Our History

Painting reproduced by kind permission of Barbara Kaczmarowska Hamilton

Queen's College occupies an extraordinary position in the history of education. It was founded in 1848 by Frederick Denison Maurice, professor of English Literature and History at King's College London and Christian Socialist thinker. His ambition was to provide a means by which girls and young women could gain a serious education, and Queen's was the first institution in Great Britain where they could study for and gain academic qualifications. In 1853 Queen's received a Royal Charter from Queen Victoria which established much of the organisation of the College. Following this early royal patronage, the Patron of the College has always been a queen, and our current Patron is Her Majesty The Queen.

In keeping with its radical and pioneering past, Queen's has maintained a liberal and self-confident tradition throughout its history. It has educated young women who have gone on to become leaders in the professions and who have blazed trails in just about every walk of life.In 2002 Queen’s College was instrumental in the founding of Queen’s College Preparatory School as an independent preparatory school for girls aged 4 to 11 years. There is a close relationship between QCPS and the College, and both are governed by the Queen's College Council.

Building on the long and distinguished history of Queen’s College, Queen’s College Prep has already established a tradition of providing an excellent, rounded education which harnesses the very best of traditional values with a thoroughly modern 21st century approach to education. At the age of 11 our happy and confident girls transfer to Queen’s College, and other leading day and boarding schools.