Lady Eleanor Holles School

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Lady Eleanor Holles School
Lady Eleanor Holles School Crest.jpg
Motto Spes Audacem Adjuvat (Hope favours the bold)
Established 1710
Type Independent day school
Religion Christian
Head Mistress Heather Hanbury
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 ~885 (185 Junior, 700 Senior)[citation needed]
Gender Girls
Ages 7–18
Houses DeVere, Fitzwilliam, Holles and Tyrconnel
Colours Red, White and Black
Publication Redview

Lady Eleanor Holles School (often abbreviated to LEH or LEHS) is an independent day school for girls in Hampton, London. It consists of a small junior school and a larger senior school, which operate from different buildings on the same 24-acre (10-hectare) site. It is a member of the Girls' Schools Association[1] and the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.[2]


The school was founded in 1710.[3] The original site is commemorated by a plaque on one of the Barbican walkways.[4]

In 1878, the middle school moved to a new building at 182 Mare Street in East Hackney, which was later owned by the Cordwainers Company and now forms part of the London College of Fashion.[5]

The first buildings in Hampton were designed by Colonel FS Hammond, whose father had designed the Hackney school.[6]

The school celebrated its 300th anniversary with a thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral, London on 18th November 2011, then a eucharist at Trinity College, Cambridge and a ball at The Hurlingham Club in May 2012.[7]

Current Structure[edit]

Pupils come from a wide catchment area extending as far as Ealing, Woking, Wimbledon and Ascot, and there is an extensive coach service running over 23 routes[8] operated jointly with Hampton School as the area is not well served with public transport. Around two-thirds come from white British backgrounds; the rest from a mix of ethnic backgrounds. It is not affiliated with any other school or foundation and operates as an independent registered charity and limited company overseen by a board of governors.[9]

The Independent Schools Inspectorate Integrated report in 2013 said "It aims to develop well-rounded individuals while striving for academic excellence."[9]


The school's facilities include the Millennium Boat House on the Thames which is jointly owned with the adjacent Hampton School[10]) The arts centre with 330-seat theatre designed by Walters & Cohen and completed in 2013[11] won a RIBA London Award in 2014.[12]

The 'Student Gateway', designed by Scott Brownrigg, was completed in 2018, linking the sports hall and swimming pool to the main building, and includes computing and product design suites, enlarged sports changing rooms, a viewing gallery for the swimming pool, an activity studio and an ergometer (rowing machine) room.[13]


The curriculum is based on the National Curriculum. Girls typically study ten GCSE subjects, including English language and literature, Mathematics and the Sciences, with the other 6 being chosen from 16 options, subject to various constraints (e.g. at least one humanities subject must be chosen).[14] They then go on to study 4 A-Level subjects chosen from 23 courses plus an Extended Project Qualification.[14]

Extracurricular activities[edit]


The 2013 ISI report said "around 30 pupils represent their country in sport, with numerous successes at national level for rowing, lacrosse, netball and swimming."[9] In 2017 the figure was 29 girls, covering Gymnastics, Swimming, Acrobatics, Rowing, Hockey and Lacrosse.[14] The school won the National Schools Lacrosse Under 19A Championship in 2018,[15] and has been county champion for 11 years in a row.[16] It held the National Schools Regatta (rowing) course record for Championship Girls Eights from 1994 until 2017 (when it was broken by both Headington and Henley).[17]

Other activities including CCF, Young Enterprise, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Model United Nations, Service Volunteers are run jointly with Hampton School.[14]

Music and drama[edit]

There are 5 choirs and over 20 musical ensembles and bands in the senior school. Lessons are available in 24 instruments, and there is a dedicated recording studio. The 2013 ISI report said "over the last three years, 20 pupils have been selected for national music groups."[9] In 2010 the Holles Singers, a choir at the school, won the BBC Youth Choir of the Year.[18]

Notable staff[edit]

Notable alumnae[edit]


  1. ^ "Lady Eleanor Holles School - Girls' Schools Association". Girls' Schools Association. 
  2. ^ "The Lady Eleanor Holles School - HMC". HMC. 
  3. ^ "Lady Eleanor Holles School, Hampton The Good Schools Guide". The Good Schools Guide. 
  4. ^ "Plaque: Lady Eleanor Holles School". London Remembers. 
  5. ^ "Our History". London College of Fashion. 
  6. ^ Cherry, Bridget; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2002). London 4 North. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300096538. 
  7. ^ Walters, Maura (November 2011). "Lady Eleanor Holles chalks up 300 years" (PDF). The Hampton Society Newsletter. The Hampton Society. 
  8. ^ "Hampton School & Lady Eleanor Holles Coach Routes". LEH and Hampton. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Lady Eleanor Holles School Integrated Inspection". Independent Schools Inspectorate. 
  10. ^ Exhibitions: Sporting History: Rowing, The Twickenham Museum 
  11. ^ "Price & Myers". 
  12. ^ "Walters & Cohen Architects". 
  13. ^ "The Lady Eleanor Holles School – Michael Edwards Consultants Limited". 
  14. ^ a b c d "LEH Sixth Form Prospectus". LEH. Retrieved 2 July 2018. 
  15. ^ "Lady Eleanor Holles triumph in Under 19A RNSLC18 Championship". English Lacrosse Association. 13 March 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018. 
  16. ^ "The Lady Eleanor Holles School", Schools Guide 2018, Tatler, 6 October 2017 
  17. ^ National Schools’ Regatta 26th May to 28th May 2017, Henley Rowing Club, 9 June 2018 
  18. ^ "Choir of the Year Roll of Honour". National Choir of the Year Competition. Retrieved 19 June 2018. 
  19. ^ Dodd, Christopher (19 September 2016). "Beryl Crockford obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  20. ^ Stephanie Hilborne
  21. ^ 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. 
  22. ^ Agbonlahor, Winnie (4 September 2013). "DCMS announces new permanent secretary". Civil Service World. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  23. ^ "Celia Brackenridge obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 July 2018. 

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