St Francis' College

St Francis' College

Day Weekly Boarding Full Boarding Flexi Boarding Hertfordshire

St. Francis’ College is a thriving community of just over 400 girls, providing a modern education based on Christian principles. The students are aged from 3 to 18 years old and all receive individual care promoting their spiritual, moral, intellectual, creative and physical development. The school recognises the unique qualities of each student and encourages social responsibility and respect for others.

Year Founded 1933
Religion Non-denominational
Charity Commission

St Francis' College has a total of 423 pupils, with 74 pupils in the Sixth Form.

Day pupil fees are from £30773, per term.

Boarding pupil fees are from £20302, per term.

361 Day Girls
(3- 19)
62 Boarding Girls
(10- 19)

About St Francis' College

Academic results are consistently excellent and the school is one of the top girl’s schools in the UK. St. Francis’ girls successfully progress onto the UK’s top universities, including Cambridge and Oxford. Small class sizes, individual attention and a supportive, caring environment help ensure that each and every girl enjoys their education and reaches their full potential, academically, socially and in a wide range of extra-curricular pursuits. 

“….across all subjects pupils are articulate, work enthusiastically and achieve high standards” Independent Schools Inspectorate 2011

St. Francis’ College is small enough for each girl to receive the personal attention they deserve, while at the same time, we are large enough to accommodate a wide variety of interests and cultures.

The school offers a diverse range of sporting opportunities for all girls to experience.  From the main sports of hockey, netball, tennis and rounders to gymnastics, dance, swimming, football, athletics, badminton, self-defence, trampolining, aerobics and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, we aim to guide our girls towards a healthy lifestyle and introduce them to lifelong sporting opportunities.

Pupils have the use of an onsite well-equipped gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, dance studio, netball and tennis courts as well as playing fields for rounders, football and athletics.  There is also access to astro-turf pitches for hockey training and matches.

The school also boasts an exciting and inclusive music department with a multitude of opportunities for all girls to experience.  From orchestras and choirs through to bands and chamber ensembles girls of all ages enjoy making music.  The art department has a well-deserved reputation across a wide range of artistic opportunities from painting and drawing, sculpture and photography to mixed media within the fine art framework.  St. Francis’ College is also immensely proud of its 300 seat theatre and the range of drama opportunities available.  The school hosts regular productions, which are always well supported and directed to a high standard.


St. Francis’ College boarding has a strong family atmosphere with around 70 full boarders supported by experienced boarding staff, including academic tutors. Ensuring high-quality provision for these girls is very important and Ofsted in their recent inspection report agreed that ‘boarders gain in confidence in an environment where they are valued and where caring attitudes are encouraged’.


St. Francis’ College is located in the leafy environment of Letchworth Garden City – the world’s first Garden City. The school is located close to the centre of this community focused town, providing a safe and peaceful environment in which the girls can study. St. Francis’ College is just a five minute walk from the town’s train station.

Letchworth Garden City is conveniently located between London and Cambridge with good road and rail access.  It is ideally situated for access to London Heathrow airport and all main London railway stations. 


Scholarships & Bursaries

There are a limited number of financial awards available to girls entering Year 3, which are awarded on the basis of assessment tests taken on one day in the Spring Term. Both our own Year 2 pupils, and external applicants, are eligible but they must take the tests on the specified day in order to be considered for an award.

Academic and Performing Arts Scholarships are available for entry into Prep V; these are open to both internal and external applicants.  Scholarship Exams and Auditions take place in the Spring Term. 

Admissions Process

Years 7 and 9

Prospective pupils for entry to years 7 and 9 should register for the Entrance Examination which is held at the end of January each year. The examination consists of papers in English, Mathematics and Non Verbal Reasoning . There is also an interview with the Headmistress, Deputy Headmistress or Senior Teacher and a report is requested from the girl's current school.

Candidates who take the January Entrance Examination are automatically considered for scholarships.

Sixth Form

Entry to the Sixth Form is dependent on GCSE or equivalent qualifications, and a reference from the current school.  A number of awards are available for internal and external candidates. The Sixth Form Award Examination is held on a Saturday early in November, please see our calendar or contact us for details.

Other Years

Examinations for entry into other years can be arranged at any time, provided places are available.

Please contact Admissions secretary for further details.



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Forthcoming Open Days

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