I have a dd in Year 9 at St Helens. I have found the teaching to be excellent and I am enormously happy with the school so far. Dd loves it and has developed an excellent work ethic and really enjoys her school.
I would say it is stronger academically than St Margaret's. The school achieves good results but without the intense pressure of say NLCS. Beautiful grounds, the school takes up almost that whole corner of Northwood! Lovely outdoor space, lacrosse pitches, tennis, netball etc.
Fantastic range of extra curricular clubs, all the usual sports, swim squad, badminton, gym club. Music - flute group, concert orchestra, jazz band, smaller ensembles.
Regular author visits - dd was lucky enough to have Malorie Blackman and Sophie McKenzie in Year 7.
They are set for Maths and the lower sets have a small number of girls to allow for plenty of individual attention. They all move up eventually.
Let me know if you have any other questions.