Leicester High School

Leicester High School for Girls

Why Girls Only?

We know some parents can be curious as to how girls’ schools work in practice. Are there more friendship issues? Girls more confident to study with boys when they leave for University? Are girls’ schools just old-fashioned finishing schools? I can reassure you at LHS the answers are No, Yes and most definitely No!

I would like to share with you some key differences I have observed, which mean girls’ schools work so well.

Girls’ schools are designed for girls. Everything from the uniform, to the sports on offer, to the opportunities for leadership, is tailored to the girls’ needs. We create an environment which the girls ‘own’ where they can thrive. Girls learn differently and, in a girls’ school, the teaching is 100% suited to how they learn.

We are a member of the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA). Girls who attend GSA schools achieve a disproportionately large share of the top grades in ‘difficult’ subjects. Bucking national trends, over 55% of girls at GSA schools take a STEM subject at A-level.

Girls are free to be themselves. LHS girls are not afraid to be themselves and to take risks. Whether they are trying something new, answering questions in class or taking on subjects traditionally seen as ‘male’. Pupils at girls’ schools are 75% more likely to take Maths A-level & 70% more likely to take Chemistry. They are two and a half times as likely to take Physics and over twice as likely to study most languages.

We encourage our pupils to take risks and create a safe space where they feel confident to do so. Without the judgement of boys, girls are active not reactive, and free to take part in extracurricular activities on their own terms.

Top 100 Independent School

These are just some of the things which mean LHS has been named in the Top 100 Independent Schools in the Sunday Times Parent Power League Table. Also why we were awarded Excellent in all categories in our most recent inspection. I am proud to say that our girls benefit from a tailored all-around educational experience at LHS and make friendships that truly last a lifetime.

Mr Alan Whelpdale, Headmaster, Leicester High

For more information on Leicester High, visit our website Leicester High School for Girls