Notting Hill and Ealing High School
|Notting Hill and Ealing High School|
2 Cleveland Road
|Type||Independent day school|
|Department for Education URN||101954 Tables|
|Head||Mr Matthew Shoults|
|Age||4 to 18|
|Colour(s)||Blue, Red |
Notting Hill and Ealing High School is an independent school for girls aged 4 – 18 in Ealing, London. Founded in 1873, it is one of the 26 schools that make up the Girls' Day School Trust. It has a Junior Department of 310 girls (ages 4–11) and a Senior Department of 570 girls (ages 11–18). The current Head is Mr M Shoults.
Since being founded in 1873, the school has changed both its location and its name. When the Girls' Day School Trust, then the Girls' Public Day School Trust, was formed in 1872, it established its first two schools in West London. In January 1873, the Trust opened Chelsea High School (a predecessor of Kensington Preparatory School) to serve the area immediately to the west of the centre of the city and nine months later, Notting Hill High School which was to serve families in the area to the north of Hyde Park.
The school originally occupied premises in Norland Square but eventually outgrew these and moved to Ealing in 1931 and became known as Notting Hill and Ealing High School for Girls. Following the Education Act 1944 it became a direct grant grammar school in 1946. When the direct grant scheme was abolished in 1976, it became an independent school.
The site of the school included one of the large houses common to this part of Ealing. The house was converted to form the centre of the new school – entrance hall, headmistress's study, library and some classrooms. Over the past seventy years remodelling has transformed the interior but there are still features of the original hall and rooms and the entrance steps remain the same as in 1931. Later additions to the site include further classrooms and science block. In 2003 a music recital hall and associated music facilities were added along with an indoor swimming pool, located in a building called 'The West Wing'. This building also includes an art department, as well as the school's English and music Department. In 2010, the new Sixth Form Centre opened and in summer 2013 new facilities including a multi-purpose hall for assemblies and events, 4-court sports hall built to Sports England standard, 100-seat studio theatre and drama workshop area, dance studio and all-weather courts and pitch were opened.
The school numbers 878 girls in 2013/14. Entry to the school is by interview or examination normally at ages 4+, 7+, 11+ or 16+ The school has a strong academic tradition. In 2013, 92% of grades at GCSE were A* or A. At A Level 70% of A level grades were A*, A and 92% were A*/ A/ B. In 2013 the Junior School was placed in the top 5 among UK preparatory schools in the Sunday Times Parent Power Survey. Former pupils keep in touch with each other through the Old Girls' Association.
School Fees, Scholarships and Bursaries
In 2014/15 fees are £4,083 per term (Junior School) and £5,250 per term (Senior School). Academic scholarships and Music Scholarships are awarded at 11+ and 16+ and there are further scholarships at 16+. Means tested bursaries are awarded in the senior school only.
The 2018 annual senior school fees are around £18,000
Notable former pupils
- Achieng Ajulu-Bushell (b. 1994), Kenyan and British swimmer
- Margaret Alexander, Countess Alexander of Tunis GBE DStJ (1905–1977), Viceregal consort of Canada, Châtelaine of Rideau Hall & Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire
- Polly Arnold (born 1972) OBE FRS FRSE FRSC Professor of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh
- Barbara Ayrton-Gould (1886–1950), Labour politician and suffragist
- Sarah Badel (b. 1943), actress
- Angellica Bell (b. 1976), television presenter
- Frances Blogg (1869–1938), author and poet
- Mabel Haynes Bode (1864–1922), academic
- Dame Harriette Chick DBE (1875–1977), protein scientist and nutritionist
- Diana Churchill (1909–1963), daughter of Sir Winston Churchill
- Sarah Churchill, Baroness Audley (1914–1982), actress
- Mary Collin (1860–1955), suffragist
- Agnes de Selincourt (1872–1917), missionary and educator
- Astra Desmond CBE (1893–1973), contralto
- Frances Hermia Durham CBE (1873–1948), civil servant
- Professor Beatrice Edgell (1871–1948), psychologist
- Katharine Esdaile (1881–1950), art historian
- Pippa Evans (b. 1982), comedian
- Margaret Fairweather (1901–1944), aviator
- Kathryn Flett (b. 1964), TV critic
- Alice Franklin OBE (1885–1964), feminist
- Lynne Frederick (1954–1994), actress
- Abi Fry (b. 1981), violist with the band British Sea Power
- Jamila Gavin (b. 1941), author
- Rose Graham (1875–1963), historian
- Virginia Graham (1910–1993), writer, poet and translator
- Olivia Hallinan (b. 1985), actress
- Emily Hamilton (b. 1971), actress
- Bettany Hughes (b. 1968), historian
- Konnie Huq (b. 1975), television presenter
- Rupa Huq (b. 1972), Labour Party Member of Parliament
- Aeta Lamb (1886–1928), suffragist
- Karolina Laskowska (b. 1992), fashion designer
- Nona Liddell MBE (1927–2017), violinist
- Rebecca Lowe (b. 1980), sports broadcaster
- Margaret Mackworth, 2nd Viscountess Rhondda (1883–1958), suffragist
- Ernestine Mills (1871–1959), artist, writer & suffragist
- May Morris (1862–1938), artist & editor
- Irene Petrie (1864–1897), missionary
- Rosalind Pitt-Rivers FRS (1907–1990), biochemist
- Ruth Plant ARIBA (1912–1988) architect & academic
- Eleanor Purdie (1872–1929), philologist
- Clara Rackham (1875–1966), suffragist
- Hannah Reid (b. 1989), musician with the band London Grammar
- Dame Angela Rumbold DBE PC (1932–2010), Member of Parliament & Government Minister
- Hilda Runciman, Viscountess Runciman of Doxford (1869–1956), Liberal politician
- Dame Nancy Salmon DBE (1906–1999), Women's Royal Air Force leader
- Dame Louise Samuel DBE (1870–1925), suffragist & charity worker
- Professor Caroline Skeel (1872–1951), historian
- GB Stern (1890–1973), novelist
- Helena Swanwick CH (1864–1939), suffragist & pacifist
- Penny Vincenzi (1939–2018), novelist
- Nina Wadia (b. 1968), actress
- Emily Watson OBE (b. 1967), actress
- The Right Reverend Alison White (b. 1956), bishop
- Elizabeth Wiskemann (1899–1971), journalist & historian
- Professor Helen Wodehouse (1880–1964), philosopher & academic
- Frances Wood FSS OBE (1883–1919), chemist & statistician
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