- Head Mrs Rebecca Dougall
Founded in 1903, St Helen and St Katharine is an independent day school for girls in Abingdon, six miles south of Oxford.
St Helen’s is a school for bright girls with enquiring minds, a place where success is celebrated but not revered. We recognise that every girl is different and will bring to her school a unique combination of interests, abilities and aspirations. Our aim is to ensure that every student achieves success as she defines it, so that she can believe in herself, her talents and abilities, and feel prepared and equipped for life beyond school.
Our outstanding academic record makes us one of the leading girls’ schools in the country. In each of the four school sections – Junior Department, Lower School, Middle School and Sixth Form – stimulating and challenging teaching reaches beyond the curriculum, enabling our students to become effective and independent learners. An extensive range of opportunities for academic enrichment beyond lessons is offered, such as attending lectures and conferences outside school, visiting specialist speakers, discussion dinners and Oxbridge preparation.
Academic life in Sixth Form is about individual choice and learning beyond the ordinary business of a curriculum. Every student will choose three or four A-levels as the core of their academic work, some taught jointly with Abingdon School. Success in A-levels enables leavers to secure places on their chosen courses at top UK universities, including a significant number who advance to Oxford and Cambridge.
Our pastoral networks are strong and accessible, with form tutors, the Director of Students, and Heads of Section all playing a role in supporting students. We give students the space to explore their individuality in an environment which is big enough to celebrate a wide range of personalities and interests but small enough to know, to care and to spot when someone is having a good or bad day.
Our broad and varied extracurricular programme of 100+ clubs and activities plays a central role within school life. We actively encourage students to give new things a go – they can participate purely for fun or follow their strengths and excel through selective teams and groups, music and drama productions. From fencing and photography to philosophy and Mandarin as well as activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, there are always opportunities to explore and extend interests, to make friends across age groups and to build confidence and self-belief.
- Age range 9 - 18
- Day / Boarding Day
- Religious affiliation Christian
- 14+ GCSE
- 16+ A Level, Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
- Fees (per term) September 2022 - July 2023
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Bursaries & Scholarships
Financial assistance is available to those families with daughters entering St Helen and St Katharine from the age of 9 through to 18. Opening up access for families who would not otherwise be able to afford the fees has always been central to our ethos. This means that we offer a support of up to 100% of the fees to families who can demonstrate through a means testing process that they could not otherwise send their daughter to St Helen’s.
Bursaries can be any value up to the full amount of the fee, and may include assistance with school bus travel, uniform and curriculum activities. They are awarded to candidates whose performance in the entrance assessments suggests academic strength and where the application satisfies the financial criteria agreed by the Governors, and at the Headmistress’ discretion. Subject to significant change in financial circumstances bursaries will usually continue until the end of Year 11 and there is the possibility it will continue into Sixth Form, however the amount is reassessed annually.
Four subject specific bursaries are available for candidates currently in a state-funded school applying to join Sixth Form. These bursaries cover 100% of school fees as well as additional costs such as school bus travel and any Sixth Form/subject related enrichment activities. In
addition to the standard bursary application process, applicants will be required to undertake an aptitude assessment in the relevant subject.
At St Helen and St Katharine we believe that one of our most important roles as a school is encouraging our students to do their best, rewarding their achievements and celebrating their individual talents, both academically and beyond the classroom. The awarding of scholarships is one of the most important ways in which we recognise excellence, ability and potential across a range of subject areas and interests, encompassing academia, music, art, drama and sport.
Being a scholar gives students the opportunity to pursue their personal aspirations with the support and mentoring of staff. They discuss their progress and future goals with staff mentors throughout their time as scholars, ensuring their enthusiasm and commitment is nurtured and appreciated. Scholars are expected to take the lead in the area for which they have been recognised, showing initiative a well as offering inspiration and encouragement to peers and the whole school community.Find out more >
- Academic scholarships
- All Rounder awards
- Art scholarships
- Bursaries for new entrants
- Music scholarships
- Sixth Form scholarships
- Sport scholarships
Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, the GSA is not responsible for inaccuracies.