-4.00pm Beverly Naidoo author visit for Classes 3, 2 & 1 (Somerville Hall)
4.00pm-5.00pm Class 2 Westminster netball league (Pimlico)
4.00pm-8.30pm I Senior French Theatre Festival (King Alfred's)
5.00pm-7.00pm Music Theory examinations
Thurs 1 Mar
12.30pm-5.30pm Gym & Dance competition (Somerville Hall)
Mon 5 Mar
Senior Economists Institute of Economic Affairs school conference (Tonbridge School)
Tues 6 Mar
4.15pm-5.15pm Green Team Initiative for selected Class 2 & 1
5.30pm-6.30pm I Senior UCAS presentation for parents and pupils (Somerville Hall)
Wed 7 Mar
1.30pm-5.00pm Classical Association London Greek and Latin reading competition (Somerville Hall)
Thurs 8 Mar
1.40pm-6.00pm Class 1 English trip to see 'Women in Black' (Fortune Theatre)
4.05pm-5.30pm Classes 3 & 2 swimming gala vs Queen's Gate (Marshall Street Leisure Centre)
6.00pm Senior Athena trip to see 'Network' (National Theatre)
Fri 9 Mar
9.00am-4.00pm I Seniors RS A-level conference (Bloomsbury Baptist Church)
Sat 10 Mar
French exchange to Lyon (ends Fri 16 Mar)
Tues 13 Mar
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 1 football vs South Hampstead High School (South Hampstead)
Wed 14 Mar
9.00am-12.40pm II Juniors GCSE Drama practical assessment
9.00am-4.00pm I Juniors IGCSE RS trip (Ahmadi Mosque)
3.45pm-5.00pm Class 3 Westminster netball league (Pimlico)
5.00pm Council Meeting (Waiting Room)
Thurs 15 Mar
4.30pm-7.00pm Class 2 parents' evening
Fri 16 Mar
12.40pm-1.40pm Seniors Alumnae lunch (Waiting Room)
Sat 17 Mar
7.00pm-8.30pm Come and Sing: Mozart Requiem (Somerville Hall)
Sun 18 Mar
9.30am-4.00pm Senior College play rehearsal (Waiting Room)
Mon 19 Mar
II Juniors IGCSE Spanish orals begin (end Tues 20 Mar)
12.40pm-3.25pm I Juniors French trip (Wallace Collection)
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 3 & 2 netball vs Portland Place School (Regent's Park)
Tues 20 Mar
12.30pm-4.30pm Class 1 netball Westminster tournament (Paddington Rec)
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 3 & 2 football vs Francis Holland School (Regent's Park)
4.15pm-5.15pm QCPA AGM (Waiting Room)
Wed 21 Mar
3.45pm-5.00pm Class 3 Westminster netball league (Pimlico)
7.00pm Senior College play (Waiting Room)
Thurs 22 Mar
II Juniors GCSE Art examination - Group 1 (ends Fri 23 Mar)
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 2 netball vs Francis Holland School (Regent's Park)
7.00pm Senior College play (Waiting Room)
Fri 23 Mar
I Senior Geography field trip to North Wales (returns Tues 27 Mar)
Class 3 History trip (Canterbury)
7.30pm Jazz evening with Harrow School (Somerville Hall)
Mon 26 Mar
II Juniors IGCSE French oral examinations
Tues 27 Mar
II Juniors Art examination - Group 2 (ends Wed 28 Mar)
8.30am-4.00pm ABRSM Practical examinations (Waiting Room)
Wed 28 Mar
3.45pm-5.00pm Class 3 Westminster netball league (Pimlico)
Thurs 29 Mar
9.30am Founder's Day rehearsal (All Souls Church)
10.30am Founder's Day service (All Souls Church)
12.00noon End of term (pupils & staff)
Tues 3 Apr Class 3, 2 & 1 ski trip to California (returns Wed 11 Apr)
Sun 8 Mar I Juniors & I Seniors Spanish trip to Cartagena (returns Fri 13 Apr)


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 Registrar, Miss Fiona Murdoch, if you would like to discuss this possibility.

If you would like to request a prospectus, please click here, or view it online by clicking 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.


