Brighton and Hove High School
|Type||Independent day school for girls, GDST|
|Founders||Girls' Public Day School Company|
|Location||Montpelier Road, Montpelier (Senior);
Radinden Manor Road, Hove (Junior)
Brighton and Hove
BN1 3AT (Senior);
BN3 6NH (Junior)
|Website||Brighton and Hove High School|
Founded in 1876, the school has expanded from being a very small school for less than twenty pupils to its present size of taking some 700 students. The school has a broadly Christian ethos, and comprises a Junior School (Early Years, Key stages 1 & 2), Senior and Sixth Form.
The school is one of the schools of the Girls' Day School Trust, which is the largest group of independent schools in the UK, with 26 member schools nationwide. It is a selective, academic day school for girls. The main site is at Montpelier Road in the Montpelier area of the city; the Senior school and Sixth Form, run as a single unit, are located there. There are about 50 girls in the sixth form, which has its own building, the Old Vicarage. The Junior School is located on Radinden Manor Road in Hove, along with the School's hockey pitch and athletics facilities.
Brighton and Hove High School is the seventh oldest school founded under the Girls' Public Day School Trust (1876). Upon leaving, pupils are invited into the Minerva Old Girls network.
Pupils participate in a large number of societies and extra-curricular opportunities including Music, sports, English, maths, many languages and Drama . An annual November Fair is held, which is followed by an alumni lunch organised by the Old Girls' Association. The school maintains high academic standards
Girls can participate in charity events including the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and Young Enterprise Scheme. The school also participates in the annual GDST Minerva Prize for Sixth-Form students, with a BHHS student placed first in 2005. Pupils can also participate in the Temple Project Qualification and the extension projet qualification.Entrance examinations consist of: 11 - Maths, English & VR. 16 - Minimum of 5 A-Cs (including English Language & Maths) with A/Bs in subjects to be pursued; an interview is also included.
School pupils are divided into four Houses: Grey, Gurney, Lyttelton and Stanley. Houses compete against one another in annual and termly events, including House sports (netball, hockey, tennis) and House plays. The latter competition is traditionally judged by BHHS alumni who are invited to attend the day.
The Head is Jennifer Smith who started in the autumn term of 2012, the Senior Deputy Head is Sarah Mashford and the Deputy Head is Wendy Fox.
Notable former pupils
- Karen Barber, Dancing On Ice head coach
- Alexandra Bastedo, actress
- Elizabeth Beresford, creator of The Wombles
- Helen David, artist
- Constance Garnett, translator
- Martha Kearney, journalist
- Amy Levy, poet and writer
- Ida Lupino, actress
- Suzy Menkes, Editor for the International Herald Tribune, journalist
- Gwenda Morgan, artist
- Maureen Muggeridge, geologist and gemologist
- Geraldine Newman, actress
- Lindsay Northover, Baroness Northover, politician
- Karen Pickering, swimmer