About Queen's College London

Welcome to the Queen's College website.

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

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

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

Mr Richard Tillett



Good Schools Guide

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

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


Queen's College, which comprises both the senior school and Queen's College Preparatory School, is a registered charity (no 312726). It is governed by the Council of Queen's College under the terms of the Royal Charter of 1853.

HM The Queen

Members of Council
Professor Alison While BSc MSc PhD (London) RGN RHV - chairman
Mr Matthew Hanslip Ward MA (Cantab) - vice-chairman**
Mr Seth Bolderow MSt (Oxon) BA (Exeter)
Mrs Catherine Brahams-Melinek MA (UCL) BA (Durham)
Mr Richard Ford BSc (LSE)**
Mrs Alexandra Gregory BA (Exeter) ACA
Mr David Imrie MA (Durham)
Mr John Jacob BSc (Southampton)
Mrs Natasha Nolan BA (Manchester)*
Mrs Rae Perry BA (Trinity Washington) MBA (New York) MSc (Liverpool)
Ms Holly Porter MA (Cantab) MA (RCA) RIBA FRSA**
Mr Paul Reeve**
Mrs Danielle Salem BA (Farnham)* **
Ms Sue Summers BA (Bristol)*
Mrs Rhiannon Wilkinson MA (Oxon) MEd (Manchester)
Mr Richard Yeates BA (Exeter)

* denotes Old Queen
** denotes current or former parent

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

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

Visiting staff
Miss RM Bentall BMus MA (Huddersfield) PGDip LRAM Singing
Miss MA Blackman BMus (London) Violin
Mr RC Bottriell BA (Exeter) PGDip LRAM Piano
Miss CC Bridge BMus (London) LRAM Singing
Mr JD Clarkson MA (Cantab) Singing and Music Theory
Miss G Dafydd Diplôme (École Normale de Musique de Paris) LRAM MA (RAM) Harp
Dr AL Fredrick BMus (Northwestern) MMus PhD (RAM) Singing
Mr NR Miller BA (Bristol) MMus (London) Piano
Miss EL-M Mitchell LRAM Trumpet
Miss K Mount BA (Rose Bruford) Speech and Drama
Miss AMR Palmer LRAM Violin and Viola
Miss M Ridd BA (Oxon) PGDip (RAM) Cello and Piano
Mr BJ Sharpe BMus (LCM) Guitar
Mr LS Tucker BMus (RCM) MMus (Guildhall) Woodwind
Mr MWR West BMus MMus (RCM) Percussion, Drums and Music Theory

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

Director of Development
Mrs CL Richmond

Miss FA Murdoch BSc (Portsmouth)

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

Office Manager and Principal's PA
Miss R Archer

Senior Administrative Assistant
Miss LJ Stileman

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

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

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

College Nurse
Mrs DA Glenister RN

Miss AG Pendias BSc (LSE) MSc (UCL)

Support staff
Mr KP Anderson Senior Laboratory Technician
Miss JR Seecharan BA (UEL) Laboratory Technician
Mr SN Edge Head of IT and Network Services
Mr SP Jeffrey BA (Buckinghamshire New) Data Manager
Mr SC Maclannan BSc (Buckinghamshire New) IT Support Officer
Mr CA Jalloh IT Apprentice
Ms S Sugawara MA (Tama Art University, Japan) MA (UAL) Art Technician
Miss EG Pegler Teaching Assistant
Mr S Godly Premises Manager
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

Language workshops

On Thursday 3 October, II Junior and I Senior linguists were treated to a workshop delivered by Shadow Heroes.

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I Juniors Latin trip to Oxford

I Junior Latin pupils had an inspiring trip to Oxford on Monday.

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Eco Community

Our aim to become one of the first schools in the Ultra Low Emission Zone to earn the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award.

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Class 3 trip to PGL

On the 29 September Class 3 went to PGL and had an amazing time.

