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-Contextual 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.

Drama & Theatre Studies

Why study Drama?

Whatever your previous experience, being an A-level Drama student will be thought provoking, challenging and exciting. It is vital that you enjoy being part of a team. You will also need to work as an individual researching material and putting your knowledge down on paper. You will be regularly seeing some of the world's greatest theatre, to develop your critical awareness and inspire your own performances.

What will I study? How will I be assessed?

Over the A-level course you will study and perform a minimum of two complete and substantial performance texts and at least three key extracts from three different texts placed in the context of the whole text. You will study the work and methodologies of at least two influential theatre practitioners (individual or companies). A-level in Drama and Theatre will be assessed through a combination of a 40% written examinations and 60% Non-Examined Assessment (NEA)

Component 1: You will devise your own drama using a performance text as your stimulus. This is a collaborative process. You might use as your inspiration the themes within the text or a character or the structure and style of the text. You will evolve your ideas using the principles of a key theatre practitioner. You will write up an analysis and evaluation of your process and final performance in a portfolio. This is internally assessed and externally moderated and is worth 40% of the A level qualification.

Component 2: This unit offers you the chance to demonstrate your skills in performing extracts from two different play texts. Your first performance will be either a monologue or a duologue from a play of our choice. The second performance will be a group extract from another play, also of our choice.

Component 2 is externally assessed by an external examiner and worth 20% of the A-level qualification.

Component 3: This is a written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes and is 40% of the qualification. There are three different elements to component 3 which will be taught during the two year course, including writing about live performances you have seen, workshopping performances yourself and studying set texts.

Component 1 & 2 also can be approached from the aspect of either a director or designer.

What skills will I gain? Where can Drama lead?

You will develop critical and creative skills, and gain confidence in performance and evaluation of others’ work. Drama also helps develop empathetic and communication skills, as well as teaching you how to work effectively as a member of a team, while also being prepared to lead and motivate others. Studying drama can lead to careers in the theatre and arts, teaching, writing and journalism, media and advertising, business and finance, politics… the list is endless!


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 are so many people unemployed?
• Why are some firms successful while others fail?
• What can the government do to promote growth?
• Why does the UK buy so much from China?

    Economics helps you understand more about the world around you.

    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 Bank of England's Target 2.0 competition, 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.

    What will 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.

    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. The two-year course is varied, flexible and covers a stimulating range of texts; you will study between eight and ten books which will be examined in three modules at the end of the II Senior year. For the first module, you will explore poetry by Jennings, Frost or a selection from the anthology Songs of Ourselves and a prose text: Edith Wharton's novel, 'The House of Mirth' or Jhumpa Lahiri's 'The Namesake'. The second module focuses on drama and you will study two plays; these could include a Shakespeare play, Tennessee Williams' 'Sweet Bird of Youth' or Brian Friel's 'Philadelphia, Here I Come!'. The third module covers Shakespeare ('Measure for Measure' or 'Richard II') and a pre-twentieth century text by an author such as Austen, Chaucer, Dickens or Shelley. In addition to this, you will submit a folder of two fairly short coursework essays on a free choice of books so you can explore many different writers and techniques. Recent Seniors have studied, among others, Sylvia Plath, Jeanette Winterson, Tony Harrison, John Milton, William Blake, Emily Bronte, Vladimir Nabokov and Ernest Hemingway.

    You will be in a small, informal class, where there will be plenty of opportunity to express your own ideas and discuss things vigorously. 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.

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

    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?

    French has approximately 70 million first language speakers, but between 100-200 million people around the world speak French as a second language.

    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, and having a Modern Languages degree at university could increase your potential earnings in the future.

    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.

    What will I study?

    We prepare you for the EdExcel 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 Algerian War as well. You will research your own topic to discuss in the oral and will write essays on a book or film that you have studied, as well as be tested on your listening, reading and translation skills.

    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, 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; Disease Dilemmas.
    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 Greek?

