Queen Anne's School is an independent boarding and day school for girls with 460 pupils aged 11 - 18. Renowned for academic success, we are committed to connecting with and understanding the individuals in our care. Our combination of high aspirations with a positive approach to learning creates an environment where girls can grow into motivated, decisive and self-assured individuals. The best way to find out about Queen Anne's is to visit our school and meet our girls.
About the school
Girls can attend Queen Anne's daily or on a full, weekly, flexi- or occasional board basis according to individual family needs. Each girl, whether day or boarding, belongs to a House and the House system is integral to our academic and pastoral care. Currently approximately half the pupils board and half attend on a daily basis. Queen Anne's campus is a beautiful and inspiring setting. It occupies 35 acres just north of the River Thames, between Henley-on-Thames and Reading and is easily accessible from London. The grounds combine traditional Victorian architecture with new and comtemporary buildings to provide cutting edge facilites. The school day begins at 8am and ends at 6.30pm, with the exception of Wednesdays when the day finishes at 4.30pm. The extended day enables the girls to take part in extra-curricular activities and academic clinics and complete prep. As a result, when the schol day finishes at 6.30pm, the evening is the girls' own to relax and spend quality time with family and friends. In the key academic years of GCSE, AS and A Level the girls will have additional private study and extended prep to complete in their own time. Visit our website www.qas.org.uk for further information.
Queen Anne’s School offers a number of Scholarships for entry at 11+ and 13+ based upon merit to encourage the promotion of excellence across all aspects of school life.
Applications for 11+ and 13+ scholarships should be received by the Headmistress no later than mid-November in the year prior to entry. Details of how to apply will be sent to registered families prior to the Entrance Examination.
Scholarships available include;
ALL ROUND SCHOLARSHIPS
The School offers Bursary assistance to parents of girls entering the School where prospective parents would otherwise not be able to send their daughters to Queen Anne’s.
The School may also offer financial support to parents of girls already at the school whose financial circumstances worsen unexpectedly. All applications for Bursaries are considered on the basis of individual circumstances and are means tested.
Full Board - £11,405 per term - Includes tuition, board, laundry, ordinary medical care and use of books which are provided below Sixth Form Flexi Board 3 or 4 nights per week - £10,835 per term 2 night per week - £10,280 per term Day - £7,735 per term - Includes tuition, ordinary medical care and use of books which are provided below Sixth Form Overnight Accommodation - £60 per night Exeat Weekend - £110 per weekend Exeat Weekend - £150 per weekend (inc. Bank Holiday)
Queen Anne’s School Recognised as Leaders in Digital Learning by Microsoft
Queen Anne’s School has been awarded the prestigious Microsoft Showcase School Award acknowledging the extensive digital teaching and learning that has become integral to the school’s approach. The girls’ school, based in Caversham in Reading, became one of just 24 schools in the UK and 460 worldwide to be recognised by the international tech giants as leaders in digital learning.
27th November 2019 — Queen Anne’s School has been awarded the prestigious Microsoft Showcase School Award acknowledging the extensive digital teaching and learning that has become integral to the school’s approach. The girls’ school, based in Caversham in Reading, became one of just 24 schools in the UK and 460 worldwide to be recognised by the international tech giants as leaders in digital learning.
Head of E-Learning Thomas Lange is delighted with the digital journey at Queen Anne’s; “the willingness of the staff and students to constantly adapt and improve has driven the success of our digital innovation. We look forward to sharing our experiences with the wider community and continuing to improve teaching and learning with 21st century skills.”
Over the last 4 years Queen Anne’s has led the way in its innovative approach to teaching teenagers with 10 teachers now having achieved Microsoft Expert Status, 30 at Microsoft Innovative Educator level and more in the pipeline. The students also take ownership of their e-learning development with seven Student Digital Gurus providing leadership across the years.
Headmistress Julia Harrington praised the girls and staff for their work saying; “the school has to demonstrate leadership in four key areas; teaching and learning that is fit for purpose in the 21st Century, innovation, leadership and inclusion. This award will enhance the development of life-long skills including computational thinking, critical analysis and problem solving.”
