St Helen’s School

Our spacious and beautiful 21-acre site is conveniently located in the heart of Northwood in North London, approximately 30 minutes by underground from Central London on the Metropolitan Line and within easy reach of the Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire borders.

St Helen’s School is committed to academic excellence and is dedicated to equipping pupils with the skills which will enable them to take their places as leaders in a rapidly changing world. The culture of our School is deeply-rooted in its fine history, having been founded by Miss May Rowland Brown in 1899, but is also forward-looking and innovative.

Whilst strong academic standards prevail across the whole School and pupils are encouraged to have high expectations for their achievement and career prospects, success is not measured purely in terms of exam results.

Our students will be brave and true, ever intellectually curious. They will believe they can do anything. They will want to explore how they can best interact with the world around them and make a difference for the better in their own way. They will be ready for whatever the future brings.

Our girls will:

  • Be excited about their learning, always asking the question ‘why’;
  • Be independent, adventurous and resilient;
  • Be the problem-solvers and trailblazers for tomorrow;
  • Always be guided by integrity and their own strong moral principles;
  • Celebrate diversity;
  • Be compassionate towards themselves and others.

Our aims are:

  • To provide each and every girl with the opportunity and means to achieve academic excellence;
  • To provide our students with the personal skills, emotional resilience and the confidence to achieve their full potential through a varied, rich and challenging co-curricular programme;
  • To know, value and respect all girls as individuals so as to best support them on their journey through the school;
  • To ensure that the girls are ready to play a full and active part in their communities and in an interconnected digital world.


  • Head Alice Lucas
  • Alice Lucas
  • Age range 3 - 18
  • Day / Boarding Day
  • Religious affiliation Christian foundation but accepts all faiths.
  • Exams
  • 14+ GCSE, IGCSE
  • 16+ A Level, Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Fees (per term) September 2020 - August 2021
  • Prep/Junior School
    • £4,844 per term
  • Senior School
    • £6,107 per term
  • Sixth Form
    • £6,107 per term
  • Find out more about fees >
  • Exams
    • Exams
    • 14+ GCSE, IGCSE
    • 16+ A Level, Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Fees (per term)
    • Fees (per term) September 2020 - August 2021
    • Prep/Junior School
      • £4,844 per term
    • Senior School
      • £6,107 per term
    • Sixth Form
      • £6,107 per term
    • Find out more about fees >

Bursaries & Scholarships

As a charity, St Helen’s is committed to widening access to an exceptional education to all prospective pupils, irrespective of financial means or social circumstances.

St Helen’s offers a number of bursary awards, which are designed to enable academically gifted pupils whose parents might not be able to afford the full fees to attend the school.

A bursary is a means-tested financial award which can, in some cases, cover 100% of fees. Our successful Bursary Programme currently provides support totalling over £1m to more than 65 pupils at the School.

27 of these pupils receive 100% support and, in cases where a 100% award is made, contributions towards the fees for lunches, coaches and curriculum trips is also provided.

Bursaries are generally awarded at the 11+ and 16+ points of entry or to an existing pupil whose parents are experiencing unexpected financial difficulties. They are awarded and reviewed annually to take account of changing financial circumstances.

Bursaries are not linked to scholarships and a pupil could receive both.


The St Helen’s scholarship programme supports, encourages and develops excellence, whether it be in academic, creative or sporting fields of endeavour.

Each year the School makes available a number of scholarships and exhibitions to recognise and reward exceptional candidates in academic study, music, sport and art.

Pupils who hold an award are expected to work hard and to contribute positively to the life of the School. Many, of course, bring their talents to bear on the wider world as well. Scholarships are only awarded to Senior School pupils.

Academic entry scholarships are awarded annually at 11+ and 16+ entry and are worth up to a maximum of 50% of the tuition fees.

Scholarship awards are made on the basis of academic ability and are not related to family financial circumstances. There is no additional Scholarship examination for external pupils at 11+.

In addition to academic scholarships, Music Scholarships and Exhibitions are available at 11+ and 16+ for applicants of exceptional musical ability.

Sports Scholarships are available at 11+ and 16+, and Sixth Form Art Scholarships are also awarded. A scholarship award lasts for the whole period of a pupil’s education provided they maintain appropriate academic standards and behaviour.

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Scholarships & Bursaries offered
  • Academic scholarships
  • Art scholarships
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • HM Forces discounts
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils
  • Lump-sum payment discounts
  • Music scholarships
  • Sixth Form scholarships
  • Sport scholarships


Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, the GSA is not responsible for inaccuracies.

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