How to Apply to Queen's College sixth form

There has been a long and successful tradition of girls joining Queen's at 16+ for study in the 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. Please click here if you would like to print off an application form, which can be sent or e-mailed to the 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:

  1. A good pass (grade 5 or C or above) in Mathematics

  2. A good pass (grade 5 or C or above) in English Language

  3. The minimum grades required for each of their preferred A level subjects (see attached)

  4. A minimum overall points score from their entire set of GCSEs, as follows:

  • 55 points if she is taking 10 or more GCSEs
  • 50 points if she is taking 9 GCSEs
  • 45 points if she is taking 8 GCSEs

For GCSE subjects where numerical grades are awarded, each grade of 5 and above will carry the same number of points, i.e. a grade 9 is worth nine points, a grade 8 is worth eight points, etc. For GCSE subjects which are still graded this year on the letters system, an A* will be worth eight points, an A worth seven, and so on. Grades of lower than 5 or C will not count towards the points total.


Art & Design

Why study Art?

The course offered at A-level at Queen’s College is intended to be exciting, lively and creative. The department adopts a dynamic approach to all aspects of art and design study, which could include drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, fashion, construction and photography. Candidates will be entered for the general art and design qualification which will allow them to work with their own particular strengths. The course is rigorous, challenging and includes the development of a highly creative work journal. Teaching is focused on the individual and will include Life Drawing workshops and talks by practising artists. The course offers every student the opportunity to unlock their creative potential.

If you enjoy developing your own ideas and have a creative outlook then Art and Design could be a stimulating and exciting choice for your A-level studies.

What will I study? How will I be assessed?

The examination course followed is the Edexcel Advanced GCE in Art and Design. Over the course of the two years, there will be a detailed personal investigation unit, followed by a significant examination at the end of the second year.

What skills will I gain? Where can Art lead?

A creative outlook is a prerequisite for many careers and there are a great many areas of specialisation within the field of art and design for future study such as:

Architecture – Animation – Applied and Decorative arts – Design, Branding and Marketing – Design Culture – Digital 3-D Design – Fashion Design – Fashion Promotion – Fine Art – Furniture Design – Graphic Design – Illustration – Interior Architecture – Interior Design – Product Design – Model-making – Photography – Printmaking – Silversmithing, Goldsmithing and Jewellery – Video Media Arts – Fashion Forecasting.


Why study Biology?

What are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? If you want to know the answers to these questions, then Biology is for you.

What will I study? How will I be assessed?

The AQA Biology course is composed of three examination papers, each two hours in length:

Paper 1: Biological molecules; cells; organisms exchange substances with their environment; genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.

Paper 2: Energy transfer in and between organisms; organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments; genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems; the control of gene expression.

Paper 3: Any content from papers 1 and 2, including relevant practical skills.

What skills will I gain?

The Biology A-level course helps students develop a number of skills:

  • How to collect data and evaluate it
  • How to investigate facts and use deduction
  • How to put over your point of view effectively
  • How to take responsibility for your own learning.

Where can Biology lead?

Biology is one of the most popular A-level subjects in the country, attracting students studying a wide range of other subjects. Many of these students enjoy the subject so much they eventually choose a biologically related degree course. Biology can lead to careers in medicine, dentistry, biological, veterinary or environmental sciences, biochemistry, genetic research, biotechnology, psychology, forensic medicine, scientific journalism, law, wildlife film and programme making, neuroscience … and many more! So, whatever field you will eventually work in, you will find Biology a very rewarding and challenging course which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career.


Why Study Chemistry?

Chemistry is the study of substances - from plastics to painkillers, metals to microchips, the air you breathe, the food you eat, the clothes you wear and the complex chemicals in living organisms. It will be challenging, interesting, rewarding and hard work. You will use computers for information retrieval and data-logging. Practical work is important and will include synthesising dyes, analysing aspirin, calculating enthalpy changes and determining the rate of a reaction.

Chemistry is quite a demanding A-level. You will need to have good grades for Science and Mathematics at GCSE. You will need to be well-organised and prepared to work hard. If you have enjoyed Chemistry at GCSE level then you will probably continue to enjoy it at A-level but you do need to bare in mind that A-level Chemistry is more mathematical.

What will I study? How will I be assessed?

The AQA Chemistry course is composed of three examination papers, each two hours in length:

Paper 1: Relevant physical chemistry topics (atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier's principle and Kc, oxidation, reduction and redox equations, thermodynamics, equilibrium constant Kp for homogenous systems, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells, acids and bases); inorganic chemistry; relevant practical skills.

Paper 2: Relevant physical chemistry topics (amount of substance, bonding, energetics, chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier's principle and Kc, rate equations); organic chemistry; relevant practical skills.

Paper 3: Any content from papers 1 and 2, including relevant practical skills.

What skills will I gain? Where can Chemistry lead?

As well as gaining knowledge in traditional fields of Chemistry (organic, inorganic, physical and analytical), most Chemistry degrees now also include modules in interdisciplinary areas (chemical biology and physics) and some may include modules in applied Chemistry (medicinal, environmental). This gives a good balance of scientific knowledge, both specialist and general.

Chemistry is also studied in an environmental and social context, so you gain awareness of its ethical implications, as well as issues relating to environmental impact and sustainability.

The study of chemistry provides you with the skills to pursue a career in a wide range of sectors. For example, around a quarter of those in full-time work chose to pursue careers in scientific research-related roles. Other popular areas of work included other technical occupations, business and finance, commercial, industrial and public sector management and education. Chemistry can lead to careers in Medicine, chemical engineering, forensics, pharmacology, dietetics, meteorology, art restoration, environmental health, scientific journalism, patent law, accounting, banking and many others.

Classical Civilisation

Why study A-level Classical Civilisation?

You will have the advantage of understanding many references in art, literature, religion, drama and almost everything you come across, because western civilisation is rooted in Greek culture.

What will I study?

Greek Architecture and Sculpture.
The temples, sites, statues and scenes of mythology that have been the inspiration for artists and architects across the world, and still are.

Homer’s Iliad.
The epic poem about the Trojan war, exploring the themes of revenge, fate, the gods, bereavement, love and more…

Four Greek tragedies by Euripides and Sophocles: Medea, Hippolytus, Oedipus the King, and Antigone.
We read the plays for the insights they provide into ancient Greek society and to discuss issues that are all too relevant today.

Socrates the Greek philosopher.
We study the man and some of his ideas through a satirical comedy, some of Plato’s dialogues, and the defence speech from the trial in which he was condemned for atheism and corrupting young Athenians. Topics include man’s relationship with the gods and concepts of justice.

How will I be assessed?

You comment on and explain illustrations or extracts from the literature and write an essay for each paper.

What skills will I gain from studying A-level Classical Civilisation?

The ability to write well-argued and focused essays, analyse texts, evaluate works of art, develop an eye for design, make discerning judgements about human interaction and detect flawed reasoning.

Where can Classical Civilisation lead?

You will have an excellent chance of going to top universities which favour this challenging A-level for arts and science students alike. Classics graduates work in professions ranging from business, law and government to the arts and the media. Essentially, though, such a broad humanity subject prepares you for life.

Drama & Theatre

Why study Drama and Theatre?

This is an A-level which comprises practical work, set plays, the study of theatre practitioners and work based on live productions seen. It requires a willingness to work as part of a team, communication skills and the ability for individuals to think independently. It is a challenging and demanding discipline both intellectually and artistically. The subject is ideal for those who are creative, experimental, logical and collaborative. Drama is an important tool in preparing students for a world that is increasingly team orientated. Students can enjoy a learning experience that is not only relevant and exciting for its own sake, but also balanced with key objectives to fulfil the highest standards of skill and knowledge to achieve excellence in examination results.

