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Princess Helena College

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Princess Helena College

Address: School Lane,Preston, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 7RT
Website: princesshelenacollege.co.uk
Founded: 1820
Number of Pupils: 150
Ages: 11-18
Fees: (All per term) Day – £5,700; full boarding – £10,125; weekly boarding – £8,125; occasional boarding – £70/night
Heads Teacher: Mrs Sarah Davis
Religious Affiliation: Non-denominational
Entrance Procedure: Students will sit their entrance test in the January prior to year of entry and take three papers: English – 50 minutes; mathematics – 60 minutes; verbal reasoning – 30 minutes.
Contact: Melanie Harper (Registrar)
Email:[email protected]
School Visits: 
Open Days are held on a Saturday twice a year. We also host Open Mornings which are held on weekdays and provide an opportunity for prospective families to see the school at work. Parents can speak to specific teachers one-to-one, meet our head, tour the school and see what daily life is like at PHC. Personal tours are also available on a date convenient to you.
Next Open Day: Saturday 2 May 2020, 10am – 1pm

The Curriculum

We enable students, whatever their ability, to achieve qualifications that exceed their expectations. A broad and balanced curriculum delivers a challenging education that is rewarding and enjoyable.

Games & the Arts

Creativity is key at PHC and our art, music, drama and dance departments are at the forefront of this, both within, and beyond the classroom. In a fun, yet challenging environment we ensure every student discovers where their talents lie.

Pastoral Care

Every student is appointed a mentor from our team of staff, who works with them on a one-to-one basis to guide them academically and personally. Mentors help to develop independence, resilience and perseverance and challenge students to push themselves outside of their comfort zone to make and seize opportunities.

Recent University Places

University of St Andrews, University of Oxford and University of Nottingham

Headteacher’s Philosophy

We pride ourselves on our academic excellence, combined with a healthy balance of experiences beyond lessons. This is what gives our students the confidence and skills to excel in school and beyond. Our ethos permeates throughout the school, enabling us to care for, mentor and value each student.

Outstanding Characteristics

  • High academic standards
  • A personal approach to each student’s education
  • Small class sizes
  • Extended school day until 6pm
  • Wide variety of co-curricular activities
  • Set in 100 acres of Hertfordshire countryside


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