Norwich High School for Girls GDST 诺维奇女子中学,
诺维奇女子高级学校，95 Newmarket Road,
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 2HU Tel: 01603 453265 Fax: 01603 259891
• GIRLS, 4–18, Day
• Pupils 895, Upper sixth 70
• Termly fees £1674–£2310
• GSA, GDST
• Enquiries/application to the Registrar
What it’s like
Founded in 1875, it is on a single site 1_ mile from the city centre. The senior
school is partly housed in a fine Regency house, set in spacious wooded grounds
and beautiful gardens. There are numerous purpose-built extensions and
facilities are excellent. It enjoys a wide social spread of pupils drawn from
Norfolk and north Suffolk. Non-denominational, it provides a sound education in
the grammar school tradition and examination results are very good. Tremendously
strong in music (most are involved) and also in drama and art. It achieves high
standards in sport and games and has an outstanding record in the Duke of
Edinburgh’s Award and Young Enterprise schemes. Full advantage is taken of the
city’s cultural amenities. It is well served by public transport and provides a
minibus service to and from Norwich station. It has a high reputation locally
and is well supported.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 4–18; 895 day girls. Senior department
11–18, 650 girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 4, 7, 11 and 16. Own entrance assessment used.
All-rounders welcome; no religious requirements. State school entry, 27% at 11,
plus 80% of intake to sixth form. Many senior pupils from own junior department.
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Scholarships (from age 11),
including music, value 10%–50% fees. Also bursaries. Parents not expected to buy
textbooks; lunch is the only extra.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Mrs Valerie Bidwell, in post from 1985. Educated at
Harrogate Ladies’ College and at universities of Newcastle and London (French
and German). Previously Senior Mistress and Head of Modern Languages at
Teaching staff: 57 full time, 19 part time.
GCSE: In 2003, 96 pupils in upper fifth: 99% gained at least grade C in 9
subjects. Average GCSE score 63 (61 over 5 years).
A-levels: 57 in upper sixth: 82% passed in 4+ subjects; 16% in 3
subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 400.
University & college entrance 96% of sixth-form leavers go on to a
degree course (34% after a gap year), 10% to Oxbridge. 11% took courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 22% in science & engineering, 53% in
humanities & social sciences, 2% in art & design, 2% in music, 2% in drama.
Others typically go on to non-degree courses (eg art, drama) or post A-level
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 23 AS/A-level subjects.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level (mostly a mix
of arts and sciences), 3 at A-level; in addition, all take AS and A-level
general studies. 25% take science A-levels; 42% arts/humanities; 33% both. Key
skills: compulsory ICT unit in Year 12 leads to ECDL; communication integrated
in general studies.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Languages: French (from age 11), German (from 12) and Spanish (from 14)
offered at GCSE, AS and A-level. Regular exchanges (France and Germany), trips
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1 lesson a week) and across the
curriculum. 170 networked computers for pupil use (9 hours a day); all pupils
have access to email and internet. All lower sixth take ECDL; GCSE short course
at end of Year 9.
Music: Over 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 14+ musical groups including orchestras, wind band, chamber
ensembles, choirs etc. Regular concerts and tours abroad.
Drama & dance: Both offered. GCSE, AS and A-level drama and theatre
studies may be taken. Some pupils are involved in school productions and
majority in house/other productions. ESU regional finalists.
Art & design: On average, 50 take GCSE, 12 A-level.
Sport & activities
Sport: Lacrosse, hockey, netball, swimming, gym, rounders, athletics,
dance, tennis compulsory. Optional: badminton, lifesaving, fencing. Sixth form
only: volleyball, self-defence, fitness, aerobics. Royal Life Saving Society
exams may be taken. Regular county representation; community sports’ leader
award offered in Year 12. School holds Sportsmark and Activemark gold awards.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
(several golds each year). Community service optional. Up to 30 clubs, eg
rowing, chess, debating, Christian Union, trampolining, fencing, life-saving.
Uniform: School uniform worn except in the sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, head girl, head of house
and house prefects, elected by staff and sixth form.
Religion: Morning assembly (parents may withdraw their children on
Social: Debates, Young Enterprise, theatrical productions. Organised
trips abroad. Pupils allowed to bring own bike to school. Meals self-service.
School opens early for breakfast, late for tea. School sells second-hand
uniform. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline High standard of self-discipline expected; range of
sanctions imposed where necessary.
Alumni association is run by Mrs S Pointer, The White House,
Whitlingham Lane, Trowse, Norwich, Norfolk NR14 8TY.
Former pupils Pat Barr (author); Anne Weale (author); Jane Manning
(soprano); Jenny Lane (BBC); Ann Tyrell (dress designer); Dr Jennifer Moyle
(scientist); Diana Burrell (composer); Jane Hissey (children’s artist and
author); Stella Tillyard (author); Raffaella Barker (author and journalist);
Hannah Waterman (actress).