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Henrietta Barnet School


Henrietta Barnett School in London is one of the most prestigious and selective girls grammar schools in the UK. It was founded in 1911 by Dame Henrietta Barnett, a social reformer and philanthropist, who wanted to provide a high-quality education for girls from different backgrounds. The school is located in Hampstead Garden Suburb, a green and peaceful area designed by Barnett and her husband.


The school has a strong academic reputation and consistently ranks among the top schools in the country. It offers a broad and balanced curriculum that includes English, mathematics, science, languages, humanities, arts and physical education. For example, students can study Latin, Greek, French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, history, geography, philosophy, economics, psychology, art, music and drama.

The school also has a wide range of extracurricular activities, such as clubs, societies, sports, music, drama and charity work. For instance, students can join the chess club, the debating society, the hockey team, the choir, the orchestra, the drama club and the Amnesty International group.

The school aims to develop well-rounded and confident young women who can contribute positively to society.


The school is a grammar school, which means that it selects its students based on their academic ability.

The admission process is highly competitive and involves an entrance exam and an interview.

The school admits 93 students per year group from Year 7 to Year 11 (secondary), and 100 students per year group from Year 12 to Year 13 (sixth form).

Students profiles

The school has a diverse and inclusive student body, with students from different ethnicities, religions and socio-economic backgrounds. For example, the school has students from Asian, African, European and Middle Eastern origins; students from Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu faiths; and students from state schools, private schools and home education.


The school is proud of its history and traditions, but also embraces innovation and change. It has modern facilities and resources, such as a library, a computer suite, a science block, an art studio, a music centre and a sports hall. For example, the library has over 20,000 books and journals; the computer suite has 60 computers with internet access; the science block has 10 laboratories with advanced equipment; the art studio has a kiln and a darkroom; the music centre has practice rooms and recording studios; and the sports hall has a gymnasium and a climbing wall.

The school also has strong links with local and global communities, such as universities, businesses, charities and schools. For instance, the school has partnerships with Oxford University, Google UK, Oxfam UK and schools in India and Kenya. The school values excellence, integrity, respect and responsibility as its core principles.