Francis Holland School

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Francis Holland Schools
Motto That our daughters may be as the polished corners of the Temple
Type Independent day school
Religion Church of England
Bursar Geoffrey Wilmot
Location Bursar's Office
35 Bourne St

51°29′30″N 0°09′14″W / 51.4917°N 0.1539°W / 51.4917; -0.1539Coordinates: 51°29′30″N 0°09′14″W / 51.4917°N 0.1539°W / 51.4917; -0.1539
Local authority City of Westminster
Gender Girls

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 and Trinity College, Cambridge. The Regent's Park School is the older of the two schools but no longer has a Junior Department. Both schools have developed their facilities over the last few years.[when?]

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 but 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[edit]

FHS, Regent's Park
Established 1870
Headmaster Charles Fillingham
Location Ivor Place
DfE URN 101158 Tables
Students 450~
Ages 11–18
Colours Red     

There are about 500 pupils at the school, and about 120 sixth-formers.[1] 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.[citation needed]

Francis Holland, Sloane Square[edit]

FHS, Sloane Square
Established 1881
Headmistress Lucy R. Elphinstone
Location 39 Graham Terrace
DfE URN 101161 Tables
Students 450~
Ages 4–18
Colours Blue     

There are over 500 pupils on roll,[2] 160 of whom are in the Junior School aged between 4 and 11 years, and 80 sixth-formers. Most of the School's sports take place in Battersea Park. Francis Holland, 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 alumnae[edit]

Feeder Prep Schools[edit]


  1. ^ "Francis Holland School, Regent's Park". Independent Schools Council. 2018. Retrieved 4 August 2018. 
  2. ^ "Francis Holland School, Sloane Square". Independent Schools Council. 2018. Retrieved 4 August 2018. 
  3. ^ Benita Adesuyan, What the doctor ordered: rising star Camilla Arfwedson is Holby's newest medic dated 8 September 2013 at Retrieved 28 March 2014
  4. ^ Costume dramatist, The Guardian, 10 May 2003.
  5. ^ "Doe-eyed Daisy, the Waterstone's tycoon's daughter". 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2018. 

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