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Posted: 1st Jan 1970


Term dates 2019-21

Michaelmas Term 2019
Beginning of term (staff) Mon 2 Sept
I Senior and Class 3 induction afternoon Tues 3 Sept
Beginning of term (pupils) Wed 4 Sept
Half-term Mon 21 Oct - Fri 1 Nov
End of term (pupils and staff) Fri 13 Dec

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

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

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

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

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

This Week

Mon 14 Oct
9.00am-10.10am Chaucer Heritage Trust workshop Class 3R
1.05pm-1.35pm Book Group Kynaston Library Class 2 Dr Perry
1.05pm-1.35pm LGBT Club TBC All years Ms Milligan
1.05pm-1.35pm Art Club Art Studio Classes 3, 2 & 1 Miss Thomson
1.05pm-1.35pm Gymnastics Squad Gym All years Ms Croker
1.05pm-1.35pm Camerata Music Room 1 Selected Juniors & Seniors Mr Hughes
1.05pm-1.35pm Top Winds Waiting Room Classes 3, 2 & 1 Miss D'Arcy
1.05pm-1.35pm Polyglot games Room H Classes 3, 2, 1 & I Juniors Miss Pargue
1.05pm-1.35pm Feminist Society Room 43 All years Miss Halstead
1.05pm-1.35pm The Musical Rehearsals Somerville Hall All years Ms Mills
1.05pm-1.35pm Spanish Conversation Room 30 Selected pupils Miss Martinez
1.05pm-1.35pm IGCSE Computer Science support RS Lab Juniors Mr Nelkin
1.05pm-1.25pm Geography Society All years Ms Rogers
1.45pm-4.00pm Internet safety workshop Somerville Hall Class 3 Mr Nelkin
4.05pm-5.15pm Orchestra Waiting Room All years that have grade 3 or above Mr Hughes
4.05pm-5.30pm GCSE Dance Gym GCSE Dance students Miss Edwards
4.05pm-5.30pm Engineering club Trueman Lab Juniors Mr Oakley
4.05pm-5.30pm Photography Club RS Lab Juniors & Seniors Dr Smith
4.05pm-5.30pm The Musical Rehearsals Somerville Hall All years Ms Mills
4.05pm-6.00pm Netball squad Regent's Park Classes 3 & 2 Miss Rait-McDonald
4.05pm-6.00pm Netball vs South Hampstead SHHS Class 2 Mrs Croker
4.15pm-5.15pm Supervised Study Kynaston Library All years

Tues 15 Oct
House Drama
7.30am-8.30am Cheer Club Gym All years Miss Rait-McDonald
12.50pm-1.30pm Careers conversations: Law on film Sets with Tatiana Wait Waiting Room Mrs Hammond
1.05pm-1.35pm Art4Good Art Studio Classes 3, 2 & 1 Miss Moor
1.05pm-1.35pm Choir Music Room 1 Class 3 Miss D'Arcy
1.05pm-1.35pm Yokosos club Room 26 Class 3 Miss Moore
1.05pm-1.35pm Guitar Group Music Room 5 All years Mr Sharpe
1.05pm-1.35pm The Musical Rehearsals Somerville Hall All years Ms Mills
1.05pm-1.35pm Maths Club Room 24 Classes 3, 2, 1 & I Juniors Miss Bor
1.05pm-1.35pm HART Soc. Room 40 All years Miss Blatt
1.05pm-1.35pm Socratic Club Room 43 Juniors & Seniors Mrs Gumpert
4.05pm-5.00pm Running Club Regent's Park All years Miss Bor
4.15pm-5.15pm Supervised Study Kynaston Library All years
4.05pm-5.30pm Economics Club TBC All years Ms Rogers
4.05pm-5.30pm Greek Club Room B All years Mrs Harrison
4.05pm-5.30pm The Musical Rehearsals Somerville Hall All years Ms Mills
4.05pm-5.30pm Chemistry Club Merz Lab Juniors Miss Murugan
4.05pm-6.00pm Football Club Regent's Park All years Miss Moore
5.00pm-7.00pm Education & Pastoral Committee Meeting
6.15pm-8.15pm Politics trip to Mishcon Lecture UCL Seniors Mr Willows