Good Schools Guide

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

Open Days

Our open days for entry in September 2018 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 Registrar, Miss Fiona Murdoch, on 020 7291 7070 or by e-mail.

Wed 27 September 2017 at 5.00pm FULLY BOOKED

Thurs 28 September 2017 at 5.00pm FULLY BOOKED

Wed 4 October 2017 at 5.00pm (for Sixth Form entry ONLY)

Wed 11 October 2017 at 11.00am FULLY BOOKED

Thurs 16 November 2017 at 11.00am FULLY BOOKED 

Tues 23 January 2018 at 11.00am

Wed 25 April 2018 at 11.00am (for September 2019 entry)

At our open days visitors will be able to meet the Principal, 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 and who have performed well in the entrance examinations 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 £150.

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 2017-18, tuition fees have been set at £6135 per term, payable in advance. Individual music lessons are charged at £225 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 apply to the 'School Fee Plan' at www.premiumcredit.co.uk/school-fees/parents.

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 2018, these tests must be sat on Fri 19 January.

The deadline for applications for 11+ entry in September 2018 is 30 November 2017.

To download the Consortium's 2018 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 2018 this will be Fri 9 February.  Parents have just over three weeks in which to accept a place which has been offered, and must respond to the College by noon on Mon 5 March.

Please note that there has been a slight change to the English paper from 2016.  In the place of one long creative writing task in the Writing Section, there will now 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 has been extended by just five minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes.  There has been no particular change to the Reading Section, which will be fully accessible to all abilities, but there are opportunities for the most able candidates to be rewarded for original and sophisticated insights.The guidance for the Mathematics paper has stayed the same and the time allowed for this paper has remained 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 2015
English exam 2015
English exam 2015 (reading passage)
Mathematics exam 2016
English exam 2016
English exam 2016  (reading passage)
Mathematics exam 2017
English exam 2017
English exam 2017 (reading passage)

11+ selection process for 2019 entry
The process for 11+ entry for 2019 onwards is currently being reviewed by the North London Girls' Schools' Consortium; a statement about these changes can be read here. Please note that these changes do not apply for pupils registered for 11+ entry in 2018.

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/5 or above) must be obtained
• in any subject to be studied at A-level, a minimum grade is required. Please click here for full details.  

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 (Biology, Chemistry and Physics from Year 8)
    • French
    • Classical Studies
      (including Latin)
    • History
    • Geography
    • Religious Studies
    • Art
    • Music
    • Drama
    • Computing
    • PSHE

    In Year 7, girls are given the chance to try each of Italian, Mandarin Chinese 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 pupils study for nine or ten GCSEs or IGCSEs. It is compulsory to take:

    • Mathematics
    • English
    • English Literature
    • either Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Science (Double Award)
    • a modern language (French, Italian, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish)

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

    • Computer Science
    • Latin
    • Classical Greek
    • a second modern language
    • History
    • Geography
    • Religious Studies
    • Art
    • Music
    • Drama
    • Dance

    As well as their examination subjects, pupils 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
    • Italian
    • Spanish
    • Latin
    • Classical Greek
    • Economics
    • Geography
    • Government and Politics
    • History
    • History of Art
    • Religious Studies
    • Art and Design
    • Drama and Theatre Studies
    • Music

    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 2017

    A* A B C D  E
    Art & Design 2 3 4 0 0 0
    Biology 0 0 1 2 3 1
    Chemistry 0 1 2 0 2 0
    Classical Civilisation 1 0 1 0 0 0
    Drama & Theatre Studies 3 5 1 0 0 0
    Economics 1 0 2 1 1 0
    English Literature 7 7 2 1 0 0
    French 0 1 2 1 0 0
    Geography 0 2 1 0 0 0
    Government & Politics 0 0 0 1 2 0
    History 0 3 3 0 0 0
    History of Art 1 1 2 0 1 0
    Italian 1 0 0 1 0 0
    Latin 0 0 1 0 0 0
    Mathematics 1 1 2 1 1 1
    Further Mathematics 0 1 0 0 0 0
    Music 0 2 0 1 0 0
    Religious Studies 2 2 0 1 0 0
    Spanish 0 1 1 0 0 0

