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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.

Dr Frances Ramsey

Principal

 

Queen's College Tatler review 2017

To read our entry in 'Tatler Schools Guide 2017' please click here.

Good Schools Guide

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

History

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.

Governance

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.

Patron
HM The Queen

Visitor
The Rt Revd and Rt Hon the Lord Bishop of London

Members of Council
Michael Sharman BSc (Southampton) - chairman**
The Revd Charlotte Bannister-Parker BA MA (Durham)*
David Gallagher ACA
Matthew Hanslip Ward MA (Cantab)**
John Jacob BSc (Southampton)
Mrs Danielle Salem BA (Farnham)* **
Professor Alison While BSc MSc PhD (London) RGN RHV
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 Secretary of the Council
Queen's College
43-49 Harley Street
London
W1G 8BT

Staff list

Principal Dr FMR Ramsey MA DPhil (Oxon)

Senior Tutor Mrs KC Woodcock BA (Bristol)

Director of Studies MJ Wardrop MChem (Oxon) FRSC

Teaching staff
* denotes head of department
MR Amherst Lock MA (Cantab) English
Mrs SC Atkins MA (Oxon) Classics
Mrs ES Azis BA (London) English
Miss FB Barrett MA (St Andrews) French
Mrs LJ Beasley BA (Reading) Economics
Miss C Billard MA (ENS Louis Lumière) French Assistant
Miss LE Borck BA (Waikato) PE
Mrs SLS Bottaioli BA (London) Italian
Miss CA Bradshaw BA (Oxon) Music
Mrs S Cerasale BA (Milan) Italian
Ms CE Curtis BA (Sheffield) MA (London) Learning Support
Miss ZA Dalton BSc (Durham) MSc (Lancaster) Mathematics
Dr P Davies BSc MA PhD (London) Science*
Mrs EF Delany MA (Cantab) Geography*
JC Dho MA (Oxon) MBA (Northwestern) Chemistry
JT Donovan BSc (Imperial) Mathematics*
Dr JS Foley BA PhD (NUI Galway) English
Miss CE Forsey BMus PGDip (RCM) Director of Music*
RV French BSc (Hatfield) Biology
Dr JP Gray MA (Cantab) PhD (London) History of Art*
D Griffiths BSc (Kent) MSc (London) Physics
Mrs DF Gumpert BD (London) Religious Studies*
Mrs D-AP Hammond BSc (Surrey) DipCG Careers
Mrs SE Harrison MA (Oxon) Classics*
AP Haughey BA (Trinity, Dublin) Mathematics
Mrs AJ Hope BA (London) Drama*
Miss SJ Keogh BA (Nottingham) Spanish
MZA Khan MPhys (Manchester) Physics
Ms ES Lane BA (York St John) Computing
Mrs HA McCall BSc (Durham) Mathematics
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
Dr CK Seymour BA (Cantab) MA PhD (Kent) English
Miss EJ Sims BA (Bath) PE
Mrs SB Sims MA (Cantab) English*
AJ Skilbeck BA (East Anglia) MA (London) Drama
Mrs PHO Sperling BA (London) FRGS Geography
Dr CAF Stephens MA (Oxon) LLB PhD (London) Government and Politics
Ms RJ Stewart BA (Central St Martins) Art
Ms LE Summers BA (Bristol) Religious Studies
Miss DNJ Suri BA (Durham) MA (London) Modern Languages*
Miss REM Thomson MA (Edinburgh) Art*
Ms EJ Thonemann BA (Oxon) MA (London) History
Miss H Veerapen BSc (London) Mathematics
Miss LM Walker BA (Oxon) English
MJ Wardrop MChem (Oxon) FRSC Chemistry
Mrs EBJ Warner BA (Bristol) German
HRS Weetch BSc (Durham) Physics
EA Wilkins BA (Oxon) History/Head of the Senior College
D Willows BA (York) MA (London) History*
Miss RL Wilson MChem (York) MSc (London) Chemistry
Mrs KC Woodcock BA (Bristol) French

Visiting staff
Miss RM Bentall BA MA (Huddersfield) PGDip LRAM Singing
RC Bottriell BA (Exeter) PGDip LRAM Piano
Miss C Bridge BMus (London) LRAM Singing
Ms KR Burn BSc (UCL) PGDip (Middlesex) Gymnastics
Miss S Cao BA (Beijing Normal) MEd (Hong Kong) Mandarin Chinese
Miss M Carroll BMus MMus (London) LRAM Piano
Miss H Chapman BMus (RNCM) PGDip (RAM) Cello and Piano
Ms M Chiossi BPhil (Padua) PGDip (Trinity) Harp
JD Clarkson MA (Cantab) Singing and Music Theory
Dr AL Fredrick BMus (Northwestern) MMus PhD (RAM) Singing
Mrs F Hamilton BMus (London) LRAM Singing
Miss R Hinton BMus (London) DipABRSM Violin
Miss EL-M Mitchell LRAM Trumpet
Miss K Mount BA (Rose Bruford) Speech and Drama
Miss R Palmer LRAM Violin and Viola
Ms E Robson Guilfoyle BA (Trinity Laban) Dance
B Sharpe BMus (LCM) Guitar
LS Tucker BMus (RCM) MMus (Guildhall) Woodwind
M West BMus MMus (RCM) Percussion, Drums and Music Theory