What will I study? How will I be assessed?

Component 1: Devising (40 %) (Internally assessed)
Students devise an original piece using one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli. They must produce a written portfolio of between 2,500 - 3,000 words and the devised performance/design realisation.

Component 2: Text in Performance (20%) (Externally assessed by visiting examiner)
Students present a group performance of one key extract from a performance text and a monologue or duologue performance from a key extract from a different performance text.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (40%) (Externally assessed)
Students will sit a 2 hour 30 minute exam. This will ask students to evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen, explain how they would realise an extract from a performance text they have studied ("Page to Stage: Realising Performance Text)) and produce an extended answer on another performance text they have studied ("Interpreting a Performance Text").

What skills will I gain? Where can Drama lead?

From Professor Guthrie, Department of Neurobiology, Kings College, University of London:
'Having achieved good grades in at least 2 or 3 science A levels is a pre-requisite for entrance to university to read biomedical sciences or medicine. However, demonstrating excellence in Drama would also count towards university entrance. In recent years, the medical curriculum in particular has been modified to place increasing weight and value on the ability of students to interact with patients, show self-confidence and excellent interpersonal skills. Coping with difficult situations, being able to think creatively and spontaneously, and being able to relate to a wide range of people and scenarios are vital aspects of training to be a doctor, and indeed what are now seen as the 'transferable skills' of so many degree programmes. There is no question that Drama enhances abilities and trains students in these important areas.'


Economics examines one of the fundamental issues facing society today: the problem of how human and physical resources are developed and employed to produce the goods and services needed for survival, comfort and fulfillment. So it studies how scarcity, choice and the behaviour of households, firms and the government affects every aspect of our lives as well as how these decisions impact society and the environment.

Studying economics will help you to understand the real world and interpret the stories behind the headlines:

• Why do prices keep rising?
• Why does the government have so much debt?
• Why is unemployment at a record low while poverty is increasing?
• Why are some firms successful while others fail?
• What can the government do to promote growth?
• What is 'BREXIT'?

    What wil I study? How will I be assessed?

    AQA A-level economics consists of:
    Unit One: Individuals, firms, markets and market failure.
    Unit Two: The national and international economy.
    Unit Three: Economic principles and issues.
    Assessment is by way of three externally set examinations at the end of the two year course. There is no coursework.

    What skills will I gain? Where can Economics lead?

    The course will teach you to analyse and evaluate logically economic models and data and give you a keen interest in the major topical economic, political and social issues. You will have the opportunity to take part in competitions such as the BASE national business competition and the IFS student investor challenge as well as the RES essay competition. At A-level Economics can be combined with any other subject, although to study it at university Mathematics A-level is often required. It can lead to working as an economist, for example, at the Bank of England or to a career in the financial sector from banking or accountancy to actuarial work or law; or you will have gained the skills to work in many other professions.

    English Literature

    Why study English?

    Do you enjoy reading novels, plays and poetry? Discussing ideas in class? Arguing about different interpretations? Putting your thoughts on paper? Exploring words and their meanings? Forming your own critical opinions?

    English, with its combination of technical and creative elements, is a peculiar subject with no clear limits – it is a humane and civilising project and, in our experience, pupils enjoy English in the Senior College because their own personal contribution really matters. Discussion of literature ranges broadly across historical, political, philosophical, moral and psychological issues. We study literature as a means of questioning our deepest held beliefs, whilst also allowing us to empathise with situations and states of mind we are yet to encounter, so that when we do face them we are all the better prepared.

    What will I study? How will I be assessed?

    At Queen's, we use the Cambridge International A-level syllabus 9695. The two-year course is varied, flexible and covers a stimulating range of texts; you will study seven literary works, as well as developing your analytical skills. All of this will be assessed in four examinations at the end of the II Senior year.

    Module 1: Poetry & Drama
    For the first module, you will explore a selection of poetry and a piece of drama.
    The choices of poets include: Robert Browning, Owen Sheers, Gillian Clarke or a mixed anthology.
    The drama choices include: Arthur Miller's All My Sons; Soyinka's Brother Jero and Jero's Metamorphosis and Middleton and Rowley's The Changeling.

    Module 2: Prose and Unseen
    The second module focuses on the study of prose and on developing your close reading skills.
    You will study one of the following prose texts: Small Island (Levy); Howard's End (Forster); Petals of Blood (Thiong O') or an anthology of short stories entitled, Stories of Ourselves.
    You will also focus on practising your close reading skills for the unseen element of the paper. This will require you to write a detailed analysis of an unseen piece of poetry, drama or prose. Your teacher will select a variety of texts in order for you to practise this skills.

    Module 3: Shakespeare and Drama
    The focus of this unit is drama.
    You will study one of the following Shakespeare plays: The Winter's Tale or King Lear
    You will also study one of the following pieces of modern drama: Township Plays (Fugard); Indian Ink (Stoppard); The Glass Menagerie (Williams).

    Module 4: Pre- and post-1900 Poetry and Prose
    For this unit you will study ONE work of poetry and ONE of prose. One text must be a classic pre-1900 and one will be post-1900.

    You will study one of the following pre-1900 texts: The Knight's Prologue and Tale (Chaucer); Selected Poems (Emily Dickinson); Paradise Lost Books IX and X (Milton); Persuasion (Austen); Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Hardy); Oliver Twist (Dickens).
    You will also study one of the following post-1900 texts: Selected Poems (Walcott); Selected Poems (Spender); Selected Poems (Kay); Mrs Dalloway (Woolf); The Handmaid's Tale (Atwod); The Poisonwood Bible (Kingsolver).

    What skills will I gain? Where can English Literature lead?

    You will be in a small, informal class, where there will be plenty of opportunity to express your own ideas and discuss things vigorously. Homework is usually a balance of independent reading and note-taking, as well as essay writing.

    You will be encouraged to read widely beyond the set books and to attend Literary Society meetings; there will also be opportunities to go to the theatre and to attend lectures and exhibitions outside school. Recent trips and events have included visits to: performances of set texts, such as The Winter's Tale, Henry IV Part 2 and the immersive performance of The Great Gatsby; an A-level study day at the Globe theatre and an A-Level Shakespeare revision seminar with Professor Shell from University College London.

    English is one of the most popular university subjects. While it obviously leads on to careers in arts and the media, it is also much valued by admissions tutors for science and medicine. Every career path requires fluency in language as well as an interest in people and their relationships. English students are taught to think analytically, consider different interpretations and listen and respond to one another sensitively.


    Why study French?

    Linguists at QCL love their dynamic and varied lessons as well as the extra-curricular offerings such as theatre festivals, drama workshops, cinema trips and trips abroad. The study of a language is exciting and Old Queens always say how happy they are to have done an A-level in a language and never regret carrying on studying it at university, whatever sector they go on to work in afterwards. French is the third most important language that UK citizens need at the moment, in terms of trade priorities, business, emerging growth markets and diplomatic and security priorities. French remains an important language for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and is the language most sought after by those employers looking for language skills (49%). Speaking French therefore opens up job and travel opportunities, as many Old Queens have discovered.

    What will I study? What skills will I gain?

    We prepare you for the AQA board specification. You will study cultural topics, such as film, literature, fashion and Francophone music alongside contemporary issues such as immigration and multiculuralism, with some history such as the French Occupation as well. You will research your own topic to discuss in the oral and will write essays on a book and film that you have studied, as well as be tested on your listening, reading and translation skills.

