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    英中教育 Anglo-Chinese Education Consultancy


    Leicester High School for Girls







    Leicester High School for Girls 萊切斯特女子中學

    • GIRLS, 3–18, Day
    • Pupils 435, Upper sixth 35
    • Termly fees £1585–£2410
    • GSA
    • Enquiries to the Registrar. Application to the Headmistress

    What it’s like

    Founded by a Mrs Holles in 1906 as a ‘model school’ for boys and girls, later becoming a school for girls only. It was constituted as a charitable trust in 1975 and adopted its present name ten years later. It moved to Stoneygate in 1926, a residential area some 2 miles south of the city centre. Both senior and junior schools are on a single site, set back from the road. A number of modern buildings have been added to the original Victorian house, all in attractive landscaped grounds with tennis courts and gardens. It is a Christian foundation school, emphasising the importance of integrity, honesty and consideration for others. Classes are generally kept to about 20, usually under ten in the sixth form; examination results are very good. There is a standard range of sports (some county representatives in shot putt, netball, hockey and senior badminton). There is a large number of extra-curricular activities and considerable emphasis on charity work and community service. A wide variety of clubs and societies and a large proportion are involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

    School profile

    Pupils & entrance

    Pupils: Total age range 3–18; 435 day girls. Senior department 10–18, 310 girls.
    Entrance: Main entry ages 3, 4, 10, 11 and 16. Own entrance exam used; for sixth form entry, 6 GCSEs grade B (including English and maths), usually grade A in sixth-form subjects. No special skills or religious requirements. State school entry 25% at 11, few into sixth form. 55% of senior intake from own junior department.

    Scholarships, bursaries & extras
    Approx 8 pa scholarships, value £1000–50% fees: 1–2 music, others academic (4 at 11, 4 at 16). Some bursaries for current pupils in financial difficulties. Parents not expected to buy textbooks (except in sixth form); average extras £50 a term.

    Head & staff

    Headmistress: Mrs J Burns, appointed in 2003. Educated at Ranelagh School, Bracknell, and universities of Southampton (history) and Birmingham (PGCE). Previously Deputy Head at Kingsley School, Head of History at Loughborough High School and history teacher at Nottingham High School. Member of GSA.
    Teaching staff: 37 full time, 16 part time. Annual turnover 7%. Average age 47.

    Exam results

    GCSE: In 2003, 34 pupils in Year 11: 100% gained at least grade C in 9+ subjects. Average GCSE score 63 (60 over 5 years).
    A-levels: 56 in upper sixth. 95% passed in 4+ subjects (+ an AS-level). Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 421.

    University & college entrance
    On average, 97% of sixth-form leavers go on to degree courses (9% after a gap year), 4% to Oxbridge. 10% took courses in medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 24% in science & engineering, 40% in humanities & social sciences, 8% in business, 14% in art & design, 3% in vocational subjects (eg midwifery, journalism, PE). Others go on to accountancy or management training schemes.

    GCSE, AS and A-levels. 25 GCSE, AS and A-level subjects.
    Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level; in addition, all take AS and A-level general studies. 20% take science A-levels; 40% arts/humanities; 40% both.
    Vocational: Work experience in Year 12. Careers lessons in Years 10–11.
    Special provision: SEN co-ordinator; many pupils helped by small class sizes.
    Languages: French compulsory Years 1–11, German in Years 8–9; both offered to GCSE, AS and A-level. Latin as recreational subject.
    ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1–2 lessons a week) and across the curriculum. 45 computers for pupil use (8 hours a day), 50 networked and with internet access. Pupils take Clait in Year 9.

    The arts

    Music: Over 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument or sing; instrumental exams can be taken. Music groups include choirs, orchestras, string and woodwind groups. Several in county orchestras. GCSE and A-level offered.
    Drama and dance: Over 40% take speech & drama lessons. LAMDA exams may be taken, also drama GCSE and A-level. Majority of pupils involved in school and external productions. Dance also taught and part of school productions.
    Art & design: On average, 15 take GCSE, 6 A-level. Textiles, drawing and painting offered.

    Sport & activities

    Sport: Netball, hockey, volleyball, badminton, dance, rounders, athletics, tennis, gym compulsory. Sixth form additional options: fitness, aerobics, squash. GCSE and A-level PE may be taken.
    Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. Community service compulsory for 1 year at 16. Up to 30 clubs eg sports, IT, dance, music, general knowledge, Young Enterprise. The first World Challenge group went to Bolivia in 2002. Fundraising is strong throughout the school.

    School life

    Uniform: School uniform worn except in the sixth form.
    Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Head girl, prefects appointed (end of Year 12).
    Religion: Morning assembly compulsory.
    Social: Debating, general knowledge quiz etc with other schools. French trips abroad, battlefields tours, classical trips, theatre visits. Meals formal. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.

    Pupils failing to produce homework once might be given an order mark (detention after 3 order marks); those caught in possession of illegal drugs could expect immediate expulsion.

    Alumni association
    is run by Mrs S Burnham, c/o the school.


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