Bursar
SN Turner (also Secretary to the Council)

Director of Development
Ms C Buswell BA MA (Durham)

Registrar
Miss FA Murdoch BSc (Portsmouth)

Principal's PA
Miss SA Bailey BA (Kent)

Assistant Bursar
Miss EC Austin BA (Oxon)

Office Manager

Miss R Archer

Administrative Assistant
Miss L Stileman

Finance department
Miss J Holmes
Mrs L-E Mihai

College Nurse
Mrs AL Donnelly RN

Support staff
KP Anderson Senior Laboratory Technician
Mrs M Narauskas BSc (Szczecin) Laboratory Technician
MS Gray BA (London) Network Manager
GID Hutchinson ICT Support Officer
SW Bevan ICT Assistant
MW Kevin Caretaker
P Venesiani Assistant 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 7 trip to the Wallace Collection

Last Tuesday, some of Year 7 were taken out to attend a creative writing workshop at the Wallace Collection.

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Art trip to Margate

The Year 12 Art class were accompanied to Margate by Miss Thomson and Ms Stewart on a blustery Saturday.

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Holloway society talk

On Tuesday Lina (IISB) gave an excellent talk about the lives and rights of women in Saudi Arabia.

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League netball match against Portland Place School

On Monday night the Queen's College U13 netball team played a league match against Portland Place.

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News Archive 2009 / 2010

Exam results 2010

Queen's students achieved their best ever A-level and GCSE results this year.

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Sports Day 2010

On Fri 25 June the Queen's community participated in the annual Sports Day at Parliament Hill athletics track.

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Queen's trip to the Open Air Theatre

On a lovely June afternoon, Class 3 and I Juniors enjoyed a visit to the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park.

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Hell is other people

Last week a group of eight intrepid I Seniors tore themselves away from the England match in order to attend the last Socratic Club of the year which was led by Mr Skilbeck.

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News Archive 2010 / 2011

Excellent public exam results at Queen's

Congratulations to A-level and GCSE students at Queen's on this summer's excellent exam results.

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Queen's College girls sing in BBC suffragette drama

Queen's girls young and old recently recorded songs which will be broadcast as part of a BBC Radio 4 drama in the autumn.

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Queen's College mathematicians at the British Museum

Ancient Egypt meets Year 9 Maths…

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GCSE students go paintballing

An intrepid Miss Paillasse took girls who had recently finished their GCSE exams on an unforgettable paintballing trip.

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News Archive 2011 / 2012

Excellent A-level results at Queen's College

Congratulations to our 2012 leavers who have achieved outstanding A-level results.

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Annual Gathering 2012

The last day of the Summer Term at Queen's is always marked by the Annual Gathering, which this year took place on Thurs 5 July.

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Queen's students visit the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

On Fri 22 June Year 9 and 10 Japanese students from Queen's College went on a school trip to visit the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation near Regent's Park.

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A dramatic assembly

This week in assembly a Queen's College drama group, directed by Lina from Year 12, performed a version of the story of Abraham and the sacrifice of Isaac from the Old Testament.

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News Archive 2012 / 2013

Exam results 2013

A-level and GCSE students at Queen's have achieved excellent results this year.

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Annual Gathering 2013

The last day of the Summer Term at Queen's is always marked by the Annual Gathering, which this year took place on Thurs 4 July.

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Year 7 in Northumberland

The whole of Year 7 went to Northumberland for a week in early June.

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Spanish cooking in Year 9

Year 9 students recently tried their hands at Spanish cooking, with great success!

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News Archive 2013 / 2014

Public exam results 2014

There have been smiling faces at Queen's this week and last as the girls have picked up their A-level and GCSE results.

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Annual Gathering 2014

The Queen’s College Annual Gathering 2014 took place in glorious sunshine on Thurs 3 July.

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Queen’s College play polo

On Tues 24 June fourteen very excited Queen’s girls set off to the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club to have an afternoon taster session at Cool Hooves polo training centre.

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Year 7 make a movie!

The work for the Year 7 pupils after their Classics week in Northumberland has come to a close.

