Tudor Hall School, Banbury

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Tudor Hall
Tudor Hall School logo.jpg
Motto Habeo ut dem
(Latin: "I have in order that I may give")
Established 1850
Type Independent day and boarding
Religion Church of England
Headmistress Wendy Griffiths
Chairman of the Governors Mr John Gloag
Founder Rev. T.W. and Mrs. Todd
Location Wykham Park
OX16 9UR
Coordinates: 52°02′21″N 1°21′33″W / 52.0391°N 1.3591°W / 52.0391; -1.3591
Local authority Oxfordshire
DfE number 931/6001
Students 330~
Gender Girls
Ages 11–18
Houses 4
Publication The Tudorian
Former pupils Old Tudorians
Badge Tudor Rose
School Hymn To Be a Pilgrim
Website www.tudorhallschool.com

Tudor Hall School is an independent day and boarding school for girls in Oxfordshire, situated between Bloxham and Banbury. It was founded in South London by an Anglican priest and his wife, and moved to several different places before the purchase of its current premises after the Second World War.


Tudor Hall was founded in 1850 by Mr. Todd and his wife Mrs. Todd in Notting Hill, London. By the 1900s, the school had expanded and was in need of more space. In 1910, it moved to Somerset. The School went through difficult times and had to be closed down for a term. Former pupil Nesta Inglis, elder daughter of banker and Marylebone Cricket Club amateur cricketer Alfred Inglis, took over as headmistress and re-opened the school. At the outbreak of the Second World War the school was moved to Burnt Norton, near Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, to escape the air raids. However, the school had outgrown the property during the war. Miss Inglis came across some land outside Banbury, Oxfordshire and the purchase was made in February 1944. The school then made its final move in January 1950 to its current location.[1]


Tudor Hall offers a full boarding programme. Over two thirds of pupils are boarders. New boarders are usually assigned an older girl to assist them with adjustment into boarding life. There are full-time residential staff who live on-campus.[2]

Tudor Hall Main School from the back lawn
Tudor Hall School, Banbury (Design and Technology, Dining Room and Art Department)


Upon entry each girl is assigned to a house, each of which is named after one of the Royal Houses that ruled over England.


Unlike many schools, Tudor Hall uses an unusual nomenclature for its year groups.

  • Todd/Ones - Year 7
  • Twos - Year 8
  • Threes - Year 9
  • Fours - Year 10
  • Fives - Year 11
  • Inglis - Year 12
  • Ashtons - Year 13

Notable old girls[edit]

Former pupils are known as "Old Tudorians"

  • Annabel Heseltine, journalist and broadcaster
  • Serena Armitage, Academy Award Winner for Best Short Film ‘Stutterer’
  • Julia Peyton-Jones, former Director of Serpentine Gallery & winner of Lifetime Achievement Award at Women of the World festival
  • Penelope Chilvers, founder of international bespoke footwear brand Penelope Chilvers
  • Patsy Seddon, British womenwear designer who founded clothing brand Phase Eight
  • Louise Mortimer, author of ‘Dear Lumpy’
  • Katherine Hooker, designer and tailor to the Duchess of Cambridge
  • Cleo Barbour, Shoe Designer
  • Candida Bond, Sculptor
  • Nichola Pease, British Fund Manager
  • Tessa Campbell-Fraser, Sculptor


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