Sydenham High School is part of the Girls’ Day School Trust, the leading group of independent girls’ schools in the UK. Providing a first-class education for girls was the aim of our founders in 1887 and though the outlook and opportunities for girls may have changed, our educational goals remain the same.
Our school motto, Nyle ye Drede, (‘Fear nothing’), lies at the heart of all we do. A Sydenham High education is centred upon the pupil, where academic excellence and pastoral excellence go hand in hand.
We aim to inspire the future generations of creators, independent thinkers and trailblazers. We open eyes and hearts by educating the whole person: to balance mind, body and soul. Our diversity of academic and enrichment opportunities enables every girl to forge her own path, strive to be her best and excel.
We believe that educating the whole person leads to happy, confident and courageous children who flourish and make a positive difference to their community.
We seek to empower every girl to discover and nurture her unique talents whether in the classroom, the laboratory, the library, the studio, the field, the water, the community or beyond.
Courage and character: With our school motto at the fore, (‘Nyle ye drede’, ‘Fear nothing’), we aim to foster in every girl the strength of character and courage to discover and pursue her own path.
Curiosity for learning: We seek to empower every girl to learn without limits, cultivating an intellectual and creative mindset through an inspiring and joyful approach to education.
Culture of kindness: We focus on developing a happy and respectful community with strong relationships, prioritising every child’s wellbeing and celebrating diversity.
Generosity of spirit: We aspire to be outward looking, giving back, taking on leadership and having a positive impact.