Category: Alumnae

Sporting updates

Our pupils are involved in so many different sports – inside and outside of school. There are so many sports out there for girls, don’t stop until you find yours!

A brief update from the first three weeks of term:

Congratulations to Isabel in year 7 who came third (in the 11-12 year olds category) in the Brighton & Hove Triathlon! The sea was incredibly rough for their 200m swim and she managed the 4km cycle and 1.5km run in 19.49 minutes.

Another year 7 pupil Skye is certainly one to watch when it comes to BMXing. She came 4th in her age group at the British BMX Championships. The future is bright for Skye as she was the youngest competitor in her age group.

We had the first netball game of the season for any of our teams and we started as we mean to go with a 16 – 2 victory against local rivals. Well done to our combined Year 11 & 13 team.

Sydenham alumna Ally Housley has been invited to the England Netball English Roses U19s Academy. Seems like yesterday when she was playing school netball.

Well done to our talented year 9 pupil, Millie, who won silver in the London Youth Games with her squash team.

Sydenham PE goes from strength to strength

PE fixtures happen every week inside and outside of school for Sydenham High pupils. The @SydSports twitter feed gives broader coverage of everything that the girls get up to but we have had a few highlights recently that we wanted to share:


Ellie Osmond year 10 competed at Kent Schools Athletics last weekend in the 1500m steeplechase (not a sport that we participate in at London Schools competitiongs! ) She got a qualifying time and PB of 5.23, taking third place overall in the U17 category and first out of those competing from London school. She has consequently been selected to compete at English Schools on 14 July. This is an outstanding achievement. She is one of the younger competitors in the age category and therefore has another season in this group.


Millie McLeod and her Southwark team competed at the London Youth Games last Sunday. They won through to the finals in July (first time they’ve managed that!) A fantastic accomplishment.


Last Saturday seven students went to Battersea Park for the London School Athletics. Noteable results include Morgan finishing in 2nd place in Hammer and Grace finishing 2nd in 80m hurdles.

We are still awaiting the final results from the GDST competition on Monday.


On Saturday 9 June three of our year 7 pupils went to Kent netball trials: Harmoney Newell, Kayla Victor and Sienna Cornes.  The competition was fierce as nearly 200 girls battled to get through to the final trial.  Thanks to the hard work and determination of these three girls, all three made the cut.  We are immensely proud of them and wish them luck on Saturday 23 June!

Charlotte Nevrkla-Wood, Lilly Russell and Georgina Budden took part in the U15 Kent netball trials.  This was a very hotly contested age group and for our pupils worked very hard but did not make it through this time.


We are delighted that Isabella Hilditch has bee ranked number 1 in the UK for 100m hurdles in the U20 category. She has also received a place on the Track & Field roster at Princeton University – hug congratulations are in order!

Don’t forget sports day on Monday July 2nd at our wonderful field on Worsley bridge road, BR3 1RL, from 8.30am until 3.45pm.  Please bring sunshine with you, but not too much!


Watch this space for more news about sports at Sydenham High and beyond…


Self Made Bianca publishes definitive business startup guide

Sydenham High alumna and successful entrepreneur Bianca Miller-Cole, has added ‘published author’ to her list of skills and achievements.

Bianca, who was a finalist in the 2014 series of The Apprentice and now runs both personal branding company The BE Group and Bianca Miller London hosiery, has just published her first book providing practical advice to other aspiring entrepreneurs.

Self Made: The Definitive Guide to Business Startup Success, provides a comprehensive but easy to read toolkit for anyone who wants to make a success of running their own business.

In the book, Bianca de-codes the jargon that is prevalent in business circles to provide straightforward advice on converting an innovative business concept into a commercially viable proposition. Featuring interviews with well-known entrepreneurs and industry experts, the book covers every tier of the business development process, from start-up to exit, offering implementable and global advice for success.

Having grown up in an entrepreneurial household and shown a clear aptitude for becoming an entrepreneur whilst at Sydenham High, Bianca made her business dreams a reality at just 23.  In doing so, she learned her biggest lessons.  “I witnessed first-hand the many pitfalls and potential mistakes that can be made in business.  Conversely, I also saw the success that can come from areas often overlooked in business such as networking, personal branding and mentoring.”

Bianca hopes that the book, along with a programme of Business Mastermind & Mentoring sessions that are being organised to coincide with the launch will help aspiring and new entrepreneurs to make their dreams a reality.

Self Made has been written jointly with her entrepreneur and philanthropist husband Byron Cole and is published in paperback by John Murray learning.

Sydenham High alumna’s business advice is height of fashion

Aspiring online fashion entrepreneurs have received top business tips from a Sydenham High alumna at the UK’s leading fashion trade show. founder Jacynth Bassett featured alongside some of the fashion industry’s foremost leaders, including Henry Holland and Dr Pan Hogg, at Pure London (23-25 July). Her talk was entitled: ‘Maximising your potential – creating a successful online retailer” after which she answered a stream of questions from the audience and then joined the ‘Meet the experts’ sessions for one-on-one mentoring.

Jacynth launched – the first premium online fashion boutique celebrating style at every age – in March 2016, aged 23, after seeing the difficulty that her mother and her mother’s friends were having in finding high quality stylish clothes in a retailing environment focused primarily on young fashion trends.

Although Jacynth, a Cambridge law graduate, had no previous fashion or retail experience or contacts, in true Sydenham spirit she was determined to tackle the fashion discrimination that she saw plaguing women aged 40+. In less than 18 months, her clear vision and determination have ensured that her idea has developed from concept to fully operational business with more than 20 labels, a rapidly growing national and international customer base and a forum ‘Ageism Is Never In Style’ with over 2,000 regular contributors.  Earlier this year, she also successfully opened her first pop up boutique in Greenwich Market.


Sydenham High says farewell to year 13 and hello to its latest alumnae

Staff bid a fond farewell to members of year 13 and their parents at a reception and dinner held in the school’s orangery and vaulted dining hall.

At the same time Mrs Woodcock warmly welcomed the leavers into the school’s alumnae community which will give them access to the Girls’ Day School Trust’s unique network of over 70,000 like-minded women who can help and mentor them as they develop their careers.

The evening was a moving occasion as the students look forward to the next stage in their education, life at university and a bright future. Each student received a engraved pen as a leaving memento.


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