- Head Antonia Geldeard
Our motto, Fear Nothing, underpins all that we do. Our pupils are ambitious and resilient with the independence of mind, the courage to take risks, a strong moral compass and a global perspective.
135 years ago four pioneering women championed the unfashionable cause of education for women, with the aim to provide an academic grounding, first-class teaching and an environment that developed character and personality. Radical at the time, but a shining example of the values of courage, resilience and determination that Sydenham High School is built upon.
The motto of “fear nothing” emboldens pupils as they forge their own path through life. Sydenham High actively encourages its pupils to step outside their comfort zones, developing independence, the curiosity of mind and the courage to take risks. This mentality is fostered throughout the school, allowing every pupil to develop academic enthusiasm and the ability and awareness to stand up for what is right.
Rather than telling pupils how or what to think, they instead facilitate the growth of questioning, innovative women of the future, adapting curricular and co-curricular activities to reflect the changing world around them. Pupils instinctively request to take the lead on assemblies, instigate campaigns and make calls to action, such as the ‘118 Reasons for Change’ installation on reasons to speak out against public sexual harassment.
The inclusive nature of the school is a point of pride, offering a broad and balanced curriculum with a solid foundation of pastoral care. A bespoke co-curricular Body, Mind & Soul Programme, along with the Positive Project, develops pupils physically, mentally and emotionally and equips them with an essential toolkit to draw upon when facing challenges and setbacks. Meanwhile, their Culture & Identity Day has become a focal point for celebrating belonging, whilst remaining true to oneself.
A Sydenham High education is about so much more than an excellent set of results. A lifelong love of learning is fostered through tailor-made enrichment opportunities such as their Lecture Series, Socrates Programme, Plato Programme and #700STEMChallenge. Pupils revel in the opportunity to perform in productions, concerts or showcasing work in pop-up exhibitions. Model United Nations, Mock Trial competitions and One Voice prepare pupils to research and present on a variety of topics. Curioso Week, business and enterprise opportunities and a broad range of career events ensure that pupils know nothing is out of reach, with a little hard work!
Alumnae have gone on to become climate change consultants, doctors, authors, scientists, artists, Grammy Award-winning musicians and even a horse-racing icon. They value remaining true to themselves even if that means going against the grain. There is an instilled belief that pupils can do whatever they put their minds to but they recognise that it is not just about them. They have a duty to the wider community and those connections are as strong and important as they have ever been, with regular charity fundraising, foodbank donations and volunteering.
Ready to call out inequality or injustice in whatever form it may present itself, pupils have strong moral compasses and are accepting and respectful of themselves and others. There is no mould for a Sydenham High pupil and that’s what makes the school so special.
- Age range 4 - 18
- Day / Boarding Day
- Religious affiliation n/a
- 14+ GCSE, IGCSE
- 16+ A Level, Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
- Fees (per term) September 2022 - July 2023
- £4,909 per term
- £6,244 per term
- £6,244 per term
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- Sixth Form scholarships
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