St Helen's School

St Helen's School


Over 200 of our gifted girls in various orchestras, choirs and bands came together to present the Spring Ensembles Concert this week. Repertoire included everything from Carmen to Michael Jackson and Olivia Rodrigo!

While there were many fabulous performances, there were some particularly notable solos from Riya (Y12) in the St Helen’s Orchestra, Isabelle (Y8), accompanying the Junior Chamber Singers and a stunning vocal solo from Aaria (Y7) to round off the evening.

A lovely treat for the beginning of term!
This morning, our formidable, bright and talented Sixth Form girls spoke to Prep School parents about how their school experience has shaped the life skills and talents they are preparing to take into the world. New Head Girl Libby and Deputy Head Girl Ria also both gave eloquent talks on their individual experiences.

We are exceptionally proud of them for showing parents where their daughters are heading in the future - thank you to all who attended.
Our U18 Rugby team did us proud at Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens - the world's largest school rugby tournament! It was an epic event where the girls made it to the semi finals of the plate competition and had the opportunity to play on the number one showcase pitch.

Fantastic effort. Well done!
Welcome back to our girls as we start the Summer Term! So much to look forward to this term.
Confidence in action! Massive well done to our Phab team who raised over £4,000 at this term's Phab R***e. As always, our girls worked on this highly-anticipated show together with boys from Merchant Taylors' School to raise money for our Phab residential in the summer.
Ahead of Deaf Awareness Week next month, Ria in Year 13 has written about her experience as a hearing aid user, and someone born with a bilateral sensorineural severe hearing loss, in the latest issue of The Linkway:

"I often feel caught between two worlds: the hearing world and the deaf world. Whilst I am grateful to be a hearing aid user and to be able to have access to the hearing world, I do sometimes choose to switch them off, leaving and entering each world at my will. Through this, I almost feel as if I am creating my own world in which sound is not even known to exist. It becomes a harmonious solitary place for me.

"Too many hearing people think that the hardest part about being deaf is being deaf, but this could not be further
from the truth. The issue lies in the barriers and lack of accessibility to what we need."

Read Ria's full article on page nine of The Linkway 👉
Amazing news from our U9, U10 and U11 teams, who won all three age groups with a final score of St Helen’s 111 to HABs 79, in the Division 10 swimming league.

A great ending to the league and we are looking forward to the Finals in May!
Congratulations to Bianca, who came first in Oxford University's David Raeburn prize with her performance of an extract from the prologue to Dyskolos (The Bad-Tempered Man) by Menander. Watch Bianca's performance here:
Huge congratulations to Kathryn, who became the Regional (London) Champion for Grade 5 at the British Gymnastics National Development Pathway Grades Competition.

Kathryn achieved a first overall from a Gold on Beam, Bronze on Floor, Bronze on Range and fourth on Bars. She won the competition against 21 other girls from across London.
Thank you Hannah, Milla and Bella - who left St Helen's to study Geography at Cambridge, Exeter and LSE last year - for returning to talk to our current Sixth Form students.

The girls gave us a valuable insight into their courses, and how to prepare for life beyond school. What a useful and impressive session.
In the latest issue of The Linkway, our school magazine created by our brilliant students, the girls have been looking back on some of the amazing places the school has travelled to – from Shanghai to Morocco.

Read the full article on page two of The Linkway 👉
Phase one of our Iconic Design display in the STEM Centre foyer is complete! How many design icons do you recognise?

This display will be updated termly to demonstrate the link between design and engineering for our students.

A Leading Independent Day School for Girls aged 3 to 18

A leading independent girls’ day school, St Helen’s provides an outstanding education for girls aged three to eighteen. Situated at the heart of Northwood in North London since its foundation in 1899, the School provides the opportunity for more than 1100 girls to excel academically, to fulfil their all-round potential and to acquire the skills, insight and confidence to become the leaders of their professions and communities.

