Sydenham High School GDST 赛德姆高中 ,
19 Westwood Hill, Sydenham, London SE26 6BL Tel: 020 8768 8000 (8003 for
Fax: 020 8768 8002
• GIRLS, 4–18 Day
• Pupils 710 Upper sixth 50
• Termly fees £2243–£2883
• GSA, GDST
• Enquiries/application to the Headteacher
What it’s like
Founded in 1887, it occupies a leafy 6-acre site well served by public
transport, allowing pupils to attend from a wide catchment area. The
main building is a handsome Victorian house to which has been added
modern purpose-built premises which provide excellent facilities, most
recently a fine new ICT suite. The declared aim is to provide
opportunities to develop the potential of every individual. Academic
standards are good, as are examination results. There is a diversity of
music-making and opportunities for those of any level of expertise;
pupils perform in school, nationally and internationally. Drama is
popular and there is a variety of productions. Excellent on-site
facilities provide for a wide range of sports and games (supplemented by
access to the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace) and there have
been many representatives at county and national level in hockey,
netball, tennis, diving, gymnastics and fencing. A variety of
extra-curricular activities is available. A responsibility to the wider
community is encouraged through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Some academic scholarships and
bursaries, at 11 and 16. Parents not expected to buy textbooks or pay
GCSE/A-level exam entry fees etc.
Head & staff
Headteacher: Mrs Kathryn Pullen, in post from 2002. Educated at Warwick
University (English & American literature) and Institute of Education
(MA curriculum studies). Previously Deputy Head at the school, Head of
English & Drama at Glenthorne High School, Head of English at St
Saviour’s & St Olave’s.
Teaching staff: 44 full time, 15 part time. Annual turnover approx 9%.
GCSE: In 2003, 58 in Year 11, 98% gaining at least grade C in 8+
subjects. Average GCSE score 61 (56 over 5 years).
A-levels: 51 in Year 13, passing an average of 4 subjects (including
general studies), with a final point score of 336.
University & college entrance 98% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (16% after a gap year). 5% took courses in medicine,
dentistry & veterinary science, 25% in science & engineering, 65% in
humanities & social sciences, 5% in art & design and vocational subjects
eg hotel management. Others typically go on to vocational courses, to
art or music colleges.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 20 subjects offered at GCSE, 21 to
Sixth form: New horizons general studies programme for Year 12; AS-level
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered at GCSE, AS and A-level;
also language conversation classes for all sixth form. Regular
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons a week) and across the
curriculum. All pupils take GCSE (full or short course). 70 computers
for pupil use (all day in lessons, 3 hours own use), all networked and
with e-mail and internet access; separate suites for sixth form and for
Music: Most pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can be
taken. Musical groups including orchestra, chamber group, jazz band,
flute group, wind band, wind ensemble, string ensemble, choirs. Prizes
in Beckenham Festival; girls sing in Ernest Read Choir, Bach Choir;
students have won place at Royal College of Music.
Drama & dance: Both offered. GCSE drama and A-level theatre studies, ESB,
LAMDA exams may be taken. Pupils are involved in a range of school
Art & design: On average, 30 take GCSE, 15 AS-level and 8 A-level;
design, technology, pottery, textiles, photography also offered. Art
college applications always successful.
Sport & activities
Sport: Gym, netball, hockey, dance, swimming, athletics, rounders,
tennis, volleyball, netball compulsory at different ages. Optional:
fencing, trampolining, squash, racket-ball, aerobics, badminton, self-defence,
basketball. GCSE, BAGA exams may be taken. Pupils in national gymnastics
squad, county tennis and district hockey teams; regional diving
champion; teams successful in London Schools trampolining and national
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Community service optional: stress on charity activities, both in
school and participation in national events. Up to 20 clubs, eg gourmet
cookery, Japanese, computer, Christian Discovery, textiles, debating,
Uniform: School uniform worn except in the sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Prefects, head girl, elected by staff and peers.
Religion: Non-denominational assembly compulsory.
Social: Organised ski trips, water sports holidays, French exchanges;
cultural visits to eg Seville, Athens, Pompeii/Naples; biology/geography
field trips and music tours. Sixth form allowed to bring own car to
school. Meals self-service. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once would discuss the
problem with the teachers; consistent failure to produce work would
incur a detention and report home. Those caught with drugs on the
premises could expect temporary exclusion then permanent exclusion.
Alumni association Mrs Jenny Holmes, 1 Shelford Rise, London SE19
Former pupils Kathleen Halpin; Margaret Lockwood; Winifred Gérin;
Professor Elizabeth Anscombe.