Francis Holland School, Sloane Square, is one of two separate independent girls’ day schools governed by the Francis Holland Schools Trust. Situated in Graham Terrace, SW1, the school enjoys a convenient central location near Victoria Station. It shares its name with the school at Regent’s Park (NW1).
Over 600 girls aged 4–18 are enrolled at the Sloane Square school, which is known for its high academic standards, excellent pastoral care and ‘happy and purposeful atmosphere’. Both Francis Holland schools were founded in the 1870s by the Reverend Canon Francis Holland, and have been continually developed to provide for the rapidly evolving needs of modern education. The Sloane Square school boasts facilities including a state-of-the-art technology suite, rooftop garden, performing arts studio and a wellness suite. Most outdoor sports take place at Battersea Park and its Millennium Arena, with girls transferred by coach for sports lessons and matches.
Francis Holland School, Sloane Square enjoys an enviable reputation for academic success while striving to be known as a caring, nurturing environment where girls can thrive. The school’s curriculum is designed to stimulate ‘the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of all pupils’ and is complemented by a plethora of enrichment activities, ranging from maths and science challenges to creative writing workshops and cross-curricular collaboration. In 2021, 91% of pupils achieved grades 9–7 at GCSE and 80% A*/A at A level. Pupils routinely go on to study at Cambridge, Imperial and UCL among other leading universities.
Headteacher: Lucy Elphinstone
Address: 39 Graham Terrace, London, SW1W 8JF
London Borough: City of Westminster
Admission contact: [email protected], 020 7730 2971
Age range and gender: 4–18, girls only
Number of pupils: 600 (approximate)
Number of places in Year 7: Undisclosed
Ratio of applicants to places: Undisclosed
Overview of selection procedure for Year 7 entry in 2023: London 11+ Consortium test, school reference, interview
Registration opens: Currently open. Apply online
Registration closes: 11th November 2022
Assessment date for Year 7 entry in 2023: Friday 2nd, Tuesday 6th or Thursday 8th December 2022
Interview date: Wednesday 11th January 2023
Result of application emailed to parents: 10th February 2023
The current senior school fees for Francis Holland School Sloane Square are £7,380 per term, £22,140 per annum. This includes books, lunch and Personal Accident Insurance.
When accepting a place at Francis Holland School, a deposit of £2,600 is payable, of which £2,500 will be returned on the final school bill along with a deduction of £100 for a subscription to Francis Holland Old Girls' Life.
One of the Francis Holland Schools Trust’s key objectives is to offer a top class education to children who would not otherwise be able to afford it.
Bursary awards are typically offered at Year 7 and on entry to the sixth form and are reassessed annually as family circumstances may change. Bursaries are awarded based on a number of factors, including:
The ability of the girl and her fit with the school
The overall financial circumstances of the fee payers, both income and assets
The family circumstances of the applicant
The financial position of the Trust
Remission on a third of the fees is automatically available to places offered to daughters of the clergy.
Francis Holland is also part of the London Fee Assistance Consortium.
The closing date for bursary applications is Monday 21st November 2022. For more information parents are encouraged to contact the bursar on 020 7730 8359 or [email protected].
Francis Holland School awards scholarships in recognition of excellent achievement. Alongside fee discounts, children will be provided with opportunities for enrichment in their disciplines.
Year 7 academic scholarships: 5% of fees
Year 7 music scholarships: 5% of fees
Year 7 drama scholarships: 5% of fees
Year 7 art scholarships: 5% of fees
Year 7 sport scholarships: 5% of fees
Year 7 classical ballet scholarship (only one is available): up to £2,000
Scholarship applicants will be invited to an audition or assessment – the dates haven’t been announced by the school yet, but it will likely be in January 2023.
For more information, contact the registrar on 020 7824 5005 or [email protected].
The term dates at Francis Holland School Sloane Square for 2022–23 are:
Autumn term: 5th September – 9th December 2022
Half term: 17th – 28th October 2022
Spring term: 4th January – 24th March 2023
Half term: 13th–17th February 2023
Summer term: 17th April – 6th July 2023
Half term: 29th May – 2nd June 2023
If you would like to register your daughter for Year 7 entry to Francis Holland School Sloane Square in September 2023, you’ll need to complete the online application form before the deadline of 11th November 2022 (while your daughter is in Year 6). The fee for each application is £150 (or £200 for overseas applicants) and is non-refundable.
Once you have submitted the application form and fee, you will be able to log into the school’s admissions portal, where you will be able to track the progress of your application. Your daughter will be automatically registered for the entrance exam and a reference will be requested from the headteacher of her current school.
Your daughter will sit the entrance assessment on Friday 2nd, Tuesday 6th or Thursday 8th December 2022. The Francis Holland schools are part of the London 11+ Consortium, a group of several schools with a coordinated assessment process. If your daughter has applied to multiple schools within the London 11+ Consortium, she only needs to sit the entrance exam once and her results will be shared with all schools to which she has applied.
Make sure to submit a school application form to all schools within the consortium that you want to apply to, so that they are each able to access your daughter’s results. You must apply to each of the Francis Holland schools separately if you want to be considered for a place at both.
Children take the assessment at their current primary or prep school. If your daughter’s current school does not offer this facility, she will be invited to take the test at Francis Holland School Sloane Square or one of the other Consortium schools she has applied to. There is no advantage to sitting the test at any particular location.
Following the entrance assessment, your child will be invited to attend an interview on Wednesday 11th January 2023 to assess their skills in problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity. This will be a half-day session. Unlike Francis Holland Regent’s Park, the Sloane Square school interviews every pupil who applies.
If you have applied for a scholarship in art, drama, music, sport or ballet, your daughter will be invited to an additional assessment or audition. The dates for these are still to be confirmed by the school here, but they are likely to be in January 2023.
Francis Holland School considers the whole picture created by the assessment results, interview performance and school reference to assess each child’s potential and decide whether to offer a place. Children with a sibling already at the school are not automatically offered a place, but may be given preference over an equally suited candidate.
You will get an email on Friday 10th February 2023 with the results of your application to Francis Holland School. If your daughter is offered a place, you must accept or decline the offer by the deadline of 12 noon on Monday 6th March 2023.
Both Francis Holland Schools are part of the London 11+ Consortium, a group of London senior schools. Your child only has to take the entrance assessment once to apply to multiple schools in the Consortium.
For Year 7 entry in September 2023 onwards, the London 11+ Consortium is updating the format and content of their entrance assessment. The new process aims to go beyond testing cognitive ability alone and seeks to discover a child’s potential in creative and critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and problem-solving.
The new assessment is 100 minutes long (1 hour 40 minutes) with a 30-minute break in the middle.
During the assessment, your child will see a clock on the screen that will count down in minutes showing her how long she has left for each section. It will be visible but not so large as to be distracting.
The Francis Holland School assessment has six sections, all taken on a computer, in the following order:
Maths – 20 minutes
Non-verbal reasoning – 10 minutes
English comprehension and SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) – 20 minutes
Verbal reasoning – 10 minutes
(Break – 30 minutes)
Problem solving – 15 minutes
Analysis – 25 minutes
The first four parts of the assessment are adaptive, which means the questions are tailored to your child’s performance. This method of assessment gives reliable results in assessing cognitive reasoning ability. The final two sections (problem-solving and analysis) will be nonadaptive, meaning all candidates will see exactly the same questions.
For more information on what to expect from the Francis Holland School entrance assessment process, visit our complete guide to the London 11+ Consortium.
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