Good Schools Guide Award for Sydenham High

Sydenham High has won a gold 2015 Good Schools Guide Award for girls taking computer studies at GCSE.

The school has been presented with the award by The Good Schools Guide for out-performing all other English schools in its category. The prestigious annual awards, which are now in their 9th year, are based on a detailed analysis of the most recent examination results, and are designed to highlight consistently good teaching.

Sydenham High has swiftly embraced the Government’s introduction of a new computer science curriculum and has launched the computing curriculum at Key Stage 3. The scheme of work explores areas such as digital literacy, skills and careers.

The curriculum is designed to help the girls become creators of tech, instead of just consumers. It will also better equip them for the real world of work and industry – especially as women are currently underrepresented in the tech arena.

Headteacher Mrs Kathryn Pullen said: “We are absolutely delighted to be acknowledged for our excellence in teaching computer studies and we are sure it will inspire and encourage all our students who are working toward their GCSE and A levels right now.

“The UK’s tech scene is booming and skilled employees are in demand.  We therefore want to ensure that our girls are ready and able to take advantage of the opportunities that brings.”

Ralph Lucas, Editor of The Good Schools Guide, commented: “Our annual awards scheme is designed to recognise and reward excellence in teaching in every subject area. Our awards give individual teachers and departments, where teaching is at its very best, the recognition they deserve.”

The Good Schools Guide Awards are based on a series of calculations which take into account relative popularity and performance of the subject, absolute performance, and percentage of pupils taking the subject.