Educational Aims and Ethos
Our aim is to ensure that LEH is a school full of opportunity, challenge and friendship; a place to take risks and become bold; a place to discover passions, talents and yourself; a place that nurtures remarkable women.
We encourage our girls:
• to be exactly who they are, whatever their current interests or future aspirations.
• to benefit from the warmth, respect, and support of the entire School community as they stretch themselves to become their best, most confident selves, as students, and as citizens of the world.
• to have the freedom to experiment, express opinions, explore and take on new challenges.
• to be supported by strong role models and inspired by their peers.
• to find confidence and strength, and acquire and build the skills they need to succeed throughout their lives.
Statement of Religious Foundation
The school is a Christian foundation, but welcomes girls of all faiths and none. It is committed to the contribution it makes to society as a whole, and to equal opportunities, and it embraces diversity.
We are proud to be one of the oldest girls' schools in the UK.
Our story began in 1710, when Lady Eleanor Holles, daughter of the second Earl of Clare, left instructions in her Will for a trust for our endowment as a Christian foundation.
We were first located in the Cripplegate Ward of the City of London and the primary school remained there until 1899. A plaque on one of the Barbican walkways marks the original site. A secondary school was opened in Hackney in 1878. Our current premises in Hampton were purpose built and opened in 1937 by HRH Princess Alice, the then Duchess of Gloucester.
Over the years, LEH has grown into a girls' school of national standing; one that produces girls who combine academic excellence with integrity, confidence, courage and conviction; girls that exemplify the school motto, Spes Audacem Adjuvat (Hope Favours The Bold). Many of the virtues that we aim to develop in our girls are reflected in the school coat of arms.
The school is situated next door to Hampton School, an independent school for boys, with whom we enjoy many links to the great benefit of all our pupils.
Lady Eleanor Holles and Hampton School value the integrity of single-sex education for girls and boys with all the resulting advantages for specialisation and focus in learning styles, emotional, psychological and pastoral education.
Both are committed to:
- Exploiting to the fullest advantage for the benefit of their pupils the tradition of co-operation which we believe offers the “best of both worlds”
- Seeking and enhancing all areas of mutual co-operation and joint activity to the benefit of both schools, their staff and pupils
To achieve this, the schools have developed a Joint Liaison Committee to oversee, promote and celebrate the strong and ever-growing links between them.
There are many areas of co-operation between the two schools, including the following: