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Sydenham High School (GDST), London

School Details
School Crest
15 &19 Westwood Hill,
United Kingdom,
SE26 6BL

Tel: +44 20 8557 7000
Fax: +44 20 8557 7001

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Interim Headteacher:
Mr Karl Guest

Ms Louise Eaden

Accreditations and affiliations:
Religious affiliation:
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
4 - 18
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Entry test or exam, Interview

Scholarships & Bursaries:

Academic, 6th Form, Art, Drama, Financial need, Music, Other bursaries, Senior school entry, Sport, Other scholarships

What we offer

  • Electronics
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Design technology
  • Government/Politics
  • Classics
  • Business studies
  • Economics
  • Sociology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • ICT
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • Italian
  • French
  • English
  • Gymnastics
  • Athletics
  • Water sports
  • Cross-country
  • Cricket
  • Fencing
  • Fitness training
  • Badminton
  • Touch rugby
  • Table tennis
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Football
  • Chess
  • Rock climbing
  • First aid/life savers
  • Canoeing
  • Young Enterprise
  • Skiing
  • Ballet
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Dance
  • Drama productions
  • Scuba diving
  • Rowing
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • Jazz
  • School bus service
  • Particular diets
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • After school club
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Vegetarian
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)
Head PhotoFor more than 125 years Sydenham High has been educating girls aged 4 to 18 from across London and the South East to outstandingly high standards with excellent GCSE and A level results. The school's most recent Inspection report (2011) judged the school to be outstanding for providing a first class education that allows pupils to be intellectually fulfilled whilst offering lively, stimulating enrichment beyond the classroom.

That enrichment is embedded in school life because we believe in educating and not just examining our girls. With small class sizes and individual attention, education at Sydenham High focuses on helping each student to achieve her personal best in and beyond the classroom. It may be scuba diving or being part of the hockey team; organising a fundraiser or being in the chess club; producing a school show; playing in the orchestra or leading a Duke of Edinburgh expedition in Morocco. What's important is that pupils are not afraid to accept a challenge, have the courage to try new things and the self-belief to see them through - attributes that are vital to deal confidently with an ever-changing world.

We're proud of our girls' excellent academic achievement and the fact that they gain places on the courses of their choice, be that at Oxbridge, medical school or a Russell Group university. We're equally proud of our award-winning choir; our musicians; our theatrical productions; our creativity in art and design and our excellent sport, including our elite athlete support programme.

A wide range of sporting activities are introduced to the girls throughout the Junior School. These include games skills, gymnastics, dance and swimming. As they progress to the Senior School, this extends to include fencing, water polo, cricket and rugby.

Come and visit us to discover more about the outstanding educational experience we have to offer. It really is the atmosphere and feel of the school that shows parents that this is the place for their daughters and convinces the girls that this is the place they want to learn.

How to apply: A prospectus and application form are available from the Admissions office or online. Our main Open Days (10.00am - 1.00pm) for September 2016 entry are: Saturday 19 September (Senior School) and Saturday 26 September (Junior School). Please see our website for details of additional Autumn Open Events and bookable Taster mornings.

Senior School scholarships and bursaries: For girls joining in year 7 we offer both academic scholarships and scholarships in art, drama, music and sport. There are also awards and exhibitions for direct entry to the Sixth Form. The GDST offers a range of means-tested bursaries for entry at Year 7 and Year 12. In addition, two HSBC Global Education full bursaries are available for Sixth Form applicants from maintained schools.

Transport links: Sydenham station has regular train services from Victoria, Clapham, Wandsworth Common, Balham, Streatham Hill and Crystal Palace as well as Croydon and Caterham to the South and through Canada Water to East London. Buses 450 and 122 stop right outside the school and numerous other buses stop in Sydenham and Crystal Palace only a few minutes walk away. Additional school coach and minibus services also operate from Dulwich/Herne Hill, Bromley North/Beckenham and Clapham/Balham/Streatham.
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