Academic work at Queen’s Gate is important at all stages, but our idea of education extends far beyond the classroom. The destination of our girls is vital, but equally so is the quality of their journey to that destination.
We aim to produce confident, self-disciplined and motivated young women who also enjoy and excel at music, drama, art, sport and outdoor pursuits. An emphasis is also placed on courtesy and concern for others, and girls are encouraged to take an active part in charitable work through our House system, both in the local community and further afield.
Drama is taught initially as part of the curriculum and then can be chosen as an option at both GCSE and A Level. In addition, our flourishing Drama Club presents the annual School Play. Many girls enjoy individual tuition in Speech and Drama, with most going on to complete LAMDA examinations.
Class Music plays an important part in our education, with the emphasis on a practical approach through singing, rhythm work and music appreciation. Our School choir, Chamber choir and Sinfonietta meet and perform regularly. Individual tuition is available both on a wide range of instruments and in singing. Roughly half of our girls have individual lessons in School.
Art and Design courses on offer throughout the School help to nurture a fondness for creative activities, as well as facilitating the acquisition of a high standard of practical skills, and an awareness and appreciation of the visual world. Our enviable position in Central London enables us to make frequent visits to the Capital’s famous galleries. Study trips further afield are also arranged, such as day trips to Paris by our Art students to visit the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay.
All girls are involved in sport where, in addition to building personal fitness, the emphasis is on acquisition of skills, enjoyment and the development of self-confidence and respect for others through team work. Our major sports are hockey and netball in the winter, and tennis athletics and rounders in the summer. Girls may also take gymnastics, swimming, dance, keep-fit and basketball.
Other activities such as kick boxing, kayaking, yoga and climbing wall techniques are introduced as girls move through the School. We take full advantage of local facilities, including Battersea Park, Kensington Leisure Centre, Fulham Pools and the newly-refurbished sports centre at Imperial College. Our teams have a full fixture list against local opposition and take part in other tournaments with increasing success. Sports Day, the Swimming Gala and other inter-house sporting fixtures are important annual events.
A variety of activities take place each day including bird watching, cheerleading, drama challenge and enrichment, picnic club, fencing, yoga, jewellery workshop, running club, cookery and debating, to name but a few. Early morning sports clubs, which take place at 7am, are followed by breakfast in School and are very popular.