Queen Anne’s, a Church of England School, was part of the Grey Coat Hospital Foundation, a registered charity which was founded in 1698 by eight merchants in Westminster. In 1706 Queen Anne granted the Foundation a royal charter. By 1874 Parliament had begun to recognise that girls deserved an education and the Grey Coat Hospital became a girls’ school. The Grey Coat Hospital Foundation bought the present site in Caversham, and this became Queen Anne’s School on Ascension Day in 1894. Since that time Queen Anne’s has grown and prospered and become a well known and well-loved independent school. In 2019, the Grey Coat Hospital Foundation merged with its sister charity the United Westminster Schools Foundation to form the United Westminster Grey Coat Foundation.
The 2019 release of blockbuster film, The Favourite, has brought the history of Queen Anne to life. On Monday 14 January, Headmistress Julia Harrington and Graduate Assistant Alice Whitehead, joined BBC Berkshire presenter Sarah Walker for a live radio interview to discuss Queen Anne’s School’s links to the famous monarch.
The United Westminster Grey Coat Foundation
Queen Anne’s retains its connection with Westminster in many ways. A special service is held every two years in Westminster Abbey for Queen Anne’s pupils, parents, alumni and associates. Sixth Form art students take part in the annual Foundation Schools’ art exhibition in London and the girls regularly take part in joint Foundation events. The school remains part of the United Westminster Grey Coat Foundation and values its connection with the other four Foundation Schools.
Grey Coat Hospital – WESTMINSTER
Church of England school and Specialist Language College offering a challenging educational experience for girls from 11 to 18, and for boys in the Sixth Form.