    Essentially, the Greeks gave the West so much poetry and drama, philosophy and political ideas that our own culture cannot be fully understood without knowing our Greek roots and much gets lost in translation when dealing with subtleties of meaning or enjoying effective verse. As you will have covered most of the grammar for GCSE there will not be too much of a step up to A-level, so you can focus on appreciating the poetry and interpreting the history or philosophy. Students of science and medicine find that Greek vocabulary is surprisingly useful for technical words

    What will I study? The OCR specification.

    You will be reading verse texts, for example sections of a Greek tragedy or comedy, or from one of Homer's epic poems The Iliad or the Odyssey. This will explore such topics such as Fate, personal conscience versus the law of the stage, what makes a hero, the role of the gods and attitudes to women in the ancient world. You will also study prose texts, for example some philosophy or history. Some of the literature will be studied in translation.

    How will I be assessed?

    You will answer questions and write essays on the set texts. For unseen passages you will translate Greek into English and answer comprehension questions.

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

    You will develop a sharp awareness of detail, logical thinking, sheer mental discipline and the ability to analyse complex ideas.

    Where can Greek lead?

    Top universities are eager to find candidates able to study the Greeks in their original language and Classics courses offer the same broad range of topics as Classical Civilisation. Other subjects, such as medicine, are impressed by this rare qualification. Greek proves your intellectual stamina as well as linguistic ability, so full Classicists are welcomed in a wide range of careers, from politics, management and law, to advertising, charity work and the media.


    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. For scientists it provides an invaluable fourth subject and a new perspective to your thinking. It is a serious and respected academic discipline at university.

    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 AQA Specification: History of Art (Art of the Western World). 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 topics such as materials and processes, styles, functions of art, patronage and social contexts, all the time working through the detailed study of specific works of art. There are four examinations. One is an unseen picture analysis (painting, sculpture, architecture), and one covers a general course about art and architecture produced from 500 BC to AD 2000. Two further papers enable you to develop deeper understandings through two specialist topics, likely to be the Gothic period (13th/14th centuries) and the Baroque (17th century). '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, 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 girls 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?

    Italian has approximately 70 million first language speakers.

    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. Speaking Italian opens up job and travel opportunities in any career – journalism, business, law, medicine, science, art history - and having a Modern Languages degree at university could increase your potential earnings in the future.

    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!

    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.

    What will I study?

    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 or film that you have studied, as well as be tested on your listening, reading and translation skills.


    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 algebra. If you always feel stressed about Mathematics homework forget about A-level Mathematics and do something else. If you want an opinion as to whether you have what it takes, ask your teacher (you may be pleasantly surprised!).

    Quotes from ex-Queen’s girls 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 include (Edexcel): AS Mathematics, Advanced Level Mathematics, AS Further Mathematics, Advanced 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?

    "People with Maths A-level go on to earn significantly more than their peers with equivalent qualifications in other subjects… People who had only scraped a pass in the subject still enjoyed a higher income later in life … A possible explanation for this result is that the Maths skills learned at A-level may be closer to those actually used in the workplace than the skills developed in other subjects."

    (Research conducted by LSE, 1999.)


    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 analysis of the nature of power, understanding of the ways in which people can participate in the processes which create, constrain and uphold the structures of power in our society and comprehension of the ideas which underpin contemporary political debate: Conservatism, Nationalism, Socialism and Liberalism.

    What will I study?

    The substance of the curriculum of Politics A-level 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 system – 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, Nationalism, Socialism and Liberalism – are also considered and evaluated.

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

    Essay writing, based on serious reading of relevant texts, is the core skill which is developed in the course of studying Politics at A-level. The study of current developments in both the United Kingdom and the United States of America is also of central importance. 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 therefore a sound basis on which to proceed towards university education and thence to the demands of a modern career.

    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? What skills will I gain?

    Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the word with approximately 400 million first language speakers.

    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. Speaking Spanish opens up job and travel opportunities, and having a Modern Languages degree at university could increase your potential earnings in the future.

    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, Mexican 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.

    By the end of the course, you will be able to converse fluently in Spanish 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.

    What will I study?

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

    About Queen's College London

    Welcome to the Queen's College website.

