The Francis Holland Schools Trust is an educational charity which manages two independent day schools for girls in London.
Both schools were founded by Canon Francis Holland in the late 19th Century and both have been called Francis Holland School ever since. The Trust has equal responsibility for the two schools.
Established in 1878, the Trust provides financial stability through the shared Bursary and shared Board of Governors known as The Council. There are currently 17 members who are all pre-eminent in their professional fields, providing well-informed advice via a structure of committees to both schools.
Both Francis Holland Schools therefore benefit from not only a strong financial foundation but also shared best practice both educationally and administratively. The Trust however recognises the different characters of each school and great value is placed on the autonomy each Head has over their school in terms of staffing, curriculum, uniform and culture.
There is a close working relationship between the Chairman of Governors, the Heads and the Bursar ensuring a smooth running organisation.
Several members of Council of the Francis Holland Schools Trust have recently received letters, including copies of correspondence sent to the schools’ Heads, about the issues raised by the death in the United States of George Floyd and subsequent events and discussions.
The Council is confident that, consistent with the schools’ commitment to Christian ethics and values, the schools deal with equalities issues in a systematic, sensitive and understanding way, in their curricular, co-curricular and pastoral activities. We accept that this is an area where we must continue to listen, to broaden our understanding and ensure that developments take place as appropriate, and the issues raised in the correspondence will be reviewed in the Council’s committees, particularly the Education Committee, to ensure we are providing an education which is as diverse as possible and fully prepares girls for life beyond FHS.