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‘Many pupils leaving after GCSEs are surprised how much they miss being known to staff and the reassurance that familiarity provides’ says one parent and, as many others, identifies it as a real asset which the school often doesn’t do enough to promote. SEN pupils are well-catered for too. There is dyslexia screening and other testing in...

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Sydenham High is selective but diverse, welcoming girls with wide-ranging talents, abilities and backgrounds into a close community that is large enough to offer choice and flexibility but compact enough to ensure that every student is valued.

With small class sizes and individual attention, education at Sydenham High goes well beyond exams focusing on helping each student to achieve her personal best in and beyond the classroom.

We are proud of our students' academic success and just as proud of our award winning choir, excellent sports, theatre and musical productions and creativity in art and design. Our students discover their strengths and, because we know them well, we can guide them to maximise their potential. It may be scuba diving; organising a fundraiser; acting in the school show or leading a Duke of Edinburgh expedition in Morocco. Whats important is that they are willing to get involved and have a go.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Drama & Theatre Studies at an English Independent School (GCE A level)

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From April 2017, Katharine Woodcock, currently senior deputy head at Queen's College. French and Russian degree from Bristol and PGCE from St Mary's College Twickenham. Has also taught at Oakham, where she was became housemistress. She has two children.

Acting head during the spring 2017 term is Karl Guest, deputy head.

Head of junior school since 2014, Ms Claire Boyd, previously head of lower school and on the senior leadership team of Ravenscourt Park Prep. She has a politics degree from Royal Holloway College and a PGCE from Roehampton.

Academic matters

French for all from 4, Latin is taught to the top two years. Masterclasses at senior school for years 5 and 6 (most recently in maths, science, history and Spanish); sixth formers run clubs and activities. Junior school currently...

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Special Education Needs

The school's special needs policy follows the recommendations of the Code of Practice (2001). At admission each pupil is looked at as an individual case to see whether the school can effectively meet her needs. A girl would only be refused entry if she was unable to attain the required academic standard or if the school was unable to cope with the child's difficulty once every effort had been made to accommodate her needs. The school has a Learning Support Department run by a qualified dyslexia teacher. Individual difficulties (eg mild dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, Aspergers) are handled as appropriate by the Learning Support Department. Pupils whose difficulties form a significant barrier to learning may have an Individual Education Plan and some targeted help from the Learning Support Department. Pupils with specific learning difficulties should be able to cope in mainstream classes but the school offers a supportive environment in which staff are made aware of the ways in which these students can be supported within the classroom. The Junior Department also has access to well qualified perpatetic special needs teachers who can give long term individual support during school time and parents may wish to use this facility for which an extra charge is made.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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