Princess Helena College is characterised by mutual respect between the pupils and teachers, with everyone expected to accept responsibility for their own actions and to behave with care and consideration towards others.

The formal pastoral structure is provided by the Assistant Head (Pastoral), Heads of Years, Form Teachers, the School Matron and Boarding House staff. All new pupils are helped to settle in by our buddy system. For Year 7, this is a pupil from the year above, who acts as a mentor and friend.

House System

With an emphasis on nurturing and encouragement, the House System is the epicentre of our community spirit.

Every new pupil is allocated to one of three Houses:

  • Gloucester
  • Windsor
  • York

Each House is a hub for day students and boarders across the year groups and encourages them to work together, across the year groups, in creative endeavours, co-curricular activities and fun competitions. House points are awarded for a number of activities including participation in events, producing outstanding pieces of work in class or for prep, and for effort and good behaviour. Most importantly, the Houses embody the warmth and supportive nature of PHC.

Service and Volunteering

Through PSHE and our Enrichment Programme, pupils 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.

For more information about our Enrichment Programme please visit our co-curricular page.


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