    Studying and being able to speak French opens up a wealth of literature, cinema, history and culture, both in France and in the Francophone world. You will have access to some of the greatest cinema directors, artists and writers of all time, as you will not only speak their language but will have had an introduction to their lives, times and work in the classroom and on school trips as well. By the end of the course, you will be able to converse fluently and to discuss complex issues in detail in French. You will be set to continue studying any modern language you wish ab initio at university too, from Portuguese to Hebrew to Japanese to Arabic; there are many further opportunities that studying a language A-level opens up. Linguistic competence at a high level opens innumerable doors in the workplace and the global economy, with linguists being given clear preference in the job market thanks to the transferable skills of communication, textual analysis and interpretation, and attention to detail to name but a few. Fluency in a language can give you access to the most unexpected professions as well as making sure you are up to date with the zeitgeist on a global scale.


    Why study Geography?

    Geographers are excited to find out about the world they live in, and they have an adventurous streak. They are keen to develop a valuable understanding of the physical and human processes which produce the landscapes of today, and they are interested in tackling the world's current problems. If you want to know the answers to questions like 'why are people still going hungry in southern Africa in 2016?', 'how would a huge volcanic eruption affect our climate?', or 'what are the problems caused by unequal flows of international trade?' then Geography is the subject for you.

    What will I study? How will I be assessed?

    OCR A-level Geography specification H481 has four components:

    01 Physical systems: Earth's Life Support Systems; Glaciated Landscapes.
    02 Human interactions: Changing Spaces; Making Places; Trade in the Contemporary World; Power and Borders.
    03 Geographical debates: Hazardous Earth; Exploring Oceans.
    04 Investigative geography: Independent Investigation.

    Units 01 – 03 are assessed by examination. Unit 04 is one coursework assignment 3,000 - 4,000 words long, which will present independent analysis of data findings.

    What skills do I gain from Geography? Where can Geography lead?

    Geography is an academically robust subject which will help you in your future studies and the world of work. You will develop an understanding of physical, social and economic processes and be able to plan, research, develop and test hypotheses and write reports. Geographers are numerate, literate and good team workers. You will learn to think analytically and critically, and will develop valuable computer skills.

    You will find geographers working in a wide range of jobs, from the City to planning, working for environmental organisations, to travel and tourism, or in international charities or law. Studying Geography can help young people achieve careers that are professionally and financially rewarding and also enjoyable.



    Why Study A-level History?

    History is important for everyone and a society without history is like a person without memory. No other subject causes such debate and argument about what it teaches and historical understanding is essential if we are to understand the present and avoid the mistakes of the past. History is useful to you. You will build up an immense knowledge and understanding of all aspects of human societies in a variety of periods and places. You will learn about change and continuity and cause and effect. Every subject has a past and history will help you with all your other A-levels.

    What Skills Will I gain from Studying A-level History?
    • You will learn to read in depth and to take effective notes;
    • You will interrogate and evaluate a range of contemporary and secondary source material;
    • You will learn to plan, organise and complete effective and well-argued essay answers;
    • You will engage with historical controversies and learn to analyse and evaluate conflicting historical interpretations;
    • Your homework will encourage independent study and you will learn how to think - not what to think.

      What Will I Study?

      Edexcel A-level History Specification 9HI0
      Paper 1, Option 1G: Germany and West Germany, 1918-89.
      Paper 2, Option 2G.1: The rise and fall of fascism in Italy, c1911-46.
      Paper 3, Option 31: Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485-1603.
      Coursework: Interpretations of the Holocaust.
      There will be regular visits to lectures, exhibitions and museums and a residential field trip abroad to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the topics studied. Previous visits have been to Berlin and Krakow.

      How Will I Be Assessed?

      Units 1-3 are assessed by examination. Unit 4 consists of one coursework assignment of 3000 - 4000 words which analyses and evaluates historical interpretations on one topic.

      Where Can History Lead?

      History can lead you anywhere. History students do all types of courses and careers: from media, law, medicine and business to teaching, journalism and museum work. It is a rigorous and respected academic discipline which is highly regarded by universities.

      History of Art

      Why study History of Art?

      This is a popular A-level choice at Queen's and a wonderful subject to learn when surrounded by the rich resources of London's galleries, museums and buildings. It often appeals to those who have taken GCSE Art but as no practical work is involved it can be a good choice for anyone interested in using their eyes. To be a suitable candidate you should be literate, open-minded and above all enthusiastic about exploring intellectual concepts and visual material. Abilities in English, History and possibly Religious Studies are probably the best guide to your likely success in History of Art. You do not need to have studied GCSE Art, and no practical work is involved.
      'History of Art was incomparable to any other subject I had studied at GCSE. I learnt new academic skills, but much more importantly, I understood more about myself.... as History of Art is such a personal but sociable subject'.

      What will I study?

      We follow the Pearson Specification: A level History of Art. In the first year we cover varying aspects of art history from many different periods and cultures. Your perceptual skills are trained and refined, enabling you to analyse paintings, sculpture and buildings with confidence and literacy. You will learn about a theme (taken from Identity/War/Nature) and a special period. In the second year you will study a further theme and a further period in preparation for the two examinations at the end of the course.
      'You find yourself yearning for another work of art and doing extra study simply because you want to.'
      We take art historians on many trips in London and beyond, and abroad – in recent years visiting Antwerp, Florence, Paris, Rome, Siena and Venice. 'History of Art is demanding but the most rewarding and inspiring of subjects - it makes you aware of everything.'

      What skills will I gain? Where can History of Art lead?

      You learn to open your eyes and to analyse what you see. You discover how to respond to works of art and to place them within contexts and cultures. You find out how and why art is made, and about artists, styles and influences. But History of Art is much more than an A-level. Yes, marks and grades are important (and not easy - this is a demanding and rigorous subject), but it opens up previously unimagined worlds. Few students remain unchanged - new horizons and perspectives stay fresh long after the dates and facts have fulfilled their short-term examination purpose. Many students from Queen's have gone on to further their passions in the subject through university degrees. Career possibilities are many, including journalism, museums and galleries, heritage, media, art administration and teaching at all levels. 'People always remember if they studied History of Art at school'. History of Art will make an impact on your life!


      Why study Italian?

      Linguists at QCL love their dynamic and varied lessons as well as the extra-curricular offerings such as theatre festivals, drama workshops, cinema trips and trips abroad. The study of a language is exciting and Old Queens always say how happy they are to have done an A-level in a language and never regret carrying on studying it at university, whatever sector they go on to work in afterwards.

      Italian is the seventh most important language that UK citizens need at the moment, in terms of trade priorities, business, emerging growth markets and diplomatic and security priorities. There is a massive deficit of UK-born citizens who can speak Italian, with only one per cent of businesses surveyed reporting levels of Italian good enough to conduct business deals leading to exports.

      If you love the arts you will love Italian. Italy is the land of Dante, opera, beautiful architecture, paintings and sculptures... Think of Tuscan landscapes and Ligurian seascapes... and spaghetti alle vongole!

      What will I study? What skills will I gain?

      We prepare you for the Edexcel board specification. You will study cultural topics, such as film, literature, fashion and music alongside contemporary issues such as immigration and the mafia, with some history such as the Unification of Italy as well. You will research your own topic to discuss in the oral and will write essays on a book and film that you have studied, as well as be tested on your listening, reading and translation skills.

      Learning a foreign language is a skill in itself and brings its own rewards as you learn to understand magazines, TV programmes, novels, poetry, the news, and, most importantly, people who speak the language you are learning. You will also learn about Italy's fascinating and ever-evolving political, cultural and contemporary life. If you enjoy literature and drama, the ability to read foreign authors in their own language – or see productions on stage, or films at the cinema – is a challenge and a delight. In London we are fortunate to have so many cultural opportunities to exploit and the Italian Cultural Institute has much to offer. The Italian department runs regular trips both to Italy and to events within London. Linguistic competence at a high level opens innumerable doors in the workplace and the global economy, with linguists being given clear preference in the job market thanks to the transferable skills of communication, textual analysis and interpretation, and attention to detail to name but a few.


