Francis Holland School/Clarence Gate弗朗西斯荷兰学校 克拉任斯格, Clarence Gate, London
Tel: 020 7723 0176 Fax: 020 7706 1522
• GIRLS, 11–18, Day
• Pupils 395, Upper sixth 46
• Termly fees £3450
• Enquiries/application to the Headmistress
What it’s like
The Francis Holland (C of E) schools were founded by Canon Francis Holland. The
first was opened in 1878 in Baker Street, London, and transferred in 1915 to its
present building near Regent’s Park. There has been a continuous programme of
modernisation, most recently new science laboratories and an indoor swimming
pool; the facilities in its fine buildings are excellent. A lively community
with high academic standards, it produces very good examination results.
Religious teaching is based on the principles of the Church of England. There is
much emphasis on music throughout the school, and the drama and art departments
are very strong and active. Regent’s Park provides good facilities for sports
and games, in which standards are also high. There is a good range of
extra-curricular activities. Full use is made of the cultural amenities of the
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Age range 11–18; 395 day girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 11 and 16. North London Consortium entrance
exam used; for sixth-form entry, generally GCSE grade A in sixth-form subjects.
No special skills or religious requirements. Pupils come from a variety of
schools, both independent and maintained.
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Up to 4 scholarships at 16 (value up
to 50% of fees); plus 2 for music (up to 25% fees), 1 each at 11 and 16. Parents
expected to buy textbooks.
Parents 15+% are doctors, lawyers etc; 15+% from theatre, media,
music; 15+% from industry/commerce.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Mrs Vivienne Durham, in post from 2004. Educated at Oxford
University (English). Previously Deputy Head of South Hampstead High School.
Teaching staff: 31 full time, 13 part time.
GCSE: In 2003, 56 pupils in Year 11: 97% gained at least grade C in 8+
subjects. Average GCSE score 63 (over 5 years).
A-levels: 46 in upper sixth. Average final point score achieved by upper
sixth formers 353.
University & college entrance 100% sixth-form leavers go on to degree
courses (25% after a gap year), an average of 10+% to Oxbridge. 10% take courses
in medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 25% in science & engineering, 62%
in humanities & social sciences.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 20–21 AS/A-level subjects.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
general studies not taken; increasing number mix science and arts A-levels. Key
skills are monitored, with additional help as necessary.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Languages: French (from 11), German, Spanish and Italian (from 13)
offered to GCSE and AS and A-level. Regular trips to France, Germany, Italy and
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons/week in Years 7–9 and
lower sixth) and across the curriculum, eg data-logging in science, fieldwork
projects in geography. 56 computers for pupil use (10 hours a day), all
networked and with email and internet access. Most pupils take Clait.
Music: Over 50% of pupils take instrumental lessons in school;
instrumental exams can be taken. Some 12 musical groups including orchestras,
flute band, 4 choirs, chamber trios, jazz band, quartets.
Drama: AS-level drama, theatre studies and Guildhall exams may be taken.
Some pupils are involved in school productions and majority in annual form
Art & design: On average, 35 take GCSE, 10+ A-level. Design, pottery,
textiles, photography also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Hockey, tennis, netball, rounders, swimming, volleyball
compulsory. Optional: badminton, table tennis, volleyball, water polo, aerobics.
GCSE PE offered.
Activities: Pupils take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Community
service optional for 1 year at age 16; girls help in hospitals, schools and old
people’s homes. Up to 35 clubs, eg art, drama, debating, philosophy, water
aerobics, cookery, maths, photography, football, computing.
Uniform: School uniform worn, dress code in fifth, no uniform in the
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Head girl, senior team, form
prefects and sixth-form co-ordinators elected by the school and staff (subject
to interview). School Council.
Religion: Attendance at religious worship compulsory.
Social: Occasional debates with other schools, social and educational
activities with Harrow School. Trips abroad by sixth-form historians (eg Paris,
Russia, India), history of art group (Italy, New York), classics (Italy,
Greece), PE (Barbados), geography (Iceland); skiing and activity holidays;
French and German exchanges (individual exchanges encouraged). Meals
self-service. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Parents are kept fully informed of pupils’ academic and
social progress through a monitoring process and appropriate sanctions are
applied if any problem develops. It is likely that girls found in possession of
illegal drugs would be expelled.
Alumni association secretary is Mrs Alison Edelshain, 8 Tudor Close,
London NW7 2BG.