Harrogate Ladies’ College is one of the UK’s leading independent day and boarding schools for girls aged 11 to 18 years.
Senior school years are perhaps the most critical in terms of shaping long term futures, but we believe that they should also be exciting, inspiring and stimulating – a time of building confidence, increasing independence; and of becoming comfortable with who you are.
At Harrogate Ladies’ College we focus on providing girls with an all round education which will ensure that they have the best possible opportunities when they move on to the next stage in their lives.
2017/2018 Day Fees - UK and EU £5,290 per term. *Pupils who join us before Year 12 and continue into Sixth Form will continue to pay Year 7-11 fees.
2017/2018 Boarding Fees - UK and EU £9,420. Non-EU (entry into Year 7-11) - £9,705 per term. Non-EU (entry into Year 12-13)* £11,815 per term. *Pupils who join us before Year 12 and continue into Sixth Form will continue to pay Year 7-11 fees. Non-EU fees are applicable to all families who are not domiciled in the EU.
Then and Now – College Performs Antigone 60 Years On
Pupils at Harrogate Ladies’ College recently performed the Greek tragedy, Antigone, 60 years on from its last performance at the school in 1960.
2nd March 2020 — The 2020 production of Antigone had a decidedly modern take on the original play written by Sophocles around 400BC, but as Head of Drama, Mike Cook explained, the themes of the play are very transferrable to a modern setting; “Antigone has very much stood the test of time. At the heart of the play is the question of whether an individual should disobey the law of the land to do what they believe is morally right.”
In contrast to the traverse style 2020 production, when the play was last performed at the school in 1960 the staging was undoubtedly in keeping with the traditional Greek tragedy. To mark the passing of 60 years since the last performance, the school invited members of the 1960 cast back to school for the opening night. They also spent time with the 2020 cast exchanging stories and sharing their experiences of performing the same play on the same stage 60 years apart.
Amelia Braithwaite, current Head Girl and member of the National Youth Theatre said, “It was an incredible experience to perform such a powerful play. It might be old but the themes around law and justice, women’s rights and the politics of power are very modern! Meeting the 1960 cast members was a really special moment and I think they approved of our modern staging!”
Mike Cook added, “It was an exceptionally challenging, powerful and emotional play. The girls gave amazing performances that at times left the audience genuinely speechless!”
Staff, parents and governors couldn’t wait to jump into the newly re-developed swimming pool at Harrogate Ladies’ College when it was officially opened recently.
2nd December 2019 — The £½million development was officially opened by Harriet Rae, Sports Prefect at Harrogate Ladies’ College with the help of Alex Jones and Isabel Riall, Sports Prefects at the associated Highfield Prep School.
As soon as the pool was officially opened staff, parents and governors including Principal, Sylvia Brett and Chair of Governors, Francine Holroyd; simply couldn’t wait to jump straight in and try out the new facility!
Once dried off, Sylvia Brett said, “The pool is fabulous! We decided to invest in the swimming pool as part of our wider Wellness Strategy. There are so many links between swimming and wellbeing, not simply in terms of the physical benefits, but also around emotional and mental wellbeing. A recent YouGov poll for example, found that 1.4 million adults in the UK said that swimming has had a positive effect on their mental wellbeing.
“Together with our new Wellness Centre which opened last year, we’ve invested just short of £1million in facilities designed to support and enhance the wellbeing of our school community. I’m really proud that we are supporting our pupils and staff in this way."
Former pupil, current parent and Chair of Governors, Francine Holroyd added, “I first swam in the pool at Harrogate Ladies’ College over 30 years ago – it was a very different experience then! It did however spark a love of swimming which has stayed with me and I hope the new development will inspire many more children in the future!”
Over 550 pupils aged between 2 and 18 years old have swimming lessons in the pool each week as part of their timetable at Harrogate Ladies’ College and Highfield Prep School. In addition, around 1,000 children from the local community benefit each week from swimming lessons in the pool run by local swim schools. The pool is also used by local sub-aqua and triathlon groups.
Record Breaking Number of Top GCSE Grades for Harrogate Ladies’ College Pupils
Pupils at Harrogate Ladies’ College are today celebrating their highest number of top GCSE grades in over 10 years with 37% of all grades at 9 or 8 (or the equivalent A*), almost 3 times higher than independent predictions.
22nd August 2019 — The number of 9-7 grades (or equivalent A*-A), also increased to 55%, with 56% of all pupils achieving 5 or more 9-7 grades. Eight different subjects at the school achieved 80% or more 9-7 grades including Physics, Biology and Further Maths.
In Physics, 36% of all grades were 9s and 47% of all Further Maths grades were A*s. These results follow last week’s A level results where pupils at the school achieved their highest grades in Further Maths.
The Institute of Physics is currently leading a campaign to get more girls to study Physics, but this is nothing new to Harrogate Ladies’ College where alumni include Professor Sarah Thompson MBE, Head of Physics at York University. Professor Thompson said, “At Harrogate Ladies’ College my main love academically, was Physics – not that common for a girl at that time. The school took the attitude that I should pursue what was right for me and not worry about what anyone else thought. That was, and remains so important in my life.”