      Why study Latin?

      The Romans have had such an impact on the development of European languages and culture that experts still need Latin for history, law, philosophy and theology. The main reason, of course, is that what the Romans wrote is interesting and of value today.

      If you have done Latin at GCSE, you will have already covered almost all of the grammar. That means that at A-level you can give most of your attention to enjoying the poetry, speeches and history.

      What will I study?

      The OCR specification.
      You will study a mixture of verse set texts, for example Ovid's risqué and amusing poems about love or sections of Virgil's epic The Aeneid, literature which has provided inspiration for countless poets, playwrights, musicians and artists.

      For prose texts you will study, for example, a Cicero law court speech, or extracts from the historian Tacitus who wrote about the sinister period of Rome under the emperors Tiberius and Nero.
      These texts are studied partly in Latin and partly in translation.

      How will I be assessed?

      You will translate and answer questions on passages of the set texts and write essays on them. You will write translations and answer comprehension questions on unseen passages of verse and prose authors.

      What skills will I gain from studying A-level Latin?

      You develop the ability to probe a text, see through rhetoric, express yourself concisely, suspend judgement before leaping to a conclusion, and, of course, you acquire a solid base for understanding history, politics and culture.

      Where can Latin lead?

      Full Classics at university offers options in literature, philosophy, history, art, architecture and archaeology. Universities like Latin A-level because of its focus on detail, linguistic skills and practice in analysis. Ambitious Classics graduates acquire top jobs in government, law and the media, while many opt for working with charities and in a wide range of other careers.


      Why study Maths?

      Mathematics is one of the most difficult A-levels you can take on. But if you can cope with it, the rewards are high. You don't need to be a genius, but you obviously need to be pretty good, and you need to enjoy it! The key area is algebra. You must be proficient in this topic. If you always feel stressed about Mathematics homework then A-level Mathematics is probably not the right choice for you. If you want an opinion as to whether you have what it takes, ask your teacher.
      Quotes from former Queen's students about A-level Mathematics:
      "Some people find it difficult, some people find it easy. But if you think you can cope with it, it is worth while."
      "Maths is intoxicating. You get high when you can do it. The problem is you get low when you can't!."

      What will I study? How will I be assessed?

      The courses taught at Queen's College are A-level Mathematics and A-level Further Mathematics.

      Did you know:
      • The number of different ways of arranging the Senior girls in a row is greater than the number of atoms in the entire known universe.
      • An Olympic shot-putter would always try to project the shot at an angle of 45° for maximum distance.
      • The aerodynamic force that presses a modern racing car to the floor is so great that at a speed of 100mph it could drive upside down on the ceiling.
      • Construction engineers often use the square-root of negative numbers (which, as far as your calculator and maths text-book are concerned, don't even exist!) to help them design buildings and bridges.
      All the above facts relate to areas of Mathematics that are covered at A-level.

      What skills will I gain? Where can Maths lead?

      The number of careers that require an understanding of Mathematics is growing all the time. For example, anything to do with the computer industry (gaming, robotics, animation etc) requires Mathematics. Statistics is an area of the subject that is becoming increasingly important, particularly the manipulation and analysis of large databases. Most managers now require an understanding of, and familiarity with, the processing of numbers. Studying Mathematics at A-level will give students a confidence in their ability to understand and produce statistics in their line of work.


      Why study A-level Music?

      This course provides musicians with a platform to shine in performance, analysis and composition. We study works by the great composers in far greater depth than encountered at GCSE level exploring not only how they conveyed their musical intentions but how we utilize these skills in our own compositional work. This is teamed with a busy performance schedule, preparing recitals on solo instruments or voice alongside ensemble playing. We explore historical aspects of musicianship and learn to articulate the finer points of symphonic and contemporary writing. Composers have the opportunities to use the latest composition software as part of this course and performers will record repertoire and participate in the many concert opportunities available at the College. This course has musical understanding at its heart and offers you the chance to immerse yourself in the musical community at Queen's College.

      What will I study and how will I be assessed?

      The only part of Music that is an examination, this paper is divided into four sections. The first is recognizing musical features in works you study or 'set-works'. The second is recognizing musical features from unfamiliar music. The third requires you to analyze and evaluate prescribed music and the forth asks you to reflect on music written for a purpose (40% of the total A-level).

      Composing / Techniques
      This is a coursework submission and involves composing two separate pieces of music. One composition is written to a brief set by OCR and the other is to your own brief. The total length of your compositions will be four minutes (25% of the total A-level).

      This is a coursework submission and involves the preparation and performance on your instrument or voice. You can choose to perform either three contrasting solo pieces on different instruments OR perform a solo and an ensemble programme on one instrument. This part of the course really plays to your strengths as a performer! The recital is externally assessed via audio-visual recording and constitutes 35% of the total A-level.

      Where can A-level Music lead?

      A career in the music industry is rich and varied. Music degrees can lead to work as a performer (orchestral, solo or ensemble), music therapist, sound technician, theatre stage manager, conductor, engineering, radio producer, and broadcaster or work in music education. The study of Music at degree level will provide opportunities to study not only performance through a conservatoire but also composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, sound engineering, conducting and music education at university.


      Why study Physics?

      Physics is the science of nature in the broadest sense. Physicists study the behaviour and properties of matter in a wide variety of contexts, ranging from the sub-microscopic particles from which all ordinary matter is made (particle physics) to the behaviour of the material universe as a whole (cosmology).

      What will I study? How will I be assessed?

      Physics is a demanding A-level subject; it will require a lot of dedication and hard work.

      If you found Mathematics particularly difficult at GCSE then Physics is possibly not the subject for you. Take Physics if you find the subject interesting and would like to learn much more than was covered in the GCSE course.

      Many of the theoretical concepts will be backed up with class practicals. These will involve using a variety of laboratory apparatus as well as computer simulations and data logging.

      The Institute of Physics is nearby - they host a number of free lectures available to A-level students. Pupils may also visit the Royal Observatory and the Diamond accelerator in Oxford.

      The AQA Physics course is composed of three examination papers, each two hours in length:

      Paper 1: Measurements and their errors; particles and radiation; waves; mechanics and materials; electricity; periodic motion.

      Paper 2: Thermal physics; fields and their consequences; nuclear physics; assumed knowledge of measurements and their errors; particles and radiation; waves; mechanics and materials; electricity; periodic motion.

      Paper 3: Practical skills and data analysis; astrophysics.

      What skills will I gain? Where can Physics lead?

      Physics is important for a wide variety of careers. Many physicists work in research along with other scientists and mathematicians. The problem solving and logical skills gained from studying Physics are applicable in a whole range of other disciplines from law (particularly intellectual property and computer law) to architecture, accountancy and finance. Computing plays a major part in university Physics and many students go on to work in the computer industry with the qualification.

      Government & Politics

      Why study Politics?

      Politics A-level is concerned with the nature of power and the structures, institutions and ideas, which shape it. It promotes understanding of the ways in which people can participate in the processes, which create, constrain and uphold the structures of power in our society. Politics A-level elucidates and analyses the ideas, which underpin contemporary political debate: Conservatism, Socialism, Liberalism and Feminism.

      What will I study?