The girls celebrated the achievement by taking part in a Microsoft Skypeathon with Vice President of Microsoft Anthony Salcito who connected with the girls via live video call in the school’s newly built multi-purpose recital hall. Mr Salcito talked with the girls about working at Microsoft, the future of technology in education and the changes technology can bring to the wider world. Jennifer King, Microsoft UK Lead for Education, also visited the school in person to present a plaque marking the achievement.
However, the celebrations don’t stop there and there are plans over the coming weeks to continue the Skypeathon with some of the school’s partner organisations including digital ‘meetings’ with Red Earth Education in Uganda, UN representatives in Bonn and GotheGym School in Dusseldorf.
Queen Anne’s School is delighted to be celebrating a top set of GCSE results with 97% of grades achieved at 9-4 (A*-C) across 33 subject options. An impressive 16 students achieved six or more 9/8 (A*) grades.
22nd August 2019 — Queen Anne’s School is delighted to be celebrating a top set of GCSE results with 97% of grades achieved at 9-4 (A*-C) across 33 subject options. An impressive 16 students achieved six or more 9/8 (A*) grades.
“We have seen exceptional all-round achievements from this year group. Their academic success has been balanced with their performance outside of the classroom, and their commitment has been admirable to see. The vast majority of girls will continue their Sixth Form education at Queen Anne’s and we look forward to supporting this vibrant group of girls in the next step of the journey.” said Headmistress Julia Harrington.
Excellent grades can be seen across STEM subjects with 60% of grades at 9/8/7 (A*/A) including 80% of Further Maths students scoring A*/A. Julia Harrington commented that; “58 out of 70 girls entering into the School’s Lower Sixth plan to study STEM subjects, showing that the future of women in STEM is bright.”
Several departments throughout the school were delighted to report that 100% of their students achieved 9-4 (A*-C) including Physical Education, Spanish, German, Physics, Latin, Computer Science, Business, Chinese, Further Maths and Russian.
The dedication of the School’s young sportswomen has carried through to their GCSE results. Keen rower Camille Blunt qualified for the Women’s Henley Regatta with the Queen Anne’s team and has now shown her strengths academically with 9 GCSEs including five 9/8 grades and two 7s. Amelia Hanson is part of the Lacrosse and Netball teams and last year achieved several gold medals at the English Athletics Association. Amelia was thrilled with her seven 9/8/A* grades and two 7s and aims to study Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Further Maths at A Level.
Art students at Queen Anne’s benefit from innovative teaching and outstanding facilities including a specialist animation area and studios for ceramics, moulding and casting and plasterwork. The wealth of learning opportunities available to the girls is reflected in their GCSE results with 89% of art students scoring 9-6 (A*-B).
Twins Annie and Holly King were both delighted with their grades with Annie achieving a straight set of 9/8 (A*) grades. The girls shine both in and out of the classroom with Annie recently winning the prize for the most inspirational year 11 artist at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Show. This year Holly was awarded the Upper Five Prize for Progress at the School’s annual Speech Day and plans to study Psychology, English Literature and Economics at A Level.
Queen Anne’s is known for its top music facilities and the School has recently opened a state-of-the-art recording studio and an impressive recital hall. Future A Level musician and pianist Anna Tikhonova achieved 10 GCSEs with four at 9/8 (A*) and was part of a strong cohort of music students with 100% of pupils achieving A*-C grades.
10 girls have been awarded a sought-after Headmistresses Sixth Form Scholarship including Abby Hutt, one of the school's drama scholars, who has played leading roles in numerous school productions and hopes to direct a student-led Sixth Form production next term. Abby achieved straight 9/8 (A*) grades and next year will study Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Further Maths at A Level.
Queen Anne’s Students celebrate another year of excellent A Level results!
Queen Anne’s School is delighted to announce another year of excellent A Level results with 44% of all grades receiving A* or A and 68% at A*, A or B. The cohort has secured places at top universities, including Manchester, Imperial, UCL, Exeter, Liverpool and Nottingham, across a wide range of topics including Medicine, Law, Industrial Design and Technology, Liberal Arts, International Business and Material Sciences.
