THE SCHOOL AND THE GDST
Since 1980 Howell’s has been a member of the GDST, a group of 25 independent schools throughout England and Wales of which 12 are in and around London, with over 20,000 pupils and 3,500 staff.
It is the largest group of independent schools in the UK, currently educating 9% of all girls in the fee-paying sector. Most importantly, the Trust is proud to provide access to its schools for able girls by making bursaries available to those families who might not be able to afford the education without financial help, thus actively promoting a policy of social inclusion and equal opportunity.
The fees of Trust schools compare very favourably with other independent schools especially since they cover the costs of examinations, careers testing, most materials and text books, as well as girls’ personal accident insurance.
Trust schools’ examination results are frequently amongst the best in the independent sector and out-perform the maintained sector, whilst 99% of sixth formers go on to some form of higher education.
Our Mission Statement
We endeavour to educate our students to become confident, articulate, clear-thinking, inquisitive, happy and caring adults. Our broad aims are to:
- provide a rich educational experience in both curricular and extra-curricular activities;
- enable students to acquire a range of learning skills and use them effectively;
- provide and develop a sound knowledge base and competencies in a range of subject areas;
- develop problem-solving and team-working skills;
- encourage students to think and write clearly and constructively;
- help them to develop into active and informed citizens.
The view of the school from playing fields
The main building, designed by the renowned Victorian architect Decimus Burton, provides the setting for a superbly equipped learning resources centre, administrative offices, ICT suites and communal facilities. An ICT network links all areas of the school, including four computer suites, which are available for use from 8am to 5pm. Eight well-equipped laboratories ensure specialist teaching areas for the sciences, whilst the music school provides 18 practice rooms, an octagonal rehearsal and concert room, and computers linked to keyboards. Art is well served with two light and airy art studios with a dark room for photography, a sixth form studio, a ceramics room and kiln.
One of the Art Studios
One of eight science laboratories
Welsh Guards parade at the back of the Great Hall
Sports Hall - Careers Convention
The swimming pool
The Stone Hall with Artwork