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Nonsuch High School for Girls

The School Day Time


8.30 – 8.35


8.35 – 9.35

Period 1

9.40 – 10.40

Period 2

10.40 – 11.00

Morning Break

11.00 – 12.00

Period 3

12.05 – 13.05

Period 4


Registration (Sixth Form)

13.05 – 14.00


14.00 – 14.20

Registration / Assembly

14.20 – 15.20

Period 5

Nonsuch High School for Girls Ewell Road, Cheam, Surrey, SM3 8AB Telephone: 020 8394 3400 Facsimile: 020 8394 3401


Welcome to Nonsuch High School for Girls. The school opened in May 1938 and remains a selective school for girls aged between 11 and 19. It was named after the ‘unequalled’ Palace built 400 years ago by Henry VIII and stands on the edge of Nonsuch Park in 22 acres of grounds. Our historical connections and beautiful surroundings give Nonsuch a very special combination of heritage and progress; we are proud of our past while planning for an even better future. At Nonsuch, each pupil is valued as an individual and encouraged to reach her highest level of academic and personal achievement whilst remaining aware and respectful of the needs of others. We are proud of our consistently excellent examination results and the extensive range of opportunities that prepare the girls as confident and caring young women ready to make the most of their talents and equipped to fulfill their ambitions. The wide range of creative, spiritual, cultural and sporting activities within the school and our close links with the local and wider community enhance the supportive and stimulating learning environment.

We strongly believe that a close partnership with parents is central to your daughter’s progress through the school. Those new to the school settle quickly into our thriving multicultural community. Visitors are impressed by the vigour of the school, the happy confidence of its pupils and the commitment of our subject specialist teachers, who enjoy their work at Nonsuch. From September 2015, the school has been part of the Nonsuch and Wallington Education Trust (NWET). This is a multi-academy trust comprising both Nonsuch and Wallington High School for Girls. NWET allows both schools to collaborate and use the resources across the Trust efficiently to provide a first class education for girls in a selective environment, ensuring that they are well prepared for the future. Both schools retain their individual identity within the Trust but benefit from the wider collaborative opportunities available. We hope you find the prospectus informative, but there is no substitute for the personal experience of visiting the school. We look forward to meeting you and sharing with you our enthusiasm for Nonsuch. Mrs Jane Burton Executive Headteacher (NWET) Ms Amy Cavilla Headteacher (from September 2016) page one


Excellent facilities at Nonsuch support the high quality of teaching and learning across the curriculum. Our new teaching block which includes a large sixth form common room and a bright library opened in Spring 2016. Subjects are taught in suites of classrooms. Recently refurbished Science and IT accommodation, an Astronomy Dome and the digital language laboratory with access to televised foreign language broadcasts provide further excellent facilities. We continue to extend our IT facilities installing interactive whiteboards and digital projectors to support teaching and learning. There is Wifi throughout the school. The Science department teaches in 11 modern laboratories with adjacent prep rooms to support practical work. In addition, the woodland, meadow and pond ecology areas allow pupils to undertake fascinating fieldwork on site.

The modern technology rooms and airy Art studios provide superb opportunities for students to develop creative skills. Our two drama studios are equipped with versatile portable lighting and staging. Nonsuch is a centre of excellence for Music which is taught in the large suite above the Main Hall. Facilities include two classrooms, with access to professional composition software and eight Practice Rooms for students to use during lessons, lunchtimes and after school. All girls enjoy PE in the huge sports hall, on the all-weather floodlit hockey pitch, extensive playing fields, tennis and netball courts; they also have access to the indoor heated swimming pool within the David Lloyd Health and Fitness Centre. Study is encouraged in the library which also has computers to support independent learning.


We are privileged to have a daughter at Nonsuch High School


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Pupil welfare is excellent; our daughter is blossoming in a friendly happy environment


(Year 7 Parent)

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The Lower School

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The Sutton agreed syllabus for Religious Studies covers the major faiths with an emphasis on Christianity. The course also includes elements of personal, social, moral and citizenship education. Parents may withdraw their child from religious education and collective worship if they so wish, though in practice few do so. Details of alternative arrangements are available upon request.

The facilities here are extremely good and the lessons brought alive by the teachers  (Year 7 Pupil)

In Key Stage 3 all pupils follow a broadly based course including the study of one foreign language and Latin. Activities available in Physical Education include athletics, dance, gymnastics, hockey, netball, rounders, volleyball, tennis and swimming. Technology incorporates food, resistant materials and textiles, whilst IT is taught in separate lessons as well as being used across the curriculum. Classes are mainly taught in tutor groups with smaller numbers in Technology and some setting by ability in Mathematics and Science from year 8.

Lower School Curriculum • English • Mathematics • Science • Geography • History • A Modern Foreign Language (from French, German and Spanish)

• Latin • Design and Technology • Computing • Art & Design • Drama • Music • Physical Education • Religious Studies • Tutorial Period

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The Upper School

At Key Stage 4 all pupils take the core subjects alongside their chosen GCSE subjects; a detailed booklet and a comprehensive programme of advice for pupils and parents are provided before options are finalised. Students may study for GCSEs in all three sciences or choose the Dual Science route.

Core GCSE Curriculum: • English • English Literature • Mathematics • Dual Science • French, German or Spanish • Half course in RS and Core PE • Tutorial Period • Supervised study period

If I could choose a school for my daughter all over again, this is the one I would choose

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(Year 10 Parent)

Optional GCSE Subjects include: • History • Geography • Astronomy • Triple Science • Ancient Greek • Latin • French • German • Spanish • Computer Science • Design Technology in • Resistant Materials • Food • Textiles

• Art & Design • Music • Drama • PE • Photography page seven

The Sixth Form

The Sixth Form is a vibrant and intellectually challenging community. Year 11 students are advised individually before selecting their subjects. A formal induction programme supports all students – those already at Nonsuch and those joining from other schools – in making the transition between compulsory education and study at Sixth Form level. Entry requirements are published annually. Over 95% of our students go on to study university courses. Interview practice is available and students are prepared for the additional entry tests for subjects such as Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science. The school has a very good record with Oxbridge applications and those keen to apply are given extra tuition.

