Head Teachers

Cathy Ellott

Streatham & Clapham High School

Since 1887, SCHS has been a leader in girls’ education, offering a stimulating and nurturing environment to pupils whose curiosity and drive set them apart.

We are a diverse community in which our girls’ unique strengths are celebrated and developed. Each girl’s individual needs are met with a supportive family approach as we nurture excellence.

SCHS provides the best of all worlds with small classes, expert teachers and first-rate facilities adjacent to lush natural settings whilst occupying one of London’s most vibrant urban areas.

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Jo Sharrock

Putney High School

Academically high-achieving, rounded and responsible, Putney is as down-to earth as it is dynamic.

We have an ethos of ‘modern scholarship’ which makes learning challenging, fun and relevant. Lessons are inspiring, exploring everything from entrepreneurship and oracy to designing a sustainable future.

For us, wellbeing is key to everything, from innovative Biophilic Classroom design to our Breathe environmental programme. Whoever they are or want to be, students build friendships and develop their intellect knowing they are valued and have the opportunity to make a difference.

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Annabel Davies
Croydon High School

Croydon High is an exceptional school with a strong sense of community where achievement and aspiration are celebrated in equal measure.

Our school mantra is ‘every girl, every day’, meaning staff strive to bring something new and memorable to every learning experience.

Inspirational teachers and motivated girls relish challenge and opportunity, making Croydon High an exciting and hugely supportive environment.

Girls are encouraged to be themselves and to work together with their teachers in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

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May Lee
Northampton High School

At Northampton High School, we believe in our girls. And they believe in themselves.

True to our guiding principle – that everything we do is tailored to the individual girls – we will get to know her really well. We will scatter her path with unique opportunities, giving her food for thought and room to grow.

When the going gets tough, we will be with her. When crucial decisions have to be made, we will hold her hand. We will enjoy helping her to find and follow her dream.

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Antonia Geldeard
Sydenham High School

Our motto, ‘fear nothing’, underpins all that we do.

Sydenham High is selective and diverse, welcoming girls with wide-ranging talents and backgrounds into a close community, large enough to offer choice and flexibility but compact enough to ensure that no girl is overlooked.

Academic and pastoral excellence go hand in hand. Our girls are ambitious, open minded and possess an inner strength and self-belief to outstrip expectations.

They are well-rounded, happy and down to earth and our school is bursting with warmth, creativity, talent and excellence.

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Anna Paul
South Hampstead High School

South Hampstead has been opening doors, hearts and minds since 1876.

As a buzzing academic powerhouse, with kindness and curiosity at its core, pupils thrive here – both intellectually and personally.

Our results place us comfortably amongst the country’s leading schools, but we also aim to ignite a love of learning for learning’s sake.

Ultimately, we want to ensure all our pupils leave us as assured, adaptable, pioneering individuals, ready to make their mark on the world and lead happy, successful lives.

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Natalie Argile
Blackheath High School

Enviably nestled between leafy Blackheath Village and the beautiful Royal Greenwich Park, Blackheath High School inspires girls aged 3-18 to think big and love learning.

Our teachers are passionate subject experts who make the most of small classes to engage students as individuals in a vibrant, aspirational atmosphere.

Constantly broadening horizons, Blackheath High School’s enrichment programme offers over 80 co-curricular clubs.

An £18 million investment in new school buildings and facilities was completed in May 2019. It has brought a state of the art learning environment to help students unlock their full potential.

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Beth Dawson
Sutton High School

Sutton High School is a diverse and exciting community where girls learn with joy.

Our girls are kind, valued for their uniqueness and confident in who they are. They take pride in themselves and celebrate the achievements of others, demonstrating flexibility, energy and enthusiasm.

Girls excel at Sutton High School because they are known and valued as individuals. We empower them to embrace challenge, love learning and feel a true sense of belonging. We guide and support each girl towards her own success, nurturing individual talents and ambitions so that every girl leaves us ready to forge her own path.

