St Helen and St Katharine is one of the leading girls’ schools in the country and the whole community is justifiably proud of a tradition of high aspiration and academic achievement. At St Helen and St Katharine’s they take just as much pleasure in the warmth and fun of the atmosphere and the inspiring range of extra-curricular opportunities available to students. They also celebrate the importance that values, social responsibility and reflection hold within school.
This is a happy place and an environment in which relationships built on kindness and respect are forged. The ambitions for the girls are wide-ranging but the most lasting future successes will be based upon their developing confidence and an open-minded and creative approach to life and learning.
At St Helen and St Katharine they believe that as a school they have an important role to play in encouraging girls to discover and develop their own strengths, enabling them to achieve academically and develop the self-belief and confidence that will equip them for life.
Eager to learn, and motivated to do their best, students take advantage of the many opportunities on offer. The girls are encouraged to challenge themselves and to take risks, both academically and beyond the classroom; they are also committed to creating a secure and supportive environment in which girls feel they can make mistakes as they learn.
St Helen’s is a school where success is celebrated but not revered. Students achieve excellent academic results and the goal is to ensure that every girl achieves success as she defines it, so that she can believe in herself, her talents and abilities, and so that she will feel prepared and equipped for life beyond school.
St Helen & St Katharine Junior Department
The Junior Department is a small, dedicated department consisting of one Year 5 class of up to sixteen girls and a Year 6 class of up to twenty four students. They are a friendly department that reflects the ethos of the Senior school and take great pride in helping girls develop into confident, enquiring, and enthusiastic St Helen’s students.
St Helen & St Katharine Lower School
The first priority in the Lower School is to help new students make a smooth and successful transition to senior school – the happiness and well being of each girl is at the centre of all done in Lower School.
When Year 7 students join, they are made to feel happy, secure and confident in their new environment, so that they settle quickly, form friendships, learn successfully and develop fully their individual talents. Getting to know each girl before she joins is important; during the summer term, the Lower School tutor team visit the girls in their primary school and they are invited to an Activity Day, where they meet their tutor and form group.
St Helen & St Katharine Middle School
The Middle School comprises three year groups, 9, 10 and 11. On entry into Middle School, girls are rearranged into four new tutor groups in which they stay for the three years.
Girls in all year groups are organised into one of four Houses (Benedict, Duffield, Hayward and Paterson) for inter-House competitions and social activities. Named after women who have played a key role in the school’s history, they are led by staff Heads of House and offer leadership roles to girls as House Captains in the Sixth Form and House Leaders in other years. The House system offers opportunities for girls from different years to spend more time together, develop skills such as teamwork and leadership and foster a sense of competition throughout the school. Lastly, and most importantly, they are fun!
St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form
The Sixth Form at St Helen’s is the final two years of school. It is divided into Lower Sixth (Year 12) and Upper Sixth (Year 13) and is seen as a bridge between the necessary constraints of school life and the exciting freedoms of life at university. Joining the Sixth Form represents a fresh start for girls whether they come from our own Year 11 or have joined us from other schools.
The Sixth Form has its own facilities, guidelines, privileges and responsibilities. One privilege is that there is no uniform in Sixth Form, whilst responsibilities vary from being part of the elected prefect team to helping with younger girls in their forms or in clubs. The impressive array of extra-curricular activities available enables students to maintain a good balance between work, rest and play.