Our aim is to ensure that LEH is a school full of opportunity, challenge and friendship; a place to take risks and become bold; a place to discover passions, talents and yourself; a place that nurtures remarkable women.
About the school
LEH is one of the oldest and most distinguished girls' schools in the UK. Our students successfully balance outstanding scholarship with impressive achievements in sport and exciting creativity in the arts and beyond. With superb facilities set in 24 acres, we offer bright pupils a well-rounded and challenging education in a happy, purposeful environment, preparing them well for higher education and their future lives.
We encourage our students:
to be exactly who they are, whatever their current interests or future aspirations.
to benefit from the warmth, respect, and support of the entire School community as they stretch themselves to become their best, most confident selves, as students, and as citizens of the world.
to have the freedom to experiment, express opinions, explore and take on new challenges.
to be supported by strong role models and inspired by their peers.
to find confidence and strength, and acquire and build the skil
The school offers a number of bursaries and scholarships each year. Academic and Music Scholarships are offered for entrants at 11+ and 16+. In addition, at 16+ we offer an Art, a Drama, a STEM and two Sport Scholarships. Scholarships are usually worth 10% of school fees and music scholars additionally receive free tuition on one instrument. Music Exhibitions are offered (worth 7.5% of fees) in recognition of exceptional achievement which falls just short of scholarship standard.
All bursaries are means-tested and reserved for pupils entering the Senior School. Bursaries of up to 100% are available and are fully mean-tested. The assessment is carried out on a totally confidential basis by the Director of Finance. All bursaries are subject to annual review of parental circumstances, thus ensuring that best use is made of charitable funds.
The tuition fee includes stationary and textbooks. Additionally, school lunch is compulsory for all pupils until they reach Sixth Form. The cost of lunch is £235 per term. Information about additional fees for optional extra subjects and other charges is available from the Director of Finance.
LEH rowing champions helping others during lockdown
A level students from Lady Eleanor Holles School have raised over £2500 for Shooting Star Hospice by each rowing a marathon on indoor rowing machines and exercise bikes.
5th June 2020 — Having won In Championship Girls VIIIs at National Schools Regatta 2019 - for the first time in 11 years - the Lady Eleanor Holles Upper Sixth rowing squad were hotly anticipated to regain their trophy at NSR 2020 which should have taken place over the recent bank holiday weekend.
Like many others, they have also faced the cancellation of their A level exams and so have an unsettled time waiting for results before starting University in September.
Rather than dwell on the disappointment of not racing, the students decided as a squad they wanted to do something positive to end their LEH rowing career - and raise money for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices in the process.
The year after their Championship Eight win, this year’s Upper Sixth squad decided to mark the event and leaving LEH Boat Club by rowing a marathon EACH on indoor rowing machines, hoping to raise as much money for Shooting Star in the process. A couple of the rowers did their marathons on bikes with the others using rowing machines and they cheered each other on over zoom. With support from many teachers as well as their friends and family, the squad doubled their fundraising target and then surpassed their target by 230%.
Jane De Lay, Head of Community Engagement at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices said, “We’d like to say a huge thank you to LEH School Senior Rowing Squad for pulling together and setting up such an amazing challenge to raise money for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. The COVID-19 pandemic has had an undeniable impact on us, both in terms of the care that we can currently provide and our ability to fundraise. Our local community, like the amazing LEH rowing squad, have gone above and beyond to take on challenges and fundraise for us - despite difficulties they may be facing themselves. We are so grateful for their phenomenal support which will help us continue to be a vital lifeline for the 700 families we support, now and in the future.”
During the Easter holidays the Supersonics, a team of Year 3 pupils from Lady Eleanor Holles Junior School, came together to raise money for the NHS by running a distance of 5km each at home during lockdown.
29th April 2020 — During the Easter holidays the Supersonics, a team of Year 3 pupils from Lady Eleanor Holles Junior School, came together to raise money for the NHS by running a distance of 5km each at home during lockdown.
The 33 pupils aged 7 to 8 years-old set themselves the challenge to run a distance of 2 to 5km at home. As they stated on their JustGiving page ‘This won’t just challenge our bodies but also our minds. Imagine running around in circles, all by yourself, in your garden or balcony, to cover a distance of 5km. It’s not exactly a walk in the park! But we believe it is the least we can do to support our NHS.’
Well done to them all for completing this challenge which so far has raised an amazing £7,511 of their £500 target for NHS Charities Together.
Sewing love into every stitch to support the NHS at Lady Eleanor Holles
Head of Textiles at LEH Anne Marie Angliss decided to put her expert sewing and design skills to good use over the Easter holidays to help combat the lack of PPE equipment for NHS workers.
24th April 2020 — Head of Textiles at Lady Eleanor Holles, Anne Marie Angliss, decided to put her expert sewing and design skills to good use over the Easter holidays to help combat the lack of PPE equipment for NHS workers. She turned the Textiles Department into a hive of industry, making scrubs and special head bands to make the face masks a bit more comfortable for workers at nearby Teddington Memorial Hospital.
