Virtual Open Day

Webinar for Lower School and Nursery Entry (3+)

 

Webinar for Senior School Entry (11+)

 

We hope that you enjoy our virtual open day experience of our School. On this page you will find:

  • A link to our Lower School and Senior School Webinars to meet our Headmistress, Deputy Head and Teaching Staff
  • A selection of School videos and photo galleries on our carousel to showcase everything PGHS can offer your daughter. 
  • An interactive map which shows all of the excellent on-site and off-site facilities available to pupils.  
  • Answers to FAQs

You can also view our:

Why choose PGHS?

Mrs Wendy Kempster, Headmistress

Miss Hannah Lucas, Deputy Head

Meet our Head Girls

What our Parents Say

Visit the Nursery

Visit the
Lower School

Visit the
Senior School

Joining Year 7

What our Lower School Pupils Say

What our Senior School Pupils Say

 

 

What our Alumnae Say

Extra-Curricular

Recognising the importance of developing well-rounded individuals, we offer an exciting programme of extra–curricular activities. PGHS takes every opportunity to nurture your daughter’s passions and develop her skills, providing over 80 clubs per week. Pupils enjoy visits to places of interest, participate in residential trips and enjoy a diverse range of visitors, from poets to politicians.

 

 

Sport

Understanding the value of health and fitness, we are committed to helping girls discover and develop their sporting talents. All girls are encouraged to be physically active, benefiting from specialist teaching in PE from Reception onwards. They take part in the Prep, Junior and Senior Sports Days and many have the opportunity to represent the school in the wide range of inter-school fixtures and competitions.

 

STEM

We develop every girl’s passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), equipping them with skills that are much in demand in a modern economy. PGHS has excellent STEM facilities including a fully equipped Design & Technology room, a well-resourced ICT suite and dedicated Science labs. Pupils participate in exciting, hands-on projects and experiments and extend their knowledge through attending special events such as the London Schools Hydrogen Challenge and The Royal Institution Engineering Masterclasses.

The Arts

Within and beyond the curriculum, girls are encouraged to use creativity to enhance their learning. Specialist teachers provide opportunities for pupils of all ages provide opportunities for girls to develop their artistic, musical and dramatic skills, including LAMDA. Pupils showcase their talents in a variety of concerts, assemblies, performances and art exhibitions. All pupils have access to the excellent facilities, including a brand new music suite.

Interactive Map

Elizabeth Smith Hall

The ESH is an additional hall to our main school hall and was named after a former pupil and Governor. The hall is used for a variety of curricular and extra-curricular activities. Prep assemblies, drama, literary workshops, visiting speakers and social events take place here and there is also an adjoining garden area. Year 11 sit their GCSE exams in the hall as it is separate from the main school.

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Science

From Year 5 upwards Science lessons take place in one of two modern and fully equipped Science Labs. Senior pupils study Biology, Chemistry and Physics and there are many enrichment activities to support the curriculum i.e. Science Week, Living Eggs project and the CREST awards competition.

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The Prep Department

Reception provides a stimulating and secure learning environment. Excellent resources inside and outside fosters exploration, imagination and independence. Specialist teaching in PE, Music and Drama begins in Reception and in Years 1 and 2, pupils have additional specialist teaching in Art, Design & Technology, French and Spanish with access to a dedicated Art Studio and Design & Technology workshop.

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Main Hall / Gym

The Main Hall is used for full School assemblies, performing art assemblies, gymnastics, dance and drama. The hall was originally called the Avondale Hall and was used to hold meetings for the Suffragettes.

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Drama

Drama takes place in one of two halls which are fully equipped with staging, lighting and sound.  In addition to timetabled Drama lessons, girls can opt to take part in group LAMDA (Speech & Drama) sessions.

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Dining Hall

Harrison Catering Services provides healthy School meals for PGHS and there are 3 weekly menus. All meals are freshly prepared on-site. The company focus is the provision of high quality meals made with fresh and seasonal ingredients.

The Smart Raspberry after school Cookery Club for Preps and Juniors is also run here.

