Harrogate Ladies' College

About Us

Harrogate Ladies’ College is one of the UK’s leading independent schools for girls aged 2-18. We have been educating inspirational women for more than 125 years and we aim to inspire the next generation of women to be brave, bold, challenge perceptions and to know that anything is possible with hard work, determination and perseverance. The size of our family of schools means that we know all of our pupils as individuals, the way their parents know them. This enables us to work with them and challenge them to achieve more both inside and outside of the classroom.

Academic excellence

Pupils achieve excellent exam results at both GCSE and A-level and over 80% typically receive offers from top Russell Group universities. There are Oxbridge, Medicine and Veterinary Science preparation courses on offer, as well as a specialist business school. All of our pupils receive individual support and tutoring throughout the university application process.

Beyond the classroom

A dedicated weekend programme enables girls to try new things, visit new places, develop new skills and build confidence. The choice of activities is wide: from cultural trips to active experiences and social events – there’s something for everyone!

Health and well-being

Wellness is at the heart of our school community and our wellness initiative is designed to support pupils aged 2-18, staff and parents. Our wellness centre is the hub for a wide range of activities to support and encourage all-round physical, social and mental well-being including yoga and dance classes. In addition, the £500,000 newly re-developed swimming pool complex benefits pupils of all ages and enhances the experience of participants and spectators.

A home away from home

Being a boarding pupil at Harrogate Ladies’ College is a unique life experience. It is a warm, nurturing, family environment which enables girls of all ages to build independence and lifelong friendships. Our boarders come from more than 29 different countries and are fully integrated into our school community. Each boarding house has a dedicated housemistress to care for and support our girls. They also keep parents updated with what is going on in school.


Harrogate is a safe, cosmopolitan town with historic buildings and large open spaces and parks. It has a vibrant café culture and exclusive shops and boutiques. Our school is located in a quiet residential area just five minutes’ walk away from the centre meaning that girls can enjoy being part of the local community. London is just over two hours by train, while Leeds Bradford airport (20 minutes drive) offers shuttle flights to London Heathrow (35 minutes). Manchester airport is 90 minutes drive.