15th August 2019 — Queen Anne’s School is delighted to announce another year of excellent A Level results with 44% of all grades receiving A* or A and 68% at A*, A or B. The cohort has secured places at top universities, including Manchester, Imperial, UCL, Exeter, Liverpool and Nottingham, across a wide range of topics including Medicine, Law, Industrial Design and Technology, Liberal Arts, International Business and Material Sciences.
“At Queen Anne’s we aim to guide each girl to discover her passions and potential and to help prepare her for life beyond our gates. Yet again, we are incredibly proud of all that the Upper Sixth has achieved both inside and out of the classroom.” says Headmistress Julia Harrington.
Queen Anne’s is always proud of the number of girls who study STEM subjects at A Level. This year 33% of the total exams sat were in STEM subjects, with 43% of those achieving A* or A. Bianca B and Charlotte W will both read Medicine at Brighton while Romilly H will read Medicine at Imperial. Vicky Y achieved three As and one A* and will read Maths at Warwick. Hannah H will take up a place on the PwC Flying Start Apprenticeship programme at the University of Birmingham having achieved two As and one A*.
The school has an ethos of world citizenship that has contributed to 19 girls taking up places to study politics, economics or business. A number of girls will also see their studies take them overseas. Rachel G has a rowing scholarship at Georgetown. Abigail S will study at the University of Southern California and Alexandra G secured a place at the University of London Institute in Paris to read French, with two A*s and one A.
The school’s neuroscience programme BrainCanDo has also clearly had an impact on the students with 24 girls choosing to sit Psychology A Level and 63% achieving A*, A or B. A number of girls plan to take their Psychology studies further including BrainCanDo prefect Lottie C at Southampton and Ellie U at Reading. Charlotte W is off to study Psychology at Leeds after showing real dedication and recently winning the Progress Prize at the school’s Speech Day, achieving an impressive two A*s and one A in Psychology, Geography and Economics.
The strong cohort’s hard work paid off in Humanities subjects too with an impressive 57% of Geography students scoring A* or A. In History 84% the girls achieved A* to B grades while 21 girls sat the Economics A Level with 33% earning A* and A grades.
The discipline and drive of the school’s Sixth Form rowing team has carried through to the girls’ academic life with Queen Anne’s rowers scoring top grades across the board including two As and one B for Alicia B who will take up a place at Liverpool to read Law and Sophie H who achieved two As and one B and secured a place at Birmingham to study Criminology.
There were strong results across the Arts including young musician Molly S who accomplished an impressive A* in her Music A Level despite sitting the exam in year 10 aged just 15. Sherry X secured a place at Loughborough to study Industrial Design and Technology with three A grades and Kelsey L will read Art at Willem de Kooning Academy in Holland. Grace G was delighted with her two A*s and two As and looks forward to continuing her studies at UCL where she will read History of Art.
100% of girls who undertook the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) achieved grades A* to A. The EPQ encourages independent thinking and learning for undergraduate study and is driven primarily by the girls. Interesting subject titles included: ‘Bull fighting: an ethical dilemma’, ‘How can a civilized society rationalise and explain the behaviour of female serial killers?’ and ‘Is it ethically justifiable to use placebo controlled trials in research?’. Abigail S’s topic ‘Will we live on Mars?’ scored an A* that contributed to securing her place at the University of Southern California where she will pursue an Engineering pathway. Abigail has shown great success outside of the classroom too and this year travelled to the USA as part of the England U19 Easter lacrosse training camp.
Head Girls, Evie H and Aoife J, celebrated their results together with Julia Harrington saying “The girls have proved themselves to be thoughtful and dedicated student leaders, working hard to support the community within school by raising the student voice and also by giving their time to the wider community by working with readers at Micklands Primary School. The girls have both secured places at Liverpool University with Evie planning to read Philosophy and Politics and Aoife History and Politics.”
The breakdown of Queen Anne’s School’s A Level results is as follows:
This week Queen Anne's School have launched the latest instalment of the BrainCanDo Programme: Nice November: A Month of Gratitude.
8th November 2018 — This week we have launched the latest instalment of the BrainCanDo Programme: Nice November: A Month of Gratitude.
Launched in assembly by Dr Amy Fancourt, Head of Psychology at Queen Anne’s School, Nice November aims to encourage students and staff to make a conscious effort to express gratitude and be more thankful every day of the month.