Sylvia Brett, Principal of Harrogate Ladies’ College commented, “People like Professor Thompson are amazing role models for our girls. We’re as passionate now about inspiring girls to follow their own path no matter what, as we were when Sarah was here. I hope that today’s exam results will enable all of our girls to follow their dreams.”
“Success in school, and of a school is not measured purely by exam results, but at a time when GCSE courses have arguably become more rigorous, it is testament to the incredible hard work and commitment of the girls and of our amazing teachers that they have achieved such a high number of top grades.”
Among those celebrating today are Lucy Thomas who achieved eight grade 9s, 1 grade 8 and an A; Allison Hennessey who achieved five grade 9s, four grade 8s, one grade 7 and an A; and Harriett Swift who achieved four grade 9s, 3 grade 8s, 2 grade 7s, one A* and an A.
Lucy Thomas who joined the school in Year 6 at the age of 10 said, “I’m so happy! Some of the new GCSE exams were really hard so I have to say a huge thank you to my teachers for making sure we were all so well prepared! I’m looking forward to being back in school in September to start my A levels in Sixth Form.”
Highfield Prep School Pupils Dazzle At Harrogate Theatre
‘We are such stuff as dreams are made on’ was the theme of Highfield Prep School’s recent school production at the Harrogate Theatre.
20th August 2019 — Roald Dahl’s much loved story, ‘The BFG’ was brought to life on stage by pupils in Year 5 and William Shakespeare’s magical comedy, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ was performed by budding thespians in Year 6.
A packed audience of parents and grandparents watched the two performances in the evening. Pupils and staff from Highfield, Harrogate Ladies’ College and four local primary schools also attended a matinee performance.
James Savile, Head of Highfield Prep School said, “It was a dream come true for our boys and girls to perform on stage in a professional theatre.
“All children from Reception classes onwards have timetabled weekly Speech and Drama lessons which develop their communication skills and confidence. An understanding of themselves and others enables them to perform with self-assurance by year 5 and 6.
“The children should be enormously proud of their performances. They worked incredibly hard and their energy, enthusiasm and commitment was an inspiration to our younger pupils.
“The production was a culmination of a year’s work by every member of Highfield’s teaching staff and parents who came together as a community to create the fantastic sets, props, costumes and makeup.“
It All Adds Up For Ladies' College As Pupils Celebrate Top Maths Results
Pupils at Harrogate Ladies’ College are today celebrating excellent A level results which saw the girls achieve 6 times more A* grades than predicted and an impressive clean sweep of A*-A grades in Further Maths.
15th August 2019 — The pupils at the school achieved top results across all subjects with 81% of all grades at A*-C level. It was in Maths and Further Maths, however that the girls achieved their best results with 50% of all Further Maths grades at A* and 100% at A*-A.
This was the first year of the new, more rigorous A level Maths and Further Maths exams which Ofqal (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) describe as having significantly changed from the previous courses.
According to the Office of Fiscal Studies, girls account for just 28% of all students taking Further Maths at A level, but Maths graduates earn 13% more than the average graduate. The Girls’ School Association reports however, that pupils are 75% more likely to take Maths A level in an all-girls school.
Sylvia Brett, Principal of Harrogate Ladies’ College commented, “There’s a lot of discussion at the moment about the gender gap and the importance of encouraging girls to take STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects. I’m particularly pleased that as an all-girls school, we’re leading the way in this area. We
put a lot of focus on encouraging girls to be bold, to be brave and to think differently about their subjects and their future careers. Our Maths results are testament to this and I’m delighted to see our girls now going on to study amazing STEM related subjects at university such as Medicine, Computing, Pharmacy, Neuroscience, Criminology and Aerospace.
“I’ve seen a lot of hard work and determination from the girls and I hope that they are all very proud and that the results announced today will give each and every girl the opportunity to follow their own individual and unique path in the world.”
A major half million-pound project to re-develop the Swimming Pool at Harrogate Ladies’ College is underway. Opening in Autumn 2019, the architect-designed pool complex will enhance the experience of participants and spectators.
31st July 2019 — A major half million-pound project to re-develop the Swimming Pool at Harrogate Ladies’ College is underway. Opening in Autumn 2019, the architect-designed pool complex will enhance the experience of participants and spectators.
Part of Harrogate Ladies’ College’s Wellness Strategy, which also includes a Wellness Centre, the pool complex will feature new poolside cubicles and showers; flooring; heating and ventilation system; tiered spectator seating and spectator bathroom facilities. The 25-metre pool will also be re-developed to include new lighting, ladders and internal finish.
The comprehensive re-development will benefit the school’s pupils aged 2-18 and members of the local community. On average, 1,000 children attend swimming lessons each week and adult swimming clubs use the pool in the early mornings and evenings for Triathlon training and lessons.
Sylvia Brett, Principal of Harrogate Ladies’ College said, “We are incredibly excited about the project. The transformation of the Swimming Pool will ensure its future for the next generations of pupils at Harrogate Ladies’ College and their families to enjoy.
“This significant investment reflects our commitment to sport and wellness to provide opportunities for our school and the wider community to develop physical, mental and social wellbeing.”
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