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Francis Holland School, Regent's Park

39 Ivor Place


T: +44 (0)20 7723 0176

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ISC ID: 61719


Mr Charles Fillingham (Headmaster)

Girls - age range:

Day: 11 to 18


509 pupils

Francis Holland School, Regent's Park case studies (34)

Impact of partnership work done in 2019 (ISC annual Census 2020)

  • 20 state schools involved
  • 500+ state school pupils involved
  • 476 staff hours given

*Please note, data shown here is from the 2020 Census for partnerships in 2019, rather than from the 2021 Census. This is due to the impact of COVID-19 on full year collection for 2021. The coronavirus pandemic has forced many schools to put some partnership projects on hold until restrictions are eased.

Impact Statement

St Marylebone School reached out to us to ask for our help with Latin teaching. They had no spare capacity to offer the language to girls in Year 8 and we were delighted to be able to step in and run after-school lessons every week at their school. The project began in September 2017 with the aim to provide an introduction to Latin course for girls at our partner school. The course will be deemed to be successful if the girls are motivated and able to progress to a Latin course for Year 9 and beyond that for GCSE. This partnership requires teaching time, marking and preparation time. Text books, photocopying and exercise books are also provided for the students. Francis Holland is paying one teacher for her additional hours for these lessons. There will be a qualitative outcome at the end of the year when the pupils are offered the chance to continue with Latin. We hope to be able to build on this project next year to reach more pupils.

Francis Holland has an enviable address book of contacts who are willing to come in and speak to the pupils. Often they are motivated by the opportunity to speak to girls in particular and they sometimes have a message of empowerment, resilience or motivation for their audience. These talks are as appropriate to the girls from St Marylebone as they are to the girls of Francis Holland; we are good neighbours to each other and we share good things. The project began early in 2016 and continues. Over the past year there have been opportunities to attend a series of talks by influential women and career panels with guests from the High Technology Industry and Architecture.

One teacher from Francis Holland School is a trustee of “Sapere”. They offers sessions at Holy Trinity and St Silas Primary School one afternoon each week. The aim is to encourage philosophical enquiry in young minds and this project is based on work which goes on here at Francis Holland School and through the teachings of "Sapere" which is a national charity specialising in philosophy for children. This project has been running for four years and is the brainchild of one teacher who, semi-retired, wanted to offer time and support to other schools. One class of pupils in Year 4 are involved each week (thirty pupils).

An experienced Classics teacher from Francis Holland School is a volunteer for "Classics for All". They volunteer at Kelmscott School, where she teaches A level Latin to some of their teachers who are now offering Latin at GCSE. She has also delivered some revision sessions for one teacher studying GCSE Greek. This collaboration is designed to bring a knowledge of Classical languages and the ancient world to pupils who might not otherwise have the opportunity to study the classics. This partnership has arisen from the interest and commitment of a dedicated teacher who has a passion for the classics. The project began in summer 2017 and continues as a fortnightly commitment.

One of our Chemistry teachers has been a judge at the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Communicators Challenge for undergraduate students at Imperial College and University College London and works as an A level Chemistry Practical Adviser, visiting other schools to offer advice and guidance on how to approach the A level Practical Endorsement. This aids with development of science education in other schools and encourages a love of the subject.

Every year we host potential Oxbridge candidates from state schools such as the London Academy of Excellence and Camden School for girls, providing both Oxbridge interview guidance and Mock interview practice. We have many teachers who are experienced in preparing students for the rigours of interview at an Oxford or Cambridge college and we share this expertise gladly with state school partners. Our Chemistry and Physics Departments have also run seminar sessions with Camden School for Girls and City and Islington College.

Every week, pupils from a local state primary school take swimming lessons in our pool. The aim is provide opportunities to these pupils which they would otherwise not have, and to promote a lifelong love of the sport alongside a healthy lifestyle. We provide the pool and also swimming teaching to the school since St George's does not have a qualified coach. This is a commitment of teaching time, preparation time as well as physical resources. A number of students also provide coaching to 20 St George’s pupils through the CSLA scheme.

Several Sixth Form students are involved in reading buddy schemes at St. Vincent's Catholic Primary School and Swiss Cottage Specialist School. This aids with the development of these pupils literacy skills and enables our own students to develop soft skills.

Francis Holland, Regent's Park offers full, means-tested bursaries at 11+ and 16+ up to 100% of fees. There is enormous support amongst the parent body for a widening of participation in our school and many parents make regular donations to our bursary fund.

Scholarships tend to be recognition rather than financial support and we offer scholarship at both 11+ and 16+. Academic success, sporting prowess, artistic and musical skill can all be rewarded with scholarships or exhibitions.

  • Academic scholarships
  • Art scholarships
  • Music scholarships
  • Clergy discounts
  • Sixth Form scholarships
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils

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