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Norwich High School for Girls

Norwich High School for Girls
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United Kingdom
TypeIndependent school day school
MottoDo thy best and rejoice with those who do better
FounderGirls Public Day School Company
Chairman of GovernorsRosemary Randle LLB (Hons)
Head MistressMrs Kirsty Von Malaise BA Hons (Cantab), MA
GenderGirls only
Age3 to 18
Colour(s)Red, blue, white

Norwich High School for Girls is an independent day school for girls aged 3 to 18 in Norwich, England. The school was founded in 1875 by the Girls’ Public Day School Company (now the Girls' Day School Trust), which aimed to establish schools for girls of all classes by providing a high standard of academic, moral and religious education. The school is a member of the Girls’ Schools Association[1] and the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference.[2] The school has one of the best academic results in East Anglia.[3]

Entry into the school is selective at 4+, 7+, 11+, 13+ and 16+.[4]

History and location

Norwich High School for Girls was founded in 1875 as the first GPDST school outside London. Originally situated at the Assembly House, Norwich, the school moved to its present location Eaton Grove, 95 Newmarket Road in 1933.[5] Eaton Grove is Grade II listed.[6] The school occupies several buildings, all of which were originally private houses; Stafford House (preparatory school), Eaton Grove (senior school) and Lanchester House (sixth form).

Year Naming

Norwich High School uses its own nomenclature for the year groups.

Stafford House

  • Pollywiggle (ages 3 – 4)
  • Reception (ages 4 – 5)
  • Kindergarten (aged 5 – 6)
  • Lower I (ages 6 – 7)
  • Upper I (ages 7 – 8)
  • Lower II (ages 8 – 9)
  • Upper II (ages 9 – 10)
  • Lower III (ages 10 – 11)

Eaton Grove

  • Upper III (ages 11 to 12)
  • Lower IV (ages 12 to 13)
  • Upper IV (ages 13 to 14)
  • Lower V (ages 14 to 15)
  • Upper V (ages 15 to 16)

Lanchester House

  • Lower VI - Sixth Form (ages 16 to 17)
  • Upper VI - Sixth Form (ages 17 to 18)

School Life

In Upper III (Year 7) and below all pupils study a broad curriculum including Latin and two modern languages. Pupils are required to take at least ten General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) and IGCSE subjects in Lower V (Year 10) and Upper V (Year 11). In the sixth form, pupils usually study four or five AS-Level subjects for one year and most continue with three subjects to A-Level. Many students take the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). In total, there are 24 subjects offered at A-Level.[7] Academically, the school is one of the highest performing independent schools in East Anglia.[8]

The school has a well established extra-curricular programme. Pupils of all year groups are required to join at least one of the 20 societies available. Norwich High School regularly hosts guest speakers at their 'lunch and learn' meetings providing the opportunity for senior pupils to hear from experts in their field over a working lunch.[9] The school also regally invites back distinguished alumnae to give speeches to the sixth form. Guest speakers have included Chloe Smith, Clive Lewis, Alive Walpole and Matt Dickinson. The school also runs student exchanges with schools in France and Germany, and bi-annually pupils take part in Operation Wallacea. In addition, the school offers the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and the Young Enterprise Scheme.


The school's facilities include a sports hall, performing arts studio, main hall (including stage), junior school hall, lecture theatre, boardroom, 25-metre swimming pool, 13 acres of playing fields, fitness suite, 8 tennis courts and 1 astro turf.[10]


Academic scholarships and means-tested bursaries are offered upon entry to Upper III and Lower VI. The scholarships offered in Upper III are music scholarships based on the performance of the candidate in an audition and academic scholarships on their performance in the transfer or entrance to the senior school examination, whereas the scholarships offered in Lower VI are based on the performance in an optional examination based on English, Mathematics, Science and a foreign language of the candidate's choice from French, German or Spanish.[11]

GDST Alumnae Network

A member of the Girls Day School Trust, former pupils automatically become members of the GDST Alumnae Network, the largest organisation of its kind in the united kingdom. Established in 1994, it has over 70,000 members involved in a wide range of activities all over the work, and offers members support with networking, mentoring, work experience, university options, internships and more.[12]

