Palmers Green High School

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Palmers Green High School (PGHS) is an independent selective day school for girls aged 3 – 16 covering Pre-Preps, Preps, Juniors and Seniors. The Alice Nursery is our purpose-designed Pre-Prep school for 3-4 year old girls, most of whom transfer to Reception at PGHS. PGHS has been ranked No1 in The Sunday Times Parent Power league table for small schools for the last four years (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013). All aspects of the school attained the top grading as outstanding / excellent in the most recent inspection report in November 2011. GCSE results are first rate with an average of 77% A* and A grades over the last three years with 100% A*-C.

At Palmers Green High School girls enjoy success in so many aspects of school life because everyone is known as an individual. Primary age pupils enjoy subject specialists teaching them in Art, Design & Technology, Drama, Music and PE – frequently in half class groups. At secondary level small class sizes (an average of only 12 at GCSE), excellent relationships with staff, and the school’s commitment to highly effective teaching and learning strategies all help the girls to attain their personal goals and aspirations. A broad range of extra-curricular activities enriches the multi-cultural school community and educational visits feature regularly in the school calendar.

Our motto, ‘By Love, Serve One Another‘ was carefully chosen by its founder Miss Alice Hum and epitomises the school’s special ethos where individual talent is fostered and where contribution to the community is greatly valued.

PGHS provides a challenging and supportive environment where every girl has the chance to shine. In choosing our school parents can be confident that they have selected a first class education for their daughters.

Gifted & Talented

With small teaching group sizes opportunities abound for individual talents to be nurtured. Careful monitoring and tracking of pupil performance enables us to identify the Gifted and Talented across the curriculum and in individual subject areas.

Primary age pupils on accelerated schemes may benefit from accessing programmes of study and teaching from the Senior School, whilst Senior School pupils access activities with partner organisations e.g. UCL for the Go4SET (Engineering) project. Girls may be entered for examinations early and challenged beyond GCSE/IGCSE through courses such as the OCR FSMQ Additional Maths or accessing A level materials.

Recent successes have included finalists in the Brit Young Writers competition and team victory in the London Hydrogen Challenge, where our team’s hydrogen fuelled car was the best in the world this year. Artistic opportunities also abound and current pupils study concurrently at The Royal Ballet School and Trinity Guildhall.


We welcome pupils with special educational needs so long as our Individual Needs Department can offer them the support that they require. We welcome pupils with physical disabilities provided that our site can cope with them.

However, we advise parents of children with special educational needs or physical disabilities to discuss their daughter’s requirements with the School before she sits the entrance exam so that we can make adequate provision for her. Parents should provide a copy of an Educational Psychologist’s report or a medical report to support their request for special arrangements, for example, for extra time.

We will discuss thoroughly with parents and their medical advisers the adjustments that can reasonably be made for the child if she becomes a pupil at the school.

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