    Totals by grade 19 30 25 10 10 2
    Cumulative % 19.6 50.5 76.3 86.6 96.9 99.0

    GCSE results 2017

    A* A B C D
    Art 18 13 4 0 0
    Biology 6 13 9 2 0
    Chemistry 10 9 7 4 0
    Chinese 4 3 0 0 0
    Classical Civilisation 1 1 3 1 0
    Classical Greek 1 2 0 0 0
    Drama 5 3 3 0 0
    English (IGCSE) 22 28 6 3 0
    English Literature (IGCSE) 36 19 4 0 0
    French (IGCSE) 15 9 7 0 0
    Geography (IGCSE) 6 5 8 2 0
    German 3 1 1 0 0
    History (IGCSE) 19 4 3 0 0
    Italian 6 4 0 0 0
    Italian (IGCSE) 4 0 0 0 0
    Latin 7 2 0 0 0
    Mathematics (IGCSE) 17 15 22 5 0
    Music 3 6 0 0 0
    Physical Education 2 0 1 0 0
    Physics 7 14 4 4 1
    Religious Studies 23 11 3 0 0
    Science 0 9 14 6 0
    Additional Science 1 10 14 4 0
    Spanish 7 5 3 0 0
    Spanish (IGCSE) 2 0 0 0 0

    Totals by grade 224 186 116 31 1
    Cumulative % 40.1 73.4 94.3 99.8 100


    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 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

    We are delighted to announce that following our recent ISI Compliance Inspection on 29th and 30th November 2017, the school meets all the standards in the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014, the relevant requirements of the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, and associated requirements.

    The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is the body approved by the Department for Education for the purpose of inspecting schools belonging to Independent Schools Council (ISC) Associations and reporting on compliance with independent school regulations. ISI inspections are also carried out under arrangements of the ISC Associations for the maintenance and improvement of the quality of their membership.

    The inspection was a Regulatory Compliance Only inspection and as such reports only on the school's compliance with the exacting Independent Schools Inspectorate standards. The standards represent the minimum standards and judgements are given as either met or not met. The inspection does not make evaluations on the educational quality of the school beyond those that are required to meet minimum standards. An Educational Quality Inspection will follow in the coming years.

    You may download the latest Inspection Report here.

    Our last Integrated Inspection (which includes judgements on Educational Quality) was carried out in March 2013. To read this report, click here.


    "...pupils' achievement and learning is excellent. Pupils attain high standards and are extremely well educated, fully achieving the school's aim to enable pupils to know how to think, rather than what to think."

    Pastoral care is outstanding. Pupils thrive in the established family atmosphere, where mutual courtesy and consideration of the feelings of others is the norm."

    "Teaching provides outstanding support and guidance so that pupils .... make rapid progress"

    "Pupils... benefit from a wide and varied programme of curricular and extra-curricular activities."

    "Pupils' personal development is excellent. The city location is well used to enrich and stimulate pupils' spiritual development through a varied programme of cultural visits to theatres, museums and galleries."

    Reporting Inspector, ISI

    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 'The Belles of the Ball', Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' and Stephen Sondheim's 'Into the Woods'.  Most recently 'The Sound of Music', with it's legendary score by Rogers and Hammerstein, was performed.


    A comprehensive programme of PE and games is on offer at the College. A healthy balance is struck between promoting life-long fitness habits through a range of activities, and encouraging the most talented athletes to reach their full potential. Whether a student seeks competition or recreation, they are supported in these pursuits. The curriculum is varied and interesting: values of leadership, fair play, strategic thinking and crucial social interaction are constant themes. Students in the older years choose the activities they wish to participate in.

    Years 7, 8 and 9
    Netball, basketball, health-related exercise, dance, cross-country, football, gymnastics, pop lacrosse, tag rugby, volleyball, table tennis, Aussie rules, athletics, cricket, rounders, tennis.

    Years 10 and 11
    Basketball, yoga, boot camp, circuit training, contemporary dance, cross-country, football, Westminster University gym training, netball, spinning, table tennis, Zumba, street dance.