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Sally Davis
Howell’s School, Llandaff

One of Wales’s leading independents, Howell’s School, Llandaff is a well-rounded all-through school, taking students seamlessly from the Nursery – housed in Roald Dahl’s childhood home, Cumberland Lodge – to A-levels in Howell’s Co-Ed College.

Right on the edge of a great, green expanse of parkland, Howell’s has a tremendous sense of roominess for a city school which, coupled with a tangibly warm and nurturing environment, gives our students the space to stretch their wings and find their feet as they reach their full potential.

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Emily Codling
Bromley High School

We are a happy, successful school where girls thrive.

In the classroom, each girl’s intellectual potential is challenged and developed by inspirational teachers whose concern for your daughter ranges infinitely beyond her performance in examinations.

Our girls participate with enthusiasm and commitment in an overabundant range of activities – and where they have interest, talent, or enthusiasm, it is nurtured so that they learn to excel.

We are immensely proud of our girls – from bright-eyed four year olds, to the effortlessly impressive Upper Sixth.

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Nina Gunson
Sheffield High School for Girls

Sheffield Girls’ is located in the leafy suburb of Broomhill in the South West of Sheffield, and offers a seamless learning experience from Pre-School to Sixth Form for girls aged 3-18.

Our aim is to prepare girls to take on the world, providing them with an all-round education, which enables them to explore, nurture and be fearless in realising their potential, and fulfilling their purpose.

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Rebecca Brown
Northwood College for Girls

Northwood College for Girls is a warm family community, where individualised care is at the heart of what we do.

Our purpose is to enable girls to be balanced, capable and happy, as this serves as a framework for successful learning and the optimum educational outcome for each child.

Our highly dedicated and well-trained professionals teach and facilitate a rigorous and interconnected curriculum and co-curriculum, which is designed to empower each girl to explore, develop and embrace her unique intellectual and creative talents.

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Caroline Hulme-McKibbin
Kensington Prep School

Kensington Prep School is an award-winning school for girls aged 4-11, situated in spacious grounds in the heart of Fulham.

We are a forward-thinking school with ground-breaking facilities, including our multi-screen immersive ‘Explore Floor’, spacious classroom breakout spaces and multi-media recording studio.

We encourage individuality and questioning thinkers, winning praise for our nurturing approach, rich curriculum and outstanding academic results.

Our girls go on to gain places at some of the best secondary schools and boarding schools in London and the UK.

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Julie Keller
Nottingham Girls’ High School

Our girls dream big and aim high, find their voices and shake up the world.

We fire their imaginations and unlock their talents, nurture their curiosity and harness their passions. We’re a city school – and proud of it – with an energy which drives our inspirational teaching.

As a top 100 school, our dynamic approach, 21st century technology and flexible curriculum offer an educational adventure for each and every girl.

Whoever and whatever she wants to be, her journey begins here.

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Fionnuala Kennedy
Wimbledon High School

Wimbledon High offers an outstanding education, with inspiring lessons and a rich co-curricular programme within a warm and caring community.

We encourage edgy thinking, risk taking and lots of fun. We’re proud to do things a little differently – from stand-up comedy nights to our new creative 11+ assessments.

Our aim is to prepare students for an unknown future where intellectual agility, creativity and problem solving will be key, so that they can stride out into the world and shake it up.

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Rosie McColl
Brighton Girls

As one of the founding schools of the Girls’ Day School Trust, radical roots are in our DNA.

We understand what makes girls tick and we support every student to do the best she can.

We are a day school in the heart of Brighton, the creative capital of the UK, and we make the most of the rich cultural offering and dynamic community feel that is on our doorstep.

We offer excellent teaching in all subjects and encourage innovative approaches to learning throughout.

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Rebecca Mahony
Birkenhead High School Academy

Birkenhead High School Academy is a vibrant learning community offering girls aged 3 to 19 years an outstanding education.

There has been a school on our site for well over 100 years and we still embrace core traditional values, but also have a very firm eye on the ever changing future.

