St Helen and St Katharine is an independent day school for girls aged 9–18, from Junior Department (Years 5–6) through to Sixth Form.
At St Helen’s learning is undeniably ‘cool’, with students eager to engage with inspiring teachers that enjoy sharing their knowledge and experiences – going above and beyond is a natural state of play at the School.
For us, nothing is more rewarding than seeing our students harnessing their curiosity, energy and talent to shape their future on their own terms, being liberated from thoughts of what is typical or atypical for a girl.
This is a reflection of what makes St Helen’s the incredibly special school that it is: we will help each one of our students to get to where she wants to go.
9–7 grades at GCSE in 2023
extracurricular clubs and societies
A*–B grades at A level in 2023
What makes a HelKat?
Students at St Helen’s are proud HelKats. No two HelKats are alike. However, they do tend to share a love of being busy. It is not uncommon for a HelKat to start their day with music practice, spend part of their lunchtime at one of our many extracurricular clubs, and end the day representing the school in a sports fixture or joining a drama rehearsal – it is all part of a strong ‘and, and, and’ culture where it is possible to pursue every passion.
Talking things through – whether a molehill or a mountain – is immensely important at St Helen’s and we are proud that students of all ages recognise that they know there is always someone they can talk to.
While our pastoral support network includes every member of staff – from the smiling catering staff serving a hearty meal at lunchtime to the school Chaplain or counsellors – form tutors are at the heart of the pastoral system, supporting students to become young adults with a good understanding of themselves and of the society around them.
We also take being silly very seriously and ensure students have the opportunity to take a break. Challenge days, dressing up days and ‘Silly Olympics’ give the chance to go off-curriculum and take part in activities such as obstacle courses, scavenger hunts, competitive games – or simply enjoy a hot chocolate and singing together around the campfire. Our popular House system also provides a sense of community and connectedness as students make friends beyond their form and year group while gathering House points in a range of fun activities throughout the year.
Our beautiful campus encompasses 22 acres of land and includes a campus-style network of buildings, sports fields and open space.
The School’s original buildings date from 1906, with Old School Hall still playing a central role in day-to-day life. We are proud to have expanded upon our campus’ rich history by completing extensive building projects over the past decade – new additions include our brand new sixth form centre, the Benedict Building; our Sports and Fitness Centre; 3D Design Centre; state-of-the-art Science Centre; Performing Arts Centre; and Jean Duffield Library – which contains over 20,000 books, magazines journals (with even more resources online).