Dr Fancourt explains
Further As a part of our BrainCanDo programme at Queen Anne’s School, we have been researching into the effect of gratitude on wellbeing and community cohesion. All that we have learned suggests that the act of expressing thanks is linked with higher ratings of subjective wellbeing and can impact upon the degree to which an individual feels connected within their communities. Essentially we are asking the question: Does giving thanks and being grateful improve individual wellbeing and social connectedness in school? This is what Nice November aims to find out.
All girls have received gratitude journals, and are encouraged to use them to reflect upon their day. The journals are full of positive and inspirational quotes, stress-relieving colouring pages, and each day provides a space for girls to write something that they are thankful for.
Girls and staff are able to place their thank you cards into the Nice November post box located in each house or pop them into the post-box in the entrance to the Sixth Form Centre. During the course of November, individual thank you cards which are particularly lovely, funny or unusual will be seen on the screens around the school or on various noticeboards.
Both staff and the girls have been so impressed by the journals, that positivity is spreading through the corridors of Queen Anne’s.
Find out more on BrainCanDo by visiting www.braincando.com or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Queen Anne’s School is delighted to announce an excellent year of GCSE results with 47% of grades achieved at 9/8 (A*) and 69% of grades at 9-7 (A*-A).
23rd August 2018 — Queen Anne’s School is delighted to announce an excellent year of GCSE results with 47% of grades achieved at 9/8 (A*) and 69% of grades at 9-7 (A*-A). Headmistress, Julia Harrington said “The enthusiasm and hard work we have seen from this year group has been phenomenal; they have been thoroughly committed to their academic achievements and continue to show their determination to succeed in sixth form.” Queen Anne’s School offers both GCSE and IGCSE to students; for this reason grades are displayed numerically and alphabetically.
Exceptional top grades of 9/8/A* have been seen across all STEM subjects: 75% of biology grades, 85% of chemistry, 70% of physics and 50% of maths grades achieved were achieved at 9/8/A* and in computer science 100% of students achieved an A.
Many of the students will be continuing their STEM studies at A level; both Emmeline and Millie are jumping for joy with their results. Talented musician and lacrosse athlete (England U19 trials) Millie will go on to study biology, chemistry, maths and economics having achieved six 9’s, one 8, two A*’s and an A. Emmeline, who won the Speech Day award for ‘Consistent effort in the year group’ achieved three 9’s, two 8’s, one 7, one 6 and four A*’s and is looking forward to studying art, chemistry, maths and physics at sixth form. Sophie’s five 9’s, one 8 and three A*’s will see her continue to study sciences at A level with a desire to attend a leading university to study Astrophysics.
The co-curricular programme offered at Queen Anne’s School is one that all students embrace and helps them to develop them into all-round high achievers. Scholars, Hazelle and Emily, embrace the vast number of opportunities offered to students: Grade VII pianist and first-team student across sport, Hazelle, gained four 9’s, one 8, one 7 and four A*’s. And Emily, who is a fantastic dancer and is part of the U19 England lacrosse team, excelled in her grades with four 9’s, two 8’s and three A*’s.
In addition, Evie who excels in drama and is part of first team lacrosse and is looking ahead to joining the Queen Anne’s rowing team from September, achieved five 9’s, two 8’s and two A*’s.
The breakdown of Queen Anne’s School’s GCSE results is as follows:
Bella succeeds in STEM, securing a place at Nottingham Uni & becomes Euro Champ
40% of all grades at A*A and 69% at A*, A or B. Headmistress, Julia Harrington said “I could not be more proud of the girls’ achievements they have been a fantastic year group who have been dedicated to their studies and building their futures".
16th August 2018 — Queen Anne’s School is delighted to announce another year of excellent A Level results, with 40% of all grades at A*A and 69% at A*, A or B. Headmistress, Julia Harrington said “I could not be more proud of the girls’ achievements; they have been a fantastic year group who have been dedicated to their studies and building their futures. They now go on to take up their places at universities in the UK, Holland and the USA, as well as to degree apprenticeships”. Girls will be embarking on an exciting range of courses, including: Mechanical Engineering, Law, Interior Architecture, Criminology, Mathematics, Theatre & Performance Studies, International Relations and Biomedical Sciences.
