A warm welcome from the Headmaster…



A very warm welcome to our website, which offers a broad flavour of all that takes place in our busy and vibrant School.

Prospective parents often ask for a definition of our USP and this is, for me, encapsulated in our banner slogan nurturing the individual.  This is quantified in our daily aim to ensure that our pupils can access as broad a range of learning experiences as possible, developing resilience for our fast-changing world and all within a safe, caring and family atmosphere where the needs of each and every pupil are attended to.

St Hilda’s has been part of the Harpenden community for over 125 years and our pupils receive a first-class education.  Academic rigour, mixed with carefully differentiated and independent learning and creativity, allow every pupil to maximise their potential.


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Destination Schools

22 scholarships awarded during 2017 and 2018 to Haberdashers’ Aske’s, St Albans High School, Berkhamsted, Abbot’s Hill, Queenswood, Princess Helena College and Haileybury.

We are delighted that 95% of our pupils have gained their first choice of school in 2018. The places offered to independent schools were:

Destination Placements
Haberdashers’ Askes’s 2
St Albans High School for Girls 7
Berkhamsted 8
Abbot’s Hil 3
Princess Helena College 3
Queenswood 3
St Francis’ College 1

For further information see our destination schools page.

My daughter has made tremendous progress in her speech and ability to express herself in communication with others.

We couldn’t have wished for a more nurturing environment in which to start our daughter’s school life.  She is thriving and her class are impeccably behaved.

I couldn’t be happier with our decision to send our girls to St Hilda’s for Nursery, to give them the best start on their learning journey.

The Early Years team are outstanding.  The literacy work is multi-sensory and really inspires a love of stories and song.

The Early Years staff are fantastic and the curriculum is really engaging and fun.

I couldn’t have wished for a better introduction to school life for my daughter, both in terms of the quality of teaching and the happy, nurturing setting.

My daughter is so happy at St Hilda’s.  The teachers take such time to get to know each child individually and that shines through in the teaching.

The free wraparound care the school offers from 0730 to 1800 is wonderful.  An invaluable resource to working parents and such high quality care.

The Early Years facility is brilliant!

My girls are very happy here and look forward to going to school. Lovely teachers with the right balance of warmth and rigour.

Our daughter has been at St Hilda’s since nursery and we couldn’t be happier. The school has provided the ideal blend of academic excellence, sporting activity and pastoral care. The school focuses on developing well-rounded individuals and a conversation with any of the senior girls in the school shows how well this emphasis works.

We can’t rate St Hilda’s highly enough. Our daughter has attended the school since nursery and is now in Year 3. She is thriving at the school and absolutely loves it. The staff are so nurturing and genuinely care about the girls they teach. Our daughter’s confidence is growing year on year and we see continuous academic progress. We would recommend the school to anyone.

“Behaviour from the pupils is impeccable.”

“SHS is a very special school.  I believe that the school is trying to continuously improve its offering which is both a great strategy as well as being essential.  I like the addition of the parents’ forum to provide a more direct channel to share views with the leadership team.”

“Our daughter has far exceeded her early academic predictions made thanks to the excellent teaching and support at St Hilda’s.  She has been given some wonderful opportunities, receiving a wonderful education and we are very grateful for your input into this.”

“We are extremely happy with our experience at St Hilda’s so far.  Our girls both love coming into school and are making good progress.  Very impressed by all teachers and support staff.  Couldn’t be more delighted with the way things are going.”

“At the end of each year we have looked back and commented on our daughter’s year – always describing it as filled with challenges, hard work, motivating activities, fun, warmth and ending up with a happy girl making lots of progress.  We can leave St Hilda’s confident in the knowledge that she is fully prepared for the new experiences and challenges.”

“My daughter is so happy at St Hilda’s.  It is an incredibly nurturing environment that produces well-rounded and considerate young ladies.”

“The pastoral care in the school is excellent.”

Latest School News
Form VI Apple Store Visit

Form VI had a fun afternoon visiting the Apple Store this week. The girls had a chance to explore using Apple pencils on an iPad, using them to write code words following instructions from their partner. They were then introduced to Sphero, a programmable robot. Initially, the girls had to program Sphero to create a …

Holly and Ivy Christmas Wreaths

Working from life, the girls used water colours to create these lovely Christmas wreaths. We used just the paints – no pencil drawing at all. I thought they all did a wonderful job.

Houses of Parliament

As part of delivering our PSHCE curriculum, Forms IV and V spent a very enjoyable and interesting day last week at the Houses of Parliament.  We had a fascinating tour, which included the House of Commons, the House of Lords, the Members’ Lobby and Westminster Hall and we learnt all about how Parliament works. Afterwards, …

Trampoline Superstar!

Our resident trampoline superstar took part in the East Regional Schools trampolining competition last Sunday. She bounced very well and came 3rd. The top three competitors qualify to the next round, the ‘zonals’. She will be representing St Hilda’s within the Central Zone (3 zones in GB) on 20th January 2019. What a fabulous achievement.