Norwich High School for Girls

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Norwich High School for Girls
Motto Do thy best and rejoice with those who do better
Established 1875
Type Independent day school
Headmistress Mrs Kirsty von Malaisé
Location 95 Newmarket Road
Coordinates: 52°37′06″N 1°16′42″E / 52.61845°N 1.27842°E / 52.61845; 1.27842
Local authority Norfolk
DfE number 926/6123
DfE URN 501303 Tables
Gender Girls
Ages 3–18
Houses Britons, Celts, Romans, Normans, Danes, Saxons.

Norwich High School for Girls is an independent day school for girls in Norwich, Norfolk, England. It was founded in 1875 and is now one of the twenty-nine schools of the Girls' Day School Trust. The school as one of the best academic results in East Anglia.[1] It consists of four sections, the Polliwiggle Nursery (Polliwiggle is the Norfolk dialect word for tadpole), Stafford House (the primary section of the school), Eaton Grove (the lower years of the secondary section) and the Sixth Form. A single-sex school, it educates girls from three to eighteen.


Norwich High School for Girls was founded in 1875 as the first GPDST school outside London. Originally situated at the Assembly House, Norwich, the school moved to its present location Eaton Grove, 95, Newmarket Road, Norwich in 1933.[2]

Year Naming[edit]

Norwich High School uses its own nomenclature for the year groups.

Stafford House

  • Polliwiggle Nursery (ages 3 and 4)
  • Infant Department
    • Reception (ages 4 and 5)
    • Kindergarten (ages 5 and 6)
    • Lower I (ages 6 and 7)
Junior Department
  • Upper I (ages 7 to 8)
  • Lower II (ages 8 to 9)
  • Upper II (ages 9 to 10)
  • Lower III (ages 10 to 11)
Eaton Grove

(The Lower School)

  • Upper III (ages 11 to 12)
  • Lower IV (ages 12 to 13)
  • Upper IV (ages 13 to 14)
The Upper School
  • Lower V (ages 14 to 15)
  • Upper V (ages 15 to 16)
  • Lower VI - Sixth Form (ages 16 to 17)
  • Upper VI - Sixth Form (ages 17 to 18)


The school's facilities include a sports hall, performing arts studio, main hall (including stage), junior school hall, lecture theatre, boardroom, 25 metre swimming pool, 13 acres of playing fields, fitness suite, 6 tennis courts and 1 astro turf.[3]


Uniform consists of a navy blazer, white shirt, tartan kilt (Reception - Upper IV) or tartan pencil skirt (Lower V - Upper V) and navy tights. Pupils in Lower and Upper VI do not follow a dress code and instead wear smart casual.


Academic scholarships and means-tested bursaries are offered upon entry to Upper III and Lower VI. The scholarships offered in Upper III are music scholarships based on the performance of the candidate in an audition and academic scholarships on their performance in the transfer or entrance to the senior school examination, whereas the scholarships offered in Lower VI are based on the performance in an optional examination based on English, Mathematics, Science and a foreign language of the candidate's choice from French, German or Spanish.[4]

Notable former pupils[edit]


  • Miss Ada Benson (1875)[7][8]
  • Miss Wills (from 1875)[9]
  • Miss A. M. Tapson (early 1880s)
  • Miss Lizzie Gadesden (1884 to 1907, previously head of Newton Abbot High School, died 1918)[10]
  • Miss Gertrude Mary Wise JP (1907 to 1928, previously head of Shrewsbury High School, died January 1935)[11][12]
  • Miss Elsie Pringle Jameson (1928 to 1946, born 1880, died 1958)[13]
  • Miss Prunella Riviere Bodington (1946 to 1953, later head of South Hampstead High School, born 1907, died 1984)[14][15]
  • Miss Dorothy Bartholomew (to December 1976, died September 2011)
  • Miss Rhoda H. M. Standeven (January 1976 to September 1985)[16][17]
  • Mrs Valerie Bidwell (from September 1985 to July 2010)[17]
  • Mr Jason Morrow (First Male Headteacher; September 2010 to 2015)
  • Mrs Kirsty von Malaisé (from September 2015 to present)


  1. ^
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  4. ^ "Norwich High School For Girls Bursaries and Scholarships". Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Tozer, Malcolm, ed. (2012). Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools. John Catt Educational Ltd. p. 293. ISBN 9781908095442. 
  6. ^ RFU England Women - Sophie Hemming
  7. ^ The Times, April 21, 1875, Issue 28295, p. 4, col. E
  8. ^ File 'The Forgotten Benson', Ref. No. GDS/15/3/4, unpublished memoir by Sylvia Benians of Ada Benson (married name McDowall), head of Norwich High School, 1875, and of Oxford High School 1875-1879, in Records of the Girls' Day School Trust and predecessors
  9. ^ The Times, September 10, 1877, Issue 29043, p. 13, col. C
  10. ^ Press cutting of an obituary for Lizzie Gadesden (d. 1918), Ref. No. GDS/15/3/13 at
  11. ^ The Times, January 27, 1933, Issue 46353; page 1, col A
  12. ^ File 'Miss G. M. Wise' at
  13. ^ Papers regarding Elsie Jameson at
  14. ^ The Times, May 18, 1984, Issue 61834, p. 12, col. A
  15. ^ Papers regarding Prunella Riviere Bodington (1907-1984) at
  16. ^ The Times, March 22, 1975, Issue 59351, p. 16, col. C
  17. ^ a b The Times, April 17, 1985, Issue 62114, p. 16, col. C
  • Bodington, Miss P. R., Norwich High school 1875-1950 (Norwich High School, 1950)
  • Brodie, Alan, Memories, Milestones and Miscellanies: 125 years of Norwich High School for Girls (Norwich High School for Girls, 2003)

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