Independent Education with a Catholic Ethos for Girls 11-18


Welcome to The Laurels School, an independent school with a Catholic ethos for girls aged 11-18. At The Laurels we are committed to excellence, not for its own sake, but because we wish our pupils to fulfil their potential through the cultivation of moral, intellectual and social virtues. Based on Catholic principles, a Laurels education is exceptional because it prepares young women not merely to make a living but to live a deep, rich and satisfying life. A unique tutorial system, a stimulating curriculum and a relationship with parents based on mutual respect and trust means that our pupils can achieve their highest goals: to become the best possible person they can. If you would like to know more about a Laurels education for your daughter please get in touch. We would be delighted to meet you and tell you more about this exciting educational opportunity.

Linda Sanders


The Arete Programme at The Laurels aims to help pupils achieve eudaimonia – human flourishing, through arete– happiness through excellence. The Arete Programme underpins the entire curriculum at The Laurels. It is not just another set of lessons but rather a way of learning, studying and thinking. 

Click on the cover to read our Arete booklet.

Year 7 – Cooking at Lakefield

The Year 7 girls have attended Lakefield Hospitality College for the second time during the current school year where they...
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Religion in Art

The girls in Year 8 visited the National Gallery for a tour on Religion and Art. The importance of Religion...
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Visit to The Crown Agents Bank

VI Form Business Studies students and prospective students from Year 11 visited The Crown Agents Bank (CAB) in Sutton where...
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Year 10 visit The John Soane’s Museum

Year 10 visited the John Soane’s Museum to record viewpoints around the collection. The Museum is made up of three...
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Debating Workshop and Competition

The Laurels School introduced its new debating society, the Wilberforce Society. The society commenced its  activities with the “Girl Talk” Debating Workshop and Competition...
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GCE / GCSE Exam Results

The Laurels School rank 9th for best small Indpendent School in the UK for GCSE 2019 results. Congratulations to all...
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Open Events

The best way to appreciate The Laurels School is to come and visit us. Please contact us to find a mutually convenient date and time.

1 Chelsea Embankment, London SW3 4LG

Please use the button below to book a place.

Linda Sanders

Linda has over 25 years’ experience leading schools in Spain, Peru and the UK.  
She is an executive member of the Association for Character Education and is a passionate advocate of education of the whole person, which through service and mission can lead to personal fulfilment and real purpose.

School Prospectus

Qualifications are important but education is about so much more. 
Our mission is to nurture and develop the individual child so they may grow to live fulfilled and happy lives. Good character and moral integrity have a positive impact on academic performance so character education underpins our academic programme.


Character is what we make of ourselves and the unique Character Development programme at The Laurels School gives pupils the tools to fulfil their true potential and to become the best possible version of themselves.
The essence of character education at The Laurels lies in equipping pupils with the freedom to make the right choices for the right reasons. This ultimately leads to a sense of purpose and deep personal fulfilment. Lessons in character education help pupils to gain an understanding of their emotions and how they can learn to master them. Our programme fosters the development and study of virtues such as sincerity, hard work, order, cheerfulness, generosity and service to others.


  • The behaviour of students is outstanding. In and out of classrooms, students take pride in behaving like mature young ladies. They display very high levels of self-discipline and good manners. In lessons, they buzz with eagerness to learn and achieve highly, and they are consistently focused on their work.

    Ofsted 2014
  • Students make excellent progress in English and mathematics and most attain very high standards as a result of very strong teaching.

    Ofsted 2014
  • The tutorial programme is highly successful in supporting students’ academic progress and their personal development. Parents are treated as essential partners in their daughters’ education. They are highly satisfied with the school’s work.

    Ofsted 2014
  • Students’ excellent character development is reflected in their outstanding behaviour and mature thinking.

    Ofsted 2014
  • Character development, which is planned thoughtfully as a strand running through all areas of the curriculum, is central to the school’s strong ethos. It successfully supports students’ outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and promotes their outstanding behaviour.

In Gaudio Serviamus

May We Serve Joyfully