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News Archive 2014 / 2015

Posted: 1st Jan 1970

 


Term dates 2016-18

Michaelmas Term 2016
Beginning of term (staff) Mon 5 Sept
I Senior and Class 3 induction day Tues 6 Sept
Beginning of term (girls) Wed 7 Sept
Half-term Mon 17 Oct - Fri 28 Oct
End of term (girls) Thurs 15 Dec
End of term (staff) Fri 16 Dec

Lent Term 2017
Beginning of term (staff) Tues 3 Jan
Beginning of term (girls) Wed 4 Jan
Half-term Mon 13 Feb - Fri 17 Feb
End of term (girls & staff) and Founder's Day Thurs 6 Apr

Summer Term 2017
Beginning of term (staff) Mon 24 Apr
Beginning of term (girls) Tues 25 Apr
Bank holiday Mon 1 May
Half-term Mon 29 May - Fri 2 June
End of term (girls) and Annual Gathering Tues 4 July
End of term (staff) Wed 5 July

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

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

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

This Week

Mon 26 Sept
Class 3 induction at Hampstead Heath
European day of languages
1.05pm-1.35pm Senior string ensemble (Music Room 1)
1.05pm-1.35pm School string ensemble (MR5)
1.05pm-1.35pm MUN - Juniors & Seniors (Room 7)
4.05pm-5.00pm Flute choir (MR1)
4.15pm-5.30pm GCSE Dance
4.30pm-6.00pm Netball workshop for netball squads and tour girls
Tues 27 Sept
Class 1 trip to Colchester
11.20am-12.30pm Adisa poetry performance for Class 3 (Somerville Hall)
1.05pm-1.35pm Class 3 choir (Music Room 1)
1.05pm-1.35pm Socratic club - Juniors & Seniors (Room 7)
1.05pm-1.35pm Art club (Art Studio)
1.40pm-4.00pm Adisa poetry workshop for Class 2 (Somerville Hall)
4.05pm-5.00pm Senior instrumental ensemble (Music Room 1)

4.05pm-5.00pm

IT club (RS Lab)
4.05pm-5.00pm II Senior A-level recital class (MR5)
4.05pm-5.00pm Running club (Regent's Park)
4.05pm-5.00pm IT club (RS Lab)
4.05pm-6.00pm Footbal club (Regent's Park)
4.10pm-5.00pm School debate club - classes 3, 2 & 1
5.00pm Internet safety talk for parents (Somerville Hall)
6.00pm-8.00pm QCPA drink reception for all parents (Somerville Hall)
7.30pm German and Drama theatre trip to see 'The Threepenny Opera' (National Theatre)
Wed 28 Sept
1.05pm-1.35pm School choir - classes 2 & 1 (Music Room 1)
1.05pm-1.35pm History society (Room 11)
4.05pm-5.00pm Class 3 & 2 ensemble (MR5)
4.05pm-5.00pm Chamber choir (Music Room 1)
4.05pm-5.30pm Gymnastics squad (Gym)
2.40pm-4.00pm Joelle Taylor poetry performance for Class 1 & I Juniors (Somerville Hall)
4.05pm-5.30pm Classes 3 & 2 swimming gala vs More House School
5.00pm-6.00pm Cricket nets and MCC coaching workshop for Sri Lanka tour students (Lord's Cricket Ground)
5.30pm Sicily trip meeting for parents (Room A)
Thurs 29 Sept
7.30am-8.30am Cheerleading club (Gym)
1.05pm-1.35pm Ensemble salsa (Music Room 1)
4.05pm-4.35pm French cinema club (Room 7)
4.05pm-5.00pm Senior choir (Music Room 1)
4.05pm-5.30pm Swim squad (Marshall Street Leisure Centre)
4.15pm-5.30pm QCDanCo (Gym)
5.00pm Council meeting (QCPS)
7.00pm Seniors Athena trip to Cirque Eloise (Peacock Theatre)
Fri 30 Sept
1.00pm-4.00pm A-level and GCSE musicians trip to London Symphony Orchestra Balinese Gamalan workshop (St Luke's)
1.05pm-1.35pm Orchestra (Music Room 1)
1.05pm-1.35pm Production ensemble (MR5)
Sat 1 Oct
7.00am I Juniors Bronze Duke of Edinburgh assessed expedition (departs 7.00am, returns Sun 2 Oct 4.00pm)

