St. Francis’ College is a thriving community of just over 400 girls, providing a modern education based on Christian principles. The students are aged from 3 to 18 years old and all receive individual care promoting their spiritual, moral, intellectual, creative and physical development. The school recognises the unique qualities of each student and encourages social responsibility and respect for others.
Academic results are consistently excellent and the school is one of the top girl’s schools in the UK. St. Francis’ girls successfully progress onto the UK’s top universities, including Cambridge and Oxford. Small class sizes, individual attention and a supportive, caring environment help ensure that each and every girl enjoys their education and reaches their full potential, academically, socially and in a wide range of extra-curricular pursuits.
“….across all subjects pupils are articulate, work enthusiastically and achieve high standards” Independent Schools Inspectorate 2011
St. Francis’ College is small enough for each girl to receive the personal attention they deserve, while at the same time, we are large enough to accommodate a wide variety of interests and cultures.
The school offers a diverse range of sporting opportunities for all girls to experience. From the main sports of hockey, netball, tennis and rounders to gymnastics, dance, swimming, football, athletics, badminton, self-defence, trampolining, aerobics and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, we aim to guide our girls towards a healthy lifestyle and introduce them to lifelong sporting opportunities.
Pupils have the use of an onsite well-equipped gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, dance studio, netball and tennis courts as well as playing fields for rounders, football and athletics. There is also access toastro-turf pitches for hockey training and matches.
The school also boasts an exciting and inclusive music department with a multitude of opportunities for all girls to experience. From orchestras and choirs through to bands and chamber ensembles girls of all ages enjoy making music. The art department has a well-deserved reputation across a wide range of artistic opportunities from painting and drawing, sculpture and photography to mixed media within the fine art framework. St. Francis’ College is also immensely proud of its 300 seat theatre and the range of drama opportunities available. The school hosts regular productions, which are always well supported and directed to a high standard.
St. Francis’ College boarding has a strong family atmosphere with around 70 full boarders supported by experienced boarding staff, including academic tutors. Ensuring high-quality provision for these girls is very important and Ofsted in their recent inspection report agreed that ‘boarders gain in confidence in an environment where they are valued and where caring attitudes are encouraged’.
The Boarding House is uniquely located on the top floors of the main college building providing easy access to the school facilities outside of school hours. This location enhances the sense of community and connection between the day and boarding provision. Girls can board at the school from the age of 10 years old. Younger girls are in shared rooms of between three and four beds. Older girls are in twin study bedrooms and the oldest can choose to have single study bedrooms.
Three meals a day are served in the main school dining room, a varied, well-balanced menu is served, allowing the girls plenty of choice. The food is prepared and cooked fresh on site and all dietary requirements are catered for. The girls are regularly asked feedback about the meals and input into the menu choices. The boarders also have the opportunity to make their own snacks in the boarding house.
There is a full activity programme in place to ensure the boarders have the opportunity to develop and learn new skills. At the weekend, a number of trips are arranged and boarders welcome the opportunity for regular visits to world renowned museums and galleries.
St. Francis’ College is located in the leafy environment of Letchworth Garden City – the world’s first Garden City. The town is where history and heritage can be found on every corner, each telling a small but crucial part of the fascinating Garden City story that inspired the world. The school is located close to the centre of this community focused town, providing a safe and peaceful environment in which the girls can study. St. Francis’ College is just a five minute walk from the town’s train station.
Letchworth Garden City is conveniently located between London and Cambridge with good road and rail access. It is ideally situated for access to London Heathrow airport and all main London railway stations.
Families interested in applying to St. Francis’ College should contact Mrs Lisa Cogan, Admissions Administrator, who will be very happy to guide them through the admissions process.
All applicants are required to provide current school reports and to sit our entrance exams in maths and English. Applicants are also interviewed by a member of senior staff. We invite all families to visit the school, but we recognise that this might not be possible for overseas students and in these cases the interview can be conducted via a video Skype call. There is a registration fee of £75 payable at the time of application.
The school accepts girls of average ability and above and our guiding principle in assessing whether to offer a place to any girl is whether they would cope academically, and would benefit from the very wide range of opportunities available here. We also take into consideration what the applicant is aiming to achieve from their time at the school.
On accepting a place at the school, pupils are required to pay a deposit of £4,500.