Francis Holland School
|Motto||That our daughters may be as the polished corners of the Temple|
|Type||Independent day school|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Bursar||Christopher W. Martinson|
35 Bourne St
|Local authority||City of Westminster|
Francis Holland School is the name of two separate independent day schools for girls in central London, England, governed by the Francis Holland (Church of England) Schools Trust. The schools are located at Clarence Gate (near Regent's Park NW1) and at Graham Terrace (near Sloane Square SW1).
The schools were founded in the 1870s by Canon Francis James Holland for the education of girls in London. He was born in London on 20 January 1828 and educated at Eton College, an independent school for boys, and at Trinity College at the University of Cambridge. The Regent's Park School is the elder of the two schools but no longer has a Junior Department. Both schools have developed their facilities over the last few years.
The Sloane Square School was opened with 13 pupils on 1 March 1881 at 80 Coleshill Street, Belgravia, later renamed as 28 Eaton Terrace. Within a year, the school expanded into a further property opposite, and as this arrangement proved awkward, Canon Holland purchased a site on the corner of Graham Street, now Graham Terrace where a new school building was constructed ready for occupation in October 1884. Francis Holland, Regent's Park, used to accept boys as primary school pupils but they would leave as soon as the girls moved on to secondary education.
Francis Holland, Regent's Park
|Headmistress||Vivienne M Durham|
|DfE URN||101158 Tables|
There are presently 450 pupils on roll. Most of their sports take place in Regent's Park and Paddington Recreational Grounds. It is currently in the top 30 schools for GCSE grades and in the top 100 for A level grades. The school is well known for its friendly atmosphere and its more than 90 extra-curricular clubs. Charity events are also hosted at the school, sometimes raising over seven thousand pounds per year.
Francis Holland, Sloane Square
|Headmistress||Lucy R. Elphinstone|
|Location||39 Graham Terrace
|DfE URN||101161 Tables|
There are around 450 pupils on roll, 160 of whom are in the Junior School aged between 4 and 11 years. Most of the School's sports take place in Battersea Park. Francis Holland Graham Terrace (Sloane Square) is also ranked highly in league tables and is noted by The Good Schools Guide as having an "outstandingly high quality" in its Arts, History and MFL departments. Francis Holland Sloane Square's motto is: 'Excellence and Enjoyment in Equal Measure'.
Notable former pupils
- Amber Agar, actress
- Camilla Arfwedson, actress
- Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, member of the Royal family
- Amanda Donohoe, actress
- Caterina Bresaola, anthropologist
- Eleanor Burbidge, astronomer
- Jackie Collins, author
- Joan Collins, OBE, actress
- Cara Delevingne, model
- Petra Ecclestone, fashion designer
- Tamara Ecclestone, TV presenter
- Emilia Fox, actress
- Joyce Grenfell, comedienne and singer-songwriter
- Hermione Hammond, artist
- Elizabeth Jane Howard, novelist
- Gemma Jones, actress
- Jemima Khan, socialite
- Sue Lloyd-Roberts, Special Correspondent for the BBC (formerly at ITN)
- Sienna Miller, actress
- Nancy Mitford, novelist and biographer
- Vanessa-Mae, violinist
- Suganthi Nagarajah, banker
- Elizabeth Pakenham, Countess of Longford, biographer
- Laura Poliakoff, playwright
- Patricia Roc, actress
- Rose Tremain, novelist
- Theresa Villiers, Northern Ireland Secretary
- Jennifer von Mayrhauser, costume designer
- Veronica Wadley, former editor of the Evening Standard
Feeder Prep Schools
- Bute House Prep School for Girls, Hammersmith.
- Sarum Hall School, Swiss Cottage.
- Harvington Prep School, Ealing.
- Benita Adesuyan, What the doctor ordered: rising star Camilla Arfwedson is Holby's newest medic dated 8 September 2013 at express.co.uk, accessed 28 March 2014
- Costume dramatist, The Guardian, 10 May 2003.
- FHS, Regent's Park website
- FHS, Sloane Square website
- Independent Schools Council profiles - Regent's Park & Sloane Square
- Trust website
- The Francis Holland (Church of England) Schools Trust - Charity Commission