Michaelmas Term 2016

Mon 5 Sept
Beginning of term (staff)
Tues 6 Sept
9.00am-4.30pm I Seniors induction day
1.30pm-4.00pm Class 3 induction afternoon
Wed 7 Sept
Beginning of term (girls)
10.00am-12.40pm I Seniors Inner Drive workshop (Somerville Hall)
1.30pm-4.00pm II Seniors Inner Drive workshop (Somerville Hall)
5.00pm II Senior introductory evening
Thurs 8 Sept
5.00pm I Juniors introductory evening
Fri 9 Sept
10.30am Whole school photograph (Regent's Park)
Mon 12 Sept
4.05pm-5.30pm Class 1 netball vs More House School (Regent's Park)
5.00pm I Seniors introductory evening
Tues 13 Sept
I Juniors Latin trip to Bath
5.00pm Sri Lanka tour meeting for parents
Wed 14 Sept
5.30pm-7.30pm Alumnae drinks event
7.30pm Juniors & Seniors Spanish trip to the Young Vic Theatre
Thurs 15 Sept
9.00am-1.00pm Individual portrait photographs
12.45pm-5.30pm Class 1 trip to the open air theatre to see 'Pride and Prejudice' (Regent's Park)
7.30pm Senior Drama trip to see 'Yerma' (Young Vic Theatre)
Fri 16 Sept
8.30am QCPA coffee morning (Waiting Room)
Sat 17 Sept
I Seniors Art trip to Margate
I Juniors Bronze Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition (departs 7.00am, returns Sun 18 Sept 4.00pm)
Mon 19 Sept
4.05pm-5.30pm Class 1 netball vs More House School (Regents Park)
4.05pm-5.30pm Class 2 MSQQP netball league match vs Portland Place School (Regent's Park)
Tues 20 Sept
4.05pm-5.30pm Class 1 & I Juniors football vs City of London School (Regent's Park)
Wed 21 Sept
5.00pm-7.00pm Open evening
Thurs 22 Sept
5.00pm-7.00pm Open evening
Sun 25 Sept
11.15am Moor Park fun run (Merchant Taylor's School)
Mon 26 Sept
Class 3 induction event at Hampstead Heath
European day of languages
Tues 27 Sept
Class 1 trip to Colchester
11.20am-12.30pm Adisa poetry performance for Class 3 (Somerville Hall)
5.00pm Internet safety talk for parents (Somerville Hall)
6.00pm-8.00pm QCPA drink reception for all parents (Somerville Hall)
Wed 28 Sept
2.40pm-4.00pm Joelle Taylor poetry performance for Class 1 & I Juniors (Somerville Hall)
5.00pm-6.00pm Cricket nets and MCC coaching workshop for Sri Lanka tour students (Lord's Cricket Ground)
5.30pm Sicily trip meeting for parents (Room A)
Thurs 29 Sept
5.00pm Council meeting (QCPS)
Fri 30 Sept
1.00pm-4.00pm A-level and GCSE musicians trip to London Symphony Orchestra Balinese Gamalan workshop (St Luke's)
Sat 1 Oct
I Juniors Bronze Duke of Edinburgh assessed expedition (departs 7.00am, returns Sun 2 Oct 4.00pm)
Mon 3 Oct
6.30pm QCPA meeting
Wed 5 Oct
5.00pm-7.00pm Senior College open evening
Fri 7 Oct
PGL trip for Class 3 to Marchants Hill, Surrey (departs 9.30am, returns Sun 9 Oct 3.30pm)
Sat 8 Oct
7.30pm Du Pre Society concert (Royal Festival Hall)
Mon 10 Oct
8.45am-5.30pm II Juniors Geography field trip to Amersham
3.45pm Class 3 parents' reception (Somerville Hall)
4.05pm-5.30pm Class 1 & I Junior netball MSQQP league match vs More house School (Regent's Park)
Wed 12 Oct
10.00am-2.00pm Class 1 & I Juniors football tournament (Paddington Rec)
Thurs 13 Oct
Queen's international exchange with Ellis School (ends Sun 23 Oct)
11.00am Open morning
5.00pm Informal concert (Waiting Room)
Sat 15 Oct
World challenge training expedition (departs 10.00am, returns Sun 16 Oct 4.00pm)
Sri Lanka sports tour for Class 1 & Juniors (returns Sun 23 Oct)
Sun 16 Oct
Sicily trip (departs Gatwick 11.40am, returns to Stansted Fri 21 Oct 11.45pm)
Mon 17 Oct
Half-term (return to school Mon 31 Oct)
Wed 2 Nov
10.00am-2.00pm Class 3 football tournament (Paddington Rec)
7.00pm College production of 'Twelfth night'
Thurs 3 Nov
7.00pm College production of 'Twelfth night'
Fri 4 Nov
8.30am QCPA coffee morning (Amanzi Tea)
7.00pm College production of 'Twelfth night'
Mon 7 Nov
II Junior mock examinations (end Fri 18 Nov)
3.30pm-5.00pm Classes 3, 2, II Juniors & I Seniors (Battersea Park)
Tues 8 Nov
8.45am-5.00pm I Juniors Geography field trip to Amersham
4.15pm-5.15pm Senior Maths challenge
6.30pm QCPA meeting
Wed 9 Nov
3.30pm-5.00pm Classes 3, 2, 1 & I Juniors netball MSQQP league match vs St James Senior Girls' School (Barnes)
Fri 11 Nov
12.00noon-4.00pm II Senior Historians visit to the Holocaust Gallery at the Imperial War Museum
Tues 15 Nov
4.30pm-7.00pm Class 3 Parents' evening
Wed 16 Nov
11.00am Open morning
4.15pm-4.45pm Queen's Senior choir perform at the turning on of the Marylebone Christmas lights
5.00pm Informal concert (Waiting Room)
Thurs 17 Nov
4.05pm-5.40pm Class 3, Juniors & I Seniors netball MSQQP match vs Queen's Gate School (Battersea Park)
Fri 18 Nov
9.00am Senior College Scholarship examination
Wed 23 Nov
4.30pm-7.00pm I Juniors parents' evening
Thurs 24 Nov
Queen's Gate School cross-country (Hyde Park)
Fri 25 Nov
9.00am-4.00pm II Senior A2 RS students trip to the Philosophy and Ethics conference: 'Truth Seeking Understanding' (Bloomsbury Baptist Church)
2.30pm-3.55pm I & II Juniors Theatre Centre performance of 'Layla's Room' (Somerville hall)
Mon 28 Nov
4.30pm-7.00pm I Juniors parents' evening
Tues 29 Nov
4.05pm-6.00pm Francis Holland School SW1 netball tournament for Class 3 (Battersea Park)
7.45pm-9.00pm England vs Jamaica international test series trip for selected girls (Copper Box Arena)
Thurs 1 Dec
5.00pm Council meeting
Mon 5 Dec
5.30pm Michaelmas Concert (Somerville Hall)
Tues 6 Dec
ABRSM examinations (end Wed 7 Dec - Waiting Room)
10.20am-4.00pm I & II Seniors Chemistry in Action day
Thurs 8 Dec
4.05pm-7.00pm QCPA Christmas Fair
Fri 9 Dec
12.40pm-4.00pm I Juniors end of term outing
Thurs 15 Dec
9.30am Rehearsal for Carol Service (All Souls Church)
10.30am Carol Service (All Souls Church)
12.00noon End of term (girls)
Fri 16 Dec
End of term (staff)