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

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

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

    Mr Richard Tillett



    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

    The Rt Revd and Rt Hon the Lord Bishop of London

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

    * denotes Old Queen
    ** denotes current or former parent

    The Chairman of the Council may be contacted by writing to:
    The Bursar
    Queen's College
    43-49 Harley Street
    W1G 8BT

    Staff list

    Principal Mr RW Tillett MA (Cantab)

    Senior Tutor Mr MJ Wardrop MChem (Oxon) FRSC

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

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

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

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

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

    Director of Development
    Ms C Buswell BA MA (Durham)

    Miss FA Murdoch BSc (Portsmouth)

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

    Assistant Bursar
    Miss EC Austin BA (Oxon)
    Mr R Hall BA (Durham) MSc (Oxon)

    Office Manager
    Miss R Archer

    Administrative Assistant
    Miss L Stileman

    Database and Academic Administrator
    Miss N Robinson

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

    College Nurse
    Mrs AL Donnelly RN

    Miss AG Pendias BSc (LSE) MSc (UCL)

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

    Prep school

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

    To enter the QCPS website, please click here.

    Latest News Queen's College London

    Year 10 Classicists trip to Bath

    The Year 10 Classicists had a day in Bath.

    Find out more >>


    Athena trip to Jane Eyre

    On Tuesday evening a group of sixth formers went to the National Theatre to see their fantastic new production of Jane Eyre.

    Find out more >>


    Holloway Society Talk on Middle Eastern Architecture

    On Tuesday Mina gave a superb talk on Middle Eastern Architecture.

    Find out more >>


    Home Secretary visits Queen's College for Dent Lecture

    On Thursday last week we were enormously privileged to receive a visit from the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd.

    Find out more >>


    News Archive 2009 / 2010

    Drama trip to the Old Vic

    On Mon 28 June the Old Vic Theatre held a workshop on 'The Tempest', one of the plays currently on show at this renowned playhouse.

    Find out more »


    Year 8 History trip to Hever Castle and Penshurst Place

    Last Tuesday, Year 8 girls from Queen's College jumped on the coach to Kent to visit Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, and Penshurst Place, where the Tudor writer Sir Philip Sidney lived.

    Find out more »


    Queen's entertains Prep School girls scientifically

    Eighteen Form 5 girls from QCPS visited us for a morning of fun science activities.

    Find out more »


    Another Country: London painters in dialogue with modern Italian art

    On Tues 15 June the Queen's College Year 12 Italian class escaped from the dark memories of AS-levels to bask in the clear, comforting light of the Estorick Museum's Collection of Modern Italian Art in Highbury.

    Find out more »


    News Archive 2010 / 2011

    Queen's College Sports Awards Lunch

    The PE department held a luncheon on Thurs 23 June to recognise its top achievers in both performance and commitment to sport and PE.

    Find out more »


    Tennis against Francis Holland School NW1

    On Thurs 23 June U12 and U13 players from Queen's took on Francis Holland.

    Find out more »


    Top scientists in Year 8 attend the Salters’ Chemistry Festival

    An intrepid team of Queen's College Year 8's led by Mr Curtis recently competed in the annual Salters' Chemistry Festival held at UCL.

    Find out more »


    Lingo Flamingo visits Moorish Spain - without leaving Harley Street!

    Our Modern Languages Society, Lingo Flamingo, were transported to southern Spain one lunchtime this week.

    Find out more »


    News Archive 2011 / 2012

    Queen's staff do their bit – energetically!

    It's not only the students at Queen's who take charity fundraising seriously.

    Find out more »


    Year 12 French students visit Lille

    Last weekend the Year 12 French group had a busy trip to Lille in northern France.

    Find out more »


    Queen's College annual swimming gala

    The annual Queen's College swimming gala took place at Marshall Street Leisure Centre on Mon 21 May.

    Find out more »


    Year 8 rounders tournament

    On Mon 28 May the Year 8 rounders team took part in a tournament hosted by South Hampstead High School.

    Find out more »


    News Archive 2012 / 2013

    Year 8 trip to Hever Castle and Penshurst Place

    This week Year 8 had a hugely successful trip to Hever Castle and Penshurst Place in Kent.