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

    Extra-curricular clubs and affiliations
    PE practitioners and specialist external coaches create a full and varied programme. Squad training feeds into both individual and team competitions against nearby schools and for Westminster at the London Youth Games and at elite level.
    College clubs: cheerleading, cross-country, QCDanCo (dance company), dodgeball, fitness, gymnastics, netball, rounders, swim squad, table tennis, tennis, yoga.
    Queen's College is affiliated to: Academy Netball Club, Blackheath Lacrosse Club, Gold CAPS accredited Cumberland Netball Club, MCC Cricket Academy, Tekne Gymnastics Club, and to Westminster Running Club.

    Also on offer
    An annual Dance Show, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, GCSE Dance, Gym and Dance competition, London Mini Marathon, MCC Cricket Academy tournaments at Lord's, Race for Life, ski trips, PGL activity weekends, overseas sports tours, tennis tour, Wimbledon and a number of other 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:

    Art clinic

    • when: Tuesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Art Studio
    • contact: Miss Thomson
    • available to: II Juniors & Seniors

    Art club

    • when: Fridays 1.05pm - 1.35pm
    • where: Art Studio
    • contact: Ms Thomson
    • available to: Classes 3, 2 & 1

    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

    Book Art

    • when: Tuesdays 4.10pm-5.00pm
    • where: Art Studio
    • contact: Miss Moor
    • available to: I Seniors

    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-5.00pm
    • where: Music Room 1
    • contact: Mrs Hamilton

    Cheerleading club

    • when: Thursdays 7.30am-8.30am
    • where: Gym
    • contact: Mrs Argent
    • Available to: All years

    Chess club

    • when: Tuesdays
    • where: Trumen Annex
    • contact: Mr Burgess
    • available to: All years

    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: Miss D'Arcy

    Computer Science Club IGCSE

    • when: Tuesdays 1.05pm - 1.35pm
    • where: RS Lab
    • contact: Ms Lane

    Dance Company

    • when: Thursdays 4.05pm - 5.30pm
    • where: Gym
    • contact: Miss Sims
    • available to: All years

    Debating Society club

    • when: Alternating Wednesdays 1.00pm - 1.35pm
    • where: Room 43
    • contact: Mr Willows
    • available to: Juniors & Seniors

    Debating Club

    • when: Mondays & Tuesdays 1.05pm - 1.35pm
    • where: Kynaston Library
    • contact: Dr Perry
    • available: Class 2 on mondays & Class 3 on Tuesdays

    Drama club

    • when: Tuesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: NFR
    • contact: Miss Morse
    • available to: All years

    English drop in

    • when: Thursdays 12.45pm-1.35pm
    • where: Room H
    • contact: Mrs Azis
    • available to: All years

    Feminist society

    • when: Mondays 1.05pm - 1.35pm
    • where: Room 43
    • contact: Ms Halstead
    • available to: All years 

    Fun Club

    • when: Thursdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Room A
    • contact: Marina Green (Senior)
    • available to: Class 3

    Flute choir

    • when: Thursdays 1.05pm - 1.35pm
    • where: Music Room 7
    • contact: Mr Tucker
    • available to: Class 1 and I Seniors

    GCSE Dance

    • when: Mondays 4.15pm-5.30pm
    • where: Gym
    • contact: Miss Sims
    • available to: Juniors

    Gymnastics squad

    • when: Wednesdays 4.05pm-5.30pm
    • where: Gym
    • contact: Miss Argent
    • available to: All years

    History of Art club

    • when: Tuesdays
    • where: Room 40
    • contact: Mr Gray
    • available to: Juniors & Seniors

    History Society club

    • when: Alternating Wednesdays 1.00pm - 1.35pm
    • where: Room 43
    • contact: Mr Willows
    • available to: Juniors & Seniors

    Holloway society

    • when: alternating Tuesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Room 43
    • contact: Mr Wilkins
    • available to: Juniors & Seniors

    Homework lab

    • when: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
    • where: Room H
    • contact: Miss Robinson
    • available to: Juniors

    IGCSE Biology clinic

    • when: Mondays 4.10pm-5.00pm
    • where: JB Lab
    • contact: Miss Robinson
    • available to: II Juniors

    IGCSE Computer Science clinic

    • when: Tuesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: RS Lab
    • contact: Ms Lane
    • available to: II Juniors