      Edexcel A-level Politics Specification 9PL0.
      Component 1: UK Politics and the core political ideas of Conservatism, Liberalism and Socialism.
      Component 2: UK Government and the non-core political idea of Feminism.
      Component 3: Comparative Politics- the USA.
      The curriculum consists of a comprehensive analysis of, and comparison between, the political systems of the two most successful modern democracies; those of the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The nature of democratic processes – elections, political parties, interest groups activity, civil liberties – in both societies is examined in detail. The systems of government of each country – the constitutional rules and the executive, legislative and judicial functions – are analysed and compared. The political philosophies which have underpinned debate within those systems since the nineteenth century – Conservatism, Liberalism, Socialism and Feminism – are also considered and evaluated. Three comparative theories will be introduced with which to analyse the similarities and differences between the UK and US political systems.
      There will also be visits to conferences and lectures and a trip to Parliament. The option of a residential trip to Washington DC will also be explored.

      How will I be assessed? What skills will I gain? Where can Politics lead?

      All three components are assessed by examination.

      • You will learn to read in depth and to take effective notes;
      • You will interrogate and evaluate a range of contemporary source material;
      • You will learn to plan, organise and complete effective and well-argued analytical and evaluative essay answers;
      • You will engage with current developments and controversies in both the United Kingdom and United States of America and learn to analyse and evaluate conflicting historical interpretations;
      • Your homework will encourage independent study and you will learn how to think - not what to think.
      Politics is a subject which is directly concerned with the contemporary world. The ability to form arguments based the close analysis of texts, informed by serious engagement with current affairs, is fundamental to any serious career.

      Politics A-level is a sound basis on which to proceed towards university education and thence to the demands of a modern career. Politics can lead you anywhere and combines well with many other subjects at degree level with PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) a particularly popular combination of subjects. Politics students do all types of courses and careers: from media, law, medicine and business to teaching, journalism and political work. It is a rigorous and respected academic discipline, which is highly regarded by universities.

      Religious Studies

      What will I study?

      Essentially epistemology, i.e. different theories of knowledge, or, simply, how we know what we know. The heart of the course lies with the pursuit of knowledge, truth and values. You will deepen your understanding of the modern world and of the place of religion within it. You will study a huge range of influential thinkers from Plato and Aristotle, to Augustine, Aquinas, Immanuel Kant, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Richard Dawkins and Peter Singer to name but a few. The course comprises a dynamic blend of three main subject areas:

      1. Philosophy: you will learn about the classical schools of Plato and Aristotle, about traditional proofs for God's existence, responses to evil and suffering, ideas about life after death, body and soul. You will examine the nature of religious experiences and question the meaningfulness of religious language.

      2. Ethics: you will study key ethical theories including Natural Law, Utilitarianism, Relativism and ethics based on religion. You will apply these theories to issues surrounding euthanasia, sexual relationships and business ethics. You will question the existence of conscience and ask yourself if human behavior is determined by heredity, environment and/or psychology.

      3. Developments in religious thought: you will look at Christian responses to challenges posed by secularism, pluralism, Marxism and feminism. You will consider the difference between knowledge, belief and revelation.

      How will I be assessed?

      This is a linear course which is examined at the end of the second year by means of three essay papers lasting 2 hours each.

      What skills will I gain? Where can the course lead?

      Students of Religious Studies adopt not just an inquiring and critical but also a reflective approach. You will learn to read in depth, to analyze scholarly opinion critically and to argue effectively. You will be expressing your own views in a clear, concise and persuasive manner. These skills are fundamental in all areas of life and to any career.

      This course is a thorough preparation for students wishing to study Philosophy, Theology or world faiths at university as well as numerous combination courses between RS and Anthropology, Psychology or Sociology. An A-level in Religious Studies is also particularly useful for further studies in the Arts, Humanities, International Relations or Law. The study of ethics complements work in the field of medicine, medical sciences or the caring professions, and it is valuable for those intending to enter journalism or the teaching profession.


      Why study Spanish? 

      Linguists at QCL love their dynamic and varied lessons as well as the extra-curricular offerings such as theatre festivals, drama workshops, cinema trips and trips abroad. The study of a language is exciting and Old Queens always say how happy they are to have done an A-level in a language and never regret carrying on studying it at university, whatever sector they go on to work in afterwards. Spanish is the most important language that UK citizens need at the moment, in terms of trade priorities, business, emerging growth markets and diplomatic and security priorities.

      Acquiring fluency in Spanish will open up twenty amazing countries. Imagine being able to speak to some 350 million more people! Imagine being able to travel from Mexico, via the Caribbean, through the Amazon rain forests, across the Andes, up to Macchu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, down to Antarctica, able to talk to everyone along the way. How spectacular! How useful! (And Queen's girls have done just that!)

      Studying and being able to speak Spanish opens up a wealth of histories and cultures. In Spain alone, there are many of the world's most beautiful cathedrals, palaces and art collections. Think Velasquez, Goya, El Greco, Picasso, Miró, Gaudí. Spain is also utterly modern, avant-garde even, with award winning cinema directors such as Almódovar and Bardem and Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) to name just a few. In terms of fashion, many of the world's leading businesses are Spanish - Balenciaga, Manolo Blahnik, Paco Rabanne, Adolfo Dominguez, Zara, Mango, and others.

      What will I study? What skills will I gain?

      By the end of the course, you will be able to converse fluently and to discuss complex issues in detail in Spanish. You will be set to continue studying any modern language you wish ab initio at university too, from Portuguese to Hebrew to Japanese to Arabic, there are many further opportunities that studying a language A-level opens up. Linguistic competence at a high level opens innumerable doors in the workplace and the global economy, with linguists being given clear preference in the job market thanks to the transferable skills of communication, textual analysis and interpretation, and attention to detail to name but a few.

      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 pupil. 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



      Good Schools Guide

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


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

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


      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

      Members of Council
      Professor Alison While BSc MSc PhD (London) RGN RHV - chairman
      Mr Matthew Hanslip Ward MA (Cantab) - vice-chairman**
      Mr Seth Bolderow BA (Exeter) MSt (Oxon) 
      Mrs Catherine Brahams-Melinek BA (Durham) MA (UCL)*
      Mr Richard Ford BSc (LSE)**
      Mrs Alexandra Gregory BA (Exeter) ACA
      Mr David Imrie MA (Durham)
      Mr John Jacob BSc (Southampton)
      Mrs Jane MacFarlane BSc (Dundee) MA (London)
      Mrs Amanda McShane BA (Northumbria)
      Mrs Rae Perry BA (Trinity Washington) MBA (New York) MSc (Liverpool)
      Ms Holly Porter MA (Cantab) MA (RCA) RIBA FRSA**
      Mr Paul Reeve**
      Ms Sue Summers BA (Bristol)*
      Mrs Sarah-Jane Watson LLB (Durham)
      Mrs Linda Wei BA (Harvard) MBA (INSEAD)
      Mrs Patricia Wilks BA (Oxon)*
      Mr Richard Yeates BA (Exeter)

      * 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
      W1G 8BT

      Staff list

      Principal Mr RW Tillett MA (Cantab)

      Senior Deputy Head (Academic) Mr MJ Wardrop MChem (Oxon) FRSC

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

      Deputy Head (Operations)  Mr EA Wilkins MA (Oxon) MA (Cardiff)

