Welcome to Princess Helena College's Virtual Open Day
Independent Day & Boarding School for Girls and Boys Aged 11-18
Virtual Open Day
Independent Day & Boarding School for Girls and Boys Aged 11-18
Virtual Open Day
Independent Day & Boarding School for Girls and Boys Aged 11-18
Virtual Open Day
Independent Day & Boarding School for Girls and Boys Aged 11-18

Princess Helena College

Traditional Values, Modern Thinking

We support each individual student to discover their potential and so they are able to leave Princess Helena College as confident adults who have exceeded their educational expectations

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Mrs Davis, Head at Princess Helena College, is delighted to welcome you to our Virtual Open Day

Why Choose Princess Helena College?

  • Every student receives 1-2-1 support from a mentor who will guide them academically and pastorally to achieve and exceed expectations
  • A Modern approach to education
  • Traditional school building surrounded by 100 acres of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside
  • We offer a tailored teaching approach which will focus on the strength of the individual
  • A community atmosphere with students building friendships across year groups and each teacher knowing each and every student on individual level, whether they teach them or not
  • 200 Years of History and Royal Patronage
  • Niche subjects offered at GCSE and A Level
  • Close proximity to London gives our students access to a wide range of cultural events and historic venues to enrich their experiences


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An education that encourages you to exceed expectations

Our staff are committed to developing the potential of every student

Princess Helena College delivers a programme of study and enrichment which is tailored to meet the needs of each individual student, encouraging them not only to succeed but to exceed.

Lessons are taught by subject specialist staff. The curriculum is overseen by the Head, who works closely with teachers to ensure the highest standards are maintained.


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Challenge yourself and try new things

Our co-curricular programme offers activities at lunchtimes and after school, as part of our extended school day. These run alongside longer term projects and one-off events, ranging from cinematography to the DofE Award and from life-saving to the Model United Nations.

Recent co-curricular activities include:

  • Badminton
  • Dance Company
  • Eco Schools
  • Football
  • Junior Choir
  • Photography Club
  • Rugby
  • Trampolining

Community, care and fun

Students are able to develop, thrive and form lifelong friendships within the diverse community of UK and international boarders

Our boarding staff work to create a supportive and relaxed environment where each student can develop at their own pace. They guide students using liberal praise and encouragement, whilst upholding high expectations of behaviour.

We offer a range of boarding options including:

  • Full Boarding
  • Weekly Boarding
  • Occasional Boarding

From September 2020 we will be welcoming girls from years 7-13 and boys from Year 7, 8, 9 and 12 into the boarding house.

Students in Years 11, 12 and 13 have individual study bedrooms, while students in Year 10 share twin spaces, and those in the junior groups share in rooms of between four and six. Boarding house facilities include kitchens and common rooms for relaxation and games. Boarders have access to the music practice rooms, sports facilities, IT suites, the Learning Resources Centre and the Art Department in evenings and weekends.

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Pastoral Care

Princess Helena College is characterised by mutual respect between the students and staff: everyone is expected to accept responsibility for their actions and to behave with care and consideration towards others.

Students at Princess Helena College have a voice in the school and direct responsibility for implementing changes they want and believe in.

Every student is appointed a mentor from our team of staff, who works with them on a one to one basis to guide them academically and personally. Mentors help to develop independence, resilience and perseverance and challenge students to push themselves outside of their comfort zone to make and seize opportunities.


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Choosing the right school for your son or daughter is one of the most important decisions you can make

Our admission process has been created to be as straightforward as possible to help you along the way. Open events are held throughout the year and provide a great opportunity for visit us and get to know the school. We also welcome families for individual tours at a time that is convenient for you.

Our simple registration process is explained in these simple steps:

  1. Register your child for a place at Princess Helena College
  2. Registered students will be invited to sit the school’s own entrance exam which comprises papers in English, Mathematics, and a Verbal Reasoning Test
  3. The school will make a formal after based on the results of our entrance exam
  4. Parents are required to secure their child’s place with a deposit

For more information on our admission process please contact our Registrar, Melanie Harper: melanie.harper@phchitchin.com


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Day Student £5,700 per term
Full Boarder £10,125 per term
Weekly Boarder (4 nights) £8,125 per term
Occasional Boarder £70 per night


All Fees Include

Break, Lunch and Afternoon Tea
Extended Day and Prep Supervision
Most Clubs and Activities (excluding paid extras)


Boarding Fee Additionally Includes

Weekend Activity Programme
Breakfast and Supper
All Laundry


For a full fee breakdown please contact our Registrar, Melanie Harper: melanie.harper@phchitchin.com


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My son has been one of the first intake of boys the school has had. We were delighted when PHC became co-ed as our son would be able to attend as we had had such a positive experience with our daughter. However, we were very aware it may be difficult for such a small number of boys to join the school. My son was happy to start at PHC, so we approached year 7 with hope and a little apprehension. We needn’t have worried; he has loved his time there. The boys have fitted into the school very well, the teachers have welcomed them with open arms, and they seem to have enjoyed their status as the first boys.

Sports have been good as they are fully integrated and have done a wide variety of sports from the normal rugby, football etc, to netball, trampolining and badminton. We are more than happy to endorse PHC as a great school for both boys and girls to grow, flourish and achieve their potential.

Parent of Year 7 and 12 Students
When we first arrived, we were struck by the historical character of the school and the warmth of the staff. It was apparent that there were good relationships between staff and pupils and that small class sizes enabled staff to personalise lesson content. PHC is well established and provides a beautiful setting for students to learn. I wanted my son to fulfil his potential in a nice environment with small classes and attention to good pastoral care. I felt assured that PHC would support me as the parent to instil good morals and values into my child and would provide an excellent all-round education.

Year 7 Parent
There is a school spirit and atmosphere that helps new students adapt to learning and a sense of friendship and community between staff and students in the boarding house which makes it feel like family. That is why without any doubts, I recommended it for my niece who joined her cousin last year at PHC. She’s well settled and thinks that is a great school. I can tell you that we are very happy at the school, and with the education PHC has provided our girls, we thank the team for their dedication and sacrifice in providing the learning environment that has helped our girls find that grit to succeed in whatever they choose to do, wherever they’ll go.

Year 11 Parent