Sydenham High School GDST

Lewisham, United Kingdom

Location: Lewisham, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Girls
Age range: 4 - 18 years

About Sydenham High School GDST

Sydenham High School is a mainstream, independent, all-through girls' school with sixth form, situated in Lewisham, south-east London. The school caters for approximately 630 students aged 4-18.  

Sydenham High School was founded in 1887 by the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST). The senior school is housed in a Victorian house, while the junior school and Early Years Foundation Stage have their own grounds. A sports field is a 20-minute drive from the school and is used by all students.  


Katharine Woodcock 

Vision and values 

Sydenham High School aims to provide a first-class education for its students, in a positive and caring environment. Girls are encouraged to reach their full potential and to be articulate, well-informed and open-minded. The school’s ethos emphasises inclusiveness to prepare each pupil for their future beyond the school. 

Sydenham High School emphasises the importance of English and maths, and all girls study science, ICT, humanities, modern languages and Latin. The school delivers an education that goes beyond the classroom, through a range of off-site trips and in-school events. These allow students to make connections between topics and apply their learning to real life. Everything from trips to Pompeii to singing workshops in the Royal Albert Hall is on offer, so there is always something to appeal to each individual girl.  

ISI report 

“The pupils benefit from a well-planned curriculum that is enhanced, at every stage, by the inclusion of thinking skills, study and communication skills. Junior school pupils are thoroughly prepared for entrance to senior school, and senior school pupils almost without exception go on to university, most to their first choice of institution.”   

View Sydenham High School’s latest ISI report 

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Address: 19 Westwood Hill, London, SE26 6BL, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 8557 7000
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