Sydenham High School GDST

Our motto, Fear Nothing, underpins all that we do. Our pupils are ambitious and resilient with independence of mind, the courage to take risks, a strong moral compass and global perspective.

Our pupils have been described as having ‘self-confidence without arrogance’ which is a perfect description of a Sydenham High girl.

Our pupils make us incredibly proud every day. Last summer we were delighted to see the girls achieve record breaking GCSE and A Level results as well as Khadijah Mellah win the Magnolia Cup and, on the back of this, Young Sportswoman of the Year.

Accepting oneself and others is a core value and mental fitness is paramount to ensuring a successful educational journey. Our Brain Boot Camp series offers pupils and parents practical tips to help girls make wise decisions around nutrition and wellbeing, supporting their brains and bodies. Our Sense of Self Programme, combined with the Positive Project, equips our pupils with an essential toolkit to draw upon when facing setbacks.

A social conscience is integral to school life; we encourage pupils to find their voice and get involved. Year 9, mentored by year 12, achieved this with aplomb through the GDST VoiceBox, brainchild of our Deputy Head Pastoral. Pupil-led societies are popular, from African-Caribbean Society to our Inclusive Society. Pupils drive environmental reform; reducing plastic use and our carbon footprint, with our Eco Council working to top their Silver Eco Schools status with a Green Flag Award. Outreach and giving back are embedded, with our biennial expedition to our sister school in Nepal, in collaboration with the charity ‘In Your Hands’, and increased partnerships locally, including year 10 hosting a PHAB Club to build relationships with young people with disabilities.

Our bespoke Mind, Body & Soul offering and sports for all approach, alongside our elite sportswomen programme, enhances the co-curricular side of school life with pupils participating in activities that expand their mind, take care of their body and feed their soul. Creativity is embraced, through regular concerts, pop up exhibitions and productions such as our highly impressive Billy Elliot as well as our #700STEMChallenge writing competition open to schools across London, and our community fundraising initiative, the #SE26CharityChallenge.

We foster a life-long love of learning through academic enrichment, with our bespoke Socrates Programme, termly lecture series, regular author visits and more. Pupils leap at the chance to participate in Model United Nations, and our word of the week initiative enriches pupils’ vocabulary alongside our strong culture of the importance of reading. The Feminist Issue and Politico magazines showcase the knowledge and passions of our outward-looking pupils, who, by Sixth Form level, are future-confident thanks to our bespoke Active Citizen Programme combining Professional Skills, Volunteering and Enrichment.

Essentials

  • Head Katharine Woodcock
  • Katharine Woodcock
  • Age range 4 - 18
  • Day / Boarding Day
  • Religious affiliation n/a
  • Exams
  • 14+ GCSE, IGCSE
  • 16+ A Level, Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Fees (per term) September 2020 - July 2021
  • Junior School
    • £4,541 per term
  • Senior School
    • £5,775 per term
  • Sixth Form
    • £5,775 per term
  • Find out more about fees >
  • Exams
    • Exams
    • 14+ GCSE, IGCSE
    • 16+ A Level, Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Fees (per term)
    • Fees (per term) September 2020 - July 2021
    • Junior School
      • £4,541 per term
    • Senior School
      • £5,775 per term
    • Sixth Form
      • £5,775 per term
    • Find out more about fees >

Bursaries & Scholarships

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Scholarships & Bursaries offered
  • Academic scholarships
  • Art scholarships
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils
  • Music scholarships
  • Sibling discounts
  • Sixth Form scholarships
  • Sport scholarships

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