Wed 16 Oct
10.30am-12.40pm Open morning
1.05pm-1.35pm Book Group Kynaston Library Class 1 Dr Perry
1.05pm-1.40pm Netball Shooting Gym All years Miss Moore
1.05pm-1.35pm Queen's College Choir Somerville Hall Classes 2, 1, Juniors & Seniors Mr Hughes
1.05pm-1.35pm The Musical Rehearsals Somerville Hall All years Ms Mills
1.05pm-1.35pm Coding Club RS Lab All years Mr Nelkin
1.05pm-1.35pm Zoology Club Jex-Blake Lab All years Dr Davies
1.05pm-1.35pm Handicrafts Club Room 41 Classes 3, 2 & 1 Mrs Sperling
4.15pm-5.15pm Supervised Study Kynaston Library All years
4.05pm-5.30pm The Musical Rehearsals Somerville Hall All years Ms Mills
4.05pm-6.00pm Netball squad Regent's Park Class 1, Juniors & Seniors Miss Edwards & Mrs Croker
4.05pm-6.00pm Netball vs South Hampstead SHHS I Juniors Mrs Croker
5.00pm-6.00pm Informal Concert Waiting Room Mr Hughes
6.00pm-7.00pm QCPA meeting Waiting Room
7.00pm-10.00pm Athena and Senior College Drama and Theatre trip to 'Blood Wedding' Young vic Theatre Miss Morse

Thurs 17 Oct
1.05pm-1.35pm Queen's Collective Dance Gym All years Miss Edwards
1.05pm-1.35pm Cresecendo Strings Classes 3, 2 & 1 Miss Blackman
1.05pm-1.35pm English Drop-in Room H All years Mrs Azis
1.05pm-1.35pm Flute Choir Music Room 8 Juniors & Seniors Mr Tucker
1.05pm-1.35pm The Musical Rehearsals Somerville Hall All years Ms Mills
1.05pm-1.35pm Science Club Jex-Blake Lab Class 3 Miss Seecharan
1.05pm-1.35pm Mindfullness Club Room 26 All years Miss Pegler
1.05pm-1.35pm Eco Club Room 40 All years
1.05pm-1.35pm Physics drop in Truman Lab Juniors & Seniors Mr Burgess
1.05pm-1.35pm Book Group Kynaston Library Juniors & Seniors Dr Perry
1.05pm-1.35pm Chamber Choir Music Room 1 Classes 2, 1, Juniors & Seniors Mr Hughes
1.05pm-1.35pm Debating Society Room 43 Juniors & Seniors Mr Willows
4.05pm-5.30pm Dance Show Auditions Gym All years Miss Rait-McDonald
4.05pm-5.30pm Swimming club Marshall Street Leisure Centre Class 3 & 1 Miss Moore
4.05pm-5.30pm The Musical Rehearsals Somerville Hall All years Ms Mills
4.15pm-5.15pm Supervised Study Kynaston Library All years
5.00pm-6.00pm Parent's reception Somerville Hall Class 2 Miss Bor
5.15pm-7.45pm French Cine-Club Film Night Cine Lumiere Mrs Marie