News Archive 2009 / 2010

Exam results 2010

Queen's students achieved their best ever A-level and GCSE results this year.

Find out more »

 


Sports Day 2010

On Fri 25 June the Queen's community participated in the annual Sports Day at Parliament Hill athletics track.

Find out more »

 


Queen's trip to the Open Air Theatre

On a lovely June afternoon, Class 3 and I Juniors enjoyed a visit to the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park.

Find out more »

 


Hell is other people

Last week a group of eight intrepid I Seniors tore themselves away from the England match in order to attend the last Socratic Club of the year which was led by Mr Skilbeck.

Find out more »

 


Admissions Queen's College London

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

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

If you would like to request a prospectus, please click 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.

 

Queen's College Tatler review 2017

To read our entry in 'Tatler Schools Guide 2017' please click here.

Good Schools Guide

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

Open Days

Our open days for entry in September 2017 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 on 020 7291 7070 or by e-mail.

Wed 21 September 2016 at 5.00pm Now fully booked

Thurs 22 September 2016 at 5.00pm Now fully booked

Wed 5 October 2016 at 5.00pm (for Sixth Form entry ONLY)

Thurs 13 October 2016 at 11.00am Now fully booked

Wed 16 November 2016 at 11.00am

Tues 24 January 2017 at 11.00am

Wed 3 May 2017 at 11.00am (for Sept 2018 entry) 

At our open days visitors will be able to meet the Principal, Dr Frances Ramsey, 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

Bursaries

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.

Scholarships

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.

Fees

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 2016-17, tuition fees have been set at £5900 per term, payable in advance. Individual music lessons are charged at £215 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.

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

Discounts
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
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 2017, these tests must be sat on Fri 13 January.

The deadline for applications for 11+ entry in September 2017 is 30 November 2016.

To download the Consortium's 2017 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.

Results
The results of the selection process (offer, waiting-list, or no offer) are released on a date agreed jointly by the Consortium schools. In 2017 this will be Fri 10 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 6 March.

ENGLISH AND MATHEMATICS PAPERS FROM JANUARY 2016

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 2012
English exam 2012
English exam 2012 (reading passage)
Mathematics exam 2013
English exam 2013
English exam 2013 (reading passage)
Mathematics exam 2014
English Exam 2014
English exam 2014 (reading passage)

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) must be obtained

  • in any subject to be studied at A-level, a minimum of a B grade is required

  • overall at least 50 points must be gained (A*=8, A=7, B=6, C=5, D or below does not score)

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)

    Curriculum

    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 girls study for nine, ten or occasionally eleven GCSEs or IGCSEs. It is compulsory to take:

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

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

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

    As well as their examination subjects, girls 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

    • Classical Civilisation
    • Economics
    • Geography
    • Government and Politics
    • History
    • History of Art
    • Religious Studies
    • Art
    • Music
    • Theatre Studies

