Reception: 01235 520173

Admissions: 01235 530593

Executive Assistant to the Headmistress: 01235 546502

Bursary: 01235 520657

Joint Bus Service: 01235 546565

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

How to find us

Our campus

The School is situated in 22 acres and includes a campus style network of buildings, sports fields and open space. The original school buildings date from 1906 and Old School Hall is still a central part of the School. During the last decade an extensive building programme has been undertaken with many new additions to the campus including a brand new Sports and Fitness Centre, a Performing Arts Centre, a state of the art library facility, and a refurbished refectory. In September 2014 the new Science Centre opened providing 12 new laboratories, break out spaces and a 200sqm science themed glass atrium. In September 2015 the new 3D Design Centre opened providing dedicated space for Ceramics and Design and Technology.

New Sixth Form Centre

We have received planning permission to build a new two-storey building positioned to the rear of the Library for our Sixth Form students to enjoy the best possible learning and social spaces. The end result will be a beautiful building that will have its own distinct identity but which, nevertheless, harmonises with existing school architecture. For more information and to watch flythrough of the new building, visit the New Sixth Form Centre page.

PE and sport

Our new leading edge Sports Centre houses everything from national league standard netball and badminton matches to indoor hockey, to facilitate a wider range of higher quality activities.There's an Ergo Suite, state-of-the-art Fitness Centre, Group Cycle room and Dance Studio. We also have lacrosse and rounders pitches; six floodlit netball and tennis courts. Discover more about our range of sports on offer.

Sports pavilion

Our Church Farm playing fields include a sports pavilion, complete with public spectator space as well as private changing areas, kitchen and comfortable indoor seating.

There are two separate changing rooms for Home and Away teams, each of which has dedicated WC and shower facilities. The Club Room provides an internal sheltered area for parents and spectators to use during sporting activities. This space is served by a small kitchen space for serving teas and coffees etc. The viewing platform can be accessed internally from the Club Room.

Virtual walkthroughs

You can get a feel of the School in our walkthroughs below - click on the building you would like to explore and use the white circles on the floor to move around the rooms. In the bottom left corner you can also click the 'Play' button to experience a continuous virtual walkthrough.

Have fun exploring St Helen's in 3D!


12 general music practice rooms; dedicated space for piano, harp, cello and percussion; music technology and seminar rooms and the music library enable the Music Department to manage over 400 music lessons and numerous orchestra, instrumental and vocal groups each week. Discover more about lessons, concerts and ensembles.


A calming and beautiful space, our Chapel is the focus for services throughout the school year as well as being a venue for concerts, a meeting place and home to Chapel Choir.

Performing arts

The Yolande Paterson Hall, with a seating capacity of 500+ and full stage, is used for whole school assemblies, concerts and large scale drama productions. In addition the 120-seat Studio Theatre provides an intimate theatrical space for smaller scale productions. Explore previous productions and drama clubs at St Helen's.

Jean Duffield Library

The Library houses an extensive range of fiction and non-fiction resources. Extensive work and study spaces and fixed computer workstations are complemented by comfortable and relaxed seating providing a highly flexible resource for teaching, private study and extracurricular activities and events.

Library Café

This relaxed and informal area provides a space for students and staff to meet, refuel and socialise.

Lecture Theatre

The 125-seat Lecture Theatre, situated on the ground floor of the Library, is equipped with full audio visual presentation equipment and is a popular resource for teaching, public speaking, debating and external speaker events.

Modern Foreign Language Learning Centre

The centre is used by teaching groups throughout the School, for practising listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through online resources.

Virtual tour

Explore our beautiful campus in its entirety in this virtual tour hosted by our Head Girl team.