Fri 18 Oct
1.05pm-1.35pm Librarians Kynaston Library Class 3 Dr Perry
1.05pm-1.35pm Poetry Club Room 43 All years Miss Johns
1.05pm-1.35pm Brass Ensemble Waiting Room All years Miss D'Arcy
1.05pm-1.35pm Cello Ensemble Music Room 1 All years Miss Ridd
1.05pm-1.35pm Literary Society Room 43 Juniors & Seniors Mr Gerig
1.05pm-1.35pm Sinfonietta Waiting Room By invitation Miss Blackman
1.05pm-1.35pm Science Club Jex-Blake Lab Class 3 Dr Davies
1.05pm-1.35pm Yoga Gym All years Miss Edwards
1.05pm-1.35pm The Musical Rehearsals Somerville Hall All years Ms Mills
1.05pm-1.35pm LangLab Room 31 All years Mrs Marie
1.05pm-1.35pm Well-being walking club Harley Street All years Dr Abbott
1.05pm-1.35pm Explore Christianity Room 41 All years Mrs Stonham
4.05pm-5.30pm The Musical Rehearsals Somerville Hall All years Ms Mills
4.05pm-7.00pm Scholars trip to 'An Element of Colour:Shaping self and society' exhibition UCL Institute of Archaeology

Michaelmas Term 2019

Mon 2 Sept Beginning of term (staff)
Tues 3 Sept

I Senior and Class 3 induction

Wed 4 Sept Beginning of term (pupils)
5.00pm-6.00pm II Seniors reception for parents and pupils (LCR and Hall)
Thurs 5 Sept
5.00pm-6.00pm II Juniors parents' reception (LCR and Hall)
Tues 10 Sept
2.00pm-5.00pm II Juniors Drama trip to see 'The Woman in Black' (Fortune Theatre)
Wed 11 Sept
8.30am-9.30am QCPA Coffee Morning (Waiting Room)
5.30pm-7.30pm Alumnae drinks party (LCR)
Thurs 12 Sept
8.30am-12.00pm Portrait photographs (Waiting Room)
4.05pm-5.00pm Dance Company auditions (Gym)
5.00pm-6.00pm I Seniors reception for parents and pupils (LCR and Hall)
Fri 13 Sept
9.00am-4.05pm Peer group mentoring training for some Seniors
Mon 16 Sept
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 3 & 2 Netball vs Portland Place (Regent's Park)
5.00pm-6.00pm Barcelona Sports Tour meeting for parents (Waiting Room)
Tues 17 Sept
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 1 & I Junior Football vs Portland Place (Regent's Park)
Wed 18 Sept
4.05pm-6.00pm I Juniors Netball vs South Hampstead (SHHS)
7.00pm-9.15pm Seniors French theatre trip (Duke of York Theatre)
Thurs 19 Sept
8.00am-4.30pm I Junior Art trip to Henry Moore  Studios and Gardens
10.40am-1.40pm Senior Economics trip (City of London)
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 1 Football vs Francis Holland (Regent's Park)
5.00pm-6.00pm I Junior parents' reception (LCR)
Fri 20 Sept
9.00am-5.30pm I Seniors Art trip to Margate
Mon 23 Sept
9.40am-12.45pm C3D English trip (Wallace Collection)
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 2 & 1 Football vs American School London (Regent's Park)
5.00pm-6.00pm Class 3 parents' round table evening (Hall)
6.00pm-7.30pm QCPA drinks reception (LCR)
Tues 24 Sept
8.40am-4.05pm I Seniors Geography field trip (King's Cross)
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 2 Football vs Francis Holland (Regent's Park)
5.00pm-6.00pm Florence trip meeting for parents (Waiting Room)
Wed 25 Sept
5.00pm-7.00pm Open evening
Thurs 26 Sept
5.00pm-7.00pm Open evening
Fri 27 Sept
Class 3 trip to PGL, Marchant's Hill (returns Sun 29 Oct)
Mon 30 Sept
8.40am-4.05pm I Junior Latin trip to the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford)
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 3 & 2 Netball vs St Margaret's (Regent's Park)
Tues 1 Oct
8.15am-12.30pm Class 2 Netball tournament (Regent's Park)
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 3 & 2 Football vs Portland Place (Regent's Park)
Wed 2 Oct
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 1 & I Junior Netball vs Queen's Gate (Regent's Park)
5.00pm-7.00pm Senior College open evening
Thurs 3 Oct
9.20am-11.30am II Junior Translation Workshop for French pupils (Waiting Room)
1.00pm-3.00pm I Senior French and Spanish Translation Worshop (Waiting Room)
1.45pm-5.00pm Senior Politics and History trip to the Houses of Parliament
3.00pm-5.00pm II Junior Translation Workshop for Spanish, Italian and Mandarin pupils (Waiting Room)
5.00pm-6.00pm Class 1 Parents reception (LCR and Hall)
Fri 4 Oct
2.55pm-5.30pm Scholars trip to investigate 'Gender in Advertising' (Museum of Brands)
Mon 7 Oct
Biology week (ends Fri 11 Oct)
9.00am-10.10am Class 3D Chaucer Heritage Truct workshop
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 1 & I Junior Netball vs St Margaret's (Regent's Park)
Tues 8 Oct