Emma, who last year spent her summer at UCL’s Homer summer school, has secured her place to study Classics at the University of Oxford. Bella has had a busy summer leading her team as joint captain of England Lacrosse U19’s, to become Women’s U20 European Champions, and has also achieved A/A/B and an A* in her EPQ to go on study Medical Physiology & Therapeutics at the University of Nottingham.
Across the year group, 18% of students achieved all their grades at A*-A and 47% of girls achieved all of their grades in the A*/B range. Head Girls, Amy and Georgina, were both very successful. Amy’s 3 A*s mean she will now go on to Durham University to study Anthropology and Georgina’s 3 A’s and an A* in her EPQ has secured her place at the University of Cardiff to study Physiotherapy. Niamh’s 2 A* and an A means she will now go on to the Royal Veterinary College to study Veterinary Medicine. Yasmin will also see her Durham University dream come true as she goes to study History following her achievements of 2 A*, A. Katie and Ella both leave us to study in the USA: Katie has been awarded a rowing scholarship at Yale University and Ella an athletics scholarship for rowing at Duke University.
Queen Anne’s is always proud of the number of girls who study STEM subjects at A Level. This year 43% of the year group chose to study STEM subjects, with 44% of grades achieved at A*-A and 29% of girls choosing to continue to study STEM subjects at university. Daphne will study Mechanical Engineering at University of Bath following her 2 A*, 2 A’s. Alice will go to University of Birmingham to study Chemistry with Industrial Experience having achieved 2 A*, A. Heather will study Psychology at University of Bath following her A*, 2 A’s and Katherine will also be going to University of Bath to study Chemistry with Management with her 3 A’s. Nia successfully gained A*, 2 A’s and an A for her EPQ and will now make the move to Holland, to Radbound University to study Biomedical Sciences.
Kirsty will take up a Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship at PACCAR and Camille, with two Bs and a performance diploma on the violin has secured a place to study music at the Birmingham Conservatoire.
100% of girls who undertook the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) achieved grades A*-B. The EPQ encourages independent thinking and learning for undergraduate study and is driven primarily by the girls. Interesting subject titles included: The power of the mind: the efficacy of alternative medicine and Can we harness the power of the placebo effect? which saw Chloe achieve an A* that contributed to securing her place at University of Southampton to study Medicine.
The breakdown of Queen Anne’s School’s A Level results is as follows:
A* - 14%
A* - A 40%
A* - B 69%
A* - C 89%
At Queen Anne’s School, girls usually enter the school at 11+ (Year 7),13+ (Year 9) or Sixth Form (Year 12). We promote individuality in our girls and assess each girl on an individual basis and recognise potential. In order to take part in our entrance procedures girls must be registered with Queen Anne’s School 11+ and 13+ Applicants For both 11+ and 13+ entry we hold an Assessment Day which takes place in October, prior to Common Entrance in January. Girls take a written English paper as well as completing online (www.cem.org) Mathematics, Verbal Reasoning and Non-verbal Reasoning texts and they also take part in a group interview. A reserved place may be offered (subject to Common Entrance). All girls sit the 11+ or 13+ Common Entrance Examinations in Mathematics, English and Science, which take place in the January of the year of entry. Academic Scholarships are awarded to a limited number of girls as a result of the Common Entrance Examinations. Sixth Form Applicants The application process for the Sixth Form takes place during the autumn term prior to the year of entry. The requirement for entry is a minimum of six A*- B (or 9 - 6) grades at GCSE (including English Language and mathematics) and A*- B (or 9 - 6) grades in the subjects to be studied for A level, together with a satisfactory reference from her current school. Entrance examinations take place in November prior to the year of entry for the Sixth Form. Papers are set in English and Mathematics and for those applying for an Academic Scholarship a Scholars’ Essay paper is also set. Overseas Applicants If a pupil is not based in the UK or not a UK national, our admissions team can arrange for examinations to take place in her current school or at the British Council. If a pupil is unable to visit Queen Anne’s in addition to taking the entrance examinations, a Skype interview with the Head of EAL will be organised. If the pupil is applying for the Sixth Form, heads of the department of the subjects considered for study at A Level will also be involved.