Princess Helena College is characterised by mutual respect between the students and staff: everyone is expected to accept responsibility for their actions and to behave with care and consideration towards others. Our excellent pastoral care is a key part of what makes Princess Helena College such a special place for students. 

The formal pastoral structure is provided by the Assistant Head (Pastoral), Heads of Key Stage, Form Teachers, Academic Mentors, the School Nurse and Boarding House Staff.

Every student is appointed a mentor from our team of staff, who works with them on a one to one basis to guide them academically and personally. Mentors help to develop independence, resilience and perseverance and challenge students to push themselves outside of their comfort zones to make and seize opportunities. 

We believe in the importance of a spiritual and moral education. Whilst we are a Church of England school, we welcome students of all religions and support their wishes to observe festivals, diets and traditions.

House System

With an emphasis on nurturing and encouragement, the House System is the epicentre of our community spirit. Every student is allocated to one of our three Houses:

  • Gloucester
  • Windsor
  • York

The House System offers a platform for students across the year groups to work together in creative endeavours, co-curricular activities and fun competitions; whether it be choreographing a House dance or researching for public speaking.

Service and Volunteering

Through PSHE and our Enrichment Programme, students are encouraged to participate in activities such as charity work, community service, volunteering and National Citizen Service. These foster a sense of responsibility towards themselves and others and focus their attention on the world beyond school.


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