Palmers Green High School

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Palmers Green High School
Motto By Love Serve One Another
Established 1905
Type Independent day school
Religion Quaker
Headteacher Wendy Kempster
Founder Alice Hum
Location 104 Hoppers Road
Palmers Green

N21 3LJ
Coordinates: 51°37′34″N 0°06′15″W / 51.6261°N 0.1042°W / 51.6261; -0.1042
Local authority Enfield
DfE number 308/6001
DfE URN 102061 Tables
Students 320~
Gender Girls
Ages 3–16

Blue (Navy), Pink


Palmers Green High School is an independent girls' school located in Hoppers Road, Palmers Green, North London. It consists of four divisions: The Alice Nursery (ages 3–4), Preparatory (Years 1-2), Junior School (Years 3-6) and the Senior School. It does not have a sixth form.

The Good Schools Guide described Palmers Green: "As a relatively small school contained in one building, it would be hard for any child's problem or unhappiness to go unnoticed - 'It is quite common for a member of staff to take a girl aside if she seems troubled in any way'. Very good staff-parent relations as all share the ethos of: work hard and your reward will be a good career."[1]


The school was founded by Alice Hum, who belonged to the Society of Friends, on 8 May 1905 in 1 Osborne Road, Palmers Green with twelve pupils, eight of whom were in the Kindergarten. In 1907, it expanded by taking the adjoining house on Green Lanes. After a third house was taken, the boy pupils were moved to Avondale Hall, which had been used as a school for girls from 1909-1910.

In 1918, by which time it had 300 pupils and the Boys' School had been phased out, it moved to its current site, Avondale Hall, in Hoppers Road. It has since been extended on that site.[2]

After the outbreak of the Second World War, it continued to provide full-time education and temporarily shared its site with its co-foundation Keble School.


Palmers Green is a selective school and the selection process includes assessment, which is in the form of an examination for the senior school, and an interview. A documentary film with the title 'Modern Times: Testing Times' was produced in 1997, showing how some families approached this selection process.[3]


Palmers Green is one Enfield's top performing independent schools.[4][5] In 2013 PGHS was No.1 in the Sunday Times Parent Power League Table for Small Independent Schools for the fourth year running. The Lower School, R-year 6, is in the top 50 independent prep schools in the country. The School made the top 100 schools in the country in terms of GCSE results.[6]


Pupils can currently choose from the following options of GCSE choices:

As well as the compulsory subjects; English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Dual Science Award and French.

Age groups[edit]

The Nursery for girls from 3–4 years of age is on a separate site. The Preparatory and Junior Departments for girls from four to eleven and the Senior School for girls up to sixteen years old are on the main site.

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ Profile on the Good Schools Guide
  2. ^ History of the school
  3. ^ Modern Times: Testing Times on the British Film Institute accessed 31 July 2007
  4. ^ "Exam results fail to hit national average". Enfield Independent. 22 January 2004. 
  5. ^ "Every Enfield school meets new Government target". Enfield Independent. 17 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Enfield schools in top 100 nationwide". Enfield Independent. 14 January 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Dumayne, Alan: "Once Upon a Time in Palmers Green", page 48. Macdermott and Chant, 1998
  8. ^ "Blue plaque unveiled at former home of Hollywood star". Enfield Independent. 27 April 2010. 

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