Meet our Head

Emma Bell

“Based in Kensington Olympia, our inclusive school community welcomes girls aged 11 – 18 from a wide variety of backgrounds and schools, including our own co-educational Prep school.

Our unique approach is rooted in kindness and a belief in the limitless possibility of the human spirit, facilitated by expert teaching and compassionate pastoral care.

In an ‘always-on’ world, our pupils are never afraid to stop and think, drawing on ancient wisdom to bring fresh perspectives and creative solutions to personal and global challenges.

St James girls learn to speak the truth, live generously and aim for the best, resulting in excellent academic outcomes and laying firm foundations for lifelong success.

To find out where our open-minded, open-hearted approach can take your daughter, come and visit us. I look forward to meeting you.”

Emma Bell


About Emma Bell

Emma Bell has over 20 years of experience in education, as a teacher, careers and Higher Education adviser and senior leader. Having studied History at Oxford, Emma began her career as a Strategy Consultant and then through volunteering recognised her vocation in education.

Passionate about the transformative power of a truly thought-provoking holistic education, Emma is a strong advocate for single-sex senior school education and the benefits of an environment where no subject or activity comes with a gender stereotype, and everything is designed with girls in mind.

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