Harrogate Ladies’ College

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The Harrogate Ladies’ College family of schools – Bankfield, Highfield and College – aims to inspire and nurture pupils so as to engender in them a deep passion for learning and a love of life.

Girls and boys educated at this Christian foundation for day and boarding pupils will be challenged to be the best that they can be: responsible citizens of their community and the world.

The school ethos and strong emphasis on pastoral care has changed little since our foundation in 1893 although these days the facilities, environment and approach are contemporary. The outlook and destination of our leavers is global with girls going to the most prestigious universities worldwide.

Our pupils will value every individual equally with respect and openness of mind. They will go out into the world empowered with self-confidence and equipped with the academic qualities and emotional intelligence to make the most of life.

Underpinning these aims are the core values of the school as articulated by the words of the school crest, Industria, Fide and Pietate:
hard work and service;
trust, loyalty, tolerance, inclusiveness and honesty;
conscientiousness, decency, forgiveness, compassion and gentleness.
Every girl is cared for and looked at as an individual and encouraged to really discover her potential.

Skills for life
Pupils have many opportunities to develop key skills for life including:

  • self-management and the ability to take responsibility for one’s actions;
  • team working based on respect, the ability to listen and self-confidence;
  • understanding of the wider world;
  • problem solving using creativity and analysis;
  • numeracy, literacy and IT proficiency.

What goes on outside the classroom is equally important and the girls participate in a diverse range of activities from Art to Drama from Chess to Amateur Radio, from Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to Young Enterprise.

The school has recently finished a programme of major refurbishments including extensive work on the boarding houses, the installation of internet access and for all sixth formers studies and bedrooms and upgrading the computer system.

Gifted & Talented




Bursaries & Scholarships

Academic, The College Scholar, All-rounder, Music, Art, Drama, and Sport Scholarships are available at 11+, 14+ and Sixth Form.

Academic and The College Scholar awards are made based on a written assessment other than the entrance exam

Candidates for Scholarships, in Art, Drama, Sport, Choral singing or Music (or an All-Rounder including one of these areas) will complete a practical assessment.
Parents are invited to apply for Scholarships in Music, Art, Drama and Sport, if they feel that their daughters have exceptional talent in these areas. Assessment takes place during the interview process and involves a practical session with the relevant Head of Department. Music Scholars are expected to take a leading role in the musical life of the school.
Chapel Scholarships are also available for talented singers.
Scholarships are reviewed at the end of each key stage.

Additional awards
Children of the Clergy, Armed Forces, Old scholars and Siblings
Financial assistance of up to 100% may also be awarded at the discretion of the Governors and this is means-tested.

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