Class 1 English trip to 'The Woman in Black' (Fortune Theatre)

4.05pm-6.00pm Class 3 Football vs Francis Holland (Regnt's Park)
Wed 9 Oct
2.00pm-4.00pm GSA Economics cluster group (Waiting Room)
3.30pm-7.45pm II Junior conference on A-Level Philosophy and RS (Dulwich)
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 1 & I Junior Netball vs Portland Place (Regent's Park)
Thurs 10 Oct
3.00pm-3.30pm Primary school Headteachers' admissions event (Waiting Room)
3.45pm-4.15pm Class 3 parents' reception (Hall)
4.05pm-5.00pm QCPA Second hand uniform sale (Waiting Room)
4.15pm-8.30pm Seniors Spanish trip to the Hispanic Theatre Festival (North London Collegiate)
Fri 11 Oct
8.15am-12.30pm I Juniors Netball tournament (Battersea Park)
2.55pm-4.05pm Class 3S Chaucer Heritage Trust workshop
Sat 12 Oct
Netball Fast Five for some Class 3, 2 & 1 (Copper Box Arena)
Mon 14 Oct
9.00am-10.10am Class 3R Chaucer Heritage Trust workshop
1.45pm-4.05pm Class 3 Internet safety workshop
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 2 Netball vs South Hampstead (SHHS)
6.30pm-9.30pm II Senior Art trip to Anthony Gormley workshop (Royal Academy of Arts)
Tues 15 Oct
House Drama
6.15pm-8.15pm Seniors Politics trip to Mishcon Lecture (UCL)
Wed 16 Oct
10.30am-12.40pm Open morning
4.05pm-6.00pm I Junior Netball vs South Hampstead (SHHS)
5.00pm-6.00pm Informal Concert (Waiting Room)
6.00pm-7.00pm QCPA meeting (Waiting Room)
7.00pm-10.00pm Athena and Senior College Drama and Theatre trip to 'Blood Wedding' (Young Vic Theatre)
Thurs 17 Oct
5.00pm-6.00pm Class 2 parents' reception (LCR and Hall)
5.15pm-7.45pm French Cine-Club Film Night (Ciné Lumière)
Fri 18 Oct
4.05pm-7.00pm Scholars trip to 'An Element of Colour: Shaping self and society' exhibition (UCL Institute of Archaeology)
Mon 21 Oct
Half-term (ends Fri 1 Nov)
Senior History of Art trip to Florence (returns Thurs 24 Oct)
Class 2, 1 & Juniors Sports tour to Barcelona (returns Fri 25 Oct)
Mon 4 Nov
II Junior mock examinations
Tues 5 Nov
10.00am-2.00pm GSA London Heads' meeting (Waiting Room)
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 3 & 2 Netball vs Queen's Gate (Battersea Park)
Wed 6 Nov
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 1 & I Junior Netball vs More House (Regent's Park)
Thurs 7 Nov
House Swimming Gala (Marshall Street Leisure Centre)
9.00am-10.20am Open morning event for QCPS parents (Senior College Common Room)
4.15pm-5.15pm Senior Maths Challenge (Room 43)
4.30pm-7.00pm I Junior parents' evening (Hall)
Mon 11 Nov
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 3 Swimming Gala (Francis Holland School)
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 2 Netball vs Francis Holland (Regent's Park)
Tues 12 Nov
10.30am-12.40pm Open morning
5.00pm-6.00pm Informal Concert (Waiting Room)
Wed 13 Nov
I Senior examinations begin (end Fri 15 Nov)
9.00am-4.05pm I Juniors Geography field trip (Amersham)
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 1 Netball vs Francis Holland (Regent's Park)
Fri 15 Nov
9.00am Senior college Scholarship examination (Hall)
Mon 18 Nov
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 3 Netball vs Francis Holland (Regent's Park)
Tues 19 Nov