Operating as usual


We are immensely proud of our girls' 2023 GCSE results.

While academic achievement is fundamental to St Helen's, we believe in an integrated approach to preparing today's young women to be tomorrow's future leaders. Acting Head, Mrs Neelam Varma, commented: "It is particularly impressive that the girls have done all this whilst embracing the full range of wider opportunities provided and giving back to the community through charitable projects."

Discover more about this year's results and what differentiates St Helen's:

Photos from St Helen's School's post 25/08/2023

Yesterday, as the St Helen's community, we celebrated the GCSE results achieved by our Year 11's. We are so proud of everything our girls have achieved!

While we honour our girls, we also thank our staff who guide our girls, our parent body who support our work and our wider community who contribute to our school.

Read more about this year's results:



It has been an incredible day at St Helen's as staff and students celebrated the Year 11’s and their fantastic GCSE results. We are so proud of everything our girls have achieved and wish them all the best as they transition into the next phase of their young lives.

St Helen's School Acting Head, Neelam Varma, commented: "These are fantastic results across the whole spectrum of subjects... I am excited to see all that this cohort will go on to achieve!"

Read more about this year's results:


Congratulations to our Year 11's!

Today is a day to celebrate you and your dedication. It is not just our current staff, parents and pupils who celebrate, but the entire St Helen’s community. Thank you to Maya from the class of 2016 for sharing this message with all those receiving their results today.


Good morning and welcome to ! We wish our Year 11's all the best as they receive their results later today.

Photos from St Helen's School's post 23/08/2023

We pride ourselves in helping each student of ours to pursue their passion, from music to mathematics, sports to science. We support our students to achieve their potential.


Discover our approach to teaching, where we gently ‘nudge’ our students to break through boundaries in new ways. We are focused not just on exam results but on equipping our students for their future careers.

Photos from St Helen's School's post 21/08/2023

The Teens in Artificial Intelligence Hackathon Competition saw 14 St Helen’s students enter an immersive contest against teams from across the globe. Read more about this fantastic weekend.

Photos from St Helen's School's post 18/08/2023

Yesterday we, as a school community, celebrated our class of 2023 and the fantastic set of results they achieved for their A Levels. We are immensely proud of every one of them.

These results are as much a reflection of individual achievement as they are of our greater school community, and we want to thank you all for helping our girls achieve their results. From our staff who guide our girls to the parents who support our work and the many members of the wider community who contribute to our school, we thank you all.

To read more about this year's results, follow this link:


Congratulations to our class of 2023. Your perseverance, determination and hard work have resulted in a wonderful set of results you can be proud of. We wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

“Every year, our leavers go on to study an impressively wide range of degree courses at universities across the UK, and with these results, this year will be no different.” - Neelam Varma (Acting Head, St Helen's School)


St Helen's community celebrates the class of 2023!

Felicity Morris, from the class of 2005, is currently a TV and Film Director who recently won a BAFTA for her work on the Netflix documentary The Tinder Swindler. She shared the following for the class of 2023.



Today we celebrated the hard work, determination, and perseverance of our Year 13 students as they collected their long-awaited A Level results.

St Helen's School Acting Head, Neelam Varma, commented: “We are absolutely delighted with these results and so proud of all our Year 13 students have achieved.”

Read more about this year's results:


Congratulations to the class of 2023! Today is a day to celebrate you and your dedication.

It is not just the current staff, parents and pupils who celebrate today, but the entire St Helen's community. Meera Shah, from the class of 2012, a Postdoctoral Researcher at KU Leuven, Belgium, shared the following words of encouragement.


Good morning and welcome to ! We wish our Y13's all the best as they receive their results later today.


At St Helen’s, we encourage all prep and senior students to engage in our wide range of co-curricular activities. This in turn broadens their horizons and teaches them additional skills to take into their adult lives. Read our article to discover more.


