Francis Holland School, Regent’s Park
Type: Independent day school for girls, ages 11 - 18
£6,130, per term
Registration fee: £100
Francis Holland School fees include Personal Accident Insurance and school lunches, and exclude any extra activities (such as music, sports or drama), services, or withdrawal fees. £1,500 of your deposit will be returned to you upon your daughter’s departure from the school, while the remaining £100 is put towards the Quondam Life Subscription.
For more information about how and when to pay your fees, as well as optional activities and services, please visit Francis Holland’s “Fees 2016 - 17.”
Current Head: Charles Fillingham
About Francis Holland School
Francis Holland School, Regent’s Park is one of two schools in the Francis Holland Schools’ Trust. The school was originally founded by Reverend Canon Francis Holland in 1878, and since has pledged to “provide an excellent, balanced education within a supportive, friendly and happy community” to all 450 of its students.
Why is it so popular?
Francis Holland’s small class sizes, especially at GCSE level, ensure that all girls are given the academic and pastoral support they need to succeed. The school also saw a major renovation in 2009 with the addition of The Gloucester Wing, which includes new classrooms, lecture halls, and a theatre for girls to practice and perform their skills.
How do I know if Francis Holland is right for me?
Francis Holland School organizes several Open Events throughout September and October that provide the opportunity for you and your daughter to listen to talks put on by the current Head of school, a Sixth Former, and a parent. There will also be a pupil led tour of the school grounds, and a question and answer period.
Upcoming Open Events begin on 14th September at 8.45 a.m. for 11+ entry, 21st September at 5.30 p.m. for Senior School entry, and 10th October at 5.30 p.m. or by appointment for Sixth Form entry.
You may register for the 11+ Open Events here, but otherwise, please feel free to attend any of the other events without a RSVP.
To get into Francis Holland School at 11+ entry in 2017, your daughter will submit her registration form, including the appropriate fee (see Fees), and a reference from the Head of her Junior School, before 30th November 2016. She will then write her entrance examinations on 13th January 2017.
For Sixth Form entry, Francis Holland asks that your daughter arrange a meeting with the Head of Sixth Form, Alex Francisco, in addition to sitting for an entrance interview and exams in her proposed A Level subjects. At this time, the school also encourages girls joining at Sixth Form to apply for one of their numerous scholarship opportunities.
What Francis Holland School interviews and examinations are like, and top tips for doing well
All girls entering at 11+ will sit one examination that covers both English and Mathematics.
The English portion is broken into two sections—one creative and the other personal—and will take an hour and twenty minutes to complete.
The Maths portion is an hour and fifteen minutes, and asks that girls show their logic whilst solving word and diagram based problems. Francis Holland also suggests that girls familiarize themselves with past years’ papers, and look over the English and Maths guidance notes before sitting their exams.
Lastly, your daughter will complete two fifteen minute interviews. The first is a group interview with the Head of Francis Holland, and the second a more academically structured chat with a senior member of staff.
For 16+ entry, your daughter will sit examinations in the A Level subjects of her choice, as well as complete a general interview with the Head or Deputy Head. As most girls enter Francis Holland at 11+, the school has few resources for girls preparing to enter at different levels. However, your daughter will benefit from practicing with the abundance of independent resource centres offered online.
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