9.45am-4.05pm Seniors Economics trip to Economics in Action (Emmanuel Centre)
Wed 20 Nov
4.05pm-6.00pm I Juniors Netball vs Francis Holland (Regent's Park)
4.30pm-6.30pm I Seniors Movie Night (Senior College Common Room)
Thurs 21 Nov
8.45am-10.30am Extended form time
9.00am-12.30pm Queen's Gate Cross Country (Hyde Park)
2.55pm-4.05pm Seniors Greek trip to the Troy exhibition (British Museum)
5.00pm-6.00pm QCPA meeting (Waiting Room)
6.00pm-8.00pm Sports Awards Evening (Hall)
Fri 22 Nov
12.40pm-1.40pm Seniors Alumnae Luncheon (Waiting Room)
Sat 23 Nov
II Juniors and Seniors French trip to Paris (returns Sun 24 Nov)
Mon 25 Nov
9.00am-5.30pm II Juniors Geography field trip (Amersham)
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 3 & 2 Netball vs More House (Battersea Park)
4.05pm Seniors Athena trip to 'Shot in Soho' exhibition (Photographers' Gallery)
Tues 26 Nov
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 1 & I Juniors Football vs South Hampstead (SHHS)
5.00pm-6.00pm Berlin trip meeting for parents and pupils (Waiting Room)
Wed 27 Nov
10.40am-12.00pm Class 2 Popeian Elections (Hall)
4.30pm-7.00pm Class 3 parents' evening (Hall)
Thurs 28 Nov
Class 1 English Speaking Board examinations (end Fri 29 Nov)
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 3 & 2 Swimming Gala vs Queen's Gate (Marshall Street)
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 1 Netball vs South Hampstead (Regent's Park)
5.45pm-8.00pm Seniors History and Drama trip to see 'Six' (Arts Theatre)
Mon 2 Dec
9.45am-4.45pm Seniors Chemistry in Action (Emmanuel Centre)
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 2 Netball vs South Hampstead (Regent's Park)
6.00pm Seniors Athena trip to the Royal Society Prize Lecture (The Royal Society)
Tues 3 Dec
9.00am-4.05pm Seniors Spanish trip to A-level Spanish study day (BFI)
10.40am-4.05pm II Senior Politics trip to A-level Politics study day (Conway Hall)
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 3 Netball vs South Hampstead (Regent's Park)
7.10pm-10.00pm I Senior Drama and theatre Live Theatre Review
Wed 4 Dec
9.30am-4.05pm I Senior Art trip to A-Level Art in Action (Emmanuel Centre)
12.00pm-4.05pm Michaelmas Concert rehearsal (Hall)
6.00pm-8.00pm Michaelmas Concert (Hall)
Thurs 5 Dec
9.15pm-1.40pm II Junior Maths Inspiration Lecture (Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road)
4.05pm-6.00pm Class 1, I Juniors & Seniors Football vs South Hampstead (SHHS)
4.30pm-7.00pm I Senior parents' evening (Hall)
Fri 6 Dec
9.30am-4.05pm II Senior Philosophy and Ethics conference (Bloomsbury Baptist Church)
9.40am-4.15pm II Junior at GCSE Science Live! (Apollo Victoria)
Mon 9 Dec
4.30pm-7.00pm Class 3 Movie Night (Senior College Common Room)
Tues 10 Dec
12.40pm-4.05pm II Senior History trip to the Holocuast Gallery
6.45pm-10.15pm I Juniors English trip to see 'As You Like It' (Barbican)
Wed 11 Dec
12.00pm-2.00pm Senior College Christmas Lunch
Thurs 12 Dec
12.00pm-1.40pm Christmas Lunch
4.30pm-7.00pm QCPA Christmas Fair
Fri 13 Dec
10.30am Carol Service (All Souls Church)
12noon End of term (pupils)
4.00pm End of term (staff)
Sat 14 Dec
II Juniors and Seniors RS and History trip to Berlin (returns Tues 17 Dec)

