Walthamstow Hall was founded in 1838 as a school for the daughters of missionaries. It moved to Sevenoaks, Kent in 1882, becoming the local girls' grammar school, under the Direct Grant System. Walthamstow Hall is now a fully independent selective girls' day school offering an enriched grammar school curriculum.
Walthamstow Hall combines the best of experience with innovation. Respect for self and others, a strong sense of community and a pride that comes from sharing in a great tradition make Walthamstow Hall a dynamic environment in which individuals are known and valued.
Our curriculum reflects our belief in the importance of the individual: it is designed to offer unusual breadth, choice and flexibility. Lessons are delivered by highly qualified, enthusiastic specialists with a love for their subjects and a real commitment to pupils and the process of teaching and learning. From the beginning, teaching takes place in optimum-sized groups in attractive, purpose-built, modern classrooms grouped in dedicated department areas. Lessons are well-equipped with IT and other resources and we enjoy exceptional facilities.
The school has been constructed around the needs of pupils. Every building on the campus, from the original Arts and Crafts-inspired building through to the new indoor sports hall and pool complex, has been purpose-built and designed for learning. The main building contains the vaulted dining hall and two floor Erasmus Centre for Languages and Humanities. The Science Block has three floors of laboratories, each dedicated to each of the three Science disciplines. The Salmon Wing brings together the creative arts with classrooms for English, a floor of spacious Arts and Textiles studios and a well-stocked Library with panoramic views over Knole Park and the North Downs. The Ship Theatre is the focus for the performing arts, equipped to professional standard it is a perfect venue for music and drama. We enjoy our state-of-the-art 25 metre, six lane swimming pool complex, a development that in 2015 was added to in the form of a second, larger sports hall and associated fitness studios and class rooms. As well as our own pitches, tennis, netball and squash court we also have easy next door access to the Holly Bush AstroTurf pitches. In 2018, we added an impressive new Sixth Form Centre with additional science and food technology laboratories. Elsewhere, an additional art studio was created and the music suite was improved with the creation of extra sound-proofed practice rooms.
The Creative Arts play a vital part in school life within the curriculum and as part of our enrichment provision. Our philosophy of encouraging every girl to get involved underpins everything from the Inter-House Music and Drama Productions in which all girls perform, to the structure of our curriculum.
Every girl is encouraged to enjoy sport and personal fitness whatever her level of ability. Sport is well-represented on the curriculum and enjoys a high profile. The major team sports are lacrosse, netball, swimming, tennis and rounders. Girls also have lessons in gymnastics, hockey, athletics, badminton, football and rugby, whilst others enjoy judo, curling (externally), tai kwondo and squash.
Learning is not confined to the classroom and many clubs, activities and trips offered are designed to engage a wide range of interests. All students take part in voluntary service, and there is almost 100% participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme from the lower years onwards, and Young Enterprise are well supported in the Lower Sixth.
At Walthamstow Hall we recognise the importance of a Sixth Form environment that acknowledges the maturity of our students and prepares them for university and adulthood. The new, dedicated Sixth Form Centre gives sixth formers greater freedom with their own areas for study and relaxation including an IT room, classrooms, kitchen and common rooms. Sixth Formers have a significant role to play in the running of the school: Head Girls, Prefects and House Captains are elected by the school and have special responsibilities, but all Sixth Form girls are expected to be school leaders. Sixth Form teaching is in small seminar-type groups in which all can learn to be assured and articulate students. A broad and flexible sixth form curriculum gives sixth formers incredible choice for their A levels; Cambridge Pre-U is available for Music, Economics and Philosophy and Theology.
The school is set between the North Downs and the Weald of Kent, within walking distance of the town of Sevenoaks. Access is excellent to London and good use is made of the amenities within reach, with frequent field-trips, outings and visits to theatres, museums and art galleries.
Academic, Sports and Music Scholarships are available at age eleven. Academic, Sports, Music, Drama and Art Scholarships are available at thirteen. Sixth Form Academic and Art Scholarships awarded annually. Bursaries are also available.
Walthamstow Hall is a registered charity founded in 1838 for the education of girls.
Alumnae - Our thriving Old Girls' Association celebrated its centenary in 1999.