Norwich High School for Girls is the Best Independent Secondary School in Norfolk 2024

Posted on 5th December 2023

Norwich High School for Girls has been ranked as the Best Independent Secondary School in Norfolk in the Sunday Times Parent Power League 2024.

Released on 3rd December 2023, the Parent Power League is the guide to the best national and regional schools of the year. Amongst its findings, the Times identifies the highest-achieving schools in the UK based on their own criterion. Parent Power is widely acknowledged and holds more than 1,600 schools in its database. We have been ranked as fourth overall in East Anglia, and 116th nationally.

The new ranking comes after the same league tables recognised Norwich High as the Best Secondary School in East Anglia in the 2023 rankings.

Helen Davies, Editor of Parent Power from the Sunday Times said: “The educational landscape continues to be challenging across both the state and independent sectors, and this is the first true assessment of post-pandemic exam results. Being a teenager is hard enough, and the past few years since Covid have made life even harder. It is heartening to highlight the achievements of so many students and schools across the UK. Three quarters of the top 100 schools in a combined table of state and private school performance are fee-paying.”

“I am often asked if girls only education still has relevance. Across the national picture published in the 2024 Parent Power league, we have once again seen that single-sex schools lead the top ranks of academic excellence. We are designed to be girls-first, but our sector-leading outcomes are testament to a culture which prioritises resilience and self-care and encourages students to follow their own passions and interests.”

Alison Sefton, Head of Norwich High School for Girls

The GDST Difference at Norwich High School for Girls

  • Prep School
  • Senior School
  • Sixth Form

Alison Sefton, Head of Norwich High School for Girls continues:

“The GCSE and A Level students in the Class of 2023 are the pandemic cohort. That they delivered exceptional grades in their exams demonstrates the hard work of students and teachers throughout the pandemic and beyond. But I am particularly proud of their personal achievements in addition to their grades.”

Hazel Packer, Director of Sixth Form at Norwich High School for Girls added: “We prepare students to be future ready through our Six+ programme including mentoring systems, talks from motivational speakers and workshops offering study tips and techniques to help with stress and anxiety. Our Careers Programme is embedded into the curriculum. Visiting speakers including industry leaders and alumnae inspire students and we link into the broader GDST network for additional support including the Oxbridge programme. With 88% of our Class of 2023 A Level students achieving their first choice university place, we can be confident that our approach is working.”