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Norwich High School for Girls is an independent fee-paying school with selective entry located in Norwichmarker, Norfolk, Englandmarker. The school has one of the best academic records in Norfolk. The school was founded in 1875 and is now one of twenty-nine schools of the Girls' Day School Trust. 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 Senior section) and the Sixth Form. It educates girls only from 3-18, something few schools can offer.The current Head Teacher is Mrs Valerie Bidwell. The school hymm is To Be a Pilgrim. The motto is "Do thy best and rejoice with those who do better".


The uniform consists of seasonal wear, the winter uniform consisting of a navy blue tartan kilt with red, navy and green colouring, a navy blue v-necked jumper with two green stripes along the collar and a white shirt. In the Fifth Form (two years before Sixth Form) students are allowed to wear a straight skirt of the same fabric as the kilt. The Summer wear consists of a summer dress with a green block pattern. The blazer is bottle green with the school's crest embroidered onto the breast pocket. In the Sixth Form (last two years) girls may wear own smart clothes. They are asked to dress like young professionals.

Year Naming

As many other independent schools, Norwich High School does not use the 'Year 1, Year 2...' method of naming forms within the school. This is as follows:

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 wide range of facilities include playing fields, tennis courts, a 25m indoor heated swimming pool, a gym, a sports hall, a state-of-the-art performing arts studio and a variety of learning tools including Language Labs, five computing suites and several Science Laboratories.

Notable old girls


  • Miss Ada Benson (1875)
  • Miss Wills (from 1875)
  • Miss A. M. Tapson (early 1880s)
  • Miss Lizzie Gadesden (1884 to 1907, previously head of Newton Abbot High School, died 1918)
  • Miss Gertrude Mary Wise JP (1907 to 1928, previously head of Shrewsbury High Schoolmarker, died January 1935)
  • Miss Elsie Pringle Jameson (1928 to 1946, born 1880, died 1958)
  • Miss Prunella Riviere Bodington (1946 to 1953, later head of South Hampstead High Schoolmarker, born 1907, died 1984)
  • Miss Rhoda H. M. Standeven (January 1976 to September 1985)
  • Mrs Valerie Bidwell (from September 1985)


  • 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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