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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Our History

1903

School opens on 11th May with 11 pupils aged 4 to 17
Sister Amy is the first Headmistress.

1904

Foundation Stone laid on 26th May by daughter and granddaughter of Queen Victoria

1906

Finished buildings dedicated by Bishop of Oxford, girls and staff moved in

1908

First School magazine produced

1922

Governing Body established

1923

Dedication of Chapel

1930

Hayward House opens
Lacrosse introduced

1934

Swimming Pool opens
Outbreak of measles. School closes for a month.

1938

St Katharine's Wantage and St Helen's Abingdon merged to become The School of St Helen and St Katharine

1968

Frances Hayward becomes the first lay Headmistress of the School
School Council, Chapel Committee, Parents' Association are set up

1973

Yolande Paterson becomes Headmistress
Final departure of Sisters
Sports Hall opens

1992

Yolande Paterson Hall opens

1995

Boarding ceases
Girls join Year 5 for first time

2000

Jean Duffield Building opens

2004

Centenary Centre for the Performing Arts opens

2010

Jean Duffield Library opens

2014

New Science Centre opens

2015

Rebecca Dougall becomes the Headmistress