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.  

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 at 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. ...

Matilda Jnr

After weeks of hard work and rehearsals, our Year 6 girls performed their Leavers’ Play “Matilda Jnr” over two evenings at the Queen Charlotte’s theatre in the Richmond Adult Community College.  The girls excelled themselves with performances full of individual...

Year 6 Residential Trip to PGL Bawdsey Manor

Last week saw the return of our Upper School residential trips! Our Year 6 girls had a brilliant week at PGL Bawdsey Manor in Suffolk. They did many exciting activities including orienteering, climbing, archery and assault courses. In the evenings there were...

Buddy Easter Egg Hunt!

Our girls braved the cold weather this morning for their annual Buddy Easter Egg Hunt at Terrace Gardens. It was great to see so many chocolate smiles! 🐣🍫

Year 3 Spring Concert – The Lorax

Year 3 brought one of Dr Seuss’ most powerful stories to life for their Spring Concert this year, ‘The Lorax’. The story detailed a cautionary tale about our duty to protect our precious planet. The girls mastered the whimsical Seussical rhymes and sang their hearts...

Lights, Music, Action…ABBA!

Our Year 4 girls delivered an amazing performance on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings as they sang five of ABBA’s most popular hits from the seventies.  The stage was awash with colour, bling and smiles as the girls swayed and twirled their way through the songs.  Their...

Chinese New Year

This week our girls filled the corridors with their brightly coloured outfits as we celebrated Chinese New Year.  They had a fun filled day making paper lanterns, dragon puppets and calligraphy writing.  They were even treated to a delicious Chinese feast at...

Year 3 trip to the Science Museum

This week our Year 3 girls visited the London Science Museum. They explored Space, The Science City, Information Age and Mathematics exhibitions before engaging in the interactive Wonderlab! The girls thoroughly loved the hands on FUN science activities, which engaged...