News Archive 2009 / 2010

Admissions Queen's College London

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

The main points of admission are at 11+ and 16+. However occasional vacancies may occur at other stages, and arrangements can be made to test candidates on application. Unfortunately, we do not offer visa sponsorship. Please contact the Registrar, Miss 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.


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

Open Days

Our open days for entry in September 2020 are listed below. Parents and their daughters are warmly invited to attend, but we do advise that you book a place in advance by contacting the Registrar, Miss Fiona Murdoch, on 020 7291 7070 or by email.

Wednesday 2 October 2019 at 5.00pm (Sixth Form entry ONLY)

Wednesday 16 October 2019 at 11.00am (FULLY BOOKED)

Tuesday 12 November 2019 at 11.00am

Tuesday 21 January 2020 at 11.00am

Tuesday 28 April 2020 at 11.00am

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

Bursaries & scholarships


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

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

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

Please contact the Bursar for further information.


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

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

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


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

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

Tuition fees

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

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

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

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

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

Payment may be made by cheque or bank transfer. Parents wishing to pay fees by direct debit should apply to the 'School Fee Plan' at 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. Candidates from Queen's College Preparatory School follow the same entry procedure as other applicants.

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

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

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

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

The date for interviews is Saturday 11 January 2020.

Admission 16+

There has been a long and successful tradition of girls joining Queen's at 16+ for study in the Senior College (Sixth Form). Admission is on the basis of an interview with the Head of the Senior College and a good reference (with predicted GCSE grades) from the candidate's current school.

Occasionally we may ask a girl to sit a short test in a particular subject or subjects, and entry is always subject to a minimum performance at GCSE as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Academic Queen's College London

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

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

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

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

(FD Maurice, founder of Queen's College)


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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Mathematics
    • English
    • English Literature
    • either Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Science: Trilogy ('double award')
    • a modern language (French, Italian, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish)

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

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

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

    The Senior College (Sixth Form)
    In Year 12 pupils usually select three A-level subjects though in some circumstances pupils will be allowed to choose four.

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

    The A-level subjects available are:

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

    Exam results

    A-level results 2019

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

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

    GCSE results 2019

    Subjects awarding A*-G




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

    Totals by grade 51 52 17 3 0 0
    Subjects awarding 9-1          
    9 8 7 6 5 4
    Art 12 6 7 5 2 0
    Biology (IGCSE) 19 8 10 6 0 3
    Chemistry (IGCSE) 10 15 8 5 5 2
    Chinese 0 1 0 1 1 1
    Classical Greek 2 0 1 0 1 0
    Computer Science 4 2 2 3 0 3
    Dance 0 2 2 0 0 0
    Drama 13 6 0 1 0 0
    French (IGCSE) 7 4 10 2 0 1
    Geography (IGCSE) 3 5 5 4 3 1
    History (IGCSE) 12 10 8 6 1 0
    Italian (IGCSE) 4 4 1 1 0 0
    Latin 3 6 0 0 0 0
    Mathematics (IGCSE) 13 19 13 7 6 1
    Music 2 0 1 1 0 0
    Physics (IGCSE) 11 12 11 6 4 2
    Religious Studies (IGCSE) 17 3 3 0 1 0
    Science: Double Award (IGCSE) 0 0 4 4 1 7
    Spanish (IGCSE) 12 4 4 1 0 0
    Totals by grade 142 109 90 53 25 21
    Cumulative %  


