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Sydenham High Senior School

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Sydenham High Senior School

Address: 19 Westwood Hill, London SE26 6BL
Founded: 1887
Number of Pupils: 415 girls
Fees: £5,775  per term
Ages: 11–18
Head Teacher: Mrs Katharine Woodcock
Religious Affiliation: Non-denominational
Entrance Procedure: Entrance exam and interview for year 7 entry. Scholarship exams for year 7 and 12. Bursaries available.
Contact: Admissions Office 020 8557 7004
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Open Days: 18 March, 29 April, 9.30-11am. Year 7 taster sessions (AM and PM) for year 5 on 21 May; all bookable here.

The Curriculum

Senior school students study a broad range of academic subjects which develop analytical, creative and lateral thinking skills to build a strong foundation for A-levels and university. At sixth-form, in addition to A-levels, we offer the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which prepares students for the independent learning required at university.

Games & The Arts

The school offers an extremely varied programme of sport and extra-curricular clubs and activities, including cricket, rowing, fencing, trampolining, and rugby, alongside traditional school sports such as hockey and netball. Girls are able to join, and lead, a range of performing arts activities and clubs such as choirs, concert band, dancing, gymnastics and acting.

Pastoral Care

 As a smaller school community, with intrinsic pastoral care, each girl is known and visible. We believe our girls deserve nothing less than the highest standards of academic and pastoral excellence. Our inclusive environment allows all of our students to be independent, take risks and learn resilience through trying new things without the fear of failure.

University Places

 Our students leave with excellent exam results, ambitious about their futures, and go on to study at a range of higher education destinations including Oxbridge, Russell Group universities, medical schools and art colleges.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

Our motto, ‘fear nothing’, underpins all that we do. Our girls are ambitious and open minded, well round, happy and down to earth. Above all, our school is simply bursting with warmth, creativity, talent and excellence.

Outstanding Characteristics

We are a small but high achieving school where self-belief and happiness, alongside a ‘can do’ approach, enable our girls to thrive and succeed. A Sydenham High education not only develops the necessary skills for university and employment but offers an inspirational environment where students can be themselves, learn to take risks, develop independence and resilience, leaving happy and confident about their future.

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