Academic Overview

Sydenham High School is a selective school and our aim is that every pupil reaches her full academic potential. Pupils at Sydenham High excel across the full range of subjects and we strive to ensure that every pupil in our school is challenged at every level and we pride ourselves on delivering a first-class education and academic excellence. Our rich and diverse curriculum not only prepares our pupils for examinations, but enables them to develop the skills and personal attributes to prepare them for the challenges, opportunities and active roles in our ever-changing society.

Our pupils develop academic enthusiasm, an enquiring and discriminating mind and a desire for knowledge. They are curious and able to think critically. To meet their needs, our learning environments are creative, vibrant, inspiring and well-equipped, enabling our staff to deliver not only dynamic and inspiring lessons, but also lectures, extension activities, enrichment opportunities, conferences, trips and workshops. Our exciting curriculum and tailored learning ensure that our pupils have the self-confidence to take risks and put themselves forward, fearing nothing, enabling them to be who and what they want to be.

Pupils make rapid progress and achieve excellent results

— ISI, 2020

Academic scholarships are awarded in Senior School to pupils joining in year 7 of exceptional academic talent and ability and their progress is closely monitored to ensure that they continue to achieve their full potential both within the curriculum and via the broad range of enrichment opportunities, to which all the girls have access.

In both of the sections of Senior School, Lower (years 7-9) and Upper (years 10 & 11), we offer a choice of subjects which ignite the love of learning, providing a powerful and diverse combination of traditional academic subjects, coupled with enrichment activities and the flexibility to cater for the individual.

Throughout their time at Sydenham High School, every pupil has access to rich educational experiences. Continuity and progression through the school enables our pupils to flourish in the Sixth Form, taking on further challenges such as the Extended Project Qualification, tailor-made enrichment courses and our bespoke professional skills programme.

These opportunities contribute to our leavers being ready to embrace an increasingly competitive global society with self-belief and confidence.

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