    A*, 9 and 8 53

    A*, A, 9, 8 and 7



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

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

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

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

    Inspection Report

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

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

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

    You may download the latest Inspection Report here.

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


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

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

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

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

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

    Reporting Inspector, ISI

    Co-Curricular Queen's College London

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

    We have a well-equipped gym on site and are able to make good use of excellent facilities nearby. Outdoor games take place at Paddington Recreation Ground and swimming at the Marshall Street Leisure Centre.

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

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

    Clubs & societies

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

    Life at Queen's College London

    Life at Queen's is extraordinarily varied. This website attempts to give a flavour of what goes on in the central areas of College life, but our unique atmosphere is best experienced in person on one of our Open Days. Please contact our Registrar, Miss 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. Pupils in their first three years are said to be in the School; those studying for GCSEs constitute the Junior College; and Sixth Formers make up the Senior College. The table below explains this fully.

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

    National Curriculum

    Queen's name

    Queen's section

    Year 7
    Year 8
    Year 9

    Class 3
    Class 2
    Class 1

    The School

    Year 10
    Year 11

    I Juniors
    II Juniors

    The Junior College

    Year 12
    Year 13

    I Seniors
    II Seniors

    The Senior College

    Pastoral care

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

    Members of staff with specific pastoral responsibilities are:

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

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

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


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

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

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

    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 pupils are expected to identify themselves with the College and its ethos by wearing it neatly and without adaptations.  Full uniform regulations are available here, and uniform must be purchased on-line from Schoolblazer.  For those who are interested, the uniform can be viewed on the Schoolblazer website (www.schoolblazer.com).

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

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

    Parents’ association

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

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

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

    Life after Queen's College London

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

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

    Former pupils

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

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

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

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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 queens@qcl.org.uk or on 020 7291 7000.

    News & Events Queen’s College London

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

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

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

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

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    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.

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    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, with a reading attended by former pupils and colleagues. The poems celebrate everything from fish and chips on the beach, to seaweed on the Isles of Scilly, and even the humble iPod.

    Copies are on sale from the College and cost £5.50 including postage and packing.

    To request your copy, please send a cheque (made payable to Queen's College London) to the Development Office, Queen's College London, 43-49 Harley Street, London W1G 6BT, and include your name and details of where you'd like your copy sent.


    Publications Queen's College London

    Queen’s Today - Lent 2018

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


    2016 Old Queens’ Newsletter

    The 2016 Old Queens’ Newsletter contains news and photographs submitted by Old Queens and former staff over the past year. Please do contact the Development Office if you have news or memories which you would like to share.


    Queen’s Today - Lent 2018


    Be Part of our Future

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

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

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

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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, Louise Richmond, on 020 7291 7000 or at lrichmond@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.

    How to make a Gift to Queen's

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

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

    Donate On Line

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

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

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

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


    Please make cheques payable to Queen's College London and post 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.

    Bank Transfer

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

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

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

    IBAN: GB49NWBK60400232002998. SWIFT Code: NWBKGB2L

    Direct Debit

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

    Online via CAF

    Please click here to make a secure online donation via your CAF account (Charities Aid Foundation)to set up an online one off or regular direct debit. If you would like your gift to be directed towards a particular fund, please e-mail us at 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 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, Louise Richmond, on 020 7291 7000 or at lrichmond@qcl.org.uk if you would like any further information or wish to discuss making a gift.


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