Streatham and Clapham High School GDST 斯缀特姆和克拉帕姆中学
Senior Department, 42 Abbotswood Road, London SW16 1AW
Tel: 020 8677 8400 Fax: 020 8677 2001
• GIRLS, 3–18, Day, Boys age 3–5 only
• Pupils 830, Upper sixth 40
• Termly fees £1729–£2883
• GSA, GDST
• Enquiries/applications to the Headmistress
What it’s like
Opened in 1887 as Brixton Hill High School, in 1938 it amalgamated with Clapham
High School. The senior school moved in 1994 to a new site adjacent to Tooting
Bec Common, where there has been a major building programme to develop
facilities for sixth form, sports and music (including a music IT suite and
recital hall). The junior department remains at the old Streatham site in
adapted buildings. Both departments now have first-class accommodation and
resources. Inter-denominational worship is encouraged. Pastoral care is good and
a well-balanced, general education is provided. The school offers distance
learning in sixth-form subjects, so allowing a broader range of minority
subjects. Examination results are very good. There is a substantial commitment
to music, drama and art. A range of sports and games is offered and there are a
number of extra-curricular activities including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Approx 15 pa academic scholarships,
value 10%–50% fees, awarded on entry at 11 and 16. 15+ bursaries, mainly at 11
and 16. Parents not expected to buy textbooks.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Mrs Susan Mitchell, appointed 2002. Educated at
universities of Oxford (English) and Leeds (PGCE). Previously Deputy Head at
Bromley High School.
Teaching staff: 58 full time, 9 part time. Annual turnover 3%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 82 in upper fifth: 100% gained at least grade C in 8+
subjects. Average GCSE score 71 (64 over 5 years).
A-levels: 39 in upper sixth: 10% passed in 4+ subjects; 77% in 3; and 10%
in 2 subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 329.
University & college entrance 94% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (29% after a gap year), 5% to Oxbridge. 5% took courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 13% in science & engineering, 59% in
humanities & social sciences, 10% in art & design. Others typically go on to
non-degree courses or go straight into careers (eg retail management).
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 25 AS and A-level subjects; some
AS-levels offered by distance learning.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4–5 subjects at AS-level, 3–4 at
A-level; general studies is not taken. 10% take science/maths AS-levels; 41%
arts and humanities; 49% combinations. Key skills integrated into curriculum
with discrete top-up courses.
Languages: French, German, Spanish and Italian offered to GCSE, AS and
A-level. Regular exchanges. Regular visits from MEPs; conversation lessons and
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons/week in Years 7, 9 and
12) and used across the curriculum eg equation building, data logging, photo
manipulation, vocal training (languages). 65 computers for pupil use (some
available all day), all networked and with e-mail and internet access.
Music: 75% of pupils learn music in some form; instrumental exams can be
taken. Musical groups include orchestra, chamber groups, choirs, vocal
ensembles. New music IT suite and recital hall.
Drama & dance: Both offered. GCSE drama and dance, A-level drama may be
taken. Majority of pupils are involved in school productions and all in
Art & design: On average, 25% take GCSE, 10% A-level; fine art, ceramics,
printing also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Netball, tennis, swimming, athletics, cricket, badminton,
football, gymnastics. Optional: skating, fencing, yoga, street dance,
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Up to 60 clubs, eg classics, debating, photography, gym, dance, drama,
public-speaking, science, astronomy, languages, handicraft, meditation, pottery,
Christian Union, Islamic Society.
Uniform: School uniform worn except in the sixth form. House/prefects:
Competitive houses. Head girl and prefects – elected by staff and senior girls.
Religion: Worship encouraged.
Social: Frequent visits to France, Austria, Italy, Greece. Pupils allowed
to bring own bike to school. Meals self-service. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework on time might expect
detention after school; if any girl were to be caught in possession of drugs,
she would expect exclusion.
Former pupils June Whitfield (actress); Angela Carter (novelist);
Carol Royle (actress); Eva Myers (mathematician); Hannah Waddingham (actress);
Cordelia Kretzmar (TV news reporter); Nazanine Moshiri (Sky News).