Queenswood School

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Queenswood School
Motto In hortis Reginae
Established 1894
Type Independent school
Day and boarding
Religion Methodist
Principal Mrs Pauline Edgar
Location Brookmans Park
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Local authority Hertfordshire
DfE number 919/6020
Students 430
Gender Girls
Ages 11–18
Houses 4
Colours purple, grey          
Publication The Queenswoodian Magazine
Former pupils Old Queenswoodians
Website www.queenswood.org

Queenswood School is a girls-only independent school located near Hatfield, Hertfordshire, twenty miles from London. It offers admission at ages 11, 13 or 16 (for sixth form).

The Good Schools Guide 2013 described Queenswood as "a girls' school to which others should aspire."

Pastoral Care

As Queenswood is a Methodist school, all girls are required to attend chapel services. Special services are held to welcome new girls and farewell Upper Sixth leavers.

The tutor system is a key part of the school's pastoral care. Girls are organised into small groups and assigned to a tutor or their housemistress.[1]

House System

Trew House

Girls in Years 7 and 8 belong to Stamp House, which accommodates up to 45 boarders.

In Year 7, girls are randomly allocated to one of the four houses but will only switch when they enter Year 9.

  • Hartley
  • Clapham North
  • Clapham South
  • Waller



The houses have a mixture of boarding and day girls to allow for integration. The boarding programme is generally flexible and accommodates part-time boarders. Day girls may sleep over on an ad hoc basis or on weekdays only.

Each house is supervised by a housemistress and a boarding assistant. Stamp House has 12 tutors and three full-time residential staff.

Notable former pupils

During the 1980s, actor Paul Bettany stayed at the school regularly as his father, Thane Bettany was the resident Head of Department for Drama.[3]


  1. Tutor system
  2. Queenswood Life: Middle school
  3. Julie McCaffery (May 16, 2006). "Tragedy, Drugs and a Dad Who Wanted to Have a Sex Change Op". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2008-01-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

1. In Hortis Reginae: A History of Queenswood School 1894-1994, by Nigel Watson (1994) ISBN 0 907383 475

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