Francis Holland School 弗朗西斯荷兰学校
Francis Holland School/Sloane
Square, 39 Graham Terrace, London SW1W 8JF
Tel: 020 7730 2971 Fax: 020 7823 4066
• GIRLS, 4–18, Day
• Pupils 480, Upper sixth 20
• Termly fees £2995–£3575
• Enquiries/application to the Headmistress
What it’s like
The Francis Holland (Church of England) Schools Trust was founded in
1878. This school opened in 1881 in Eaton Terrace and transferred in
1884 to its present site, near Sloane Square in central London. It
has close links with its sister school in Regent’s Park. The junior
school shares the main site. It has handsome buildings which have
been well-adapted to modern needs, most recently a large new
building has provided a gym and facilities for science, ICT and art;
a library has also been added and sixth-form accommodation
refurbished. The school has recently completed a 7-year programme of
expansion in the senior school. The teaching and examination results
are very good. A strong local and family tradition prevails. Its
position makes possible a wide use of London’s amenities for outings
of all kinds. There is a strong music department and drama is very
popular. Some sport and games take place on the school site,
otherwise local sports centres and Battersea Park are used.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 4–18; 480 day girls. Senior
department 11–18, 310 girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 4, 11 and 16. London schools’
consortium entrance exam. For sixth-form entry, written test,
interview and 6 GCSEs at least grade B (including sixth-form
subjects). No special skills; C of E school but all denominations
accepted. State school entry relatively small. 30% of senior intake
from own junior school.
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 1–2 pa academic
scholarships, value up to 50% fees, awarded at 11 and 16. A few
bursaries available. Parents expected to buy textbooks.
Parents Drawn from a wide range of professions: medicine,
law, banking, Church, academics, theatre etc.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Miss Stephanie Pattenden, appointed 1997.
Educated at St Anne’s College, Sanderstead, and at Durham University
(mathematics) and King’s College London (PGCE). Previously Deputy
Head at South Hampstead High, Head of Maths and Sixth Form at Lady
Eleanor Holles, Second Mistress at St Paul’s and taught at Harrow
Girls’ Grammar School.
Teaching staff: 39 full time, 22 part time.
GCSE: In 2003, 42 pupils in Year 11: 95% gained at least
grade C in 8+ subjects. Average GCSE score 62 (65 over 5 years).
A-levels: 18 in upper sixth: Average final point score
achieved by upper sixth formers 321.
University & college entrance 98% of sixth-form leavers
go on to degree courses (50% after a gap year), 8% to Oxbridge. 10%
take courses in medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 15% in
maths and science, 30% in language based courses, 10% in social
sciences (including business studies), 35% in other arts courses. A
few typically go on to art foundation courses.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 20 AS/A-level subjects
(including history of art, economics, psychology, theatre studies).
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level
(usually a wide range), 3 at A-level; general studies is taught but
not examined. Key skills not taught but monitored through sixth-form
Vocational: Work experience undertaken (2 weeks after GCSEs).
Special provision: Time concessions requested for dyslexic
girls in public exams.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered to GCSE and
A-level. Pupils arrange personal exchanges and go on language
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons/week in
Years 7–11) and across the curriculum, eg data-logging. 60 computers
for pupil use (8+ hours a day), all networked and with email and
Music: Over 70% of pupils learn a musical instrument;
instrumental exams may be taken. Some 9 musical groups including
orchestra, choirs, wind, string groups etc. GCSE and A-level taken.
Drama & dance: Both offered. LAMDA and ballet exams may be
taken. Majority of pupils are involved in school productions and all
in house/other productions.
Art & design: On average, 20 take GCSE, 6 A-level. Each year
pupils go on to foundation courses and take degrees in art.
Sport & activities
Sport: Netball, hockey, tennis, swimming, gymnastics,
athletics, volleyball compulsory. Seniors only: squash, rowing,
karate, aerobics, fencing. BAGA exams may be taken.
Activities: Pupils take bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Community service optional (but most participate) for 3–5 years at
age 14; visiting local old people is a widespread long-term
commitment, including Harvest Festival and Christmas party. Pottery,
sculpture, photography, drama, debating, gymnastics, chess.
Uniform: School uniform worn except in sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Head girl, head of
house and house prefects, elected by school and staff. School
Social: Organised trips abroad include skiing, history of
art, language visits to France and Spain. Meals self-service. No
tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Conduct marks for minor offences, detention
for more serious ones. Suspension or expulsion in extreme cases.