Edgbaston High School for Girls 艾吉巴斯顿女子中学,
艾吉巴斯顿女子学校Westbourne Road, Edgbaston,
Birmingham B15 3TS
Tel: 0121 454 5831
• GIRLS, 2_–18, Day
• Pupils 930, Upper sixth 57
• Termly fees £1055–£2370
• Enquiries/application to the Registrar
What it’s like
Founded in 1876 it is the longest established girls’ independent school in
Birmingham. It moved in 1962 to its present attractive 4-acre site (plus 8 acres
of playing fields), next to the Botanical Gardens and 2 miles from the city
centre. The senior school is combined with the pre-prep and prep departments and
is very well equipped with an indoor swimming pool, up-to-date facilities for IT
and a new multi-purpose hall. Academic standards are high and examination
results are very good. Parents are supportive in time and energy and the staff
place emphasis on the importance of good relationships with their pupils and do
much to create a friendly atmosphere. Pastoral care is a strength of the school.
There is a good variety of cultural activities. Music is strong and the
performing arts are well represented. There is a wide range of sports (including
life-saving and fencing) and standards are high in a number of sports – an
impressive number of teams and individual representation at county, regional and
national level. Notable success in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. The
girls have opportunities for community service, work experience and a careers
programme which aims to help each girl develop as an individual.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 2_–18, 930 day girls. Senior department
11–18, 480 day girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 11 and 16. Own entrance exam and interview; for
sixth-form entry, 6 good GCSEs (usually grade A in AS-level subjects).
Scholarships & bursaries Some academic scholarships (at 11+ and 16+),
value 25%–50% fees: 2 music (at 11+ and 16+), sports (at 16+). Variable number
Head & staff
Headmistress: Miss Elizabeth Mullenger, in post from 1998. Educated at
Bolton School (Girls’ Division) and universities of Wales, Birmingham and
Bristol (English, education, drama). Previously Headmistress of St James’s and
the Abbey, Head of English at King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls, Joint
Head of First Year at Falmer High and assistant English teacher at Westlain
Grammar School, Brighton. Also FRSA; governor of two schools; serves on GSA
Council and Chairman of GSA Midlands.
Teaching staff: 68 full time, 27 part time. Annual turnover 3%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 75 pupils in Year 11: 97% gained at least grade C in 5+
subjects; average 8.9 subjects. Average GCSE score 60 (58 over 5 years).
A-levels: 62 in upper sixth. Average passed 3.2 subjects with a final
point score of 390.
University & college entrance 97% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (20% after a gap year), 2% to Oxbridge. 18% took courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 13% in science & engineering, 52% in
humanities & social sciences, 17% in other subjects. Typically a few go on to
art and music colleges.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 23–24 AS/A-level subjects
(including Latin and Greek).
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
in addition, all take general studies AS-level, A-level optional. 17% take
science A-levels; 41% arts/humanities; 41% both. Key skills integrated into
Vocational: Work experience available.
Languages: French (from age 4), German and Spanish (from Year 8) offered
to GCSE and A-level. Short courses in sixth form in Italian. Regular exchanges
(France, Belgium, Germany, Spain).
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons/week in Years 7–9) and
across the curriculum. Year 9 take Clait; sixth form can take ECDL; also GCSE
and A-level. 46 computers for pupil use (8 hours a day), majority networked and
with email and internet access.
Music: At least 50% of pupils play a musical instrument; instrumental
exams taken each term. Several musical ensembles: choirs, orchestra, windband,
recorders, strings, flutes, brass and guitar. Many pupils also involved in local
and county orchestras and competitive festivals.
Drama & dance: Both offered. Own youth theatre; at least one major
production a year eg The House of Bernarda Alba, The Boyfriend, Antigone,
involving some 80 girls (acting, production etc). Variety of dance offered:
ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, tap etc. Dance and movement show involving
girls of all ages and professional companies invited to give workshops.
Art & design: On average 45 take GCSE, 14 A-level. Computer graphics,
ceramics, textiles also offered. Regular visits to exhibitions and galleries
throughout the country; trips abroad; annual art exhibition.
Sport & activities
Sport: Hockey, netball, dance, gymnastics, health related fitness,
basketball, volleyball, swimming, badminton, athletics, rounders and tennis are
taught. Year 10 have options eg volleyball, basketball, table tennis, badminton,
dance, aerobics, cricket, swimming and running; Year 10–11 out-of-school
activities eg skiing, rock climbing; sixth form options eg self-defence,
fitness, aerobics, golf, climbing, ice skating, squash, pool lifeguard and
community sports leaders award. GCSE and A-level PE available. County reps in eg
hockey, netball, tennis, rounders, cross-country, fencing, squash, synchronised
swimming, skiing and sailing.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Community service in sixth form. Up to 30 clubs, eg fencing, yoga,
lifesaving, drama, ceramics, cookery.
Uniform: School uniform worn except in sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Sixth-form committee, head girl
and deputies, and heads of house. School student council.
Religion: Non-denominational. Regular school assemblies. Attendance at
religious worship encouraged but not compulsory.
Social: Young Enterprise, debates, careers functions with other local
schools. Language exchanges abroad; sports links with USA and Australia. Strong
links with local business community. Pupils discouraged from bringing own car,
bike or motorbike to school because of parking difficulties. Meals self-service.
No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Any girl involved in dealing or using drugs on the
premises might expect expulsion.