    Find out more »


    Queen's College Sports Awards 2013

    In assembly on Tuesday this week, we had our annual presentation of the College Sports Awards.

    Find out more »


    Year 9 History trip to Ypres and the Somme

    On Tues 21 May, Year 9 students from Queen's set off for Ypres in Belgium. The focus of the trip was on World War 1 and the itinerary included the graves, cemeteries and memorials of the soldiers who fought in the Great War.

    Find out more »


    Queen's girls win Latin play competition

    Fourteen Year 8 pupils from Queen's entered the 'Ludi Scaenici' Latin play competition, hosted by Westminster Under School for pupils who have studied Latin for no more than five terms.

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    News Archive 2013 / 2014

    Seniors in Oxford!

    Year 12 historians from Queen’s enjoyed a great day in Oxford on Thurs 17 June.

    Find out more »


    Queen’s College visit to the Queen’s Club Aegon tennis championships

    On Mon 9 June girls from Years 8 and 9 went to the Queen’s Club to watch some first class tennis.

    Find out more »


    Enterprising Seniors!

    On Tues 17 June, Year 12 students at Queen’s tried their hands at entrepreneurship.

    Find out more »


    Year 10 at IBM

    On Fri 13 June Year 10 were given the chance to dive into the world of business and technological innovations, courtesy of IBM.

    Find out more »


    News Archive 2014 / 2015

    Posted: 1st Jan 1970


    Term dates 2017-18

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

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

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

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

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

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

    This Week

    Mon 19 Feb
    II Senior mock examinations begin (end Fri 23 Feb)
    9.00an-3.00pm Cricket tournament Lord's Class 2 Mrs Randall
    1.05pm-1.35pm C2 Debaters Blue Library Class 2 Dr Perry
    1.05pm-1.35pm Feminist society Room 43 All years Miss Halstead
    1.05pm-1.35pm Greek and Latin rehearsals Room B Class 2 - II Seniors Mrs Harrison
    1.05pm-1.35pm School string ensemble MR5 Class 2 & 1 Miss Hinton
    1.05pm-1.35pm Senior instrumental ensemble MR1 Class 2 - I Seniors Miss Forsey
    1.05pm-1.35pm IGCSE French clinic Room 32 II Juniors Miss Suri
    1.05pm-1.35pm IGCSE RS clinic Room 31 II Juniors Mrs Gumpert
    4.00pm-7.30pm London Junior Debating League Senior & Blue Libraries
    4.05pm-5.30pm GCSE Dance Gym Juniors Miss Sims
    4.05pm-6.00pm Netball practice Regent's Park Class 3 & 2 Mrs Randall
    4.05pm-6.00pm Netball match vs Portland Place          School Regent's Park Class 1 Mrs Argent
    4.10pm-5.00pm IGCSE Biology clinic JB Lab II Juniors Miss Robinson
    4.10pm-5.00pm IGCSE Maths clinic Room 22 II Juniors Mr Donovan

    Education and Pastoral committee     meeting

    Waiting Room

    Tues 20 Feb
    7.30am-8.30am Yoga Gym All years Miss Mehmet
    1.05pm-1.35pm Drama club NFR All years Miss Morse
    1.05pm-1.35pm C3 Debaters Blue Library Class 3 Dr Perry
    1.05pm-1.35pm Holloway society Room 43 Juniors & Seniors Mr Wilkins
    1.05pm-1.35pm Greek and Latin rehearsals Room B Class 2 - II Seniors Mrs Harrison
    1.05pm-1.35pm Class 3 choir MR1 Class 3 Miss D'Arcy
    1.05pm-1.35pm IGCSE Spanish clinic Room 32 II Juniors Miss Suri
    1.05pm-1.35pm IGCSE computer science clinic RS Lab Juniors Ms Lane
    1.05pm-1.35pm History of Art club Room 40 Juniors & Seniors Dr Gray
    1.05pm-1.35pm Open Studio Art clinic Art Studio II Juniors & Seniors Miss Thomson
    1.05pm-1.35pm Maths drop-in Room 26 Class 1 & I Juniors Miss Bor
    4.05pm-5.30pm Running club Regent's Park All years Miss Bor
    4.05pm-6.00pm Football practice Regent's Park All years Miss Sims
    4.10pm-4.30pm Greek and Latin rehearsals Room B Class 1 - II Seniors Mrs Harrison
    4.10pm-5.00pm Book Art Art Studio I Seniors Miss Moor
    4.10pm-5.00pm Homework lab Room H Juniors Miss Robinson
    4.10pm-5.10pm IGCSE Geography clinic Room 41 II Juniors Mrs Delany

