Palmers Green High School

Palmers Green High School, founded in 1905 by Miss Alice Hum, has provided an exceptional education for over 100 years.

At PGHS we specialise in educating girls, challenging them to achieve their full potential within our warm and friendly school environment.

The school motto, “By Love Serve One Another”, was chosen carefully and it still epitomises our special ethos today where individuals are nurtured, successes are celebrated and their contribution to the community is greatly valued.

We provide an inspiring, challenging and supportive environment through which all pupils are given opportunities to be inquisitive, independent and develop a lifelong love of learning.

PGHS is a very special ‘through-school’ where pupils progress in a familiar setting and benefit from seamless transitions across the key stages in the Lower and Senior Schools. There is an authentic feeling of being ‘one family’ where strong friendships are formed and extend beyond year groups. All sections of the School, Nursery, Preps, Juniors and Seniors, enjoy being part of the PGHS community. Throughout Palmers Green High School small class sizes and excellent teaching enable rapid progress, whilst exciting extra-curricular activities encourage girls to develop into well-rounded individuals.

Our nurturing Nursery caters for girls 3-4 years old, most of whom transfer to Reception at PGHS. Prep and Junior classes benefit hugely from the encouragement and expertise of their class teachers and teaching assistants. Favourable teaching group sizes, light and airy classrooms and access to Senior School facilities all lead to an inspirational learning environment. This is enriched by specialist teaching, often in half class groups, in Art, Design & Technology, Drama, French, Spanish, Music, PE and the older Juniors enjoy Science in the laboratories.

In the Senior School, small class sizes, of around 15 pupils and a broad range of extra-curricular activities enrich the girls’ experience. In 2021, the overall percentage of A*/9/8 grades was a magnificent 72% and A*/9 to A/7 was 93%, placing Palmers Green High School pupils amongst the top performers in the country.

Ranked number one in The Sunday Times national league table for small independent schools, parents can be reassured that Palmers Green High School girls attain excellent results.


  • Head Mrs Wendy Kempster
  • Mrs Wendy Kempster
  • Age range 3 - 16
  • Day / Boarding Day
  • Religious affiliation Non-denominational
  • Exams
  • 14+ GCSE, IGCSE
  • Fees (per term) September 2021 - August 2022
  • Prep/Junior School
    • Nursery £2,100 - £3,430 per term
    • Prep £3,980 - £4,260 per term
  • Senior School
    • £5,700 per term
  • Find out more about fees >
  • Exams
    • Exams
    • 14+ GCSE, IGCSE
  • Fees (per term)
    • Fees (per term) September 2021 - August 2022
    • Prep/Junior School
      • Nursery £2,100 - £3,430 per term
      • Prep £3,980 - £4,260 per term
    • Senior School
      • £5,700 per term
    • Find out more about fees >

Bursaries & Scholarships

11+ Academic Scholarships and Awards
At 11+ the School offers academic scholarships and subject awards, for which internal and external candidates are equally eligible. The scholarships or subject awards may be awarded to candidates who perform well in the 11+ entrance examinations in Mathematics and English and at interview.

Scholarships and Awards may be offered to the candidate or candidates who have, in the opinion of the Headmistress, achieved a high standard of attainment relative not only to the other candidates but also to the standards set by the School. If no candidate meets these requirements, then the School reserves the right not to offer any scholarships or awards.
Please note that only the candidates sitting the entrance examination on the specified date will be considered for scholarships and subject awards.

Music Awards at 11+
Music awards may be offered to outstanding musicians who play an instrument or sing with exceptional ability. Full music awards entitle successful candidates to music lessons in two instruments throughout their Senior School career at PGHS, subject to continued progress and contribution to the musical life of the School.

Music lessons are normally provided by the School’s visiting instrumental staff. Alternatively, a contribution toward the cost of approved external teaching for an award holder may be granted, but will not exceed the termly charge for music lessons in force at the School.

11+ candidates should have reached at least Grade 4 Associated Board standard and for the audition should perform two contrasting pieces on their first choice instrument and, where applicable, one piece on their second and / or third instruments. The assessment will include aural tests and sight reading.

Candidates for music awards must also pass the academic entrance examination. Prospective candidates may wish to contact the Head of Music to discuss their application further.

Bursaries at 11+
A limited number of means-tested bursaries are available for entrance into the school at 11+. Bursary forms are available from the School on request and all parents wishing to be considered for a bursary should complete and submit this form before their daughter sits the entrance examination.

Bursaries are means tested in accordance with the School’s criteria. Both parents are required to provide proof of their income and assets. The level of support varies according to parental need. Before the offer of a bursary is confirmed, a member of staff and / or a member of the governing body may visit the family at their home.

Annual Review of Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards
Bursaries are reviewed annually and the School reserves the right to require parents to provide evidence of financial circumstances each year. The family is required to provide up-to-date information about its circumstances for every year that their child attends the School. Levels of support may vary with fluctuations in income.

The retention of a bursary, scholarship, subject award or music award for the full 5 years of the Senior School career for a successful candidate will be dependent on continuing merit and satisfactory behaviour as judged by the Headmistress.

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Scholarships & Bursaries offered
  • Academic scholarships
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Music scholarships
  • Sibling discounts


Lower School
Senior School

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