Queen Anne's School

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Queen Anne's School
Motto Quietness and Strength
Established 1894
Type Independent Boarding and day school
Religion Church of England
Headmistress Mrs Julia Harrington
Location Henley Road

England Coordinates: 51°28′14″N 0°58′06″W / 51.4705°N 0.9683°W / 51.4705; -0.9683
Local authority Reading
DfE number 870/6000
DfE URN 110109 Tables
Students 400
Gender Girls
Ages 11–18
Houses 4 Boarding Houses and 3 Day Houses
Colours Navy & Maroon          
Website www.qas.org.uk

Queen Anne's School is an independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11 to 18, situated in the suburb of Caversham just north of the River Thames and Reading town centre and occupying a 35-acre (14 ha) campus. There are around 420 pupils. Nearly half are boarders. Some stay seven nights a week; others stay during the working week (weekly boarders) or two, three or four nights a week (flexi boarders). Saturday morning lessons were replaced in 2009 by a programme of optional sport, hobbies and extended learning activities, including pottery, horse riding, textiles and critical thinking. The school awards scholarships in academic subjects, sport, music, art and drama at ages 11 and 13 and at sixth form entry.

The 2011 Ofsted Social Care report[1] rated the school as 'outstanding', which Ofsted translates as "The main inspection finding is that this is an outstanding boarding school. The outcomes for boarders as described in the Every Child Matters document and underpinned by the nationally agreed standards are excellent. The school has an exceptionally high commitment towards enabling girls to fulfil their potential."

The Independent Schools Inspectorate's Inspection Report 2011[2] said: "The pupils’ overall achievement is excellent. The school meets highly successfully its aim to enable pupils to go onto higher education, and develop their talents fully." and "The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent, ensuring that the school’s aim to enable them to become confident, well-balanced individuals is met with resounding success."

Queen Anne's is a member of the Girls' Schools Association[3] and the Boarding Schools' Association.[4] Queen Anne's was chosen as one of Tatler magazine's Top 225 prep and public schools 2010.[5]


A group of girls carry out some private study in the library of Queen Anne's School in 1945

In 1698 eight merchants founded the Grey Coat Hospital, a Christian foundation. In 1706 the foundation received a royal charter from Queen Anne. In 1874 Grey Coat Hospital became a girls' school. The Grey Coat Hospital Foundation used part of its endowment to buy a mansion in Henley Road in Caversham which became Queen Anne's School in 1894. The site was previously occupied by Amersham Hall School. The social history of the school is described in detail in a 2008 book by Daniel Talbot, current head of history, 'The Scarlet Runners: A Social History of Queen Anne's, Caversham'.[6]


Queen Anne's campus is a 35-acre (14 ha) site with landscaped gardens and playing fields immediately adjacent to the teaching and boarding accommodation. The facilities include a café for sixth formers and parents (opened 2009) and a Chapel, designed by Reginald Blomfield.

The Main Block and Chapel at Queen Anne's School are Grade II listed buildings.[7]

Academic performance[edit]

In 2011 GCSE results were 98% at grades A* to C, 69% of pupils gaining straight A*/A grades in eight or more subjects and 94.1% of girls who sat Chemistry received either an A* or A grade and 88.2% of the girls who studied Biology and Physics achieved A* or A grades.

At A level in 2011 87% were A* to C grades and one in four girls were awarded grades A* or A in three or more A Level subjects. Students gain places at some of the UK's top universities, including Oxbridge.

University destinations[edit]

Almost all Queen Anne's students go on to study at degree level at university, including Oxford and Cambridge, and many go on to do postgraduate work. The courses they take range from art, drama and classics to medicine, civil and chemical engineering, modern languages and management.


Lacrosse, tennis, swimming and netball are major sports at Queen Anne's and there is provision for most other sports either at the school or at local clubs. The school has produced Olympic and national-level sportswomen.[5]


The school's own groups include: Chamber Choir, Consort Choir, Saxoholics, Rose Choir, Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Wind Quartet, Flute Group, Swing Band and Junior Wind Band. The Chamber Choir, Saxoholics and Consort Choir recently performed in New York and London.


The school puts on three full-scale productions a year, and organises masterclasses and workshops with professional practitioners.

In 2007, a Queen Anne's student featured in the St Trinians film.

In 2009 Queen Anne's drama pupils won two of the few dozen places at the National Youth Theatre in London to train with professionals.

Debating and Public Speaking[edit]

Queen Anne's School is a founder of the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships and its students participate in the competition every year. It has also hosted the event on a number of occasions, most recently in 2003.

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ "Find an inspection report" (PDF). Ofsted. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
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  4. ^ "Welcome to the Boarding Schools' Association – BSA". Boarding.org.uk. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Schools Guide 2011 – Tatler". Guides.tatler.co.uk. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Third Millennium E-Bookstore". Tmiltd.com. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Main Block and Chapel at Queen Anne's School, Reading". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 

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