Notable former pupils





  • Thordis Fredrikkson - Radio presenter
  • Becky Mantin (born 1980) – television presenter
  • Anne Weale (born 1929) - British newspaper reporter

Performing Arts



World War One

  • Edith Cavell (born 1865) – nurse, executed by Germans in 1915
  • Hattie Bracey (born 1999) - navy seal


  • Miss Ada Benson (1875)[13][14]
  • Miss Wills (from 1875)[15]
  • Miss A. M. Tapson (early 1880s)
  • Miss Lizzie Gadesden (1884 to 1907, previously head of Newton Abbot High School, died 1918)[16]
  • Miss Gertrude Mary Wise JP (1907 to 1928, previously head of Shrewsbury High School, died January 1935)[17][18]
  • Miss Elsie Pringle Jameson (1928 to 1946, born 1880, died 1958)[19]
  • Miss Prunella Riviere Bodington (1946 to 1953, later head of South Hampstead High School, born 1907, died 1984)[20][21]
  • Miss Dorothy Bartholomew (to December 1976, died September 2011)
  • Miss Rhoda H. M. Standeven (January 1976 to September 1985)[22][23]
  • Mrs Valerie Bidwell (from September 1985 to July 2010)[23]
  • Mr Jason Morrow (First Male Headteacher; September 2010 to 2015)
  • Mrs Kirsty von Malaisé (from September 2015 to present)


In July 2017, Robin Malton who taught at the school from 2000 - 2016 was given an indefinite prohibition order by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).[24]


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  2. ^ "Schools Map".
  3. ^ "BBC News - School league tables". BBC News.
  4. ^ "Norwich High School for Girls". Girls' Day School Trust. 8 March 2016.
  5. ^ James, Derek. "Remembering the Norwich High School's rich history". Norwich Evening News.
  6. ^ Historic England. "EATON GROVE - NORWICH HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS, Norwich (1372449)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Sixth Form Prospectus". Google Docs.
  8. ^ "Rankings of Senior High Schools in Norfolk, UK 2014 - A-level School League Tables - Top UK Secondary Schools - Best UK Middle School - Education Rankings".
  9. ^ "Enrichment booklet June 2017 FINAL.pdf". Google Docs.
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ "Norwich High School For Girls Bursaries and Scholarships". Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  12. ^ "The GDST Alumnae Network". Girls' Day School Trust. 19 January 2016.
  13. ^ The Times, 21 April 1875, Issue 28295, p. 4, col. E
  14. ^ File 'The Forgotten Benson', Ref. No. GDS/15/3/4, unpublished memoir by Sylvia Benians of Ada Benson (married name McDowall), head of Norwich High School, 1875, and of Oxford High School 1875–1879, in Records of the Girls' Day School Trust and predecessors
  15. ^ The Times, 10 September 1877, Issue 29043, p. 13, col. C
  16. ^ Press cutting of an obituary for Lizzie Gadesden (d. 1918), Ref. No. GDS/15/3/13 at
  17. ^ The Times, 27 January 1933, Issue 46353; page 1, col A
  18. ^ File 'Miss G. M. Wise' at
  19. ^ Papers regarding Elsie Jameson at
  20. ^ The Times, 18 May 1984, Issue 61834, p. 12, col. A
  21. ^ Papers regarding Prunella Riviere Bodington (1907–1984) at
  22. ^ The Times, 22 March 1975, Issue 59351, p. 16, col. C
  23. ^ a b The Times, 17 April 1985, Issue 62114, p. 16, col. C
  24. ^ Cope, Lauren. "Former Norwich High School for Girls teacher banned from classroom after sending inappropriate emails to pupil". Eastern Daily Press.
  • Bodington, Miss P. R., Norwich High school 1875–1950 (Norwich High School, 1950)
  • Brodie, Alan, Memories, Milestones and Miscellanies: 125 years of Norwich High School for Girls (Norwich High School for Girls, 2003)

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