      Teaching staff
      * denotes head of department
      Dr SJ Abbott BA MA PhD (Reading) History
      Mrs SC Atkins MA (Oxon) Classics
      Mrs ES Azis BA (London) English
      Mrs JK Baker BA (Leeds) MA (Warwick) Economics*
      Miss RA Blacknell BA (York) French and Spanish
      Miss JK Blatt BA (Cantab) MA (Courtauld) History of Art*
      Miss R Bor BSc (Birmingham) Mathematics
      Mrs SLS Bottaioli BA (London) Italian
      Mr FJS Burgess BEng (Glasgow) Physics
      Miss TYT Chen MMath (Durham) MEd (Cantab) Mathematics
      Mrs EE Croker BA (Chichester) Director of Sport*
      Ms CE Curtis BA (Sheffield) MA (London) Learning Support
      Miss IW D'Arcy BMus (London) Music / Director of the School
      Dr P Davies BSc MA PhD (London) FRSB FCCT Science*/Director of Teaching and Learning
      Mrs EF Delany MA (Cantab) Geography*
      Ms ZT Dharsi BA (Durham) MA (UCL) English*
      Miss RL Edwards BA (Cardiff Metropolitan) PE and Dance
      Mr RV French BSc (Hatfield) Biology
      Mr TA Gerig BA (Bradley, Illinois) English
      Mrs DF Gumpert BD (London) Religious Studies*
      Ms SJ Guz BA (Leeds) MBA (London) Mandarin
      Miss EI Halstead BA (Oxon) Religious Studies
      Mrs D-AP Hammond BSc (Surrey) DipCG Careers
      Mrs SE Harrison MA (Oxon) Classics*
      Mrs CJ Howat BSc (Nottingham) Mathematics*
      Mr KA Hughes BA (Cantab) Director of Music*
      Ms AFT Johns BA (Leeds) MA (London) English
      Miss CV Loftus-Ruder BSc (Bristol) Mathematics/Director of the Junior College
      Mrs DNJ Marie BA (Durham) MA (London) Modern Languages*
      Mrs PA Martinez Romero BA (University of Chile, Santiago) MA (UNI) MA (UNED), Spanish Assistant
      Mrs JS Mayerhofer BA (Vassar, New York) MA (Westminster) Dip (IED, Madrid) PGDip (EINA, Barcelona) French Assistant
      Ms GL Milligan MA (Dundee) MLitt (St Andrews) English
      Ms RG Mills BA (Cantab) Theatre and Drama
      Miss MR Moor BFA (Oxon) Art
      Miss JS Moore BSc MSc (Lamar, Texas) PE
      Ms AER Morse BA (UAL) Director of Drama*
      Miss N Murugan MChem (Manchester) MSc (London) Chemistry
      Mrs M Narauskas MSc (Szczecin) Chemistry
      Mr PD Nelkin BSc (Hull) Computer Science and Digital Strategy*
      Mr JPW Oakley BSc (Leeds) Physics
      Miss M Pargue BA (Montpellier, France) MA (Avignon, France) MA (Le Mans, France) French and Spanish
      Mrs LMT Penny MA (Oxon) Classics*
      Dr SM Perry BA (Stirling) MA PhD (Sheffield) Librarian
      Miss LE Phillimore BSc (Durham) MSc (UCL) Biology
      Miss KD Rait-McDonald BA (St Mark & St John) PE and Dance
      Ms C Rogers BA (Liverpool) Geography*/Deputy Director of the Junior College
      Mrs KB Shapiro BA (Manchester) MA (College of Europe) Government and Politics / Director of the Senior College
      Dr PJ Smith BSc MSc PhD (Birmingham) Mathematics
      Mrs PHO Sperling BA (London) FRGS Geography
      Mrs EJ Stafford BA (Durham) French/EPQ Coordinator
      Ms RJ Stewart BA (Central St Martins) Art/Director of Pupil Welfare
      Mrs IKR Stonham BA (Durham) English
      Miss REM Thomson MA (Edinburgh) Art*
      Ms EJ Thonemann BA (Oxon) MA (London) History
      Mr RW Tillett MA (Cantab) Politics
      Ms MG Valiani BA (Pavia, Italy) MA (Hull) Italian
      Mr MJ Wardrop MChem (Oxon) FRSC Chemistry
      Mr EA Wilkins MA (Oxon) MA (Cardiff) History
      Mr D Willows BA (York) MA (London) History and Politics*

      Visiting staff
      Miss RM Bentall BMus MA (Huddersfield) PGDip LRAM Singing
      Miss MA Blackman BMus (London) Violin
      Mr RC Bottriell BA (Exeter) PGDip LRAM Piano
      Miss CC Bridge BMus (London) LRAM Singing
      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 NR Miller BA (Bristol) MMus (London) Piano
      Miss EL-M Mitchell BMus MA (London) DipRAM FRAM LRAM Trumpet
      Miss K Mount BA (Rose Bruford) Speech and Drama
      Miss AMR Palmer LRAM Violin and Viola
      Miss M Ridd BA (Oxon) PGDip (RAM) Cello and Piano
      Mr BJ Sharpe BMus (LCM) Guitar
      Mr LS Tucker BMus (RCM) MMus (Guildhall) Woodwind
      Mr MWR West BMus MMus (RCM) Percussion, Drums and Music Theory

      Bursar (also Secretary to the Council)
      Mr CP Morton BA (Durham) MBA (Cranfield)

      Miss LA Tate BA (Manchester)

      Assistant Bursar
      Mr RM Hall BA (Durham) MSc (Oxon)

      Office Manager and Principal's PA
      Miss R Archer

      Senior Administrative Assistant
      Miss LJ Stileman

      Receptionist and Administrative Assistant
      Miss N Kaur BA (London Metropolitan)

      Examinations Officer
      Mr JT Lyne Cert Ed (Sussex) HND (NESCOT)

      Director of Communications
      Mrs AR Horner BA MA (Cantab)

      Finance department
      Mr Z Tahiri Finance Manager BA (Birmingham City) ACCA
      Dr K Fazekas Finance Assistant BA, MA (Budapest)

      Miss AG Pendias BSc (LSE) MSc (UCL)

      Support staff
      Mr KP Anderson Senior Laboratory Technician
      Miss JR Seecharan BA (UEL) Laboratory Technician
      Miss EMP Sitlani BA (Exeter) Marketing Assistant
      Miss CF Smart BA (Leeds) Alumnae and Development Officer
      Mr SN Edge Head of IT and Network Services
      Mr SP Jeffrey BA (Buckinghamshire New) Data Manager
      Mr SC Maclannan BSc (Buckinghamshire New) IT Support Officer
      Mr CA Jalloh IT Apprentice
      Ms S Sugawara MA (Tama Art University, Japan) MA (UAL) Art Technician
      Mr S Godly Premises Manager
      Mr P Venesiani Caretaker
      Mr P Lacey Caretaker

      Prep school

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

      To enter the QCPS website, please click here.

      Latest News Queen's College London

      School Closure

      Sadly the College will be closed from the end of the day on Thursday, 19th March. Our staff and pupils will be remote learning for the rest of this term. It has been wonderful to see the whole community pull together to keep open as long as possible over these last few weeks at this extremely challenging time. We look forward to being back at Queen’s as soon as possible.

      Find out more >>


      2020 Dance Show

      Last week we held our Annual Dance Show where girls across the College performed solos and group pieces in a variety of dance genres

      Find out more >>


      QCL presents Beauty and the Beast

      QCL presents the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast

      Find out more >>


      Mable at the GFA nationals

      Many congratulations to Mable in Class 3, who recently competed at the GFA (Gymnastics For All) national finals for floor and vault.

