Reception: 01235 520173

Admissions: 01235 530593

Executive Assistant to the Headmistress: 01235 546502

Bursary: 01235 520657

Communications Office: 01235 546541

Joint Bus Service Co-ordinator: 01235 546565

St Helen and St Katharine, Faringdon Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1BE

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Junior Department

We aim to stimulate curiosity, interest and enjoyment of learning. The lessons are lively and challenging, broadly following the National Curriculum. Students are prepared for the St Helen’s Senior School examination in Mathematics and English.

Class teachers get to know the girls extremely well and are well placed to offer support on both academic and personal/social levels. 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!

Some subjects are taught by teachers from the senior school, and lessons have access to the full facilities of the Senior School, using the music rooms, science labs, computer science rooms, art and technology studios, Language Learning Centre, and gymnasiums each week. We also use the swimming pool at Abingdon School.

Many educational visits take place throughout the year to enrich and extend the curriculum.


Juniors come to the library for regular visits with their class teacher to discuss what they have been reading and to select books for their class bookshelf. We encourage participation in other national reading events such as World Book Day and attend author visits and other activities where appropriate.

Year 5 Curriculum

Year 6 Curriculum

Junior Prospectus