    Wed 21 Feb
    10.40am-12.40pm Internet safety talk Somerville Hall I Juniors & I Seniors
    1.05pm-1.35pm Greek and Latin rehearsals Room B Class 2 - II Seniors Mrs Harrison
    1.05pm-1.35pm School choir MR1 Class 2 & 1 Miss Forsey
    1.05pm-1.35pm History society Room 43 Juniors & Seniors Mr Willows
    1.05pm-1.35pm SciArt Art Studio selected Class 2 & 1 Ms Stewart
    1.05pm-1.35pm Talking books Kynaston All years Dr Perry
    1.05pm-1.35pm Linguistics club Room 41 Juniors & Seniors Miss Suri
    1.05pm-1.35pm IGCSE Physics clinic Truman Lab II Juniors Mr Burgess
    1.05pm-1.35pm Chess club Truman Annex All years Mr Burgess
    1.40pm-4.00pm GSA Computer Science cluster Ms Lane
    3.30pm-9.15pm Oxford Union Schools' Debating   competition Finchley Catholic High School I Seniors Mr Willows
    4.05pm-5.00pm Chamber choir MR1 Class 2 - II Seniors Mrs Hamilton
    4.05pm-5.30pm Gymnastics Gym All years Dario
    4.05pm-6.00pm Netball practice Regent's Park Class 1 & I Juniors Mrs Argent
    4.05pm-6.00pm Westminster netball league Pimlico Academy Class 2 Mrs Randall
    4.10pm-4.40pm C3 Chamber Music ensemble MR1 Class 3 Miss D'Arcy
    4.10pm-5.00pm Physics revision lesson Truman Lab II Juniors Mr Gale
    4.10pm-5.00pm Homework lab Room H Juniors Miss Robinson
    4.15pm-6.00pm Internet safety talk Somerville Hall Parents
    5.00pm Finance committee meeting Waiting Room

    Thurs 22 Feb
    7.30am-8.30am Cheerleading club Gym All years Miss Mehan
    1.05pm-1.35pm MUN club Room 40 Juniors & Seniors Mrs Gumpert
    1.05pm-1.35pm Greek and Latin rehearsals Room B Class 2 - II Seniors Mrs Harrison
    1.05pm-1.35pm Brass ensemble MR1 All years Miss D'Arcy
    1.05pm-1.35pm Flute choir MR7 Class 1 & I Seniors Mr Tucker
    1.05pm-1.35pm Science club JB Lab Class 3 Dr Davies
    1.05pm-1.35pm English drop-in Room H All years Mrs Azis
    1.05pm-1.35pm French Spelling Bee Room 26 Class 3 Miss Stafford
    1.05pm-1.35pm Italian oral class Room 41 II Juniors Mrs Cerasale
    1.05pm-1.35pm Music Theory club MR5 All years Miss Forsey
    1.05pm-1.35pm Fun club Room A Class 3 Mr Wilkins
    1.05pm-1.35pm Latin and Greek clinic Classic Office II Juniors Mrs Harrison
    1.05pm-1.35pm Open Studio Art clinic Art Studio II Juniors & Seniors Miss Thomson
    2.15pm-3.45pm 11+ open event Somerville Hall
    4.05pm-4.45pm Senior & Staff choir MR1 Class 2 - II Seniors Miss Forsey
    4.05pm-5.30pm Swimming club Marshall Street Leisure Centre All years Mrs Argent
    4.05pm-5.30pm Dance Company Gym Miss Scott
    4.05pm-6.00pm Netball vs Francis Holland School Regent's Park Class 1 Miss Sims
    4.10pm-5.00pm IGCSE Chemistry clinic Merz Lab II Juniors Miss Wilson
    4.45pm-5.15pm Senior A Capella MR1 Class 2 - II Seniors Annabel T
    5.00pm-6.30pm 11+ open event Somerville Hall
    7.30pm-9.30pm Spanish trip Cervantes Theatre I Juniors Miss Suri

