Princess Helena College
|Religious affiliation(s)||Church of England|
|President||HRH The Duchess of Gloucester|
|Interim Headmistress||Mrs Lynda Corry|
|Gender||Co-ed (from Sept 2019 Boys in Years 7 and 12)|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Houses||Gloucester, Windsor and York|
The College is set in over 100 acres of hills, fields and woodland. It is housed in a Queen Anne country house, formerly known as Temple Dinsley, which was redesigned by Edwin Lutyens, at the same time as the gardens were designed by his great friend, Gertrude Jekyll. The house is listed Grade II* on the National Heritage List for England, and the gardens and landscaped park are listed Grade II* on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.
It was founded for daughters of officers who had served in the Napoleonic Wars and daughters of Anglican clergy in 1820 by Miss Sophia Williams. It was originally established in Mornington Crescent, London before moving to Regent's Park and then Ealing. The school moved to Temple Dinsley in 1935. In 1874, Princess Helena, Queen Victoria's third daughter, became President of the College, and the school has enjoyed royal patronage ever since. In 2019, the college will accept boys at age 11 and age 16.
Each new pupil is allocated to one of three Houses: Gloucester, Windsor or York. The House system offers a platform for pupils of varying ages to work together, whether it be choreographing a House dance or researching for public speaking. House points are awarded for each event and students can also earn points for excellent pieces of work.
There is one Boarding House which is situated in the Main School. Year 11 and Sixth Form students have single rooms whilst all other year groups share rooms with a number of peers depending on their age. There are common rooms, kitchens and other spaces for relaxation and games. Boarders have access to music practice rooms and sports facilities in evenings, together with a varied range of weekend activities.
- "History". Retrieved 26 April 2008.
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- Historic England, "Princess Helena College, Temple Dinsley, with terraces, steps, walls, railings, gates, pergolas, and garden buildings (1307766)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 15 February 2018
- Historic England, "Temple Dinsley (1000919)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 15 February 2018