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The Top 10 Girls’ Schools in London

Families looking for an outstanding single-sex education for their daughter are spoiled for choice in London. But with so many excellent girls’ schools to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. Our team of school experts is pleased to present our list of the best girls’ schools in London.

If you have decided on a single-sex education for your daughter, London has a wealth of girls’ schools to choose from. But there are so many factors to consider when deciding between schools – from location, to ethos and extra-curricular opportunities. Each promises the best pathway to leading universities and top careers.

At SLT, our in-house team of school experts have helped hundreds of families find and secure places at the leading girls’ schools in the city. Our list below includes a range of schools – from the most academically high-achieving, perfect for the budding scholar – to the equally rewarding but slightly less academically competitive at entry.

One final note: every institution in our list has a senior school for girls aged 11-18. Some are also ‘through-schools’, meaning there is also a junior site attached – if your daughter is younger than 11, you may also find our guide to the best prep schools in London useful.

We are pleased to present our list of the best girls’ schools in London.

The Best Girls’ Schools in London

Channing School

Girls, ages 4-18

Academically high-achieving through-school for girls aged 4-18, based in Highgate. Channing argues that it differentiates itself from its hothouse North London peers by its focus on pastoral care and its Unitarian vales of free thinking, acceptance and inclusivity. Excellent facilities, like its seven purpose-built, fully equipped science labs underpin its academic strengths. The school pushes its girls to be ‘10% braver’ in everything they do. Outside the classroom, ‘Channing Experience’ provides a stimulating and vibrant range of academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities, designed to broaden the mind.

City of London School for Girls

Girls, ages 11-18
The City

Long regarded as one of the best girls’ schools in London, the City of London School for Girls was founded in 1894 and is situated in the heart of the Barbican, attracting students from all over the capital. Highly academically selective, 11 Plus candidates face two assessments and an interview before being made offers.  Wellbeing is a focus, with a counselling department run by qualified counsellors with extensive experience. Hampstead Heath, Mile End Stadium, and the Barbican highwalks provide external sports grounds and running tracks for the girls, though with two on-site tennis courts and their own pool, sports is a strong part of the school identity. Girls can join clubs such as the Japanese Pen-Pal Exchange, the Chocolate Biscuit Club, Chess and the Duke of Edinburgh Award. The school boasts excellent results at GCSE and A Level, with leavers going on to highly-regarded Universities such as Edinburgh, Oxbridge, UCL, Warwick and Durham.

Francis Holland Regent’s Park

Girls, ages 11-18
Regent’s Park 

One of two girls’ schools founded by the Reverend Canon Francis Holland in the latter part of the nineteenth century, Francis Holland Regent’s Park is based in a large Victorian building on the edge of the park. Its core values are Knowledge, Compassion, Spirit, and Perseverance which, as Headmistress Katharine Woodcock asserts, ‘underpin the ethos of the School, enabling the girls to flourish in an ambitious and supportive educational environment.’ Academic results might not quite touch the vertiginous heights achieved at schools like City, but are nonetheless very strong. Sports facilities include a pool, gymnasium, fitness suite, playground and School Hall, with both Regent’s Park and Paddington Recreation Centre located nearby for any off-site sporting activities. Drama comprises one of the Creative Arts at Francis Holland, with a major school production each year alongside a junior play. There is an Art Department in which exhibitions are displayed, and a thriving Music Department – two-thirds of girls partake in instrumental or singing lessons.

Francis Holland Sloane Square

Girls, ages 4-18
Sloane Square

The second ‘Francis Holland’ school in London, the Sloane Square site is younger (by 4 years) than its sister school at Regent’s Park, and, unlike the Regent’s Park site, has a junior school for girls aged 4-11 alongside its senior provision. FH Sloane Square is located in an attractive townhouse in Belgravia. The school does have an on-site netball/tennis court and a well-equipped gym, but makes use of Battersea Park for most of their outdoor sports. The arts are also very well catered for, with dance a particular strength – little wonder when the programme is managed by Chelsea Ballet Schools and achieves a 100% success rate in examinations. Drama in its turn provides 12 productions per year. Both Francis Holland schools are members of the London 11 Plus Consortium and entrance is highly competitive. Sloane Square sees even stronger academic results than the Regent’s Park site – it is no surprise that pupil numbers continue to rise, making this one of the most popular girls’ schools in London.