    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 2016

    A* A B C D  E
    Art 1 2 3 2 0 0
    Biology 1 3 4 0 0 0
    Chemistry 3 4 0 1 0 0
    Classical Civilisation 1 1 1 1 0 0
    Economics 1 2 0 1 0 0
    English Literature 4 5 3 1 0 0
    French 1 2 0 0 0 0
    Geography 1 0 1 0 0 0
    Government & Politics 1 1 2 1 0 0
    History 0 4 2 2 0 0
    History of Art 0 1 3 3 1 0
    Mathematics 4 2 2 1 0 0
    Physics 2 0 0 1 1 1
    Religious Studies 4 1 0 0 0 0
    Spanish 0 0 2 0 0 0

    Totals by grade 24 28 23 14 2 1
    Cumulative % 26.1 56.5 81.5 96.7 98.9 100

    GCSE results 2016

    A* A B C D
    Art 5 14 12 1 0
    Biology 14 15 4 0 0
    Chemistry 19 11 2 1 0
    Chinese 5 1 0 0 1
    Classical Civilisation 0 2 2 0 0
    Classical Greek 2 2 0 0 0
    Drama 3 5 4 1 0
    English (IGCSE) 19 27 10 0 0
    English Literature (IGCSE) 43 7 5 1 0
    French (IGCSE) 17 10 1 1 0
    Geography (IGCSE) 10 3 4 2 0
    German 2 0 1 1 0
    History (IGCSE) 21 11 5 2 0
    Italian 3 3 1 0 0
    Latin 7 0 0 0 0
    Mathematics (IGCSE) 30 14 8 4 0
    Music 0 2 3 0 0
    Physical Education 1 1 1 3 0
    Physics 12 17 4 0 0
    Religious Studies 20 6 3 1 0
    Science 1 8 11 3 0
    Additional Science 1 8 8 6 0
    Spanish 6 3 3 1 0

    Totals by grade 241 170 92 28 1
    Cumulative % 45.3 77.3 94.5 99.8 100

    Libraries

    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.

    Bookshop
    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

    Queen's College was inspected by the Independent Schools' Inspectorate in March 2013.   To read the report, click here.

    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.

    Art

    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+.

    Music

    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.

    Drama

    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 Menken and Ashman's 'Little Shop of Horrors' and Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible'.  In November 2012, the production was a devised piece, created by the students themselves working with theatre professionals: '2112: A Fairy Tale'.  Most recently, Christopher Meux's specially commissioned opera 'Trouble at St Winifred's' was performed.

    Sport

    A full programme of PE and games is on offer at Queen's, and a healthy balance is struck between promoting fitness through a range of activities and training the most talented athletes to reach their potential. The PE department offers both a schedule of fixtures against other schools in traditional team games, and a wide array of other options for recreation and enjoyment. The curriculum is varied and interesting, and appropriate to girls at different levels in the College.

    Year 7, 8 and 9
    In Years 7 and 8 girls have two double games lessons each week, plus one lesson of PE and one of dance. In Year 9 they have one double games lesson each week, increasing to two in the Summer Term, plus one of PE and one of dance. The sports on offer are:

    Michaelmas and Lent Terms - basketball, boxercise, circuit training, cross-country running, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, netball, tag rugby
    Summer Term - athletics, cricket, rounders, tennis

    Years 10 and 11
    In Years 10 and 11 girls have two double PE lessons each week. They have a choice of the following sports:

    Basketball, body conditioning, boot camp, circuit training, contemporary dance, cross-country running, football, gym training, netball, spinning, table tennis

    Facilities
    We have a well-equipped gym on site, and are able to make good use of other facilities nearby. Outdoor games take place in Regent's Park, swimming at the Marshall Street Leisure Centre, and climbing at the Seymour Leisure Centre..

    Extra-curricular clubs and affiliations
    The PE department runs many lunchtime and before- or after-school clubs covering the following sports and activities:

    Cheerleading, cross-country running, Dance Company, dodgeball, fitness, gymnastics, netball, rounders, swim squad, table tennis, tennis

    Queen's College is affiliated to: Academy Netball Club, Blackheath Lacrosse Club, CAPS accredited Cumberland Netball Club, MCC Cricket Academy, Tekne Gymnastics Club, and to Westminster Running Club.

