I went to an open day int he autumn. I wasn't very impressed with the few girls we met but it's possible we just had a poor tour guide and asked questions of the wrong girls. We asked a sixth former what her Latin school motto meant -- it was written on the wall of one of the school buildings (the sports block I think) -- she hadn't a clue. I asked if she'd only arrived in sixth form, but no, she'd arrived via the prep school at Wheathampstead House. We laughed a bit at home about the headmistress praising the girls' intellectual curiosity.
Very few girls take Latin or classical civilisation to GCSE. Far fewer than at Queenswood.
Sir John Lawes (state comp in Harpenden) had a good haul of Oxbridge offers this year:http://www.sjl.herts.sch.uk/about-the-s ... e-year.php