Sheffield High School for Girls is an independent day school for girls aged 4 to 18 in the leafy suburb of Broomhall, Sheffield. The school is a member of the GDST (Girls’ Day School Trust) – a network of 24 independent girls’ schools in the UK dedicated to pioneering innovation in girls’ education.
Sheffield High School welcomes girls from a range of backgrounds and locations across South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire, creating a student population which is rich in cultural and social diversity. The school is committed to its equal and inclusive learning environment – a place where diversity is celebrated, and inequality is challenged – and was awarded the Unicef Rights Respecting Schools Silver Award in 2021 as recognition.
Pupils are immersed in a purposeful learning environment at Sheffield High School. Learning is rigorous but fun, and mistakes are encouraged to enable girls to develop resilience, confidence, and a ‘can-do’ attitude. Each year’s exam results place Sheffield High School as one of the top performing schools in Yorkshire; in 2021, 84% of GCSE grades were A*/A/9/8/7 and in 2022, 79% of A level grades were A* or A.
Beyond the classroom, pupils have access to an extensive and diverse co-curricular programme (with over 100 different clubs and activities) and an enrichment programme which provides opportunities for all year groups to immerse themselves in creativity, risk-taking, teamwork, leadership, and competition. The school’s careers advice and support programme was the first in Sheffield to achieve Career Gold Mark accreditation.
Head: Mrs Nina Gunson
Address: Sheffield High School, 10 Rutland Park, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S10 2PE
County: South Yorkshire
Admissions contact: Louise Froggatt – [email protected], 0114 3587602
Age range and gender: 4–18, girls only
Number of pupils: 784
Open day date: Saturday 8th October 2022
Overview of selection procedure: entrance exam, team-building activities, and school report
Registration opens: currently open – apply online
Registration closes: not disclosed
Assessment date: January 2023 (exact date confirmed with registered applicants)
The current fees at Sheffield High School are £4,757 per term. Fees cover regular curriculum tuition, PE, co-curricular activities, stationery, text books and scientific materials, public examinations and other standardised tests, some curricular trips and field studies, and the expenses of careers advice tests and guidance from Year 10 onwards. Lunch is compulsory for pupils in Year 7 and costs £218.75 per term.
Means-tested financial assistance (bursaries) is available to eligible Year 7 applicants whose parents cannot afford the full school fees. Bursaries can range from 30% off the school fees, up to 100% off the school fees, and are usually awarded to pupils from lower-income families who score within the top 30% of pupils taking the 11 plus entrance exam. Bursaries are only normally made available to girls whose parents have been residents in the EU for the two years prior to the application being made.
Academic, music and sports scholarships are available to Year 7 candidates for entry to Sheffield High School. These are awarded on merit and are irrespective of financial means. A scholarship can be combined with a bursary where there is a financial need.
Sheffield High School also offers sibling discounts to parents with three or more children at the school at any one time at the rate of 20% off the third and any subsequent child’s education.
The term dates at Sheffield High School for Girls for 2022–23 are:
Autumn term: 7th September – 16th December 2022
Half term: 24th October – 4th November 2022
Spring term: 9th January – 30th March 2023
Half term: 13th–17th February 2023
Summer term: 17th April – 14th July 2023
Half term: 26th May – 2nd June 2023
The term dates in 2023–24 at Sheffield High School for Girls are:
Autumn term: 6th September – 15th December 2023
Half term: 23rd October – 3rd November 2023
Spring term: 9th January – 28th March 2024
Half term: 12th–16th February 2024
Summer term: 15th April – 12th July 2024
Half term: 24th–31st May 2024
If you are interested in Sheffield High School for Girls for your daughter’s secondary school education, the school gladly welcomes visitors either at one of the published open events or by a personal appointment (booked through the admissions office), where you will have a one-to-one meeting with the head, Mrs Gunson.
Once you have decided to proceed with your daughter’s application, you will need to complete the online application form and pay the registration fee of £35. If you believe your daughter would be eligible for an academic, music or sports scholarship, you will need to tick the relevant box on this registration form to express your interest; detailed information about the eligibility criteria and the assessment process will then be sent to you.
All registered applicants will be invited to an assessment day at Sheffield High School in January (the year of entry). They will take written tests in the morning, followed by lunch and team-building activities in the afternoon.
Sheffield High School makes formal offers of places within two weeks of the entrance exam (by early February).
All candidates who are registered for Year 7 entry to Sheffield High School will take written tests at the school in January, the year of entry. Girls will sit two papers, both of which are based on the Key Stage 2 national curriculum:
Maths: children are assessed on their knowledge and understanding of Key Stage 2 number, algebra, shape, measures, and data handling. Find out more about the key topics assessed in our guide to 11 plus maths.
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