    The PE department also offers:
    An annual Dance Show, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, GCSE Dance, GCSE PE, the London Mini Marathon, MCC Cricket Academy workshops, Race for Life, ski trips, PGL activity weekends, sports tours, a tennis coaching trip to Portugal, tickets to Wimbledon and other international 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 club

    • when: Tuesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Art Studio
    • contact: Ms Stewart

    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

    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 Randall

    Class 2 & 3 ensemble

    • when: Wednesdays 4.05pm-5.00pm
    • where: MR5
    • contact: Miss Forsey

    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 Forsey

    Debating society For Juniors and Seniors

    • when: Alternate Wednesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Room 11
    • contact: Mr Willows

    Ensemble salsa

    • when: Thursdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Music Room 1
    • contact: Miss Forsey

    Feminist society

    • when: Alternate Tuesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Room 7
    • contact: Mrs Summers 

    Flute choir

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

    Football club

    • when: Tuesdays 4.05pm-6.00pm
    • where: Regent's Park
    • contact: Miss Sims

    French cinema club

    • when: Thursdays 4.05pm-4.35pm
    • where: Room 7
    • contact: Miss Billard

    GCSE Dance

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

    Gymnastics squad

    • when: Wednesdays 4.05pm-5.30pm
    • where: Gym
    • contact: Mrs Randall

    History society - For Seniors

    • when: Alternate Wednesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Room 11
    • contact: Mr Willows

    Holloway society

    • when: Tuesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Room 7
    • conatct: Mr Wilkins

    Model United Nations club For II Juniors & Seniors

    • when: Mondays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Room 7
    • contact: Mrs Gumpert

    Netball squad

    • when: Mondays and Wednesdays 4.05pm-6.00pm
    • where: Regent's Park
    • contact: Mrs Randall

    Orchestra

    • when: Fridays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Music Room 1
    • contact: Miss Forsey

    QCDanCo Come and learn different dance styles and techniques for performances in school and around London.

    • when: Thursdays 4.15pm-5.30pm
    • where: Gym
    • contact: Miss Sims

    Running club Run for fun, fitness, or fanaticism. Open to all.

    • when: Tuesdays 4.05pm-5.00pm
    • where: Regent’s Park
    • contact: Miss Archer

    School choir For Classes 2 & 1

    • when: Wednesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Music Room 1
    • contact: Miss Forsey

    School string ensemble

    • when: Mondays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: MR5
    • contact: Miss Forsey

    Senior choir Open to Class 1 & I Junior 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: Tuesdays 4.05pm-5.00pm
    • where: Music Room 1
    • contact: Miss Forsey

    Senior string ensemble

    • when: Mondays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Music Room 1
    • contact: Miss Forsey

    Socratic club (Juniors & Seniors)

    • when: Alternate Tuesdays 1.05pm-1.35pm
    • where: Room 7
    • contact: Ms Summers

    Swim squad For Classes 3, 2 & 1

    • when: Thursdays 4.00pm-5.30pm
    • where: Marshall Street Leisure Centre, W1
    • contact: Mrs Randall

    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 Admissions Secretary for further details.

    Buildings

    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 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).  In 2011 work began in the basement of the buildings, and there has been significant opening up of the dining area and provision of better changing and bathroom facilities.

    In January 2016 work began on the creation of a new sixth form centre in the roof space above number 43, 45 and 47 Harley Street.  This development will provide modern and spacious facilities for our older students, including a large common room, a quiet work area, seminar room and classrooms.  There will be wonderful views across London to be enjoyed!  The work is due to be complete by the end of January 2017.

    Organisation

    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
    year-group

    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, and the girls' own Care, Consideration and Courtesy document provides guidelines for maintaining a civilised and tolerant community.

    Members of staff with specific pastoral responsibilities are:

    • the Principal
    • the Senior Tutor, who is also Designated Senior Person for Child Protection (Safeguarding)
    • the Head of the Senior College
    • 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

    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.

    Uniform

    An exciting recent development at Queen's has been the reintroduction of uniform after several decades without one.  For the school year 2014-15, full school uniform will be 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 Sarah Lang. 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 an annual 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
    • Dorothea Beale (1848-55) founder of Cheltenham Ladies' College and St Hilda's College, Oxford
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    Contact Queen's College London

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    General enquiries: 020 7291 7000
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    How to Find Us

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

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

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

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

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

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    Alumnae Queen’s College London

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

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


    Gabriella Margulies (OQ 2003-08) at the New Diorama Theatre

    Gabriella Margulies (OQ 2003-08), a graduate of The Oxford School of Drama, is currently performing in Run which is on at the New Diorama Theatre until 9 April.

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    Save the date

    We are delighted to announce that the next Alumnae Drinks Party will take place at the College on Wednesday 14 September 2016, between 5.30-7.30pm.

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    Recent Old Queen publications

    Deborah Moggach (OQ 1959-62), best selling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, has recently published her new novel Something to Hide which will be released in paperback in June.

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    Caroline Kennedy (OQ 1996-03) at the opera

    Caroline Kennedy (OQ 1996-03) is currently starring in the role of Despina in a production of Mozart's comic opera Così fan tutte at the King's Head Theatre, N1 1QN, until 3 April.

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    Recent Queen's leavers on tv

    Nell Barlow (OQ 2007-14) is currently starring in Julian Fellowes' new three part series based on Dr Thorne by Anthony Trollope, on ITV on Sunday at 9pm. 