    Fri 23 Feb
    1.05pm-1.35pm Drama GCSE revision session NFR II Juniors Miss Morse
    1.05pm-1.35pm Big Questions Room 41 All years Mrs Stonham
    1.05pm-1.35pm Orchestra MR1 All years Miss Forsey
    1.05pm-1.35pm Art club Art Studio Class 3, 2 & 1 Miss Thomson
    1.05pm-1.35pm Card games Kynaston All years Dr Perry
    1.05pm-1.35pm Apps for Good club RS Lab Class 2 Ms Lane
    1.05pm-1.35pm History of Art club Room 40 Class 1 - II Seniors Dr Gray
    1.05pm-1.35pm Latin and Greek clinic Classics Office Juniors Mrs Penny
    1.05pm-1.35pm French film club Room 43 Seniors Miss Billard
    1.05pm-1.35pm Maths clinic Room 30 II Juniors Mr Donovan

    Lent Term 2018

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


    News Archive 2009 / 2010

    Drama trip to the Old Vic

    On Mon 28 June the Old Vic Theatre held a workshop on 'The Tempest', one of the plays currently on show at this renowned playhouse.

    Find out more »


    Year 8 History trip to Hever Castle and Penshurst Place

    Last Tuesday, Year 8 girls from Queen's College jumped on the coach to Kent to visit Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, and Penshurst Place, where the Tudor writer Sir Philip Sidney lived.

    Find out more »


    Queen's entertains Prep School girls scientifically

    Eighteen Form 5 girls from QCPS visited us for a morning of fun science activities.

    Find out more »


    Another Country: London painters in dialogue with modern Italian art

    On Tues 15 June the Queen's College Year 12 Italian class escaped from the dark memories of AS-levels to bask in the clear, comforting light of the Estorick Museum's Collection of Modern Italian Art in Highbury.

    Find out more »


    Admissions Queen's College London

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

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

    If you would like to request a prospectus, please click here, or view it online by clicking here. If you would like to print off an application form, please click here.

    Please note that you will need to complete and send us both sides of the form, together with a registration fee and some supporting documentation. Full guidance is given on the form.


    Good Schools Guide

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

    Open Days

    Our open days for entry in September 2018 are listed below. Parents and their daughters are warmly invited to attend, but we do advise that you book a place in advance by contacting the Registrar, Miss Fiona Murdoch, on 020 7291 7070 or by e-mail.

    Wed 27 September 2017 at 5.00pm FULLY BOOKED

    Thurs 28 September 2017 at 5.00pm FULLY BOOKED

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

    Wed 11 October 2017 at 11.00am FULLY BOOKED

    Thurs 16 November 2017 at 11.00am FULLY BOOKED 

    Tues 23 January 2018 at 11.00am

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

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

    Bursaries & scholarships


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

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

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

    Please contact the Bursar for further information.


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

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

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


    Registration and entry fees
    There is a non-returnable registration fee of £150.

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

    Tuition fees
    For the school year 2017-18, tuition fees have been set at £6135 per term, payable in advance. Individual music lessons are charged at £225 per term.

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

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

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

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

    Payment may be made by cheque or bank transfer. Parents wishing to pay fees by direct debit should apply to the 'School Fee Plan' at www.premiumcredit.co.uk/school-fees/parents.

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

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

    Admissions 11+

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

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

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

    The Mathematics and English tests are those set by the North London Independent Girls' Schools' Consortium, of which Queen's College is a member (in Group 1). For entry to Queen's in September 2018, these tests must be sat on Fri 19 January.

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

    To download the Consortium's 2018 Code of Practice, please click here. You can also download specimen questions in Mathematics.

