Welcome to Palmers Green High School

At PGHS we specialise in educating girls, challenging them to achieve their full potential within our warm and friendly school environment. The school motto, “By Love Serve One Another” was carefully chosen by our founder, Miss Alice Hum, and it still epitomises our special ethos where each individual is nurtured, successes are celebrated and contribution to the community is greatly valued.

Academic potential is assessed prior to entry to this selective school, where over the last five years 72% of GCSE/IGCSE grades were A*or A grades.

From the Nursery through to the Seniors all sections of the school enjoy being part of our 'one school' community. Preps use the same facilities as the GCSE students in some subjects e.g. Art, Music, PE and D&T, and Juniors enjoy Science in the laboratories. Throughout, small class sizes and excellent teaching enable rapid progress, whilst exciting extra-curricular activities encourage girls to develop into well-rounded individuals.

Sports facilities at the Walker Ground, Southgate and Southbury Leisure Centres provide access to a range of sport and leisure opportunities, ensuring our girls value a healthy lifestyle. Partnership with parents is central to our girls’ success and families are proud to belong to our school community as highlighted in their comments made in our parental survey.

We are happy to welcome prospective parents and pupils to our Open Days and offer personal tours on request.

Girls may join in our Alice Nursery from 3 years of age - and leave to join their chosen sixth form aged 16. We are proud of the fact that all aspects of the school attained the top grading as outstanding/excellent in the most recent inspection report.

The Alice Nursery is our purpose-designed Pre-Prep school for 3-4 year old girls, most of whom transfer to Reception at PGHS. Lower School classes from Reception though to Year 6 benefit hugely from the encouragement and expertise of their class teachers and teaching assistants. Favourable teaching group sizes, light and airy classrooms and access to senior school facilities all lead to an inspirational learning environment. This is enriched by specialist teaching in Art, Design & Technology, Drama, French, German, Latin, Music, PE and Russian – frequently in half class groups.

In Senior School small class sizes (an average of only 10 at GCSE) and a broad range of extra-curricular activities enriches the girls’ experience. New Year 7s enjoy a three-day residential PGL trip and friendships are formed quickly and easily. Excellent teamwork helped our Year 10 pupils to win the 2014 London Schools Hydrogen Challenge, in a world record-breaking time. Over the last five years 72% of GCSE/IGCSE grades were A*/A grades, placing them amongst the top performers in the country.

Former pupils enjoy coming back to share their news with recent leavers currently following Sixth Form courses at Henrietta Barnett, St Michael’s, Latymer, Dame Alice Owen’s, King’s College Mathematical School, Woodhouse Sixth Form, North London Collegiate, Aldenham, Downe House, Headington and Roedean. Older leavers are enjoying their courses at university, including Cambridge, Oxford, UCL, King’s London, Exeter, Nottingham and Leeds.

Ranked in the Top Five of The Sunday Times national league table for small independent schools, parents can be reassured that Palmers Green High School girls not only attain excellent results in relation to their abilities and aptitudes, but also grow in confidence and poise as members of this very special school community. Here a plethora of opportunities ensures that our girls have freedom to flourish.

Mrs Wendy Kempster
Headmistress