What makes St Helen’s such a unique place for learning? How does our HIP Programme benefit all students in many ways? Find out by reading our article, with answers from a teacher and a student.

Photos from St Helen's School's post 11/08/2023


A few weeks ago, our Classics trip to Butser Ancient Farm, an open-air experimental archaeology museum and active research centre in Hampshire, saw our Year 7s learning about life in Roman Britain. The farm has reconstructed a Roman villa as well as several Celtic Roundhouses.


“The teachers have been instrumental in encouraging us.” Our fantastic teachers guide our students as they consider University options and career paths. Discover how we collectively help our students prepare for their next steps.


Our novel way of teaching and implementing ‘the coaching culture’ has enabled our students to take more responsibility for their progress whilst being nurtured along the way. Read all about it in our article.

Photos from St Helen's School's post 08/08/2023


Our Year 5’s spent the day on The River Chess, a chalk stream that rises near Chesham in the Chiltern Hills and flows for eleven miles through Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. During their field trip, they measured the velocity, length and width at the source and mouth as part of their geography learning topic.



St Helen's made history as the only school in the UK to be shortlisted for T4’s prestigious World’s Best School Prize for Innovation.

This was in recognition for our ‘Nudge for Learning’ program, which you can learn more about here:

Photos from St Helen's School's post 04/08/2023


Three of our Year 13s, Liana, Amelia and Maha, were invited to the gorgeous gardens of Buckingham Palace to celebrate receiving their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. It was a special moment that they wouldn’t soon forget. They were able to meet and exchange a few words with Prince Edward! Congratulations, Liana, Amelia, and Maha!

Photos from St Helen's School's post 03/08/2023


Our Old Girl's Day was filled with joy and nostalgia! Past St Helen’s students from different years gathered to reconnect, reminisce, and share their beautiful memories. The group heard from former teachers, some of whom shared some special memories with those present. It was truly a special occasion, and we are already looking forward to the next gathering.



Our Year 10 and 11 badminton team travelled to Chelmsford County High School for Girls, and the results were smashing 🎾 – Ana, Amiya, Khadeeja and Jenani all secured wins from their singles matches, followed by Sowmiya, Anya, Taisha, and Renuka who won their doubles matches. These impressive results ensured that the team secured a place in the finals.


Life at St Helen’s is not just about churning out the best exam results. It is about doing ‘your’ best. Find out more by watching our video!

Photos from St Helen's School's post 31/07/2023


Who could forget the amazing competition day celebrated at Hillingdon Stadium for our Senior School Sports Day! 🔥🥵 🥇

Bronte House emerged victorious in an incredibly close contest, followed by Franklin, Seacole and Kahlo. 🎖️🏆

There was some individual brilliance which was celebrated by all with Isabelle in Year 7, setting a new record with an incredible 7.45m in the shot putt, 🤩 Zoe, smashing the 10+ javelin record with 32.87m, 💪 and Abigail in Year 7, coming just 9cm short of the long jump record. 🙌

This is always a highlight on our calendar, and we love celebrating the individual successes of all involved. 🎊



We are delighted to announce that Sarah, Year 12, has been selected for a summer placement at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL).

Find out more about this incredible opportunity:

Photos from St Helen's School's post 27/07/2023

Loko Cheer Club is a co-curricular that is offered at St Helen's. Our girls put on an end-of-term mini-performance, and it was wonderful to celebrate all that girls have achieved over the past few months and witness how this club has assisted them to grow in confidence, develop new skills and appreciate the value of teamwork.

Photos from St Helen's School's post 25/07/2023

We provide our students with much-needed resources to gently push themselves beyond their comfort zone in order to achieve their desires, whatever they may be.

