Life at the Senior School

At Old Palace, we provide a first-class academic education combined with a wealth of development opportunities for our students – both inside and outside of the classroom.

Small class sizes (typically 18-20 girls in each class), well-qualified, specialist teachers and generous classroom resources ensure the very highest academic standards. Our latest ISI Inspection rated Preparatory and Seniors Excellent in all areas, whilst our GCSE and A Level results, together with a dynamic programme of university and careers preparation, ensures our students secure places on some of the most competitive degree courses in the UK.

Find our more by watching our film ‘In Conversation with Year 7

If you talk to an Old Palace student, she will often speak of the privilege of being inspired every day by the beauty of our historic, Grade 1 listed buildings. This, together with our close, caring community, ensures our girls thrive, safe in the knowledge that they are valued, supported and intellectually challenged. There are so many opportunities for our students to develop their skills and confidence, such as taking part in our annual Drama and Dance productions (our most recent Dance Show, Kinetic Flow, was performed at the Royal Academy of Dance in Battersea) or joining one of our many sports teams.

We want our students to be happy and confident and to know that there are no limits to their ambitions and dreams. Old Palace is there to help and encourage them…every step of the way.

How do our Year 7 pupils describe Old Palace?

When students leave Old Palace, they do so with outstanding academic credentials, a distinguished sense of social responsibility, emotional intelligence and the necessary skills to cope in the modern workplace. In summary, they are confident, capable and connected.


PSHE is a vital component of the Old Palace curriculum and is an important and necessary part of all students’ education. There is a whole school planned programme of learning through which students acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives and thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

We use PSHE lessons to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students and to provide guidance on religious education, financial education, careers education, sex and relationship education, physical and mental health, study skills, work-related learning, citizenship, current affairs, decision making and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle. In the main, the programme follows the PSHE Association Programme of Study with additional aspects relevant to the girls at Old Palace. Where possible, this subject is taught simultaneously across the School, by form and class teachers, in order to allow maximum flexibility for across year events, activities, speakers and debates.