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Sydenham High Prep School

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Sydenham High Prep School

Address: 15 Westwood Hill, London SE26 6BL
Website: sydenhamhighschool.gdst.net
Founded: 1887
Number of Pupils: 238 girls
Fees: £4,541 per term
Ages: 4–11
Head Teacher: Ms Victoria Goodson
Religious Affiliation: Non-denominational
Entrance Procedure: Group assessment for reception (4+) and written exam for 7+. Please enquire about occasional places
Contact: Admissions Office 020 8557 7004
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Open Days: 17 October, 9.30am–11am; 4+ taster day on 6 November; 7+ taster day on 7 November; bookable Wednesday tours available. All open events and taster sessions can be found here.

The Curriculum

A broad academic curriculum that encourages independent thinking, enquiring minds and prepares girls for the academic curriculum at the senior school.  Girls learn French from reception and Latin from year 5. There are specialist teachers for languages, sport, music, art and DT as well as computing and science for pupils in year 5 and 6.

Games & The Arts

 Wide and varied co-curricular programme that includes over 50 extra-curricular clubs and a large variety of day trips and residential visits, including a ski trip to the Austrian mountains.  Regular use is made of senior school facilities including the Westwood Theatre, Recital Hall and Astroturf as well as the 8-acre sports ground in Lower Sydenham. Swimming takes place at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, a short walk away.

Pastoral Care

A strong PSHE programme is backed up by a positive social environment, supportive teaching staff and close relationships between home and school. The school’s innovative Flourish and Fly initiative emboldens pupils and stretches ability with a half termly programme of experiences and challenges.

Senior Exit Schools

Thorough 11+ preparation process starts in year 5 with careful preparation for entry to the senior school and a variety of London schools.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

Our aim is to prepare each girl for what the future holds – by setting high expectations, providing a strong academic education and supporting a child’s emotional development to ensure each girl becomes the best she can be.

Outstanding Characteristics

The school was judged ‘outstanding’ in its most recent Inspection report. ‘Excellent relationships between staff and children’; ‘emphasis on independent learning ensures that the school provides a stimulating and secure environment’; ‘instills a positive attitude to learning.’



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