St James Senior Girls’ School

We offer an education that is designed to be multi-layered, nurturing the intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of human nature.

Our broad curriculum and wide range of additional learning opportunities are designed to challenge the bright young minds in our care and also provide them with the means and encouragement to pursue their individual passions. All the while, we support our pupils’ emotional wellbeing through a focus on mindfulness and by fostering a positive school atmosphere built on mutual respect and trust. It is an approach that results in young women who balance academic achievement with emotional resilience; who are self disciplined and self-aware but also socially confident and blessed with generosity of spirit; secure in themselves and ready to take their place in the world.

We are an independent day school for girls aged 11-18 located in Kensington Olympia and easily accessible via the tube, train or bus network. Our main school building is set back in a large, securely gated, garden courtyard; just a 3 minute walk away from the main school building is our Sixth Form Centre with its own lovely garden and large Common Room.

This year, 63% of our A Level results were either A* or A grades and 64% of our GCSE results were grades 9-7. Our leavers go on to a wide variety of academic courses and disciplines – everything from mechanical engineering to modern European studies, Liberal Arts to geological sciences. The majority of recent leavers are at Russell Group universities and leading art schools, with some at Oxford, reading mathematics and Sanskrit.

We are strong in sport and our PE lessons take place either in the gym or playground on-site or on excellent playing fields in West London. Our main sports are lacrosse, netball, athletics and football and we also regularly enter cross-country running competitions.

We offer the Duke of Edinburgh award and our extra-curricular clubs offer something for every girl as they include choirs and orchestras, a wide range of different sports (karate, kickboxing, yoga, gymnastics and dance), LAMDA, debate and creative writing. Some of our newest clubs include zoology, psychology, politics and a Female Lead Society.

Pupils enjoy plenty of trips to national museums, theatres and art galleries. We enjoy close links with our Boys’ School, holding joint activities such as Enterprise days, musical and dramatic events, leadership workshops and Sixth Form dinner dances.

Essentials

  • Head Emma Bell
  • Emma Bell
  • Age range 11 - 18
  • Day / Boarding Day
  • Religious affiliation Non-denominational
  • Exams
  • 14+ GCSE, IGCSE
  • 16+ BTEC or NVQ, A Level, Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Fees (per term) September 2023 - August 2024
  • Senior School
    • £8,065 per term including lunches
  • Sixth Form
    • £8,065 per term including lunches
  • Find out more about fees >
  • Exams
    • Exams
    • 14+ GCSE, IGCSE
    • 16+ BTEC or NVQ, A Level, Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Fees (per term)
    • Fees (per term) September 2023 - August 2024
    • Senior School
      • £8,065 per term including lunches
    • Sixth Form
      • £8,065 per term including lunches
    • Find out more about fees >

Bursaries & Scholarships

Scholarships – Six different scholarships are available in Music, Art, Drama, Performing Arts, Sports and Academics, for Year 7 applicants which will be awarded to students who show outstanding potential in their given area.

Deadline for 11+ Scholarship applications: Friday 10 November 2023.
Scholarship Assessment Day: Wednesday 17 January 2024.

For further details on requirements and how to apply, please visit our scholarships website page.

Bursaries – Bursaries are available to families who require financial assistance. These bursaries are means tested via a financial assessment carried out by an independent company. For families applying for bursary funding, places will only be awarded if the bursary application is successful.

Applications for a bursary must be made by 24 November 2023.
For further information on the bursary application process, please contact the Bursary Secretary on [email protected]

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Scholarships & Bursaries offered
  • Academic scholarships
  • Art scholarships
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils
  • Music scholarships
  • Sport scholarships

Film

Meet our Headteacher Emma Bell
Meet our Head Girl Zara Latif

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

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