Open main menu

Queenswood School is a girls-only independent school located near Hatfield, Hertfordshire, twenty miles from London. It offers admission at ages 11, 13 or 16 (for sixth form).

Queenswood School

, ,

Coordinates51°42′54″N 0°09′59″W / 51.715°N 0.166389°W / 51.715; -0.166389Coordinates: 51°42′54″N 0°09′59″W / 51.715°N 0.166389°W / 51.715; -0.166389
TypeIndependent school
Day and boarding
MottoIn hortis Reginae
Religious affiliation(s)Methodist
Local authorityHertfordshire
PrincipalMrs Joanna Cameron
Age11 to 18
Colour(s)Purple, grey
PublicationThe Queenswoodian Magazine
Former pupilsOld Queenswoodians

The Good Schools Guide 2013 described Queenswood as "a girls' school to which others should aspire."


Pastoral careEdit

As Queenswood is a Methodist school, all girls are required to attend chapel services. Special services are held to welcome new girls and farewell upper sixth leavers.

The tutor system is a key part of the school's pastoral care. Girls are organised into small groups and assigned to a tutor or their housemistress.[1]

House systemEdit

Trew House

Girls in years 7 and 8 belong to Stamp House, which accommodates up to 45 boarders.

In year 7, girls are randomly allocated to one of the four houses but will only switch when they enter year 9.[2]

  • Hartley
  • Clapham North
  • Clapham South
  • Waller


The houses have a mixture of boarding and day girls to allow for integration. The boarding programme is generally flexible and accommodates part-time boarders. Day girls may sleep over on an ad hoc basis or on weekdays only.

Each house is supervised by a housemistress and a boarding assistant. Stamp House has 12 tutors and three full-time residential staff.

Notable former pupilsEdit

During the 1980s, actor Paul Bettany stayed at the school regularly as his father, Thane Bettany was the resident Head of Department for Drama.[4]


  1. ^ Tutor system[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Life in the Middle School - Queenswood". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-10-01.
  3. ^ Bindel, Julie (28 November 2010). "Muriel Nissel obituary". the Guardian. Archived from the original on 2017-12-01. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  4. ^ Julie McCaffery (May 16, 2006). "Tragedy, Drugs and a Dad Who Wanted to Have a Sex Change Op". Daily Mirror. Archived from the original on December 7, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-14.
  1. In Hortis Reginae: A History of Queenswood School 1894-1994, by Nigel Watson (1994) ISBN 0 907383 475

External linksEdit