    IGCSE French clinic

    • when: Mondays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Room 32
    • contact: Miss Suri
    • available to: II Juniors

    IGCSE Geography clinic

    • when: Tuesdays 4.10pm-5.10pm
    • where: Room 41
    • contact: Mrs Delany
    • available to: II Juniors

    IGCSE Maths clinic

    • when: Mondays 4.10pm-5.10pm
    • where: Room 22
    • contact: Mr Donovan
    • available to: II Juniors

    IGCSE Physics clinic

    • when: Wednesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Trumen Lab
    • contact: Mr Burgess
    • available to: II Juniors

    IGCSE RS clinic

    • when: Mondays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where:
    • contact: Mrs Gumpert
    • available to: II Juniors

    IGCSE Spanish clinic

    • when: Tuesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Room 32
    • contact: Miss Suri
    • available to: II Juniors

    Linguistics club

    • when: Wednesdays 1.05pm - 1.35pm
    • where: Room 41
    • contact: Miss Suri
    • available to: Juniors and Seniors

    Maths club

    • when: Tuesdays 4.15pm-4.45pm
    • where: Room 43
    • contact: Mr Donovan
    • available to: Juniors & Seniors

    Maths drop-in

    • when: Tuesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Room 26
    • contact: Miss Bor
    • available to: Class 1 & I Juniors

    Medics group

    • when: alternating Fridays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: JB Lab
    • contact: Dr Davies
    • available to: Juniors & Seniors

    Model United Nations club

    • when: Thursdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Room 43
    • contact: Mrs Gumpert
    • available to: Juniors & Seniors

    Netball skills

    • when: Mondays and Wednesdays 7.45am-8.30am
    • where: Regent's Park
    • contact: Mrs Argent
    • Available to: Classes 3 & 2 on Mondays and Class 1 on Wednedays 


    • when: Fridays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Music Room 1
    • contact: Miss Forsey
    • available to: All years

    Running club Run for fun, fitness, or fanaticism.

    • when: Tuesdays 4.05pm-5.00pm
    • where: Regent’s Park
    • contact: Mrs Argent
    • available to: All years

    SciArt club

    • when: Wednesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Art Studio
    • contact: Ms Stewart or Dr Davies
    • available to: Selected classes 2 & 1

    School choir

    • when: Wednesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Music Room 1
    • contact: Miss Forsey
    • available to: Classes 2 & 1

    School ensemble

    • when: Wednesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Music Room 5
    • contact: Miss Forsey
    • available to: Classes 2 & 1

    School string ensemble

    • when: Mondays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Music Room 5
    • contact: Miss Hinton
    • available to: Classes 2 & 1

    Science club

    • when: Thursdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: JB Lab
    • contact: Dr Davies
    • available to: Class 3

    Senior choir Open to Class 2 to II Senior students who wish to study a more advanced choral repertoire.

    • when: Thursdays 4.05pm-5.00pm
    • where: Music Room 1
    • contact: Miss Forsey

    Senior instrumental ensemble

    • when: Mondays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Music Room 1
    • contact: Miss Forsey
    • available to: Class 2, 1, Juniors and Seniors

    Socratic club

    • when: Alternating Tuesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Room 43
    • contact: Mrs Gumpert
    • available to: Juniors & Seniors

    Swim squad

    • when: Thursdays 4.00pm-5.30pm
    • where: Marshall Street Leisure Centre, W1
    • contact: Miss Argent
    • available to: All years

    Talking Books

    • when: Wednesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Kynaston Library
    • contact: Dr Perry
    • available to: All years

    Yoga club

    • when: Tuesdays 7.30am-8.30am
    • where: Gym
    • contact: Mrs Argent
    • available to: All years

    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 Registrar, Miss Fiona Murdoch, 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 past Principals, the Lady Goodhart (1991-99) and Miss Margaret Connell (1999-2009) modernisation 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).

    During Dr Frances Ramsey's time as Principal (2009-17) work was undertaken in the basement of the buildings, with significant opening up of the dining area and provision of better changing and bathroom facilities.  The outside courtyard space was much altered and improved.  In February 2017 the College created a new sixth form centre in the roof space above numbers 43, 45 and 47 Harley Street.  This development provides modern and spacious facilities for our older students, including a large common room, a quiet work area, seminar room and classrooms.  There are wonderful views across London to be enjoyed!