      Find out more >>


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      Posted: 1st Jan 1970


      Term dates 2020-21

      Lent Term 2020
      Beginning of term (staff) Mon 6 Jan
      Beginning of term (pupils) Tues 7 Jan
      Half-term Mon 17 Feb - Fri 21 Feb
      End of term (pupils) and Founder's Day Thurs 2 Apr
      End of term (staff) Fri 3 Apr

      Summer Term 2020
      Beginning of term (pupils and staff) Mon 20 Apr
      Bank holiday Fri 8 May
      Half-term Mon 25 May - Fri 29 May
      End of term (pupils) and Annual Gathering Thurs 2 July
      End of term (staff) Fri 3 July

      Michaelmas Term 2020
      Beginning of term (staff) Thu 3 Sep
      I Senior and Class 3 induction afternoon Fri 4 Sep
      Beginning of term (pupils) Mon 7 Sep
      Half term Mon 19 Oct - Fri 30 Oct
      End of term (pupils and staff) Fri 18 Dec

      Lent Term 2021
      Beginning of term (staff) Mon 4 Jan
      Beginning of term (pupils) Tue 5 Jan
      11+ entrance examination day Fri 8 Jan
      Half term Mon 15 Feb - Fri 19 Feb
      End of term (pupils and staff) and Founder's Day Fri 26 Mar

      Summer Term 2021
      Beginning of term (staff and pupils) Mon 19 Apr
      Bank Holiday Mon 3 May
      Half term Mon 31 May - Fri 4 Jun
      End of term (pupils and staff) and Annual Gathering Wed 7 Jul

      This Week

      In response to the recent Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and guidance from the government, Queen's College is closed until further notice. This page will be updated as soon as possible.

      Lent Term 2020

      In response to the recent Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and guidance from the government, Queen's College is closed until further notice. This page will be updated as soon as possible.

      News Archive 2009 / 2010

      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. Unfortunately, we do not offer visa sponsorship. Please contact the Registrar, Miss Lucy Tate, 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.


      Prospectus To view our 11+ prospectus online please click here.
      Sixth Form Prospectus To view our 16+prospectus online please click here.

      Open Days

      Our open days for entry in September 2020 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 Lucy Tate, on 020 7291 7070 or by email.

      Tuesday 21 January 2020 at 11.00am (FULLY BOOKED)

      Tuesday 28 April 2020 at 11.00am (FULLY BOOKED)

      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 £3,000 is payable.  £1,000 of this will be deducted from a pupil's first term's bill. The remaining £2,000 will be refunded when a pupil leaves the College provided the appropriate notice has been given.

      Tuition fees

      For the school year 2019-20, tuition fees have been set at £6646 per term, payable in advance. Individual music lessons are charged at £225 per term and are invoiced by and paid directly to the Visiting Music Teacher.

      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.

      Fees in Advance
      A discount is offered to the termly fee if fees are paid in advance for one full year or more. The policy can be found here.

      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

      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. Candidates from Queen's College Preparatory School follow the same entry procedure as other applicants.

      The selection process
      Queen's College is a member of the London 11+ Consortium and follows its Agreed Code of Practice.

      Candidates for Year 7 entry sit the London 11+ Consortium entrance examination in January, prior to entry in September the same year. All candidates are invited to attend an interview and a reference is requested from the candidate's school. Our policy is to offer places on the basis of the whole picture created by the examination result, the interview performance and the school reference. We look very carefully at all three aspects to gauge a candidate's potential.

      Applications have now closed for 11+ entry in September 2020. The timetable for 2021 11+ entry will be published in due course. The dates and deadlines for the previous 11+ admissions cycle are listed below, to give you an indication of the likely timeframe for 2021 entry. 

      The deadline for applications for 11+ entry in September 2020 was Friday 22 November 2019.

      The entrance examination was held on Friday 10 January 2020 at 10am.

      The date for interviews was Saturday 11 January 2020.

      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:

      A good pass (grade 5 or C or above) in Mathematics

      A good pass (grade 5 or C or above) in English Language

      The minimum grades required for each of their preferred A level subjects (see attached)

      A minimum overall points score from their entire set of GCSEs, as follows:

      55 points if she is taking 10 or more GCSEs50 points if she is taking 9 GCSEs45 points if she is taking 8 GCSEs

      For GCSE subjects where numerical grades are awarded, each grade of 5 and above will carry the same number of points, i.e. a grade 9 is worth nine points, a grade 8 is worth eight points, etc. For GCSE subjects which are still graded this year on the letters system, an A* will be worth eight points, an A worth seven, and so on. Grades of lower than 5 or C will not count towards the points total.

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

      The deadline for applications for 16+ entry in September 2020 is Friday 1 November 2019.

      For more information, please take a look at our Sixth Form page by clicking on the tab above.

      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 pupils 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 pupils 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 pupils' 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, pupils 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 pupils 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: Trilogy ('double award')
        • a modern language (French, Italian, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish)

        In addition, pupils take three 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 pupils usually select three A-level subjects though in some circumstances pupils will be allowed to choose four.

        Year 12 pupils who study three A-level subjects also study for the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). All pupils have a period of PSHE and three periods of Games each week. Wednesday afternoons are dedicated to voluntary and work experience at a range of companies and institutions across London.

        The A-level 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

        Exam results

        A-level results 2019

        A* A B C D  E
        Art 5 3 9 3 0 0
        Biology 1 2 1 1 1 0
        Chemistry 2 2 1 2 0 0
        Classical Greek 0 1 0 0 0 0
        Drama & Theatre 0 2 4 0 0 0
        Economics 0 1 0 3 1 0
        English Literature 7 12 7 1 0 0
        French 0 2 2 2 0 1
        Geography 2 0 2 1 1 0
        History 1 1 3 2 0 0
        History of Art 0 3 5 2 0 0
        Italian 0 1 0 0 0 0
        Latin 0 2 0 0 0 0
        Mathematics 0 3 2 2 2 0
        Further Mathematics 0 0 1 0 0 0
        Music 0 2 1 0 0 0
        Physics 0 0 2 1 0 0
        Politics 0 2 3 0 2 0
        Religious Studies 4 3 1 1 0 0
        Spanish 0 1 1 0 0 0

        Totals by grade 22 42 46 21 7 0
        Cumulative % 15.8 46.8 79.1 94.9 100 100

        GCSE results 2019

        Subjects awarding A*-G




        English Language (IGCSE) 10 32 13 3 0 0
        English Literature (IGCSE) 34 20 4 0 0 0
        French (IGCSE) 3 0 0 0 0 0
        Italian 3 0 0 0 0 0
        Spanish (IGCSE) 1 0 0 0 0 0

        Totals by grade 51 52 17 3 0 0
        Subjects awarding 9-1          
        9 8 7 6 5 4
        Art 12 6 7 5 2 0
        Biology (IGCSE) 19 8 10 6 0 3
        Chemistry (IGCSE) 10 15 8 5 5 2
        Chinese 0 1 0 1 1 1
        Classical Greek 2 0 1 0 1 0
        Computer Science 4 2 2 3 0 3
        Dance 0 2 2 0 0 0
        Drama 13 6 0 1 0 0
        French (IGCSE) 7 4 10 2 0 1
        Geography (IGCSE) 3 5 5 4 3 1
        History (IGCSE) 13 9 8 6 1 0
        Italian (IGCSE) 4 4 1 1 0 0
        Latin 3 6 0 0 0 0
        Mathematics (IGCSE) 13 19 13 7 6 1
        Music 2 0 1 1 0 0
        Physics (IGCSE) 11 12 11 6 4 2
        Religious Studies (IGCSE) 17 3 3 0 1 0
        Science: Double Award (IGCSE) 0 0 4 4 1 7
        Spanish (IGCSE) 12 4 4 1 0 0
        Totals by grade 145 106 90 53 25 21
        Cumulative %  


        A*, 9 and 8 53

        A*, A, 9, 8 and 7



        There are two main libraries at Queen's and they form an invaluable resource for teaching and learning. Pupils 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 29 and 30 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.

