Leicester High School for Girls 莱切斯特女子中学
• GIRLS, 3–18, Day
• Pupils 435, Upper sixth 35
• Termly fees £1585–£2410
• Enquiries to the Registrar. Application to the Headmistress
What it’s like
Founded by a Mrs Holles in 1906 as a ‘model school’ for boys and girls, later
becoming a school for girls only. It was constituted as a charitable trust in
1975 and adopted its present name ten years later. It moved to Stoneygate in
1926, a residential area some 2 miles south of the city centre. Both senior and
junior schools are on a single site, set back from the road. A number of modern
buildings have been added to the original Victorian house, all in attractive
landscaped grounds with tennis courts and gardens. It is a Christian foundation
school, emphasising the importance of integrity, honesty and consideration for
others. Classes are generally kept to about 20, usually under ten in the sixth
form; examination results are very good. There is a standard range of sports
(some county representatives in shot putt, netball, hockey and senior
badminton). There is a large number of extra-curricular activities and
considerable emphasis on charity work and community service. A wide variety of
clubs and societies and a large proportion are involved in the Duke of Edinburgh
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 3–18; 435 day girls. Senior department
10–18, 310 girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 3, 4, 10, 11 and 16. Own entrance exam used;
for sixth form entry, 6 GCSEs grade B (including English and maths), usually
grade A in sixth-form subjects. No special skills or religious requirements.
State school entry 25% at 11, few into sixth form. 55% of senior intake from own
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Approx 8 pa scholarships, value
£1000–50% fees: 1–2 music, others academic (4 at 11, 4 at 16). Some bursaries
for current pupils in financial difficulties. Parents not expected to buy
textbooks (except in sixth form); average extras £50 a term.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Mrs J Burns, appointed in 2003. Educated at Ranelagh
School, Bracknell, and universities of Southampton (history) and Birmingham
(PGCE). Previously Deputy Head at Kingsley School, Head of History at
Loughborough High School and history teacher at Nottingham High School. Member
Teaching staff: 37 full time, 16 part time. Annual turnover 7%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 34 pupils in Year 11: 100% gained at least grade C in 9+
subjects. Average GCSE score 63 (60 over 5 years).
A-levels: 56 in upper sixth. 95% passed in 4+ subjects (+ an AS-level).
Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 421.
University & college entrance On average, 97% of sixth-form leavers
go on to degree courses (9% after a gap year), 4% to Oxbridge. 10% took courses
in medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 24% in science & engineering, 40%
in humanities & social sciences, 8% in business, 14% in art & design, 3% in
vocational subjects (eg midwifery, journalism, PE). Others go on to accountancy
or management training schemes.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 25 GCSE, AS and A-level subjects.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
in addition, all take AS and A-level general studies. 20% take science A-levels;
40% arts/humanities; 40% both.
Vocational: Work experience in Year 12. Careers lessons in Years 10–11.
Special provision: SEN co-ordinator; many pupils helped by small class
Languages: French compulsory Years 1–11, German in Years 8–9; both
offered to GCSE, AS and A-level. Latin as recreational subject.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1–2 lessons a week) and across
the curriculum. 45 computers for pupil use (8 hours a day), 50 networked and
with internet access. Pupils take Clait in Year 9.
Music: Over 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument or sing;
instrumental exams can be taken. Music groups include choirs, orchestras, string
and woodwind groups. Several in county orchestras. GCSE and A-level offered.
Drama and dance: Over 40% take speech & drama lessons. LAMDA exams may be
taken, also drama GCSE and A-level. Majority of pupils involved in school and
external productions. Dance also taught and part of school productions.
Art & design: On average, 15 take GCSE, 6 A-level. Textiles, drawing and
Sport & activities
Sport: Netball, hockey, volleyball, badminton, dance, rounders,
athletics, tennis, gym compulsory. Sixth form additional options: fitness,
aerobics, squash. GCSE and A-level PE may be taken.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Community service compulsory for 1 year at 16. Up to 30 clubs eg sports, IT,
dance, music, general knowledge, Young Enterprise. The first World Challenge
group went to Bolivia in 2002. Fundraising is strong throughout the school.
Uniform: School uniform worn except in the sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Head girl, prefects appointed (end
of Year 12).
Religion: Morning assembly compulsory.
Social: Debating, general knowledge quiz etc with other schools. French
trips abroad, battlefields tours, classical trips, theatre visits. Meals formal.
No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once might be given an
order mark (detention after 3 order marks); those caught in possession of
illegal drugs could expect immediate expulsion.
Alumni association is run by Mrs S Burnham, c/o the school.