Lady Eleanor Holles School

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Lady Eleanor Holles School
Motto Spes Audacem Adjuvat (Hope favours the bold)
Established 1711
Type Independent day school
Religion Church of England
Head Mistress Heather Hanbury
Deputy Headteacher Lindsey Hughes
Chair C. S. Stokes
Location Hanworth Road
TW12 3HF
51°25′39″N 0°22′07″W / 51.4275°N 0.3687°W / 51.4275; -0.3687Coordinates: 51°25′39″N 0°22′07″W / 51.4275°N 0.3687°W / 51.4275; -0.3687
Local authority Richmond upon Thames
DfE URN 102932 Tables
Students 877
Gender Girls
Ages 7–18
Colours red and black
Website LEHS

The Lady Eleanor Holles School (often abbreviated to LEH or LEHS) is an independent day school for girls in Hampton, London. It is a member of the Girls' Schools Association.


The school was established in 1711, when a trust for its endowment as a Christian foundation was created under the will of Lady Eleanor Holles, daughter of John Holles, 2nd Earl of Clare, which prescribed that money from her estate should be used to set up a school "to produce young women of grace and integrity". First located in St Giles, in the Cripplegate Ward of the City of London, its original site is marked by a plaque on one of the Barbican walkways. The school later occupied other premises in the City until 1878, when it moved to Mare Street in east Hackney, the building is now home to the London College of Fashion.

The current premises in Hampton were purpose built, and were opened on 7 December 1937 by Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester. The building was designed in the shape of an E.

The school was thought to have been founded in 1711, but records show it functioning in 1710 and earlier, the school recently celebrated its 300th anniversary with a service at St Paul's Cathedral, London.

According to the Good Schools Guide, Lady Eleanor Holles School is "Deservedly one of the top girls' schools in the country", it also states that the school is "Highly sought-after for its academic delivery, celebration of female success, top of the range facilities and cream of the crop intake."[1]


The school's facilities include a sports hall, swimming pool, boat house on the Thames, playing fields, tennis courts, netball courts, athletics facilities, science laboratories, modern languages laboratory, design and technology suite, arts centre with state-of-the-art theatre, computer rooms and a Learning Resources Centre.


The Gateway project will see completion in 2018, it is an extension to the school.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The school is known for success in rowing, tennis and lacrosse. There are also sports teams in trampolining, lacrosse, netball, tennis, gymnastics, athletics, rounders, swimming, rowing and fencing. Clubs within the school include Amnesty International, Chess Club, Debating Society, Christian Union, Choirs, Orchestral and Chamber groups; in 2010 the Holles Singers, a choir at the school, won the BBC Youth Choir of the Year. This school has achieved many high qualities, and can be known for some across the globe, they are also rivals to st paul's girls school in sport.

Head teachers[edit]

  • Heather Hanbury – appointed September 2014
  • Gillian Low 2004– 2014. President 2010/l1 GSA
  • Elizabeth Candy 1981–2004
  • Nora Nickells 1915–44

Former pupils and teachers[edit]

Former teachers[edit]

Former pupils[edit]

Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts, at Gunnersbury Triangle local nature reserve, 2012


  1. ^ Good School Guide Archived 8 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Stephanie Hilborne
  3. ^ Clayton, Midge (4 January 2011). "Vivien Jones 1951–2010 – Lacrosse legend". English Lacrosse Association. Archived from the original on 27 March 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Agbonlahor, Winnie (4 September 2013). "DCMS announces new permanent secretary". Civil Service World. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 

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