PHC Hitchin Independent School

Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Location: Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 18 years

About PHC Hitchin Independent School

Princess Helena College is an independent, co-educational day and boarding school for pupils aged 11 to 18. Boarding at PHC takes place in a single boarding house, currently all girls, opening to boys for boarding from Sept 2020.

The school has a rich history. It was founded in 1820 in London by Princess August and Mrs Sophia Williams as the Adult Orphanage Institute. Its purpose was to educate girls whose fathers had been in the services or the Church and had died. In 1874, Princess Helena, the third daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, became the school’s president. 


Mrs Sarah Davis

Values and vision

Princess Helena College is set in 180 acres of rolling fields and woodlands. It has a strong ethos of individualism and hard work. As a small school, Princess Helena College takes care to give each pupil individual attention. 

Pupils are encouraged to be excited by new challenges and stimulated by new learning experiences. The school’s main aims are to inspire, encourage and assist each pupil to realise their own potential and develop their strengths and skills.

ISI report

“The quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements is good in relation to their ages and abilities. Pupils are successful in public examinations and achieve well across a wide range of activities. Pupils make progress at least in line with, and sometimes better than, pupils’ of similar ages and abilities. Their attitudes to learning are positive.”

View Princess Helena College’s latest ISI report

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Address: School Lane, Preston, Hitchin, SG4 7RT, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1462 432100