The Good Schools Guide
Deservedly one of the top girls' schools in the country: it is exactly right for naturally confident, very bright young things who thrive on lots of work. Highly sought after for its academic delivery, celebration of female success, top of the range facilities and cream of the crop intake. Set to remain a 'destination' school.
This is a school where academically superior girls learn not just willingly, but enthusiastically, and which gets an excellent balance between purposeful and happy, with plenty of skipping and laughing to be seen on any given day.
Tatler’s School Guide
Heather Hanbury was a management consultant for almost a decade before she dipped her toe into education, and she has brought her 'real world' smarts into her headship of one of Britain's oldest girls' schools. There's been a total upgrade on the digital-learning front - all staff now have individual iPads, and all girls will soon be getting their mitts on one too. No fear of breeding weedy screen-addicts though, because, as anyone who's ever played lacrosse against them in living memory will attest, sport is all-conquering at LEH. The 1st lacrosse team were county champions for the 10th year in a row last year, with four senior girls representing England in the U19 World Cup, and the J16 Coxed Fours won gold at the National Schools' Rowing Regatta. Facilities are boarding-school-worthy: a boathouse and a croquet lawn, and the swimming pool's getting a makeover. Lots of hook-ups with the Hampton boys (we mean of the educational variety, of course), with joint activities including drama, trips, lectures, charity fixtures and the terrifically popular CCF. Did we miss anything? Oh yes, the totes amaze results: 80 per cent A*-A at A-level (97 per cent A*-B), and almost 70 per cent distinction passes for AQA Baccalaureate. These girls are smart cookies. Moving up from the junior school is guaranteed (with very few exceptions), and 350+ external applicants tussle it out for 70 places in year 7.
(Tatler's Schools Guide - 2017. Published September 2016)