The Laurels School

The Laurels School is an independent school with a Catholic ethos for girls aged 11-18. We are committed to excellence, not for its own sake, but because we wish our pupils to fulfil their potential through the cultivation of moral, intellectual and social virtues. Based on Catholic principles, a Laurels education is exceptional because it prepares young women not merely to make a living but to live a deep, rich and satisfying life. A unique tutorial system, a stimulating curriculum

Our Lady's Close
Upper Norwood
SE19 3FA

+44 (0)20 8674 7229

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ISC associations: ISA

Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic

Day/boarding type: Day

Gender profile: Girls only

Size: 111

The Laurels School fees:

Day fees per term:
£5,190 to £5,460

Scholarships & bursaries:

ISC reference number:

DfE reference number:
306 / 6028

Girls - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 11 to 18 (111)

Sixth Form: (14)

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Additional Information

The personalised nature of education in the school means that pupils are closely monitored and any possible learning difficulty is quickly identified. We currently have two pupils in KS3 and KS4 who are being monitored for possible learning difficulties. The other pupils on the SEND register are receiving additional support. There is a spectrum of learning difficulties ranging from mild to significant which cover the four main areas of need: communication and interaction, cognition and learning, social, emotional and mental health and sensory or physical needs. 

The SEND register is monitored and updated regularly by the SENCo, based on teacher feedback, screenings, assessments, dialogue with parents, or new pupils joining or leaving the school. We also identify, through our own tracking and internal processes, other students with SEND; these are supported in school and pupils are monitored for any developing indications, which includes dialogue with parents and tutors. The register and day to day implementation of the school's SEND policy, is overseen by the SENCo. Under the provisions of the Children and Families Act 2014 and as set out in the Code of Practice, we follow a graduated approach in supporting our students with SEND. We have two pupils who have an EHCP and they are both supported by an LSA who collaborates with teachers. We also have a student on a healthcare plan, who sometimes attends school virtually. 

We strongly believe that a Laurels School education should be available to every girl and not just those who can afford the fees. We offer both bursaries and scholarships for 11+, 13+ & Sixth Form entry.


The worth of a bursary is awarded on a sliding scale, depending on your means.

Bursaries are awarded if a girl is successful in the entrance exam and interview, her family’s bursary application is successful, and if there are sufficient funds available in the bursary fund.

Bursary application forms are sent out by our Finance Department and need to be completed and returned by the due date in order to be considered.


We offer an Overall Academic, Maths, English, Art and Music Scholarships for each entry point.

Scholarships are typically in the range of 10% of the school’s annual fees and are renewed until the holder leaves the school, subject to satisfactory progress and conduct. Applicants will be considered on the basis of their performance in the entrance examination, interview as well as their current school’s reference. All girls are automatically considered for the Maths, English and Overall Academic Scholarships when they sit the entrance exam. Families who are interested in pursuing a Music or Art Scholarship should make their formal interests known when registering. In addition, The Edith Stein Scholarship is occasionally awarded to a candidate who demonstrates a commitment to excellence and potential to be a role model for others.

Scholarships & Bursaries offered

  • Academic scholarships
  • Art scholarships
  • Music scholarships
  • Sixth Form scholarships
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils

Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, ISC is not responsible for inaccuracies