Norwich High School for Girls, founded in 1875, is one of 29 schools of the Girls' Day School Trust. It provides a quality education for girls aged 3-18 years. A product of East Anglian enthusiasm and enterprise, the school has historical roots in Norfolk and in the local community. It is set in 12 acres of grounds on the main Newmarket Road, a mile-and-a-half from the city centre.
The main buildings are attached to a distinguished Regency house. In addition, there is the Polliwiggle Nursery, a Junior Department with many specialist rooms, a sixth form centre, music school, spacious sports hall, 25 metre indoor heated pool and a state-of-the-art performing arts centre. Norwich High School was the first independent school in Norfolk to achieve Investors in People status; it is open both early for breakfast and late for tea. The Junior Department has its own after school club. Every effort is made to ensure that there is equality of opportunity to enter and to do well at the school. The GDST has made available to the school a number of bursaries and scholarships. Both are available on or after entry to the Senior Department.
It has consistently appeared in the top 200 schools for A2 level and GCSE, mostly at the top of the tables for Norfolk and often in the top 100. It also provides learning support for the pupils (free at the point of contact), who need this level of more individual tuition. The needs of all pupils, from the most gifted academically, who enjoy a range of activities and challenges to stretch them, to those who need regular support, are monitored carefully by the Academic Deputy and the Heads of Department.
This is a friendly and happy school; we believe that the care of each individual in the school community is of the greatest importance. We set a high value on academic study, not simply as an end in itself, but as a key element in preparing girls for working life. We also provide a warm and caring environment which enhances learning and development - academically, personally and socially. We avoid stereotypes and are proud that our A level students are as strong in the Sciences and Maths as in Languages and the Arts. We also help to develop personality and self-confidence through art, music, drama, practical activities and sport. We hold both the Sportsmark Gold and Activemark Gold awards for our sporting achievements, as well as the Artsmark Award for our commitment to providing opportunities across all art forms.