Mrs Angliss explained how the Easter project came about: "I became aware that the NHS were in need of help locally in all areas of the country while watching ‘The One Show’ on Holy Thursday evening. They were asking for people to make scrubs and scrub bags since all care workers and medical staff now need to have scrubs (tunics and trousers) and these must go into a bag at the end of a shift, then the whole lot gets washed together at 60 degrees or above. I came across a request from a local group online over the weekend and I emailed the contact and offered my help. At the time they were busy trying to source fabric and had to wait until after the weekend to make any real progress."
She continued: "On Wednesday morning while making scrub bags at home from my own fabric, a fellow teacher Alex Bradshaw sent me a message with the details of a lady who was co-ordinating the making of headbands with a button over the ears to give some comfort to medical staff who must now wear masks and find the elastic sore over their ears. I didn’t have the right fabric for these at home but knew I had some at school so, with permission from Mrs Hanbury, Head of LEH School, I went to school and made bands during that afternoon for the Teddington Memorial Hospital."
"As soon as the fabric was sourced by the other local group, I made some scrubs for the rest of the week. Before doing that I assisted in the drafting of a suitable trouser pattern so that the legs were wide enough to go on and off without removing shoes, I also gave help to others on the most efficient method for making trousers. In the meantime, I found some more suitable fabric for headbands and made another batch on Saturday afternoon before the start of the summer term. Both groups have been very appreciative of the help and I will help again if time permits."
Both NHS workers and the League of Friends at Teddington Memorial Hospital have expressed how very grateful they are to local volunteers who have given up their time to sew these items:
"Not sure if I said Thank you for your last delivery of headbands? So I say it now: Thank you very much! Very, very kind of you to help and to give your time!"
"Thanks to our talented volunteers who delivered over 120 specially made headbands to Teddington Memorial Hospital. These protect NHS workers ears from the elastic straps on their face masks."
LEH Computer Whizz reaches finals of National Computational Thinking Challenge
11 year old student, Aleeza Hussain from Lady Eleanor Holles School was a finalist in a recent national computational thinking challenge at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford, putting her in the top 1% of her age group.
27th February 2020 — Talented student Aleeza Husain from Lady Eleanor Holles School was invited to the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford on Saturday 25 January as a finalist in a UK-wide competition – The UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge.
Reaching the final of the Juniors (10–12) age group is an impressive achievement, as 79,986 students entered the first round for this age group. Aleeza was among the top 61 highest achieving students invited to the final round in her age group, and was presented with her finalist’s certificate at a prize-giving ceremony at Hertford College.
Miss Bruin, Head of Computing at LEH stated ‘All of us in the Computer Science department are very proud of Aleeza, this really was a great achievement.’
After her day at Oxford University, Aleeza said ‘During my day at Oxford I felt very excited and eager to learn more about Oxford University. I had a wonderful day looking around Hertford College and the lecture on turtle programming was extremely interesting.’
The UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge, supported by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, is designed to get students excited about computing and computational thinking. It is a problem-solving contest with questions inspired by topics in computer science. In the first round, held in their own schools, students have to try and solve as many problems as possible in the allotted time. There are six age categories. The highest scoring students from the four oldest age groups (Elite, Seniors, Intermediate, and Juniors) were then invited to the Department of Computer Science at Oxford for the finals over two weekends in February.
Huge congratulations to LEH student and cellist Megan (Year 9) who was declared the winner of the Kingston Festival on Saturday night.
30th January 2020 — She performed a mesmerising and dazzling programme of Meditation by Thais followed by the extraordinarily virtuosic variation on one string by Paganini and brought the house down. This is the culmination of months of classes involving hundreds of musicians and the school congratulates Megan on being declared the overall winner and awarded the title of Kingston Young Musician 2020.
Interestingly enough, the runner-up was Henry from Hampton School, who also plays in the LEH Symphony Orchestra with Megan and is a superb horn player!
Visits to the school
We encourage prospective parents to arrange to visit the school, meet pupils and staff, and hear a talk from the Head Mistress, before their daughter sits the entrance examination.
Please visit our website www.lehs.org.uk or contact the Registrar for details of our Open Days for 7+, 11+ and 16+ for entry the following September. Our main prospectuses as well as our Sixth Form prospectus and our Information prospectus are all available on our website.
Applications for admission should be submitted online through our website. Applications are made during the year prior to the proposed year of admission to the school.
The main points of entry to the school are at 7+ into the Junior School, 11+ into the Senior School and 16+ into the Sixth Form.
All applicants sit entrance examinations and may be interviewed (7+ activity session).
Finding out more
Lady Eleanor Holles School, Hanworth Road, Hampton, TW12 3HF