Discover the difference:

Photos from St Helen's School's post 25/07/2023


There were some nerves when a group of our girls headed out to RAF Kenley in Surrey as part of the Combined Cadets Force (CCF) co-curricular programme. However, these were quickly replaced with excitement as each group member briefly took control of the aircraft and could experience the thrill of flying an aeroplane. The experience brought smiles to everyone’s faces as they climbed out of the cockpit. While waiting for their turn to take to the air, the Cadets assisted with balancing the wings as ‘wing runners’ for take-offs and were responsible for attaching the ‘Towline’ to the during pre-checks.



St Helen’s took part in the National Careers Challenge for the first time this year, and out of 40,000 students, our Year 9 students were invited to participate in the Grand Finals in Birmingham.

The girls spoke to an audience of 1,000 people in the ICC Birmingham and shared their business concept, Ivy Pay. The idea, which gained highly positive feedback from NatWest, is to launch charm bracelets with NFC chips. The same chips that enable contactless payments in smartphones and other wearables. This fusion of fashion and finance seeks to allow the teen market to take advantage of the benefits of contactless payments without the need for expensive accessories such as an Apple Watch.

We look forward to seeing the progress of this great business idea.


Our students are encouraged to take their learning beyond the classroom, expanding their horizons in the process. We are proud to provide an array of co-curricular activities, aiding students to learn vital skills for later life.

Read about what this entails.


There is so much more to being a St Helen’s student than achieving good exam results. A St Helen’s student is always encouraged to be inquisitive, embrace learning and become who they want to be. Find out more.

Photos from St Helen's School's post 20/07/2023

The Geography Department took some of our Year 12 students to the Lake District for five days towards the end of June to collect data for their Non-Examined Assessment (NEA). The group was fortunate to have great weather, and everyone in attendance enjoyed their time in the beautiful surrounds of the Lake District.

Photos from St Helen's School's post 19/07/2023

At the start of July, our girls completed the expedition assessment of their Silver The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

They camped and hiked for three days in the beautiful Peak District while carrying all the necessary food and camping equipment. The hikes were not set out for them, so each individual had to plan and navigate their own routes.

The staff team accompanying the girls were most impressed by the perseverance, resilience and friendship displayed by all the girls in the face of exceedingly tricky weather conditions.

Their enduring positivity is a hallmark of their character, and we congratulate them on a wonderful three days!


Have questions? Hear directly from both a teacher and a student as they answer frequently asked questions about our innovative teaching methods; as well as discussing what makes St Helen’s School one of a kind!

Read our article here


Towards the end of June, a group of students attended the Department of Computing Project Showcase Day at Imperial College London.

This annual event celebrates Imperial College London students' final year project work. It allows them to present their work to an audience of academics, fellow students, and guests from industry.

Over the day, several projects were observed, the most interesting being how AI can generate training sets of high-resolution scans of kidney tissue that can be used for medical training and how to pick up vulnerabilities in software security.
The trip's highlight, however, was a demonstration of the Data Science facility, where we heard how data science is used in tracking cyber-crime and a live demo of how Bitcoin transactions are being traced.

The students all learned what it would be like to attend and study Computer Science at one of the leading UK universities. Special thanks to Mr Miller for arranging this day.


Being a St Helen’s student is about discovering what you are deeply passionate about. You are encouraged to focus on doing ‘your’ best, rather than doing ‘the’ best. Find out more about what our students have to say.

Photos from St Helen's School's post 17/07/2023

The YOTO Carnegie Awards (The Yoto Carnegies) is one of the leading children’s prizes for fiction.

Every year, the library runs a Carnegie Shadowing Group where girls read and discuss the shortlisted titles before meeting with other schools to give presentations on their favourite Carnegie book. They then vote on their favourite books and wait to see if it matches the Carnegie Judges’ decision, which was announced in June.

The Carnegie Shadowing initiative is a national event that promotes discussion and reading for pleasure. This year Merchant Taylors’ School hosted it, and St Helen’s girls spent the afternoon in their Senior School Library with students from MTS (Merchant Taylors' School), Northwood College for Girls (Northwood College for Girls), and John Lyon School (John Lyon School).

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