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    Publications Queen's College London

    Queen’s Today - Lent 2016

    The theme of our Lent 2016 edition of Queen’s Today is Music. Inside you’ll find articles that attest to the enormous variety of musical activity taking place across the College and within our Old Queen’s community. We also report on our new exchange programme with the Ellis School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and update you on our exciting new Sixth Form Centre development.

     


    Queen's Today - Michaelmas 2015

    The Michaelmas 2015 edition of Queen's Today contains a feature on Old Queens living and working overseas and a write up and photographs from our recent alumnae drinks party. We also pay tribute to Mrs Fierz, Principal of Queen's College between 1964-83, who very sadly passed away earlier this year.

     


    Queen's Today - Summer 2015

    Queen's Today is our new termly magazine containing news from the College, Prep School and Old Queen community. Inside this edition you will find details about the College's exciting plans for a new Sixth Form Centre, as well as the latest developments from the Prep School and a special feature on Old Queens involved in the Arts. Click here to read this issue.

     


    The 2015 Old Queens' Magazine

    The 2015 Old Queens' Magazine is packed full of news and photographs submitted by Old Queens over the past year. Please do e-mail the Editor, Elizabeth Thonemann, at development@qcl.org.uk with your news, comments and stories.

     


     


    Be Part of our Future

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

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

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    The Annual Fund

    Queen's College and Queen's College Prep School are delighted to announce the launch of our inaugural Annual Fund. The Annual Fund is designed to give every member of our Queen's community – Old Queens, parents past and present, Council members and our wider circle of friends - the opportunity to support specific projects that will deliver immediate benefits across both schools. It aims to raise money for items and equipment which cannot be funded through fee income, as well as increase our provision for bursaries, all of which help to enrich life at Queen's. Every gift, large or small, is important to the Annual Fund. Together we can make a very real difference as to what can be achieved for our girls.

    Projects for 2015-16

    Our resources constantly need improving in order to provide the very best learning environment and opportunities for our girls and to keep us at the forefront of independent girls' education in the UK.
    With your generous support, we hope to fund the following projects this year:

    At the Prep School

    A mini top-loading kiln - £1,280
    A mini top-loading kiln will enrich Art curriculum at the Prep School. Girls could learn about many different ceramic processes in their entirety and the kiln would also provide them with the opportunity to fire their designs and create long-lasting and durable ceramic pieces that they can keep.

    New outdoor courtyard environment - £5,000
    We want to reinvent the courtyard space behind number 61 Portland Place, adding planting and seating, to create an exciting outdoor garden environment which the girls can relax in and enjoy.

    Enhanced facilities in the Assembly Hall - £10,000
    The Assembly Hall at QCPS is a great space used by everyone in the Prep School, from the youngest to the oldest! We would like to purchase items, including mirrors and new curtains, which would enhance the numerous activities that take place in our Hall and make it an even more useful and aesthetically appealing environment for the girls.

    Eight-way radio microphone system - £7,470
    Joint project: The current eight-way radio microphone system used by both the Prep School and College is reaching the end of its useful life. We would like to purchase a new system, together with discreet radio mic headsets, which would improve audio quality and better support our girls' performances during concerts and productions.

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    Bursaries

    Queen's is committed to widening access and provides means-tested financial support to bright and talented girls whose families cannot afford to pay the full fees. Each year, we receive more requests for bursaries than we are able to support. By making a gift towards our bursary programme you will be making a difference to a child's future by allowing them to benefit from the many varied and wonderful opportunities that a Queen's education provides.

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    At the College

    New e-book and online library collection - £2,750
    We would like to introduce a collection of e-books, e-readers and on-line resources in the library, so that pupils can borrow electronic copies of books as well as access an unrivalled range of up-to-date subject information and literature online, both in school and at home.

    3D Printer and laser cutter - £4,500
    The latest in cutting-edge technology, a 3D printer will allow our girls to produce three-dimensional models of their artwork. A laser cutter would also enable our girls to produce intricate designs and allow them greater flexibility of working with materials such as silk and plastics.

    Encouraging musical talent - £11,940
    Our music department has recently benefited from two new music practice rooms that have been converted from old coal stores located under Harley Street. We would like to equip both rooms with reconditioned pianos in order to create further opportunities for one-on-one teaching and individual music practice. A new concert marimba would also benefit girls interested in orchestral percussion.

    Eight-way radio microphone system - £7,470
    Joint project: The current eight-way radio microphone system used by both the Prep School and College is reaching the end of its useful life. We would like to purchase a new system, together with discreet radio mic headsets, which would improve audio quality and better support our girls' performances during concerts and productions.

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    Wherever there is greatest need

    By choosing this option, your gift will go towards one of the projects that is in greatest need of support.

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    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.

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    How you can help

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

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

    Cheques

    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.

    Online

    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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