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

    The results of the selection process (offer, waiting-list, or no offer) are released on a date agreed jointly by the Consortium schools. In 2018 this will be Fri 9 February.  Parents have just over three weeks in which to accept a place which has been offered, and must respond to the College by noon on Mon 5 March.

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

    A sample English paper in the new format, with the associated reading passage, is available here.

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

    Mathematics exam 2015
    English exam 2015
    English exam 2015 (reading passage)
    Mathematics exam 2016
    English exam 2016
    English exam 2016  (reading passage)
    Mathematics exam 2017
    English exam 2017
    English exam 2017 (reading passage)

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

    Admission 16+

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

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

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

    Academic Queen's College London

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

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

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

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

    (FD Maurice, founder of Queen's College)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Exam results

      A-level results 2017

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

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

      GCSE results 2017

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

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


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

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

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

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

      Inspection Report

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

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

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

      You may download the latest Inspection Report here.

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


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

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

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

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

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

      Reporting Inspector, ISI

      Co-Curricular Queen's College London

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

      Clubs & societies

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

      Art clinic

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

      Art club

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

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

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

      Book Art

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

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

      • when: Wednesdays 4.05pm-5.00pm
      • where: Music Room 1
      • contact: Mrs Hamilton

      Cheerleading club

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

      Chess club

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

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

      • when: Tuesdays 1.05pm - 1.35pm
      • where: Music Room 1
      • contact: Miss D'Arcy

      Computer Science Club IGCSE

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

      Dance Company

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

      Debating Society club

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

      Debating Club

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

      Drama club

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

      English drop in

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

      Feminist society

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

      Fun Club

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

      Flute choir

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

      GCSE Dance

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

      Gymnastics squad

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

      History of Art club

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

      History Society club

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

      Holloway society

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

      Homework lab

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

      IGCSE Biology clinic

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

      IGCSE Computer Science clinic

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

      IGCSE French clinic

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

      IGCSE Geography clinic

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

      IGCSE Maths clinic

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

      IGCSE Physics clinic

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

      IGCSE RS clinic

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

      IGCSE Spanish clinic

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

      Linguistics club

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

      Maths club

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

      Maths drop-in

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

      Medics group

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

      Model United Nations club

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

      Netball skills

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


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

      Running club Run for fun, fitness, or fanaticism.

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

      SciArt club

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

      School choir

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

      School ensemble

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

      School string ensemble

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

      Science club

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

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

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

      Senior instrumental ensemble

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

      Socratic club

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

      Swim squad

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

      Talking Books

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

      Yoga club

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

      Life at Queen's College London

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


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

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

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


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

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

      National Curriculum

      Queen's name

      Queen's section

      Year 7
      Year 8
      Year 9

      Class 3
      Class 2
      Class 1

      The School

      Year 10
      Year 11

      I Juniors
      II Juniors

      The Junior College

      Year 12
      Year 13

      I Seniors
      II Seniors

      The Senior College

      Pastoral care

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

      Members of staff with specific pastoral responsibilities are:

      • the Principal
      • the Pastoral Deputy Head, who is also Designated Safeguarding Lead
      • the Assistant Head (Head of the Senior College), who is also Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
      • the Head of the Junior College
      • the Head of the School
      • the College Nurse
      • Year Tutors
      • Form Tutors and Deputy Form Tutors

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

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


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

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

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


      Full school uniform is worn by Years 7, 8 and 9.  Our uniform is modern and attractive, and girls are expected to identify themselves with the College and its ethos by wearing it neatly and without adaptations.  Full uniform regulations are available here, and uniform must be purchased on-line from Schoolblazer.  For those who are interested, the uniform can be viewed on the Schoolblazer website (www.schoolblazer.com).

