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.  

OVS Lower School Virtual Marathon

As this year’s London Marathon was sadly cancelled due to COVID-19, our lower school girls were challenged by Mrs Russell to take on the 26.2 miles themselves.  The girls could run, jog, walk, scoot or even cycle around the block or in their garden with the...

Soldier visits Little Vic

When a trip to Buckingham Palace had to be cancelled due to COVID-19, the Little Vic girls were very disappointed. However, Miss Grayson quickly organised a surprise visit by a friendly soldier to the pre-school instead. The girls had a great time dressing their...

Alumnae Event – Thursday 30th April 6.00 – 8.00pm – POSTPONED

To mark our 90th year anniversary celebrations in 2021, we will be hosting a number of events to celebrate our school, teachers and pupils, past and present.  With this in mind, we would like to invite former pupils and teachers to attend our first Alumnae...

Richmond Borough High 5 Netball Tournament

On a very bitter and cold Wednesday 26th February, the U11 High 5 Netball Team travelled down the road to Barn Elms Sports Grounds for the annual Richmond Borough Netball Tournament. This event attracts 36 local State and Independent schools around the borough,...

Year 3 Spring Concert – Peter Pan

Our Year 3 took us on a magical Neverland adventure in which fairies, pirates and mermaids exist, children never grow up and people fly.  Along the way we met Peter, Wendy, John, Michael, Tinkerbelle and Tinkerbella, the lost boys and the horrible Captain Hook.  As...

Year 4 Spring Concert – Jack and the Beanstalk

The Year 4s performed the Jack and the Beanstalk musical, with the main characters Jack , his mum, auntie and Daisy the cow, all contributing to the humorous take of this popular fairy story. Jack, (definitely whiffy) and the friendly farm animals defy the Giant's...

Chinese New Year

The girls at Old Vicarage School celebrated the Chinese New Year of the Rat in style this year on Friday 24th January.  The school was decorated with red lucky messages and pictures and the girls came to school dressed in traditional Chinese outfits or wearing...

Old Vicarage School Carol Service

Our Carol Service 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 sing a solo or give one of the readings. St John the Divine is a lovely spacious church, and...

Lower School Nativities

The culmination of the Autumn Term was three great Christmas stories told by the Lower School in their own unique ways.  The Reception girls performed to their parents, for the very first time, and delighted them with “Shine, Star, Shine” which was performed...

Year 5 Viking Day

Year 5 had a wonderful time experiencing elements of Viking life and spent the day working together in small groups.  They each tried making wooden shields and sewing sails that would eventually attach to a 6 metre scaled longship.  The rivets of the ship were tricky...
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