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Sydenham High Prep School

By Coby F

2 years ago

Address: 15 Westwood Hill, London SE26 6BL
Website: sydenhamhighschool.gdst.net
Founded: 1887
Number of Pupils: 240 girls
Fees: £4,909 per term or £14,727 annually
Ages: 4–11
Head Teacher:Mrs Gillian Panton
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 events and taster sessions are all bookable online.

The Curriculum

Broad academic curriculum encourages independent thinking, enquiring minds and prepares girls for senior school. There are specialist teachers for languages (French from reception and Latin from year 5), sport, music, art and DT as well as computing and science for pupils in year 5 and 6.

Games & The Arts

Impressive co-curricular programme includes over 50 clubs and a variety of day and residential trips, including skiing. Creativity is abound in the Art & DT Studio, the Westwood Theatre and Recital Hall. Sports facilities include an Astroturf and the eight-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 bespoke Sense of Self programme and ‘Kid Coaching’ initiative empower pupils to take responsibility for challenging situations, equipped with the tools they need to manage their own feelings as well as conduct simple coaching conversations with peers. These opportunities strengthen our girls’ mental fitness so that they continue to shine beyond Prep School.

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

We are ambitious for every girl, preparing pupils for what the future holds by setting high expectations, providing a strong academic education and supporting each child’s emotional development to ensure she becomes the best she can be.

Outstanding Characteristics

Pupils dazzle in sporting events, theatrical productions, assemblies and campaigning for what they believe in. Commitment to pedagogical best practice and responding to the ever-changing demands in society, centres upon creativity, critical thinking and happiness. ISI stated: ‘Pupils of all ages show high levels of self-confidence and self-esteem.’