What makes us unique

E ducation at the Old Vicarage is very personal. Girls are challenged, supported and given opportunities that most small schools cannot provide. With our small class sizes, house system and buddies, we create an environment in which friendships are formed, personalities develop and talent is nurtured.

“Pupils’ entirely positive attitude stem from the extremely high expectations shared and promoted by leaders, staff and governors.”

ISI Educational Quality Inspection - June 2019

Small class sizes

It is rare to have class sizes of 15 in a London school but the benefit of our personal approach is that the individual skills of every girl are recognised and carefully brought to the fore.
The atmosphere is purposeful, yet cosy and intimate and you can be sure that your daughter will be given the individual challenge, support and encouragement she needs.  Classes are large enough to enable development of interpersonal skills, yet small enough to allow a personal approach to teaching the core subjects, sport, music and drama. 

Inner confidence

Every girl is given the opportunity to try new challenges – from residential trips to singing a solo to representing the school at a sport.  Everyone is given these opportunities, perhaps from a very gentle start, and it is on these small achievements that inner confidence builds.


Specialist teachers

We introduce specialist teachers, with an expertise in and real love for their subject, from Reception for Music and Sport, from Year Two for Art, French and ICT as well, and from Year Three for all subjects.  In this way, the girls are extended, inspired and challenged by staff who are experts in their fields.



Having close relationships at school is a big part of the Old Vicarage community and pupil culture. Each of our younger girls is assigned a buddy, who will be from a class three years ahead and who will befriend them in the playground, much as an older sister would, as well as join them at key moments of the year  for events and outings.  This establishes security and leads to some long lasting and very loyal friendships. For the older girl, being a buddy is a mark of maturity and inspires a growing sense of responsibility.


The castle on the hill

We are very lucky to be located in an architecturally beautiful Grade 2* listed building. 48 Richmond Hill was built as the family home of Sir John Houblon, the first Governor of the Bank of England.  The grounds originally extended along what is now Ellerker Gardens as far as Onslow Road and down the hill to the Vineyard.  Much of this land now contains houses in which many of our parents live. Our girls have the great privilege of being educated in these wonderful surroundings.  

Year 5 Spring Concert – Alice in Wonderland

Our Year 5 girls certainly weren’t late…for a very important date this week! ⏰ They delivered two brilliant performances of their Spring Concert, Alice in Wonderland. They sang, spoke, and acted with great exuberance and comic timing in a world without reason and full...

World Book Day

Yesterday our corridors were filled with our favourite book characters as we celebrated World Book Day! 📚 We were fortunate enough to have a visit from bestselling author Maz Evans who also kindly held a mini book signing. Well done to our Year 6 girls who held an...

Year 4 Spring Concert – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Our Year 4 girls showcased their incredible talent in Roald Dahl’s adaptation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Monday and Wednesday evening this week. A twist to the classic fairy-tale, Snow-White escapes captivity, aided by seven ex horse-race jockeys and the...

Year 3 Spring Concert – The Bee Musical

There was a buzz in the air this week when our Year 3 girls delivered two brilliant performances of their Spring Concert, The Bee Musical.  Their energy and enthusiasm was infectious as they sang, danced and acted with such confidence and joy.  Well done girls, you...

Chinese New Year

Our girls celebrated Chinese New Year yesterday. A fun filled day making lanterns & origami rabbits, calligraphy writing & food tasting! They were even treated to a delicious Chinese feast at lunchtime! Gong Hei Fat Choi to our OVS community, wishing...

Christmas Carol Service

Last night our OVS community joined together for our annual Christmas Carol Service at St John the Devine. This really is one of the best evenings of the year, showcasing our talented girls in Years 3 to 6, with every girl in their final year having the opportunity to...

Lower School Nativities

The culmination of the Autumn Term was four great Christmas stories told by our pre-school and Lower School in their own unique ways.  Considering there were a few absences (including Mary!) in the lead up to these performances, the girls really pulled together...

Reindeer Visit

Despite their busy schedule, we were very lucky to have a special visit from Santa’s reindeer today.  All the girls were able to meet them and learn all about life on the North Pole!

Year 2 trip – Science Museum

As part of their topic on Space, our Year 2 girls recently visited the Science Museum! They visited the Space gallery and watched “Our Beautiful Planet 3D” in the IMAX, a fully immersive experience on board the International Space Station. They finished their day with...

Annual Prize Giving at Richmond Theatre

Today we were blessed to be able host our annual Prize Giving at Richmond Theatre for the first time in 3 years – a truly wonderful occasion to celebrate our OVS girls’ incredible achievements over the past 12 months and say farewell to our remarkable Year 6 girls. ...