    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 within a civilised and tolerant community.

    Members of staff with specific pastoral responsibilities are:

    • the Principal
    • the Pastoral Deputy Head, who is also Designated Safeguarding Lead
    • the Assistant Head (Head of the Senior College), who is also Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
    • 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.


    Full school uniform is 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 Kate Greenwood. 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 a biennial 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 Queens. 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
    • Beatrice Harradan (?1878-80) writer, campaigner for women's suffrage
    • Frances Dove (1860-62) founder of Wycombe Abbey School
    • Sophia Jex-Blake (1858-61) co-founder of the London School of Medicine
    • Matilda Bishop (1858-60) headmistress of Oxford High School and first principal of Royal Holloway College
    • 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)
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    Alumnae Queen’s College London

    Welcome to the Old Queens' network, the webpages for former pupils of Queen's College London. We are delighted to be in contact with over 2000 Old Queens and through a growing programme of events and communications hope to create even more opportunities for you to keep in touch with former classmates, teachers and the College.

    We always love to hear what our alumnae are up to, so please do keep in touch and share with us your news and memories of the College. Please also don't forget to keep us updated with your current e-mail and postal address details so that we can send you invitations to events as well as copies of our Old Queens' Magazine and the termly Queen's Today newsletter. The easiest way to do this is by completing and returning a copy of our update form or by contacting us as below.

    We would be delighted if you could help support current students and also recent leavers through our careers programme. If you are able to offer careers advice, mentoring or a work experience placement, or come and give a talk to the girls at College, then please do let us know. However you choose to stay involved, we hope to see you back at Queen's soon.

    Please contact us at development@qcl.org.uk or on 020 7291 7018.

    News & Events Queen’s College London

    Louise Walker celebrates her first poetry collection

    Louise Walker, a member of the College's English Department, recently celebrated the publication of her first collection of poetry, An Ordinary Miracle.

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    Publications Queen's College London

    Queen’s Today - Summer 2017

    The Summer 2017 edition of Queen’s Today contains the latest news from the College and Prep School and highlights just a few of the many events and activities that took place at Queen’s last term. There are also contributions from former students and photographs from our new Sixth Form Centre which opened earlier this year.


    2016 Old Queens’ Newsletter

    The 2016 Old Queens’ Newsletter contains news and photographs submitted by Old Queens and former staff over the past year. Please do contact the Development Office if you have news or memories which you would like to share.



    Be Part of our Future

    Queen's College has always been much more than just a place of learning. For the past 160 years, we've been instilling young women with a sense of confidence and purpose, equipping them with the skills to become the people that they want to be. Each year, we reinvest any surplus from school fees back into the College in order to ensure that our teaching and facilities are maintained to the highest possible standards, and to provide means-tested bursary support for bright and talented girls whose families cannot afford to pay the full fees. Although the College possesses a rich history we do not have a significant endowment, and further income is needed to ensure that we can continue to provide the very best opportunities for our girls, further develop our facilities and also widen accessibility.

    There are many ways in which you can support Queen's College, from donating towards bursaries, building developments or educational experiences for our girls. All gifts, large and small, are appreciated and will make a real difference to our pupils, both now and in the years to come.

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    Making the gift of a lifetime

    For those who valued their time at Queen's, a legacy is a way of giving something back as well as a means of providing for future generations. Large or small, a gift in your Will can help support the College as a whole or be directed to a particular aspect of College life with which you have an affinity. For example, you may choose for your gift to support bursaries for bright and talented girls who without financial assistance would not otherwise be able to attend the College, or to be directed towards maintaining our excellent facilities and teaching. The College is happy to work with donors to create giving opportunities specifically tailored to their personal areas of interest and financial situations.

    Discussing your plans

    If you are considering leaving a gift to Queen's in your Will, thank you. A Will is a personal matter and we understand if you would prefer to keep your intentions private. However, it would be a great help if you were to let the College know of your plans, as this ensures that we are able to thank you in person and keep you informed about the impact that your gift can make, as well as keep you up-to-date with developments at the College. If you are comfortable doing so, please complete and return our Legacy Pledge form. This is not a binding commitment, but simply a statement of your present intentions and will be used to help us in our long-term planning.