Godolphin and Latymer

Girls, ages 11-18

Godolphin and Latymer is much decorated of late – in 2023, it was named both Sunday Times IB School of the Year and London Independent Secondary School of the Year. It has been on quite a journey to reach where it is today. The Godolphin School was founded in 1861 as a boys’ boarding school. Then, the school was surrounded by fields near the Thames in Hammersmith. In the years since, the city has grown up around the once semi-rural site, but it still benefits from more space than the most central schools. After the boys’ school failed, it was re-created as a girls’ school in 1905 and has thrived ever since. A modern on-site sports centre and music facilities have been added in the last 20 years to bolster the school’s strong co-curricular offering. It is known for its embrace of diversity in the student body – both in terms of background and approaches to learning – as well as cultivating a sense of civic responsibility. Academic results are very strong, and sixth-form students have the choice between the IB and A Levels.

James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS)

Girls, ages 4-18

James Allen’s Girls’ School, commonly known as JAGS, was established in 1741 and is the oldest independent girls’ school in London. It moved to its current site in Dulwich in 1886. The school boasts a rich history – it was the first school in the UK to have a dedicated science lab, and budding musicians at JAGS were once under the tutelage of composer Gustav Holst. Academically, it is among the very best girls’ schools in London, alongside City and St Paul’s Girls’. Recent investment in the facilities includes a new swimming pool, outdoor sports pitches, a music centre and state-of-the-art teaching block. JAGS was named London Independent School of the Year 2024 by the Sunday Times.

More House

Girls, ages 11-18

A hidden gem in the heart of Knightsbridge. More House is a Catholic school, though only 40% of the current student body are Catholic, and the school is welcoming to girls of all faiths and none. The Catholic foundations of the school encourage a clear set of morals and reinforce a positive ethos within the school, where the girls look out for one another. Achieving solid academic results, More House prides itself on offering a well-rounded and child-centred education. The school’s leadership emphasise that no two journeys are the same and aim to ensure that each child is provided with individual care during their time at More House. Three-quarters of the students attend private music lessons, and there are regular choir performances, music tours and concerts throughout the year for students to show off their skills. In addition to art and drama in the curriculum there are weekly after-school drawing and theatre classes, as well as flower pressing, touch typing and knitting clubs. Sport has been a growing focus for More House in recent years, and the school makes use of the exceptional facilities in the surrounding area, with sports sessions at Battersea Park and Hyde Park. Overall, a small, nurturing, and supportive school.

Putney High

Girls, ages 4-18

A through-school for girls aged 4-18, Putney High is based in good-sized grounds in the centre of Putney. The junior and senior schools are both on the same site, which also boasts artificial sports pitches and well-equipped school buildings. Academic results are good, without being elite, though Putney High prides itself on being more down-to-earth than some of its peers. In recent years, ‘ecological education’ has been a focus. The school’s Biophilic Classroom, which aimed to show how plants could enhance wellbeing and learning for pupils, won a prize at the Chelsea Flower Show – and an Ecologist-in-Residence was soon added to the staff roster. A unique and forward-thinking school for bright and ambitious girls.

Queen’s College

Girls, ages 4-18

Queen’s College holds a unique place in the history of female education. It was founded by Anglican theologian and social reformer F.D. Maurice in 1848, and was the first British educational establishment to give academic qualifications to women. Today, Queen’s aims to instil self-reliance and independence of mind in its pupils and aims to teach them how to think, rather than what to think. It prides itself on pursuing academic excellence for its own sake, rather than ‘the sterile pursuit of marks’. 70 different clubs and societies are on offer, while girls make use of the sports facilities at Paddington Recreation Ground and Finsbury Park. There is a popular performing arts offering, with dance compulsory for girls aged 11-14. Overall, Queen’s believes that success comes not from pressure, but from tolerance, kindness and respect. A unique entry in our list of the top girls schools in London.

St Paul’s Girls’

Girls, ages 11-18

St Paul’s Girls’ School is an independent school for girls aged 11-18. It is situated in Hammersmith and was opened in 1904 by the Worshipful Company Of Mercers. Starting with 54 ‘Paulinas’, the School now accommodates around 800 girls.  Despite the common limitations of an urban setting, the school boasts their own sports facilities; a modern and airy sports hall with gym facilities and dance studio, and a new pavilion which overlooks the school’s courts and fields. St Paul’s also has its own swimming pool. There is a vast array of extracurriculars available for the girls, spanning from Crochet Club to Dissection Society. St Paul’s is very academically selective, and renowned for their stellar academic results. The admissions process is rigorous, and designed to identify those who will prosper; girls who can demonstrate ability to ‘reason, articulate and show quality of thought’. Many girls progress to American and Canadian Universities, as well as ever-popular UK universities including Oxbridge, UCL, KCL and LSE. In 2023, 47 Paulinas achieved places at Oxbridge.

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