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Humanities

Humanities comprise the Geography and History Departments. Geography aims to tackle the big issues facing the world today such as environmental responsibility, global interdependence and cultural understanding and tolerance. Residential field trips support the curriculum. 

History aims to inspire pupils to examine, question and, most importantly, appreciate the study of past events.  This enhances not only their historical understanding but can be invaluable when applied to their studies in all subjects.

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St. John's Church

PGHS holds two main events each year at St. John’s Church –  Founder’s Day and the Christmas Carol Service.  These events are an important way for the whole School to come together and celebrate.  The after-school Club run by M&M Childcare is also based in St. John’s Church Hall.

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Library

The library houses a collection of high-quality, attractive print and electronic resources for all the pupils in the School. We stock a diverse selection of fiction covering different genres, interests and abilities for children, teenagers and adults and the collection covers the wide range of curriculum areas providing for all year groups

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D&T

We are fortunate to have a well-equipped professional D&T workshop on-site with access to a 3D printer, pillar drill, sheet metal bender, wire sculptor and CAD & CAM technology. This enables pupils to study resistant materials, electronic products and product design.

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The Junior Department

The Juniors have their main subjects taught in their classrooms and then visit specialist classrooms to be taught by subject specialist teachers in Art, Design & Technology, Drama, French, Music, PE and Spanish. Many of the practical subjects are taught in half class groups.

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MFL, English, Maths

Through studying both English Language and English Literature, pupils regularly explore a wide variety of texts from the classics to more contemporary writers. Theatre trips and visits are arranged throughout the academic year to enhance pupils’ understanding and enjoyment.

Our Mathematics Department aims to ensure that all pupils gain a firm understanding of mathematical principles, which are integral to the study of Science, Technology, and the Arts (STEAM).

Our Modern Foreign Language (MFL) Department has access to an extensive range of resources and pupils are taught French and Spanish through a wide variety of active methods which make learning fun.

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Music

The music suite contains its own ICT area (software includes Sibelius, Mixcraft8 and Soundtrap), an interactive whiteboard as well as a wide range of instruments with a full class set of keyboards, ukuleles, xylophones and a samba percussion kit.

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ICT

ICT and Computing is taught throughout the whole school using Laptops, iPads and PCs with great emphasis on online safety so that all pupils understand how to use ICT securely.

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Art

Pupils are taught in a fully-equipped Art studio where they experience a wide range of materials and techniques, including sculpture, screen printmaking, mono-printing, relief printing, batik, observational drawing, painting and collage.

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Nursery

PGHS Nursery is our pre-school for 3-4 year old girls. The Nursery is purpose-built and has excellent classroom facilities for children as well as a lovely garden area for climbing, balancing, riding tricycles and scooters, ball skills, playing in the sand or water, observing the natural world and much more!

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Southbury Leisure Centre

Girls in Years 10 & 11 go to Southbury Leisure Centre where, during their triple lesson in the Autumn and Spring Terms, they can opt to take aerobics, badminton, basketball, swimming, volleyball or trampolining.  During the Summer term the activities move outdoors to The Walker Ground and change to Athletics, Tennis and Rounders.

 

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Trent Park Equestrian Centre

The Equestrian Centre at Trent Park is a vibrant, professional riding school for London and the Home Counties as well as a British Horse Society Equestrian Centre of Excellence. Girls in Year 5 enjoy weekly group lessons during the Autumn, Spring and Summer Terms.

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Southgate Leisure Centre

Girls from Year 3 upwards go to Southgate Leisure Centre for their weekly swimming lessons.  The annual Junior and Senior Swimming galas also take place here.

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Walker Ground

All pupils in Year 3 upwards enjoy the excellent facilities at the Walker Ground. Juniors and Seniors participate in Netball, Tennis, Unihoc, Athletics and Rounders and in addition Seniors play Football and Tag Rugby. All Sports Days are held here and parents are warmly invited.

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FAQS for entry into the Nursery and Lower School

What is the history and ethos of PGHS?

