Sydenham School

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Sydenham School
Motto Aim high, Achieve Higher.
Established 1917
Type Community School
Headteacher Mrs Gloria Lowe
Location Dartmouth Road
Greater London
SE26 4RD
Local authority Lewisham
DfE URN 100741 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1462
Gender Girls
Website Sydenham School

Sydenham School (known as Sydenham Girls by locals) is a comprehensive girls' school located on Dartmouth Road (A2216) in Sydenham, London.


The school was founded in 1917 as a girls' grammar school, known as Sydenham County Grammar School for Girls . London County Council commissioned Basil Spence & Partners, in the early 1950s, to design additional accommodation to allow the school to increase capacity from 600 to 1140 students and to merge with Shackleton School to become a comprehensive school. This took place in 1956 on completion of the new six-storey, E-shaped, classroom block, on which work had begun in 1954. The official opening ceremony took place on 28 February 1957.[1] In 2003 Sydenham School was granted Specialist Science College status and in 2008 it was granted specialis in Mathematics by the DfES. Sydenham School has close ties to Forest Hill School a nearby boys' comprehensive school.

Form system[edit]

In each year there are 8 tutor groups, each beginning with the year number they are in e.g. 7 with the letters S,Y,D,E,N,H,A,M, attached to each form. In years nine, ten and eleven the forms are mixed during lessons intermingling students from the different tutor groups for lessons.


In Key Stage 3 (years 7 and 8) students wear blue shirts, while in the first, second and third years of Key Stage 4 (years 9,10 and 11) wear white shirts. Because of this difference, there exists the nicknames 'White Shirts' and 'Blue Shirts' to distinguish the students' years. The sixth form (a mix of Forest Hill Boys school and Sydenham school since 2010) are not required to wear any


The current headmistress is Ms Gloria Lowe. It has always been a girls' school. Forest Hill Pools and Forest Hill library is next door.

Academic performance[edit]

In the last OFSTED inspection, Sydenham School was graded as 'good with outstanding features '. It gets GCSEs and A levels above the England average.(64%)

Notable former pupils[edit]

Sydenham County Grammar School for Girls[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sydenham School - Sir Basil Spence". Canmore. Retrieved 17 September 2014.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°26′3″N 0°3′32″W / 51.43417°N 0.05889°W / 51.43417; -0.05889