I have a dd in Year 8 at St Helens. We were also considering Watford girls but she didn't get a place but I think even if she had, we still would have chosen St Helens.
It's a wonderful school, I honestly can't think of any faults in 18 months of dd being there.
-wonderful, inspiring teaching
-small classes of 20. Some of the Maths sets are even smaller than this
-girls have a form and separate teaching group so they instantly have 2 sets of friends
-very nurturing, girls are well supported by form tutors and all the teachers generally
-strong house system, there are house events thorough out the year, arts, sports etc
-long lunch period so girls can eat, go to a club, go to the library etc
-2 week timetable and 5 lessons a day of 1 hour each
-great for languages, girls choose 2 MFLs and all do Latin
-lots and lots of extra curricular clubs, everything from sport to music to drama to origami
-beautiful grounds, the school occupies an entire block!
-well situated in Northwood, all those cafés come in handy of the last day of term!
-focus on academic achievement without the intense pressure of other girls' schools
We didn't set out purely with an indie in mind but I can really see what we are paying for. Dd is really thriving and was delighted to win a progress prize in year 7.
Let me know if you want to know anything else.