PGHS was founded in 1905 by Miss Alice Hum and has provided girls with an exceptional education for over 100 years.  We specialise in educating girls, challenging and guiding them to achieve their full potential within our warm and friendly school environment.  The School motto, “By Love Serve One Another” was carefully chosen and it still epitomises our special ethos where individuals are nurtured, successes are celebrated and their contribution to the community is greatly valued.

What does PGHS offer that is unique?

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. An exciting range of extra-curricular activities encourage girls to develop into well-rounded individuals.

What is the assessment process for joining the Lower School?

At all ages the aim of the process is to identify potential for learning. Parents with children applying to join the Nursery are interviewed with their daughters. For entry into the Main School from Reception to Year 6 candidates are invited for an individual assessment with one of the specialist primary teachers. Candidates for entry into Years 5 and 6 undergo timed tests, whilst tests for those in Year 4 and below are less formal. Those candidates who demonstrate academic potential in their assessment are invited to spend time in the School with their peers when there is then a more general assessment of ability and aptitude. All parents will be given an appointment to meet with the Headmistress.

What are the class sizes in the Lower School?

We take up to a maximum of 24 pupils in the Nursery and there are 3 members of staff: one teacher and two teaching assistants. When the Nursery is full there would be a ratio of 1 adult: 8 pupils. Throughout the Lower School there is an average of 20 pupils and some classes are taught in half class groups for specialist subjects i.e. Art, Design & Technology, ICT and Music. In addition, Year 5 and 6 enjoy Science in the laboratories.

Do you follow the National Curriculum?

For English and Maths, we ensure that our schemes of work meet all the objectives of the National Curriculum.  We create our own plans, rather than use a single commercial scheme, as we have found that those that you purchase do not have the same breadth or depth that our pupils need.

Do you set pupils for Maths and English?

There are no sets in classes but work is differentiated according to ability. This is not a rigid system and those who show potential in certain aspects of the curriculum can access the more or less challenging work within lessons.

Do you prepare pupils for the 11+ exam?

We have our own 11+ exam for the Senior School at PGHS and our pupils are fully prepared for this through their lessons and homework activities.  Girls complete long writing tasks in class to develop their writing skills. They have feedback and guidance on answering questions in comprehension exercises, targeted marking to move their writing on and weekly Mental Arithmetic tests to develop their speed and number skills. We also focus on problem solving to embed key concepts and widen the breadth of their mathematical understanding.

Which extra-curricular clubs are available?

Prep extra-curricular clubs: Prep Choir, Gym Club, Lego Club, Marble Fun Run Club, Speech and Drama (LAMDA), Prep Violin Club, Smart Raspberry Cooking Club and Born to Move

Junior extra-curricular clubs: Book Club, Born to Move, Creative Club, Horse Riding, Jigsaw Club, Junior Choir, Junior Orchestra, LAGAD, Gym Club, Netball Club, Reasoning Club, Rounders, Speech and Drama (LAMDA), Smart Raspberry Cookery Club, Tennis and Touch-Typing Club

Which sports facilities do you use?

From Year 3, all pupils go to the Walker Sports ground for their PE lessons and also to Southgate Leisure Centre for Swimming lessons.  In Years 10 & 11 the girls enjoy a whole afternoon of Sport at Southbury Leisure Centre and can choose from Swimming, Trampolining, Basketball and Fitness.

How do I register my daughter and what is the deadline for September 2021 entry?

If you would like to register your daughter for a place in our Nursery, Reception or other year groups, please download the registration form on the website and send it back to us with the registration fee.  The fee is £50 for entry into the Nursery through to Year 2 and £75 for entry into Year 3 to Year 6.   Alternatively, you can complete the registration form on-line on our website and then contact the School Office for our bank details so that you can transfer the registration fee on-line.  For entry into Reception in September 2021, your registration form needs to be with us by 31st December 2020, so we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible. For Nursery and entry into other year groups, please return your registration form as soon as possible so that we can organise an ad hoc assessment. For Nursery, your daughter can join us once she turns 3.

