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About UCS

University College School was founded in Gower Street in 1830 as part of University College, London and moved to generous buildings in Hampstead in 1907.  UCS was founded to be different from other schools and it remains so today.  Our liberal philosophy lends the school a distinctiveness of which we are extremely proud.  We are, of course, committed to academic excellence.  We believe, however, that this should be more than a narrow aim in itself.  Excellence at UCS at every level from age 3 to 18, results from not only effective teaching and learning.  It depends upon respect for the individuality of each pupil, recognition of each pupil's talents, interests and potential, and a very high quality of personal care.  Education at UCS is a friendly and purposeful co-operation between school, pupil and home.  Founded as a tolerant community without religious or ethnic barriers, we could not approach our work in any other way.

University College School comprises three separate schools offering education to children at each stage of their development, from the age of three, until they move on to higher education.

The Phoenix School
At the Phoenix School, 130 boys and girls (ages 3-7) begin their education and receive an excellent start to their educational career.  The Phoenix School joined the UCS family in 2002.

UCS Junior Branch
The Junior Branch provides a full, all-round education for 250 boys (ages 7-11) that prepares them for smooth transition to the Senior School.  Virtually all boys progress to the Senior School.  Entry to the Junior Branch is competitive, but these boys are not required to undergo a further process of assessment to qualify for the Senior School.

UCS Senior School
The Senior School caters for about 850 pupils ages from 11-18.  New boys join at the ages of 11, 13 and 16 through a process of competitive examination and interview.  All boys are prepared for GCSE at the age of 16 and for AS and A-level in the Sixth Form.  Virtually all students progress naturally into the Sixth Form.

UCS Sixth Form
Girls joined the UCS Sixth Form in September 2008.  Applications from boys and girls who wish to join the Sixth Form are received during the Autumn Term preceding the year of entry.  Applicants are invited to the school for interview and assessment.  Our initial aim is to offer approximately 25 places to female students each year.  At present, we will also consider applications from boys at the age of 16.  All UCS students secure places at university, medical school, or at colleges of drama, art or music after their two years of Sixth Form study.