Girls are given every opportunity to develop into confident, articulate and responsible young women. They are constantly challenged, and encouraged take risks and to develop a life-long love of learning.

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Jane Prescott
Portsmouth High School

Portsmouth High School is located on the south coast in the heart of Southsea.

The school has an enviable reputation for success achieving exceptional examination results alongside an impressive co-curricular programme. At both the Prep and Senior Schools unrivalled opportunities, and a continued focus on well-being, enable girls to achieve academic excellence and personal success.

Staff take time to get to know each pupil as an individual, helping to build confidence, resilience and leadership skills in preparation for the future, enabling each girl to be the best version of themselves.

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Hardrian Briggs, Acting Head
Royal High School Bath

Situated in the beautiful world heritage city of Bath and steeped in tradition, at the Royal High School Bath we are firmly focused on the future.

We offer an outstanding, contemporary, girl-centred education from nursery to sixth form and are proud to be the only boarding school in the GDST.

Uniquely offering the IB and A Levels, we aim to give our girls the qualities and character to navigate a competitive global, multicultural, technology-driven world successfully, and to make a positive difference through the lives they live.

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Darren Payne
Shrewsbury High School

Shrewsbury High School has been educating girls in the heart of Shrewsbury since 1885, our school is literally built into the historic Town Walls. We welcome pupils aged 4-18 and we were created to put girls first, always. We are the only all-through, all-girls school in Shropshire and as leaders in educating girls, we offer exceptional teaching, tailored to the way girls learn. We encourage them to experiment, have a go, be brave. This is aided by small class sizes, expert pastoral care, collaboration and teamwork.

Our wonderful location, in the heart of this creative and forward-thinking town gives our pupils unique opportunities to learn from, and contribute to, their local community. Being the town school offers our family of big sisters and little sisters a stimulating environment in which to grow and learn.

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Matthew Shoults
Notting Hill & Ealing High School

One of London’s most successful girls’ schools, with a long tradition of academic and creative excellence, we seek to inspire, empower and challenge each girl to be herself.

Our students are grounded, confident and independent, keen to make a positive difference in the world. They are proud of their school and value kindness and laughter, fun and friendship.

Here they enjoy being part of a warm, supportive and vibrant community, where they can express their passion for learning, and for life.

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Marina Gardiner Legge
Oxford High School

Oxford High School is Oxford’s oldest girls’ school and leads the way in educating high-achieving girls, who have the drive and determination to change the world for the better.

We develop resourceful girls who are unafraid of challenge, with the confidence to lead and the selfassurance to question.

Every girl is encouraged to reach her academic potential, to develop agility of thought and to find her own voice.

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Julie Taylor
Belvedere Academy

The Belvedere Academy has been described by The Good Schools Guide as ‘the school everyone wants their daughter to go to in Liverpool.’ We accept an all-ability intake in Year 7 from across Liverpool.

We are heavily oversubscribed with the ratio of Year 7 applications to places available currently being 10:1, and we have record numbers of both internal and external students applying to our Sixth Form.

Our students are given the chance to flourish in an ‘Outstanding’ environment with a huge range of educational and extra-curricular opportunities on offer.

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Amanda Hardie
Newcastle High School

Every day at Newcastle High School for Girls, we introduce three year olds to the wonders of the world, spark the intellectual curiosity of eleven year olds and academically challenge our Sixth Form girls to aim higher and higher still.

By igniting a passion for learning and an unquenchable belief that she can achieve anything, we will ensure your daughter thrives and grows into a strong independent minded young woman ready to take on the world.

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Alison Sefton
Norwich High School for Girls

We believe passionately in putting girls first.

We develop girls who are confident in their own voice, tailoring all we do around their needs and providing the best opportunities to find their strengths.

An outstanding academic education is at the heart of everything we do, yet we believe that the best education includes sport, music, art, drama, and an outstanding range of extracurricular activities.

We are a friendly, forward-looking and dynamic community, in which strong relationships are key.

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