Francis Holland School
Westminster, United Kingdom
About Francis Holland School
Francis Holland School Sloane Square is an independent, selective, Church of England all-through school for girls without nursery and with sixth form situated in Westminster. It is one of two Francis Holland schools in London, both of which are governed by a charitable trust. The school currently provides places for 501 students aged 4-18.
The school was founded in 1881 by Francis Holland, Canon of Canterbury Cathedral; three years later, expanding numbers prompted the move to its current location. One of the school’s traditions is to celebrate the anniversary of its foundation every 1 March.
Values and Vision
Francis Holland is rooted in its Christian ethos, but welcomes girls of all nationalities and faiths. It aims to challenge pupils, develop their skills and prepare them for further education, but also to teach them to be respectful and responsible and to support their development in a Christian context. The headmistress stresses that the school does more than help its girls to prepare for exams, also teaching them flexibility, creativity and lateral thinking. It aims to provide an education that is broad and balanced.
“Throughout the school, the pupils’ attitudes to learning are excellent. They are purposeful, comfortable working individually or in a group, and are extremely enthusiastic, always showing high levels of concentration and self-motivation. They are highly articulate, and are keen to express their opinions and debate arguments with commitment and feeling.”