About Queenswood


Queenswood is a community where all the girls can achieve all that they dream of and more. The opportunities for growth and development for boarders and day girls are extensive, exciting and fun. Most importantly, Queenswood girls are happy – and happy girls are successful girls. There is no doubt that the girls at Queenswood achieve their full potential and more in their curriculum subjects.

The grades they achieve at GCSE are consistently at around one grade higher in every subject than would be expected at an average independent school. Or, as the Good Schools Guide puts it, once again Queenswood is ‘at the pinnacle of Hertfordshire’s value-added tables’. This is something of which the school are immensely proud. Likewise, they thrive in the truly progressive Sixth Form and proceed to a wide range of prestigious courses at the top Universities. In the future, the girls will be leaders in their chosen fields.

They will need to be able to try, and fail, and try again with a positive attitude. These are qualities that Queenswood girls develop through their time and take with them for the rest of their lives. This is a dynamic learning community where the girls’ interests, happiness and wellbeing are the first consideration at all times. The girls are at the heart of everything they do, and the school know that they feel valued and enriched by the experiences they share there.

The Independent Schools Inspectorate judged ‘the quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements’ to be ‘excellent’. The report noted that ‘pupils demonstrate substantial knowledge, skills and understanding across the curriculum’, with communication skills and mathematical skills in particular described as ‘excellent’.

Queenswood is an extraordinary place with extraordinary people; we invite you to visit this beautiful site and experience it for yourselves.


Type of School Single Sex Girls
School Address Queenswood, Shepherds Way, Brookmans Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 6NS
Number of Pupils 420
Number of Boarders 50/50 boarding/day
International Boarders 20%
Age Range 11-18
Religious Tradition Methodist
Distance from Airports

Heathrow – 35 miles

Distance from London

20 minutes by train

School Links

Girls come to Queenswood from a large number of leading independent Preparatory Schools and state primary schools in the UK as well as internationally renowned Prep and Senior schools.

Educational Programmes

The (I)GCSE Curriculum. The two-year linear programme (which features of mix of GCSE and IGCSE consists of 5 subjects; English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Combined Science and PE. In addition to the core subjects, girls are required to choose three or four further Option subjects from the Humanities, Modern Languages and Art and Technology. A-level Curriculum. We expect girls entering into the Sixth Form to meet the minimum requirement of six GCSE or IGCSE passes at B or above (including Mathematics and English Language). Furthermore, girls would normally be expected to have gained A* or A in any subject chosen for A-level or Pre U. It is normal to study four subjects in the Lower Sixth reducing to three in the Upper Sixth. All Lower Sixth Formers will be taught the research skills content of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Co-Curricular Programmes

Our extensive co-curricular programme gives the girls endless opportunities. In Music, Drama, Dance, Sport and many other fields, the girls challenge themselves, work with one another and have great fun. Clubs, team practices and societies are held during lunch hours and after school and include such diverse activities as School Council, English Society, Debating, Photography, Amnesty International and Practical Cookery. All girls are involved in community action and in raising funds for charities. Learning at Queenswood goes well beyond the classroom and girls are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities to build their confidence and leadership skills.

Academies Offered

Queenswood is ranked as the third best Tennis School in the World in 2017. As a school, it has had many successes in senior and junior national leagues, county leagues and school competitions, winning the National Schools Aberdare Cup in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016. The successful teams in 2013 and 2016 represented England in the World Schools Tennis Competition in Australia and Brazil, achieving Silver and Bronze Medals respectively. Despite an exceptional provision for elite players, ‘Tennis for All’ is the Queenswood ethos. Every girl has the opportunity to develop her skills and techniques and the coaching programme caters for all needs, from those who want to play for enjoyment to high performance players. Scholarships are offered by Queenswood to encourage and reward excellence in Tennis, as well as other areas of academic studies, Music, Art, Dance, Drama, Hockey and Sports.