    We would be pleased to discuss your intentions with you, regardless of whether you consider your gift to be large or small. Please rest assured that this does not commit you in any way and that all discussions and correspondence will be treated in the strictest confidence. Please contact our Director of Development, Charlotte Buswell, on 020 7291 7018 or at cbuswell@qcl.org.uk

    Further information

    Making a bequest to Queen's can lessen the burden of inheritance tax on your estate. As a registered charity (number 312726), all legacies left to Queen's College London are exempt from Inheritance Tax (currently at 40%), and for estates leaving 10% or more to charity, there is a reduction in Inheritance Tax from 40% to 36%.

    We advise those who wish to leave a legacy to the College to seek professional advice about minimising the taxation burden on their estate, as well as on the wording of their Will, in order to ensure that their intentions are properly recorded.

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    How you can help

    Thank you for considering a donation to Queen's College. The generosity of our supporters is fundamental in allowing the College to meet the challenges of the future, to widen accessibility and to provide the very best learning opportunities and facilities for our girls both now and in the years to come.

    Please find below a number of different ways in which you can help. If you are a UK tax payer, please remember to sign our Gift Aid declaration so that we can claim an extra 25p for every £1 that you donate back from the Government.


    Please make cheques payable to Queen's College London and post together with a completed donation form to: The Development Office, Queen's College, 43-49 Harley Street, London, W1G 8BT. If you cannot print the donation form, please enclose a note with your name, address, e-mail and telephone number and details of the project you wish to support.

    Direct debit

    A direct debit allows you to donate directly from your bank account at fixed intervals (monthly, quarterly, half yearly or annually). Please complete our direct debit instruction form and return it to us at The Development Office, Queen's College, 43-49 Harley Street, London, W1G 8BT. Please do not send this form directly to your bank. Please also include a note or e-mail us at development@qcl.org.uk if you would like your donations to be directed towards a particular fund.


    Please click here to make a secure online donation using a credit/debit card or to set up an online direct debit. If you would like your gift to be directed towards a particular fund, please e-mail us at development@qcl.org.uk in order to let us know.

    Charity cheques/vouchers

    We can accept charity cheques, vouchers or charity card donations such as those administered by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). Please make charity cheques payable to Queen's College London and return to us with a completed donation form, or alternatively include a note with your name, address, e-mail, telephone number and details of the project you wish to support. Our charity registration number is 312726.

    Gift Aid

    If you are a UK taxpayer, Queen's College London can claim Gift Aid on your donation which will increase the size of your gift by 25% at absolutely no extra cost to yourself. Higher-rate tax payers who Gift Aid their donations can also claim some tax back – see below. Please remember to sign and date our Gift Aid declaration when completing the donation form or tick the Gift Aid box when making an online gift. You can also download a Gift Aid declaration form by clicking here.

    For further information on Gift Aid please visit HM Revenue & Customs website at www.hmrc.gov.uk.

    Tax efficient giving

    Higher-rate tax payers who Gift Aid their donations can reclaim the difference between the higher-rate of tax (at either 40 or 45%) and the basic-rate of tax (at 20%) on the total gross value of their donation. You can make this claim when you come to complete your self-assessment tax return. For further information on how tax efficient giving can help maximise the impact of your donations, please click here

    Giving from the US

    If you are a US taxpayer, you can donate to Queen's College London through the Anglo-American Charity, a 501(c) (3) US tax exempt non-profit organisation. This will make it possible for you to take advantage of tax relief benefits in both the UK and the US. Please visit www.anglo-americancharity.org for further details.

    Matched Giving

    Many companies operate a matched giving scheme where they will match or make an additional contribution to the philanthropic gifts made by their employees. Please contact your HR or Payroll department for further information. Attached is a list of employers who we understand operate a matched giving scheme. It is by no means a definitive list, so please do let us know if you find any errors or omissions.

    Request information

    Please contact our Director of Development, Charlotte Buswell, on 020 7291 7018 or at cbuswell@qcl.org.uk if you would like any further information or wish to discuss making a gift.

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