The school day starts with registration at 8.45am and ends at 4.00pm. Most girls travel to and from school using the extensive coach service run jointly with the Boys’ School next door. There is a late coach service to many areas at the end of after school activities.

The school canteen provides freshly cooked and nourishing meals which offer choice and include vegetarian options. Alternatively, girls may bring their own packed lunch. A food committee involving staff and girls meets regularly to discuss provision.

Habs is a school with a Christian tradition which welcomes the rich diversity of faiths within the community. Every day begins with either a whole school or Section assembly, or a House meeting, often led by the girls themselves. Once a week there are separate Faith assemblies: Christian; Hindu, Jain and Sikh; Humanist; Jewish; or Muslim. Girls can choose which one they attend. Holy Communion takes place twice a term. Roman Catholic Mass is celebrated each half term, either in the Girls’ or the Boys’ School. Girls may pray at lunchtime in a room set aside for them to do so.

Many charitable events are run by Houses throughout the year. This enhances the girls’ awareness of the wider world as well as raising funds for charities small and large, at home and abroad.


Clubs are open to girls in all years but some are necessarily targeted at specific year groups. Many music and sporting activities and clubs are recreational as well as elite/competitive.

Girls’ paintings, sculptures and design installations are displayed around the school.


  • African and Caribbean Society
  • Arabic Club
  • Art Club
  • Arts & Crafts Club
  • Asian Society
  • Chemistry Revision Club
  • Chess Club
  • Christian Union
  • Colouring Club
  • Cross Country Club
  • Cycling Club
  • Debating Club
  • Design Technology
  • Digital Leaders
  • French Debating Club
  • GemSoc
  • Grammatica Simpatica
  • Greek Club
  • Habs Lab Chemistry
  • Jewellery Making
  • Jewish Society
  • Joint Computing Club
  • Knitting Club
  • L4 Drama Club
  • Latin Drama
  • LGBT+
  • Medical Society
  • Mindfulness
  • Oriental Society
  • Puzzle Club
  • Science Club
  • Science and Engineering Society
  • Secret Writing Society
  • Unseen Poetry Lab
  • VEX IQ Robot Club
  • Young Entrepreneurs Club


  • Year 7 Adventure Holiday
  • Language exchange, work experience and study visits abroad
  • Subject specific trips in the UK and abroad
  • Field trips
  • Trips to sites of historical importance
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Music and sports tours
  • Ski trips to the USA


  • Senior Production
  • Middle School Play
  • Drama Festival
  • Theatre visits
  • Workshops
  • Showcases


  • Brass Group
  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Clarinet Choir
  • Flute Choir
  • Fourth Form Choir
  • Guitar Group
  • Jazz Band
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Performing Arts
  • Recorder Group
  • Repetoire Orchestra
  • St Catherine’s Singers
  • Saxophone Group
  • Senior Choir
  • Wind Orchestra


Girls at Habs are involved in a wide range of charity , volunteering and outreach activities. Here are just a few for 2018:

  • D of E Bronze, Silver and Gold
  • Arts Award Bronze, Silver and Gold
  • Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Volunteering
  • Sunrise Volunteering
  • Islington Migrant Centre ‘Big Day Out’
  • Penniwell’s RDA
  • Good Gifts Charity
  • Orchestras for All
  • Knit for Peace
  • St. Martin in the Fields Christmas Appeal
  • Parikrma Foundation, Bangalore


All students are taught fundamental skills in invasion games, ball skills, racket skills, health related fitness, athletics and swimming during their PE lessons. Inevitably, during their school career we find that some students are well suited to competitive sport where others may enjoy more recreational activities. In both cases we are committed to providing our students with a positive experience of sport alongside regular house competitions, and we try to ensure that everybody has the opportunity to play competitive sport during their time at the school.

Over the course of the year, the Senior School runs an extensive program of activities that feature in both timetabled lessons and the extra-curricular program. The PE department offers 70 clubs each week across a variety of sports (see below). Through high quality sport provision and the use of experienced external coaches we hope to engender a lifelong love of sport and physical activity in all our students.

  • Ab Attack
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Cricket
  • Cross-Country
  • Dance Company
  • Development Netball
  • Football (Middle School only)
  • Gym Squad (ISGA, TRIO, Team & Floor and Vault)
  • HITT
  • HRF (curriculum only)
  • Improver Swimming
  • Indoor Athletics
  • Lacrosse Goalkeeping
  • Life-Saving (curriculum only)
  • Open Dance
  • Open Fitness Suite
  • Open Gym
  • Open Lacrosse
  • Rounders
  • Self-defence (curriculum only)
  • Squad Lacrosse
  • Squad Netball
  • Swimming
  • Synchronised Swimming
  • Team Trampolining
  • Recreational Trampolining
  • Tennis
  • Water polo (curriculum only)


Talented Athlete Programme

In addition, the PE Department has set up a Talented Athlete Programme (TAP) with the aim of providing a supportive infrastructure to help enable and encourage the school’s most talented sportspeople to maximise their potential and meet their personal aspirations of playing at the highest possible level. The goal of the scheme is to support the long-term athletic development of young aspiring athletes, putting them in the best possible position at the end of their time here to enjoy a long and successful career in sport. Application for the program is open to all students from Years 7 to 13, from which athletes are chosen according to set sporting criteria in conjunction with the Performance Pathway and the Talent Pathway set out by UKsport and Sport England.

The current pupils on the scheme are competing in a range of sports such as tennis, lacrosse, netball, swimming, golf, trampolining, gymnastics, fencing and kayaking. Successful candidates have access to a number of sessions throughout the year that encompass all elements of training and performance, Applications re-open every September, continually enabling the school’s most talented athletes to excel fully in their chosen sport(s), not just at school, but also at club, regional, national and international level.


  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • English Speaking Union
  • European Youth Parliament
  • Model United Nations
  • Oxford Union Debating Competition
  • Tall Ships

Come to Our Next Open Morning

We encourage anyone interested in joining Habs to visit during one of our School in Action mornings, which take place throughout the year.