Lady Eleanor Holles (locally known as LEH) is an independent day school for girls located on a 24-acre campus in Hampton, South West London. The school accepts girls from ages 7–18 with a junior school, a senior school and a sixth form all on the same site. The school was founded in 1710, making it one of the oldest girls’ schools in the UK.
Lady Eleanor Holles has strong links with next-door Hampton School, with a Joint Liaison Committee which oversees, promotes and celebrates the links between them. Some of the areas of co-operation include joint co-curricular activities, modern language exchanges, charity and career events and preparation for university.
LEH believes that excellent results should be a by-product of a pupil’s education and not the central focus; pupils are encouraged to develop intellectual curiosity and a love of learning. Regardless, pupils at LEH receive exceptional exam results – in 2021, 56% of all A level grades were A* and 87% of all GCSE grades the very top grades of 9–8 (A* equivalent and higher).
In a recent inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), Lady Eleanor Holles was graded ‘excellent’ in all areas – and the academic achievement and personal development of the pupils was found to be of the highest standards.
Headteacher: Mrs Heather Hanbury
Address: Lady Eleanor Holles, Hanworth Road, Hampton, TW12 3HF
London Borough: Richmond upon Thames
Admissions contact: contact admissions through the school website, 020 8979 1601
Age range and gender: 7–18, girls only
Number of pupils: 977
Number of places in Year 7: 100 (of which two-thirds are for external applicants)
Ratio of applicants to places: undisclosed
Open day date: Friday 30th September, Wednesday 5th October and Tuesday 11th October 2022. Book a place online.
Overview of selection procedure for Year 7 entry: Entrance exam, school report and potential interview
Registration opens: currently open
Registration closes: 7th November 2022
Assessment date for Year 7 entry: Sunday 4th December 2022
Scholarship assessment date: 25th and 26th January 2023
The tuition fees at Lady Eleanor Holles for 2022–23 are £7,572 per term. This includes stationery and textbooks but does not include lunch, which is compulsory and costs £245 per term. Lady Eleanor Holles offers a sibling discount of 10% on the fees for the youngest daughter if three or more daughters attend the school at the same time.
Lady Eleanor Holles provides £1.2 million in financial support each year to talented pupils of low-income families, with 8% of students currently receiving some level of need-based financial support. Bursaries can range from £1,000 a term to 100% of tuition. Parents whose combined income is less than £50,000 can expect to receive a 100% bursary if their daughter is successful in the Year 7 application process, while families with a combined income of more than £90,000 are unlikely to qualify for assistance.
Scholarships are available for Year 7 pupils at Lady Eleanor Holles School:
Academic Scholarships: 10% of school fees
Music Scholarships: 10% of school fees
Music Exhibitions: 7.5% of school fees
The term dates for Lady Eleanor Holles in 2022–23 are:
Autumn term: 6th September – 14th December 2022
Half term: 17th – 28th October 2022
Spring term: 9th January – 24th March 2023
Half term: 13th – 17th February 2023
Summer term: 18th April – 7th July 2023
Half term: 29th May – 2nd June 2023
If you would like to register your daughter for a place in Year 7 at Lady Eleanor Holles in 2023, you will need to complete the online registration form before midday on Monday 7th November 2022. You will also need to pay a non-refundable registration fee of £150 (if you are applying for a bursary and your child is in receipt of free school meals, this can be waived).
If you would like to apply for fee assistance for Lady Eleanor Holles you will need to complete an additional application form when these are released in September.
All 11 plus candidates will take the ISEB Common Pre-test at their current school, or at Lady Eleanor Holles, in autumn 2022. For candidates taking this at Lady Eleanor Holles, these sessions will take place between 23rd and 25th November 2022. All candidates will take an additional exam – problem-solving – on Sunday 4th December 2022.
The results of this first stage will be released to parents/careers in mid January. Candidates who have been successful in the entrance exams will be invited back for one-to-one interviews at Lady Eleanor Holles on 24th, 25th and 26th January 2023. Candidates who have applied for a Music Scholarship or Music Exhibition will also have an audition at the school on 25th or 26th January.
Applicants will receive offer letters in early February 2023, with places to be accepted by early March 2023.
All applicants to Year 7 at Lady Eleanor Holles will take the ISEB Common Pre-test during autumn 2022, either at their own school or at Lady Eleanor Holles. This is an adaptive test that is taken using a computer; as the child answers questions, they become easier or more challenging depending on the child’s attainment. It covers four subjects:
English (25 minutes): assessment of comprehension, spelling, punctuation and grammar
Maths (50 minutes): assessment of Key Stage 2 number, measurement, data, algebra and geometry
Verbal reasoning (36 minutes): assessment of logic and problem-solving skills
Non-verbal reasoning (32 minutes): assessment of the candidate’s ability to understand and analyse visual information
Take a look at our complete guide to the ISEB Common Pre-test.
Applicants will also sit a second paper for entry to Lady Eleanor Holles. This is a problem-solving exam and will be taken at the school on Sunday 4th December 2022.
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