Welcome from the Headmistress, Mrs Lucy Elphinstone
This is an exciting time to be growing up – exciting and challenging. There are unique opportunities for young people moving into the workplace today, but also unprecedented difficulties and demands.
What a privilege, then, to be involved in the care and education of children, particularly of young women, at this time of seismic change in our schools and in our economy. I am delighted to lead a school which sits at the pulsing heart of the capital, which offers girls an outstanding experience of learning and culture, and which prepares them to grasp the helm of leadership, innovation and progress in our country and beyond. For it is clear to me that simply teaching children to pass exams is not only inadequate, it is dishonest. Academic cleverness alone will not provide the springboard for success in this competitive and evolving world, though we should encourage pupils to seek the highest standards of achievement in all areas of the curriculum. But we must also develop in our children skills of creativity, flexibility, lateral thinking and enterprise; we must foster intuition and resilience; we must nurture empathy and courage. Francis Holland School is renowned for this approach, and we seek to develop these qualities in our girls at a time when materialism and cynicism seek their own selfish ends. We look forward to welcoming you here at one of our Open Mornings so that I can show you myself just what makes this School so very special.