        The School
        Netball, basketball, health-related exercise, dance, cross-country, football, gymnastics, tag rugby, volleyball, badminton, hockey, athletics, cricket, rounders, tennis.

        The Juniors
        Basketball, yoga, boot camp, circuit training, contemporary dance, cross-country, netball, Zumba, street dance, football, hockey, Atheltics, rounders, cricket, tennis.

        Senior PE
        Netball, hockey, gym use at Paddington rec, dance, ab blast, aerobics, Zumba.

        We have a well-equipped gym on site and are able to make good use of excellent facilities nearby. Outdoor games take place at Paddington Recreation Ground 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, dance, football, gymnastics, netball, rounders, swimming, 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. A current list can be found here.

        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 Lucy Tate, 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. Pupils 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 pupils (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 pupil 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 pupils. They meet with the pupils 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 pupils 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 pupils 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 pupils 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 pupill's entry to the Senior College.  It is hoped that as a consequence pupils 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.

        *Please note that Queen's College is a nut free environment.


        Full school uniform is worn by Years 7, 8 and 9.  Our uniform is modern and attractive, and pupils 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 (

        For pupils 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 pupils 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

        Pupils 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

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        How to Find Us

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

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

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

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

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

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        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 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 or on 020 7291 7000.

        News & Events Queen’s College London

        GCSE Art exhibition - Thursday 7 June, 5 - 6.30pm

        Alumnae are warmly invited to this year's GCSE Art exhibition in the Art Studio on Thursday 7 June between 5-6.30pm. 

        Find out more »


        A-level Art exhibition - Monday 18 June 5 - 6.30pm

        This year's A-level Art exhibition will take place in the Art Studio on Monday 18 June between 5 - 6.30pm and will showcase artwork by the College's Senior Students.

        Find out more »


        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.

        Find out more »



        Publications Queen's College London

        Queen’s Today - Lent 2018

        Inside this issue, to mark the centenary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act 1918, we celebrate four extraordinary Old Queens who have been championing women's rights in their respective fields, both in the UK and overseas. We hope that you enjoy this special feature together with all the other latest news from Queen's.


        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.

        Queen's College, London is a UK registered charity no. 312726

        Annual Fund Queen's College London

        QCL Annual Fundraising Requests 2019-20

        DescriptionDepartmentPictureCost £
        10.2” IPad and heavy duty cover

        These iPads would allow us to collect and record spatial data in the field. They would enable us to conduct cutting-edge fieldwork across the School, Junior College and Senior College using software called ArcGIS. We would like to get these tools for fieldwork so that we could run days out ourselves, rather than having to visit a field study centre. Without this equipment we have less scope to offer in-house day trips to gather data.
        Geography £317.99 each

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        £1,907.94 for 6

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        Air track

        This cushioned track will help us to teach tumbling during gym lessons and achieve new tricks in cheer squad.
        PE £685

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        Bursary for deserving linguist to travel

        We would like to run an essay competition with a travel bursary for the winner. The competition would be open to all our Juniors and Seniors studying French, Spanish and Italian. The winner would have their place paid on a school trip or to undertake a language course / work experience / exchange during a holiday. The winner would then write about her experience for our school magazine.
        Modern Languages £800

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        Chinese dance workshop for Key Stage 3

        This colourful workshop is organised by a company called ‘Dance days’. It is interactive and pupils will have the chance to use the props provided, whilst learning about different styles of Chinese dance.
        Modern Languages £225 for a half-day workshop

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        Clinometers x 6 and ranging poles x 12

        These enable pupils to measure slope angle e.g. of beaches or river banks. We would like to get these tools for fieldwork so that we could run days out ourselves, rather than having to visit a field study centre. Without this equipment we have less scope to offer in-house day trips to gather data.
        Geography £89.94 for 6 Clinometers

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        £191.98 for 12 ranging poles

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        Dance costumes

        Contribution towards costumes for the annual Dance Show, which all year groups participate in.
        Dance £500

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        This item has kindly been sponsored
        Football Goal

        This portable goal will be used in football lessons and for training in the gym.
        PE £500

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        This item has kindly been sponsored
        French Play

        This French play would be performed for Classes 3, 2 and 1 by a travelling schools’ theatre company called Onatti.
        Modern Languages £498

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        Living Wall

        We would like to build a living wall in the College courtyard to promote biodiversity. This donation would also pay for garden tools, compost, pots, plants, seeds and fertilisers. We would also be able to erect a small fabric greenhouse where pupils could grow herbs and vegetables in our new gardening club.
        Science £500

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        This item has kindly been sponsored
        MiScreen A4 Machine

        This is a portable digital screen maker, which will support the production of students’ detailed drawings into screen prints.
        Art £2,524.20

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        Professional Printing Press

        This will enable students to create many different types of pressure printing, including lino, wood and copper.
        Art £1,049.33

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        These robots can be programmed using Scratch or Python and would give the pupils an insight into how robots can be programmed to perform tasks. The Sixth Form students, who are Computer Science reps (for the first time in Queen's), are keen to run a club to teach the younger students how to program a robot.
        IT £958.80

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        Shakespeare performance workshop

        The workshop would be on ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ for Class 3. It would be an interactive session led by either two or three West End actors.
        English £650 (2 actors)

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        £850 (3 actors)

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        Translation Workshop

        This is a translation workshop for Juniors and/or Seniors provided by a company called ‘Shadow Heroes’. It will enhance our pupils’ experience of learning a language and to expose them to the purpose of this in school and in later life.
        Modern Languages £520 per workshop for up to 25 pupils

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        We have been loaned a tuba (free of charge) for the past few months, enabling younger pupils to have lessons and play the instrument in ensembles. We would now like to purchase the instrument from the owner to enable this provision to continue, as the loan period is about to come to an end.
        Music £250

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        This item has kindly been sponsored

        Leaving a Legacy Queen's College London

        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 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 Lottie Smart on 020 7291 7018 or at 

        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.

        How to make a Gift to Queen's

        Thank you so much 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.

        Donate On Line

        Please click here to make a single donation to Queen's College, London

        Please click here to make a regular donation to Queen's College, London

        Please click here to make a single donation to Queen's College Preparatory School

        Please click here to make a regular donation to Queen's College Preparatory School


        Please make cheques payable to Queen's College, London and post to: The Development Office, Queen's College, 43-49 Harley Street, London, W1G 8BT. Please enclose a note with your name, address, e-mail and telephone number and details of the project you wish to support. We will be in touch on receipt.

        Bank Transfer

        Please transfer your gift to: Queen's College London. 

        Address: Natwest Bank, PO Box 4NU, 1 Cavendish Square, London W1A 4NU.

        Sort Code: 60 40 02. Account no: 32002998.

        IBAN: GB49NWBK60400232002998. SWIFT Code: NWBKGB2L

        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 if you would like your donations to be directed towards a particular fund.

        Online via CAF

        Please click here to make a secure online donation via your CAF account (Charities Aid Foundation)to set up an online one off or regular direct debit. If you would like your gift to be directed towards a particular fund, please e-mail us at in order to let us know.

        Charity cheques/vouchers

        We can accept charity cheques, vouchers or charity card donations such as those administered by CAF. Please make charity cheques payable to Queen's College, London and forward to the Development Office with a note of your name, address, e-mail, telephone number and details of the project you wish to support. We will be in touch on receipt. 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

        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 BSUF (British Schools & Universities Foundation), a 501(c) (3) US tax exempt non-profit grant making organisation. This will enable you to take advantage of tax relief benefits in the US. Please visit 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 Lottie Smart, on 020 7291 7018 or at if you would like any further information or wish to discuss making a gift.

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