Norwich High School for Girls recognised in 2023 Parent Power League

Norwich High School for Girls GDST has been awarded The Sunday Times East Anglian Independent Secondary School of The Year in the 2023 Parent Power League released on Friday 9th December 2022.

Parent Power 2023 identifies the highest-achieving schools in the UK. The definitive school rankings use the most recent moderated public examination results from the state and independent sectors

The Sunday Times commended the school for jumping 141 places since 2019 in the national ranking to 88, and also referenced the school winning the TES Independent School Awards Wellbeing Initiative of the Year in 2021. Helen Davies, Parent Power Editor at The Sunday Times, referenced how the pandemic allowed the school to stop and look at what they were doing and why.

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Overall, girls have triumphed in the Parent Power League with girls-only schools appearing to have coped better with the effects of the pandemic in both the private and state sectors.

Cheryl Giovannoni, Chief Executive, GDST, said: A huge congratulations to all our students and staff at Norwich High School for Girls. This impressive leap by more than 100 places on the Sunday Times Parent Power List since 2019 is a testament to the commitment and hard work of the Head, Alison Sefton and all the staff who have worked tirelessly through some challenging times.”


“I am especially proud of the students, who continue to achieve great things, regardless of the unprecedented disruption they have experienced through Covid. They continue to demonstrate curiosity, confidence, ambition and determination, as well as impressive resilience.” — Cheryl Giovannoni, Chief Executive, GDST


Cheryl Giovannoni continues: “I hope Norwich High School’s award for ‘East Anglian Independent Secondary School Of The Year 2023’ helps to highlight the real difference that this fantastic school in our family of 25 can make to girls’ education across the country. GDST schools provide a learning environment specifically designed for and dedicated to the development of confident, courageous, creative and resilient young women who are encouraged to learn without limits, so they can go on to lead lives without limits and make the world a better place for all.“


“We are absolutely delighted to be named Independent Secondary School Of The Year for the East Anglian region by The Sunday Times. Over the last three years, the ability of the students and teachers to adapt to the changing demands presented by the pandemic ensured that when the GCSE and A Level examinations came around, they took them in their stride and excelled. The results are proof of the students’ success.” — Head of Norwich High School for Girls, Alison Sefton

A family of schools

Being established in 1875 as the first GDST school outside London, Norwich High School are part of a unique family of 25 independent schools across England and Wales. At the GDST we are proud that our schools are recognised for their excellence in teaching, facilities, opportunities and pastoral care. Norwich High School was not the only GDST school to be awarded in The Sunday Times 2023 Parent Power League: Sheffield Girls’ was also awarded The Sunday Times North Independent School Of The Year 2023