When applying for a place, parents are asked to set out the nature and extent of special needs on the application form. In order for the school to consider reasonable adjustments for individual students, full disclosure by parents of any medical reports, educational psychology or psychiatric assessments, or any other relevant information in advance of application is essential. In cases of doubt, parents should consult the school well in advance of an application. The Head of Section, Headmistress or Head of
Learning Support may request a meeting with the parents in advance of the entrance examination. Subject to this, the school will be sensitive to any requests for confidentiality.
Students will not be disadvantaged because of a stated special need. If parents do not disclose or deliberately withhold relevant information (of which they were already aware) until after accepting a place, the school may be unable to make adjustments that are sufficient to adequately cater for the student’s needs. In such a case, the school reserves the right to withdraw the offer of a place or, if the student has already joined the school, to ask the parents to withdraw the child.
Scholarships are awarded by the Headmistress to recognise excellence, ability and potential in one or more academic or extracurricular areas. The financial value is modest and they are not subject to means testing. Academic scholarships are valued at £500pa, music scholarships provide free tuition in one instrument and all other scholarships are valued at £300pa.
Scholars will be expected to make a significant contribution to school life through their enthusiasm and commitment to the particular area for which they have been recognised. Progress will be monitored and scholars will be invited to a review meeting to discuss progress and future goals as they begin and complete each section of the school: Lower School (Years 7 and 8); Middle School (Years 9-11) and Sixth Form.
Students may hold awards in more than one area (the second being of honorary rather than of financial value); two non-academic awards cannot be held by the same individual.
Financial assistance is available to those families with daughters entering St Helen and St Katharine from the age of 11 through to 18.
Opening up access for families who would not otherwise be able to afford the fees has always been central to our ethos. This means that we offer a support of up to 100% of fees to families who can demonstrate through a means testing process that they could not otherwise send their daughter to St Helen’s.
St Helen and St Katharine is one of the leading girls’ schools in the country and the whole community is justifiably proud of a tradition of high aspiration and academic achievement. We take just as much pleasure in the warmth and fun of the atmosphere here and the inspiring range of extra-curricular opportunities available to students. We also celebrate the importance that values, social responsibility and reflection hold within school.
This is a happy place and an environment in which relationships built on kindness and respect are forged. Our ambitions for the girls are wide-ranging but we know that the most lasting future successes will be based upon their developing confidence and an open-minded and creative approach to life and learning.
Mrs Rebecca Dougall, Headmistress