Our Review of More House School
We regularly review the UK’s leading independent schools, as part of our Education Consultancy service. In this article, we review More House School in Knightsbridge, a nurturing and creative senior school for girls. If you would like more information about the school, or want to discuss school options for your child please contact one of our education consultants today.
More House School was founded in 1952 and has been educating girls ever since. Hidden within the metropolitan area of Knightsbridge, More House offers a safe, nurturing, and exciting learning environment for girls from diverse backgrounds. Although the school is of Catholic heritage, only 40% of the current student body are Catholic, with the remaining students having alternative or no religious beliefs. 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.
Headmistress, Faith Hagerty, has been at the helm since April 2021, injecting her passion for the creative and performing arts into all areas of school life. She is a strong believer that single sex education provides the perfect environment to help prepare the students for lifelong success as confident leaders and active citizens. With 95% of the upper sixth leavers going onto their top university choices in September, Faith can feel satisfied that she has set them up to achieve great things in their lives after More House.
In 2021, 48% of the pupils achieved 9-7 at GCSE, and 51% achieved A*/A (82% A*-B) at A level, demonstrating strong academic achievement within the school. However, this is not what More House is best known for, they pride themselves on offering a well-rounded and child-centred education. Ms Hagerty puts emphasis on the idea that no two journeys are the same and wants 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, kick-started by the investment into some smart new games kits. For the first three years, all girls participate in a broad range of activities including; netball, rounders, hockey, athletics and tennis. Years 10 – 11 PE lessons engage the girls to foster a desire to live healthy and have an active lifestyle. Alongside the traditional sports, the curriculum offers students the addition of unconventional sports such as indoor wall climbing and exercise classes such as boxercise and yoga. The school makes use of the exceptional facilities surrounding More House with sports sessions at Battersea Park and Hyde Park. The fixture list is growing year on year as they begin to build up their squads and competitive ability. However, the focus still lies on core values of increasing participation among all students, and offering opportunities to play in school teams for all students.
The pastoral system within the school is a recognised strength, with issues being ironed out effectively and efficiently. The school regularly holds well-being talks for pupils and parents on issues such as anxiety, body image, screen time and health and fitness. Pupils are encouraged to be open and welcoming and there is an enormous amount of integration between year groups. There are also regular tutor group meet ups and house meetings where students could approach a teacher if they need support. Teachers and pupils have strong relationships and due to the size of the school any pupil issues can be picked up quickly and resolved. One pupil described More House as “one big family” and another as “inclusive, welcoming and exciting”. The parents are equally complimentary about the school with one saying ‘‘More House has provided the perfect environment for our daughter to thrive creatively, academically and socially to fulfil her potential as a young adult.’’
If you are after a large, competitive, co-educational school with plenty of space, this is not the school for your daughter. But, if you want to send your daughter to a small, nurturing, and supportive school, with Catholic heritage and central London location then More House could not be better. In the words of Ms Hagerty “More House is a greenhouse rather than a hothouse”.
Listen to our podcast with Headmistress, Faith Hagerty, below. We discuss the benefits of single sex education, the importance of a having a creative learning enviroment, and the positive effects of being part of a small school.
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