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 announces Elaine Purves as new Head
Queen Anne's School has announced Elaine Purves as the school's new Head. She will join in January 2022 following her current Headship at St John's International School in Belgium. She was previously Head of Rossall School and Ipswich High School.
25th May 2021 — Queen Anne's School has announced Elaine Purves will succeed Julia Harrington as the school's new Head.
Elaine will join Queen Anne’s in January 2022 following her current Headship at St. John’s International School in Belgium.
At St. John’s, Elaine’s confidence and enthusiasm has seen the school go from strength to strength in providing outstanding pastoral care and a forward-thinking education.
She has extensive experience in school leadership having also previously been Head of Rossall School and Head of Ipswich High School, as well as five years as Deputy Head at the Royal High School, Bath, GDST.
In addition, Elaine is an experienced ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) Team Inspector and has recently become a CIS (Council of International Schools) Evaluator.
She cares deeply about mental health and is a board member of CHS, a charity providing support and mental health services to the Brussels English-speaking community.
Fluent in German, Elaine is a linguist and began her career as a teacher of Modern Languages.
She graduated from the University of Hull with a joint honours degree in English and German before completing a PGCE at the University of Durham.
Elaine has a robust background in developing academic provision, facilities and pupil experiences that will build on the strong legacy that Julia Harrington has cultivated over the last nearly 15 years.
Elaine commented: "I am very excited to have been appointed to this role and look forward to starting at Queen Anne's School and returning home to the UK.
"Queen Anne’s is a well-known and respected school with a bright future.
"I will be delighted to lead it during the next phase of its development and look forward to getting to know the school community."
Jonnie Noakes, Chair of Queen Anne’s School Council said: "The candidate pool was of an extremely high standard and we are very fortunate to have appointed such an experienced Head with a strong track record.
"We are confident that Elaine will provide outstanding leadership and that she understands the values and ethos of our school.
"We look forward to welcoming Elaine to the Queen Anne’s community along with her husband and two children."
Queen Anne’s School named as Leaders in Digital Learning for Second Year Running
Queen Anne’s School has been awarded the prestigious Microsoft Showcase School Award for the second year running. This award acknowledges the extensive digital teaching and learning that has become integral to the school’s approach.
13th November 2020 — Queen Anne’s School has been awarded the prestigious Microsoft Showcase School Award for the second year running.
This award acknowledges 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 48 schools in the UK and 325 worldwide to be recognised by the international tech giants as leaders in digital learning.
Headmistress Julia Harrington praised the girls and staff for their work saying: “The school has to demonstrate digital excellence in four key areas – teaching and learning that is fit for purpose in the 21st Century, innovation, leadership and inclusion. Having been awarded this status for a second year running, we will continue to enhance the development of life-long skills including computational thinking, critical analysis and problem solving.”
As a ‘bring your device’ school Queen Anne’s has often led the way in its innovative approach to teaching teenagers. Gaining this Microsoft Showcase status follows the fantastic remote learning programme that Queen Anne’s delivered over the lockdown period, providing over 10,000 periods of academic and wellbeing classes throughout this time.
Assistant Head - E-Learning Thomas Lange is delighted with the digital journey at Queen Anne’s over the past year stating: “The willingness of the staff and students to constantly adapt and improve has driven the success of our digital innovation. This has been even more evident as we transition from a period of dedicated remote learning and we will continue to share our experiences with the wider community to improve teaching and learning with our digital skills and expertise.”
Queen Anne’s is proud to now have 20 teachers who have achieved Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) status, which is 5% of total MIEE’s nationally. In addition, they also have 42 staff at Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) level, with more in the pipeline.
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 four 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.
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.
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.