Girls on arrival are placed in one of three parallel forms and taught a broad curriculum. In the second year they start a second language - Italian, German or Spanish. Girls usually take nine or ten subjects for GCSE, 11 in some cases. All girls choose four subjects and complete at least three full A levels by the end of the Upper Sixth. All proceed to higher education including leading universities in the UK, such as Oxford and Cambridge, as well as to top global institutions such as those in the US. Applications are also made to art, drama or music colleges. The curriculum is kept under constant review, and there is regular consultation with parents about each girl's programme of study. Option blocks are built around girls' choices for GCSE and A level rather than forcing them to conform to a more limited structure. Many sixth formers successfully complete the Extended Project, a qualification designed to challenge the most able students beyond A level. Results are consistently high with many achieving A*s in their project. The ISI Inspection Report in February 2014 reported Francis Holland as 'Excellent' in all key areas of school life.
The school fosters a happy atmosphere in which pupils thrive as individuals whilst appreciating the importance of courtesy and altruistic behaviour. Girls are encouraged to extend their intellectual curiosity and creativity, both in the classroom and through the lively extra-curricular schedule of clubs, activities and excursions.
Entry at 11 is by means of written tests in English and mathematics, together with an interview. A few girls are accepted into the sixth form each year and into other years as vacancies occur.
GCSE subjects offered: Art, Classical Civilisation, Computer Science, English, English Literature, French, German, Geography, Greek, History, Italian, Latin, Mathematics, Music, PE, Religious Studies, Spanish, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Additional subjects at A level include History of Art, Economics, Politics, Psychology and Drama and Theatre.
Academic & leisure facilities
The school has its own new swimming pool and gymnasium and uses Regent's Park for tennis, hockey, rounders and netball. The Gloucester Wing, opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester, provides additional classrooms and seminar rooms, a fourth art studio and a performance area for music, drama and theatre studies. There are two school orchestras, several choirs and a jazz band. Music, drama, art and sport play an important part in the school. Individual instrumental lessons and lessons in speech and drama are popular. The central London location provides excellent opportunities to support the curriculum with visits to art exhibitions and museums. With almost 100 extra-curricular clubs and activities on offer, including British Sign Language, fencing, ceramics and Mandarin Chinese, there is a genuine opportunity for girls to explore their individual interests and extend their learning beyond the classroom.
Scholarships and bursaries
Academic, music and art scholarships available at Year 7 and sixth form. Entry bursaries up to 100% of fees.
For details of all open events please contact the Admissions Registrar, Mrs Danielle Hesketh, on 020 7723 0176 or email email@example.com