Subjects available include:

Sporting opportunities are offered in the Recreation and Leisure programme. Students may also opt to take a Sports Leaders’ award, to stand for the Youth Parliament or to get involved in one of the school’s many clubs and societies. A weekly enrichment afternoon allows students to help out in the local community.

• Biology

• Government and Political Studies

• Chemistry

• History

• Computing

• Latin

• Critical Thinking

• Mathematics

• Drama

• Further Mathematics

• Economics

• Music

• English Language and Literature

• PE

• English Literature

• Physics

• Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

• Product Design

• French

• Religious Studies

• Geography

• Spanish

• German

• Textiles

• Photography

• Psychology

• Art

A lovely environment in which to have spent the last seven years

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We are motivated to work to our full potential

Homework is set throughout the school to encourage good study skills and to support the curriculum. All pupils in Years 7 to 11 are issued with a homework timetable which is taken home. To help pupils organise their homework and their time all pupils are issued with a homework diary at the start of the year.

I have enjoyed my time at Nonsuch and will miss it when I leave (Year 13 Student)

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Extra-Curricular Activities

Musicians choose from our three Orchestras, Concert Band, Jazz Band, numerous ensembles and instrumental groups and several Choirs, all of which perform at concerts, and in both local and national events. Over 300 students have music lessons with our highly experienced peripatetic teachers, who cover the full range of orchestral instruments, plus singing, guitar, piano, organ, theory and composition. There are frequent trips to hear world class music at venues such as The Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne.

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Many educational and cultural visits take place each year, providing the opportunity for pupils to travel both in this country and abroad: to America, China, Spain, France, Germany and Italy. Field courses, conferences, theatre and museum visits all support curriculum studies and enable girls to widen their intellectual horizons.


Her confidence and initiative to do things have increased. Her teachers are brilliant and motivate her to excel


Pupils benefit from being involved in the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. Over 300 students are doing the Duke of Edinburgh award at bronze, silver or gold level and more than 100 girls are part of CCF. Weekly lunchtime and afterschool clubs such as, Astronomy Society, Cheerleaders, Conservation Club, Dance, Debating, Drama, Feminist Society cater for the varied interests of the pupils. During the lunch-break and after school, pupils can join in many sporting activities and may be selected to represent the school in teams at a variety of levels. Year 9 may train to be ball girls at the Aegon Tennis Championships.

School Community Every individual pupil is cared for: Heads of Year and Form Tutors support the students throughout their time at Nonsuch. Opportunities for active citizenship abound; a representative from each form attends the School Council which discusses issues of current importance. Each tutor group forms one of our seven Houses and competitions are organised in sport, music and other popular activities such as the Talent Show. Pupils can also gain House Points for their work. Sixth Formers appointed as members of the Student Leadership Team, Arts Team and Sports Team or as prefects, and those elected to the Sixth Form Committee play a vital role in the life of the school as a whole.

Up to the end of Year 11, all pupils wear School uniform. Self-discipline is encouraged and pupils are expected to contribute to the School Community and to show consideration for other people. They participate in fund-raising events, collections for charity and voluntary social work. School and year assemblies occur twice weekly and are attended by all students many of whom will lead the assembly. Assemblies usually contain a moral message and provide time for students to celebrate each other’s successes. All pupils from Years 7 to 11 remain on the school premises during the lunch-break. They may bring a packed lunch or eat in the school canteen where an excellent, cash-free cafeteria with an emphasis on healthy food operates.

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Parents & the School

Parental involvement with the school is much appreciated as an essential part of the welfare and achievement of pupils. In addition to evenings specifically for guidance, there are Parents’ Consultation Evenings for each year. Interim progress reports are written for all pupils. Parents are elected to the Local Governing Body and play an active role in the governance of the school. We are keen to develop further electronic communication with parents who may consult the school website In addition a regular newsletter is sent by email. All parents are asked to sign a Home-School agreement. If there are concerns, parents are consulted as soon as possible. For more serious issues there is a complaints procedure established by the Governors. This and other policy documents are updated regularly and all, including the Policy Note on Special Educational Needs and the report on the school by the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) can be found on our website.

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Parents are asked each year to contribute to the School Fund, which is used to subsidise extra-curricular activities, school occasions and visits, to purchase extra equipment and to cover subscriptions to magazines, curriculum associations and fees of visiting speakers. A system of covenanting operates which has many benefits for the School. All parents and friends are encouraged to be active members of the Parent Teacher Association so that they may enjoy the many successful social and fund-raising occasions.

Admission Arrangements Each year, in conjunction with other local schools, arrangements to view the school are made for parents of children due to transfer to Secondary Education in the following September. Criteria for entry to Nonsuch are published on our website.

Alumni Nonsuch Alumni warmly invite all former pupils to become members and join their meetings and reunion events. Tel: 0208 466 7222

Ewell Road, Cheam, Surrey, SM3 8AB Telephone: 020 8394 3400  Facsimile: 020 8394 3401

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Nonsuch High School for Girls

Nonsuch High School for Girls Prospectus  

Welcome to Nonsuch High School for Girls. The school opened in May 1938 and remains a selective school for girls aged between 11 and 19.

Nonsuch High School for Girls Prospectus  

Welcome to Nonsuch High School for Girls. The school opened in May 1938 and remains a selective school for girls aged between 11 and 19.