FAQs for entry into the Senior School

What is the history and ethos of PGHS?

PGHS was founded in 1905 by Miss Alice Hum and has provided girls with an exceptional education for over 100 years.  We specialise in educating girls, challenging and guiding them to achieve their full potential within our warm and friendly school environment.  The School motto, “By Love Serve One Another” was carefully chosen and it still epitomises our special ethos where individuals are nurtured, successes are celebrated and their contribution to the community is greatly valued.

What does PGHS offer that is unique?

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.  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.

Can you tell me more about the 11+ Entrance & Scholarship Exam?

For 11+ entry, candidates sit examinations in English, Mathematics and Reasoning, which are designed for their age group. The Mathematics, English (Comprehension) and Reasoning (NVR and VR) assessments are done via the ISEB Common Pre-test.  English (Creative Writing) is a traditional written paper. Familiarisation tests for the ISEB are available at www.testingforschools.com/player-demo-iseb and more general information can be found at www.iseb.co.uk/Examinations-Assessments/Common-Pre-Tests

What were the GCSE results for 2020?

Every year PGHS pupils achieve excellent results and this year was no exception with the overall percentage of A*/9/8 grades a magnificent 66% and A*/9 to A/7 grades was 87%.  PGHS has been ranked number one in The Sunday Times national league table for small independent schools.  Please click here to view GCSE results

What are the class sizes in the Senior School?

In Year 7, girls are split into two forms of 15 girls in each to make up one-year group of 30 girls and are taught lessons in differing teaching groups.  The average class size at GCSE level is 10.

Do you offer Scholarships?

At 11+ the School offers academic scholarships and subject awards, for which internal and external candidates are equally eligible. The scholarships or subject awards may be awarded to candidates who perform well in the 11+ entrance examinations in Mathematics and English and at interview. Music awards may be offered to outstanding musicians who play an instrument or sing with exceptional ability.  Further information on Scholarships can be found here.

Do you offer Bursaries?

Yes, applications are open for bursaries for 2021 entry.  Please refer to the bursaries section on our website here for more information.

Which Senior extra-curricular clubs are available?

Athletics

Aerobics

Art/STEAM Club

Barbershop Group

Chamber Choir

Choir (Senior)

Chess and Puzzle Club

Core Enrichment

Creative Writing Club

Crochet Club

Debating

Design & Technology

Design & Technology

 

Drama

Football

Geography

History

LAMDA

Mathematics

MFL French

MFL Spanish

Netball

Orchestra

Rounders

Science/STEAM Club

Tennis

Which sports facilities do you use?

From Year 3, all pupils go to the Walker Sports ground for their PE lessons and also to Southgate Leisure Centre for Swimming lessons.  In Years 10 & 11 the girls enjoy a whole afternoon of Sport at Southbury Leisure Centre and can choose from Swimming, Trampolining, Basketball and Fitness.

Where do pupils join you from?

Pupils join us from areas including Winchmore Hill, Palmers Green, Southgate, Enfield, Edmonton, Barnet, Crouch End, Muswell Hill, Potters Bar, Highgate and Islington.

Which schools do girls move on to for their 6th form/A-level studies?

The following list provides examples of popular Sixth Form Destinations:

Independent: Aldenham, City of London School for Girls, Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls, Haileybury, Highgate, King Alfred School, North London Collegiate, St Albans High School for Girls, St Edmunds College, St Paul’s (Hammersmith) and Queenswood.

State Selective: Dame Alice Owen’s, Henrietta Barnett, The Latymer School, and St Michael’s RC.

State Non-Selective: Alexandra Park School (APS), Ashmole, City and Islington Sixth Form College, Fortismere and Woodhouse.

How do I register my daughter and what is the deadline for September 2021 entry?

To register your daughter for Year 7 entry, please download the registration form on the website and send it back to us with the registration fee of £75.  Alternatively, you can complete the registration form on-line on our website and then contact the School Office for our bank details to transfer the registration fee on-line.  The deadline for registrations is 31st December 2020.