Headmistress’s Welcome

All sections of Palmers Green High School, from the Nursery through to the Seniors, enjoy being part of our ‘one school’ community. Preps use the same facilities as the GCSE pupils in some subjects e.g. Art, Music, PE and D&T, and Year 5 and 6 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.

Our purpose-built Nursery is designed 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, Spanish, Music and PE – frequently in half class groups.

In the Senior School small class sizes (an average of only 10 at GCSE) and a broad range of extra-curricular activities enriches the girls’ experience.  In 2020, the overall percentage of A*/9/8 grades was a magnificent 66% and A*/9 to A/7 is 87%, placing them amongst the top performers in the country.

Former pupils enjoy coming back to share their news with recent leavers 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 number one in The Sunday Times national league table for small independent schools, parents can be assured that Palmers Green High School girls not only attain excellent results in relation to their abilities and aptitudes, but also grow in confidence as members of this very special school community.

 

How Palmers Green High School ensured ‘continued learning’ during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Along with all schools nationwide, PGHS closed its doors on Monday 23rd March to protect the girls, staff and their families; however, in all other respects, we remained fully open. We specialise in educating girls, and have continued to do so throughout the pandemic. The School moved all of its teaching and learning online and now operates through Microsoft Teams.

 

During the school closure period, the girls from Year 4 upwards followed a full timetable with the younger girls using a modified version that better suited their learning needs. Staff delivered live lessons in a range of very interactive and creative ways. Work was set, submitted, marked and feedback given. All of this meant that the staff and the girls knew exactly where they are with their learning, just as they would if School were open. It was same story in the Senior School where all pupils from Year 7 to 11 have had their full timetable delivered to them remotely using Teams.  We are proud to say that the live lessons and face to face daily contact has helped us all, pupils and teachers alike, to keep our daily routine without much disruption.

 

As lockdown eased, we carried out a full risk assessment and welcomed back the younger girls to School in June in a well prepared, careful and sensible way. Looking ahead to September, PGHS is in a strong position to ensure that all girls will be able to return to School in a safe and organised manner. The advantage we have is that we are a small School with fewer than 300 pupils and small class sizes with a dedicated team of staff who work together to ensure that the girls are happy and fully engaged. The attitude to learning of the girls is second to none and we are very proud of them and feel confident that they are in an excellent place academically and pastorally as we come to the end of the strangest of terms.  Despite the pandemic, we look forward to another year of fantastic GCSE results from our Year 11s and to also welcoming back the rest of the School in September.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about the School or our Nursery, please contact Admissions on 020 8886 1135 or email office@pghs.co.uk. Our Admissions Office is open throughout the Summer to handle your enquiry and we may have some occasional spaces available for September in some year groups. You can also visit the Admissions section of our website which explains our Admissions process and offers a Virtual Tour.