Girls throughout the school follow a strong academic curriculum including a compulsory modern language, Latin, separate sciences and drama. At GCSE three subjects are added to a core of six or seven subjects and in the sixth form four subjects leading to three or four A levels is the norm. Many pupils study for the Extended Project Qualification which develops independent research skills. On leaving school all girls proceed to higher education, sometimes following a gap year. Destinations include Oxford, Cambridge and other leading universities in the UK and abroad, particularly to the United States. Applications to art, music and drama colleges are also strong. A level and GCSE results are consistently high. The April 2017 ISI inspection reported Francis Holland as 'Excellent' for Educational Quality in terms of pupil's academic and other achievements and pupil's personal development.
A distinctive feature is the school's nurturing and caring ethos. Girls are known as individuals and encouraged and supported in a happy and purposeful environment. Great emphasis is placed on building emotional resilience and character. Innovative PSHE, mindfulness, enrichment, skills and leadership programmes contribute to this focus.
Entry at 4+ is by means of a school-based assessment and at 11+ there are written tests in English and mathematics, and a further half-day school assessment including an interview. A few girls are accepted into the sixth form each year and into other years if vacancies occur.
GCSE subjects offered: Art, Classical Civilisation, Computing, English, English Literature, French, German, Geography, Classical Greek, History, Drama, Latin, Mathematics, Music, PE, Religious Studies, Spanish, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Additional subjects at A level include History of Art, Economics, Psychology, Further Maths, Government and Politics and photography.
The extensive co-curricular programme, comprising music, drama, art and sport, has been further strengthened by Carmel Hall, the specialist performing arts centre. The most recent drama production was 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. The school also has strong links with local London theatres such as The Royal Court and the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden. Charitable activities are strongly encouraged and girls undertake ambitious projects that not only raise thousands of pounds, but also develop leadership and team working skills including The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Survival skills and resilience are developed through The Exploration Society. Ballet, drama and instrumental lessons are popular and all girls have numerous opportunities to go on day and residential trips at home and abroad.
Scholarships and bursaries
Academic scholarships, music scholarships and art awards are available at Year 7 and the same range is available on entry to the sixth form, with the addition of a drama scholarship. Entry bursaries up to 100% of fees.
For details of all open events please contact the Registrar, Mrs Fiona Holland, on 020 7730 2971 or email email@example.com