|Coordinates||51°42′54″N0°09′59″W / 51.715°N 0.166389°W Coordinates: 51°42′54″N0°09′59″W / 51.715°N 0.166389°W|
|Type|| Independent school |
Day and boarding
|Motto||In Hortis Reginae (“In Queens’ Gardens”) |
House colours: Red, Green, Yellow, Blue
|Publication||The Queenswoodian Magazine|
|Former pupils||Old Queenswoodians|
Queenswood School is a girls-only independent school located near Hatfield, Hertfordshire, twenty miles from London. It offers admission at ages 11, 13 or 16 (for sixth form).
The Good Schools Guide 2013 described Queenswood as "a girls' school to which others should aspire."
The school's origins were with "The Educational Home for the Daughters of Wesleyan Ministers" founded in Clapton, London in 1869. After a transfer to Clapham Park the school reopened with its current name in 1894.  The head was Marion Waller and she was the daughter of the school's founder David Waller. Marion Waller arrived with Ethel Trew as her assistant. Waller left to marry in 1897 and Trew was persuaded to give up her own ambitions to lead the school.  During the first world war the school raised money to fund an ambulance that was sent to Salonika. 
Under Trew's leadership the school moved to Sheepwell House in Hatfield, Hertfordshire in 1925 and a preparatory school was established. The original school and the head's house was burnt down in 1936 and was replaced with a nearly identical building. Trew had many successes but took too many years to retire in 1944.  She was superseded by Enid "Emma" Essame who had many hours planning the school's future with Baron Stamp, the chair of governors. Essame had been identified as the head designate in the early 1930s and she had turned down other offers in the long wait for Trew to retire.  Essame was inspiring to the school's supporters and new money was found to support the school. A new science block and library were added in 1957.  Essame served until 1971  and she was succeeded by Margaret Ritchie. In 1981 she in her turn was succeeded by Audrey Butler who had been educated at Queenswood. 
The name "Queenswood" along with the school's motto "in hortis reginæ" (In Queens’ Gardens) pays tribute to John Ruskin (1819–1900) who was a champion of female education and women's place in society. In 1865 he published a lecture "Of Quenns' Gardens" on which the name and motto were based.  The lecture was one of a series "Sesame and Lilies" delivered in December 1864.
As Queenswood is a Methodist school, all girls are required to attend chapel services. Special services are held to welcome new girls and farewell upper sixth leavers.
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Girls in years 7 and 8 belong to Stamp House, which accommodates up to 45 boarders.
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Each house is supervised by a housemistress and a boarding assistant. Stamp House has 12 tutors and three full-time residential staff.
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