May I take this opportunity to wish you a very warm welcome to Princess Helena College.
Princess Helena College is a co-educational day and boarding school for students aged 11 – 18. Founded in 1820 in London, the school was named after Queen Victoria’s third daughter Princess Helena. The school moved to its current home in Preston, Hitchin, Hertfordshire in 1935. The school building was previously known as Temple Dinsley and is a magnificent Queen Anne mansion, set in 100 acres of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside.
We pride ourselves on caring for the individual, nurturing their abilities and ultimately allowing them to depart with an excellent all-round education and set of experiences and achievements, be that academic or extra-curricular with some wonderful memories of their time here; ready to take on the next stage of their lives.
I believe there are three strands to an excellent education, the academic, pastoral, and co-curricular experience. Here at PHC we are rightly proud of our academic success, exam results have been excellent but it is more than just grades that prove our success. Our excellent overall value-added also reflects what PHC is all about, looking after and nurturing the individual so that they can succeed to the very best of their ability, allowing them to discover their true potential.
Students succeed the most when they are happy, the pastoral system at PHC enables students to be happy. The size of our school and the ethos enables us to care, mentor, and value every student. I experience a warm and purposeful atmosphere; staff know students very well and students know and support each other.
For some students success comes from being able to undertake co-curricular activities. We have a strong programme here which allows students opportunities to be involved in sport, drama, music, outdoor adventure, debating, wellness, and academic extension classes.
As part of the United Learning Group, we have access to resources to develop our overall educational facilities. We have already seen investment in the building of new washroom facilities, upgrades to the boarding house, and an extensive overhaul of our IT provision allowing better connectivity and more up to date equipment within the teaching rooms.
I hope you will get a greater feel for PHC by coming to visit us in the near future and I promise a very warm welcome when you do visit. Deciding your child’s education is a very important decision and I hope we may be part of this.