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

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

      Parents’ association

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

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

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

      Life after Queen's College London

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

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

      Former pupils

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

      • Imogen Lloyd Webber (1988-95) writer, broadcaster and political commentator
      • Vanessa Walters (1988-95) writer and film critic
      • Laura Tenison MBE (1982-84) businesswoman
      • Caroline Lee-Johnson (1980-82) actress
      • Amber Rudd (1979-81) MP and cabinet minister
      • Claudia Rosencrantz (1975-79) senior TV executive
      • Emma Freud (1973-80) broadcaster
      • Catherine Goodman (1972-79) painter and Artistic Director of The Prince's Drawing School
      • Tamara Ingram OBE (1972-79) advertising executive
      • Daisy Goodwin (1972-77) BBC television producer and presenter
      • Sarah Anderson CBE (1966-73) businesswoman
      • Emma Soames (1965-6) journalist and magazine editor
      • Professor Griselda Pollock (1964-66) art historian and cultural analyst
      • Harriet Cass (1962-70) broadcaster
      • Dame Hermione Lee DBE (1963-65) biographer, academic and President of Wolfson College, Oxford
      • Margaret Elphinstone (1960-67) novelist
      • Deborah Moggach (1959-62) novelist and script-writer
      • Jacqueline du Pré (1959) cellist
      • Barbara Thompson MBE (1955-62) jazz saxophonist and composer
      • Dame Rosalinde Hurley DBE (1948-50) microbiologist, barrister and Chairman of the Medicines Commission
      • Professor Albinia de la Mare OBE (1947-56) palaeographer and librarian
      • Joyce Rose CBE (1946-50) former Chairman, Magistrates' Association
      • Gillian Sheen (1945-47) Britain's first Olympic gold medallist in fencing
      • Professor Jane Somerville (1944-50) consultant cardiologist, Chairman of Queen's College Council (2000-06)
      • Lady Soames LG DBE (1940) daughter of Sir Winston Churchill, writer, former Chairman of the Royal National Theatre Board, mother of Emma Soames (above)
      • Dame Simone Prendergast DBE (1939-40) lawyer and public servant
      • Dame Elizabeth Chesterton DBE (1932) architect
      • Diana Barnato Walker MBE FRAeS (1928-34) aviator
      • Dame Alison Munro DBE (1924-25) High Mistress of St Paul's Girls' School
      • Katherine Mansfield (1903-06) author
      • Eleanor Davies-Colley FRCS (1891-94) co-founder of the South London Hospital for Women and Children
      • Gertrude Bell (1884-86) diplomat, archaeologist and writer
      • Beatrice Harradan (?1878-80) writer, campaigner for women's suffrage
      • Frances Dove (1860-62) founder of Wycombe Abbey School
      • Sophia Jex-Blake (1858-61) co-founder of the London School of Medicine
      • Matilda Bishop (1858-60) headmistress of Oxford High School and first principal of Royal Holloway College
      • Dorothea Beale (1848-55) founder of Cheltenham Ladies' College and St Hilda's College, Oxford
      • Frances Mary Buss (1848) founder of North London Collegiate School

      Contact Queen's College London

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

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

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

      How to Find Us

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

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

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

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

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

      how to find us

      Alumnae Queen’s College London

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

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

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

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

      News & Events Queen’s College London

      Louise Walker celebrates her first poetry collection

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

      Find out more »



      Publications Queen's College London

      Queen’s Today - Lent 2017

      The Lent 2017 edition of Queen’s Today contains the latest news from the College and Prep School with highlights from just a few of the many events, activities and trips that took place last term. There are also contributions from four former Senior Students, who share their experiences since leaving Queen’s.


      Queen’ s Today - Michaelmas 2016



      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.

      Annual Fund Queen's College London

      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 and return our Legacy Pledge form. This is not a binding commitment, but simply a statement of your present intentions and will be used to help us in our long-term planning.

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

      Further information

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

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

      Making a Gift Queen's College London

      How you can help

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

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


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

      Direct debit

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


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

      Charity cheques/vouchers

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

      Gift Aid

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

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

      Tax efficient giving

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

      Giving from the US

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

      Matched Giving

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

      Request information

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

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      Life on Harley Street

      Life on Harley Street

      Your privileges


      • 'Make sure you get involved and make the most of all the opportunities available.' Emma, Year 12.  
      • 'Enjoy your time at the College as well as working hard!' Millie, Year 13.
      • 'Don't be afraid to ask teachers for help; our teachers will always give you their time.' Polly, Year 12.