Leicester High School for Girls


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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Girls
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 0 (Boys) 435 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 3 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1906

General Information

At Leicester High School we offer a broad and balanced curriculum, allowing a wide choice of subjects at both GCSE and A level, together with a rich programme of extracurricular activities and a wide range of educational trips at home and abroad. Classes are small and pastoral care is outstanding. The excellent teaching, facilities and opportunities have resulted in the School having the best GCSE and A level results in Leicester .


The Junior Department and Senior School are in separate buildings on the same site. The youngest girls are in the Foundation Unit in the Junior Department, and cover the Early Years programme in their own specialised and equipped rooms. The Junior Department has its own large house with a separate play area and equipment, pond and garden, library and IT suite. Facilities in the Senior School include a science block, art studio, modern language computer centre and food studies room. There are further IT suites, a drama studio, a careers centre and a well stocked library, a separate 6th Form area, and a courtyard garden.

Extracurricular activities include DofE, choirs, orchestra, ensembles, sports tours, trips abroad and in the UK, debating, dance, drama, and a wide range of sports. The school has its own netball courts and sports hall, and also uses the excellent University of Leicester facilities.

Entrance Requirements

3+ to 9: Informal assessment. 10+ to 14+: Examinations in English, Maths and General Reasoning. 16+: minimum 6 x GCSE grade B, current school report and interview.


Scholarships: 11+ Academic and Music throughout the school. Bursaries are available from Year 6. Entry in 2020: Entrance Examination for Years 6 – 10 is Thursday 16th January 2020, 9am-12.30pm. Additional assessment days for Years 1 - 10 entry in 2019 are available on request.

Open Days

2020. Junior Department Open Morning for Foundation (Pre School) through to Year 5: Wed. 29th April.

We welcome visits from prospective parents at any time. If you wish to visit us but cannot come to an Open Morning or Evening, please contact Mrs Alice Hailes on 0116 270 5338 or at a.hailes@leicesterhigh.co.uk and arrange a time to suit you. Most visits involve a tour and a meeting with the Headmaster or Head of the Junior Department, depending where your focus lies.



2019/2020. Foundation, Reception, Junior Years 1 and 2 (Ages 3-6): £3100 per term.

Junior, Years 3, 4, and 5 (Ages 7 - 9): £3465 per term

Senior, Years 6-13 (Ages 10 - 18): £4190 per term.

Sibling discount. Early Years Grant for 3 and 4 year olds and work place nursery vouchers accepted.


Good Schools' Guide report for Leicester High School for Girls

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Alan Whelpdale

Contact for enquiries: Alice Hailes, Admissions Officer

Leicester High School for Girls
454 London Road

[t]: 0116 270 5338
[f]: 0116 244 8823
[w]: www.leicesterhigh.co.uk

Location Description

Urban. Close to A6 in South Knighton, between Leicester and Oadby.

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School News

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Our Year 8 team of Pavneet, Florence and Nell took part in the Rotary Youth Speaks District Semi-Final round of this

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year’s competition.

Having defeated 4 other teams at the club level of the public speaking competition, the girls spoke about the topic of Mental Health against four other teams from across the county. Having been drawn fourth, the girls competed enthusiastically, professionally and to a very impressive high standard indeed, winning through to the next round to be held in March.

Many congratulations to you all.

Leicester High School independent girls day school Leicestershire

The girls had a great time at Oundle School with British Language Champions spending the day preparing a marketing video in French. Our

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‘emotional’ video won us an excellent achievement of 2nd place out of many schools.

The girls had a wonderful time and gained lots of experience in speaking French, as well as skills in marketing and business. The girls received a near perfect report from the marketing executives and one member of our team also achieved an award for “best actress”.  Well done to the Year 11 GCSE French team for also being the best French team.

Thank you to all the MFL teachers for organising the trip and supporting the girls.

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During the Spring term, 147 girls from Years 6-12 submitted entries for this year’s Rotary Club of Leicester’s Young Writers prose competition “A Different Perspective”.


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results have just been published, and LHS students have once again proved their creative credentials and writing prowess by gaining top spot in each category. Iulia Dinu (Year 10) was overall winner of the Senior section, whilst Maryam Syed (Year 7) won the Intermediate category respectively. Year 6 pupil Arya Johri walked away with the Junior section first prize. Many congratulations to our other winners who were placed 2nd and 3rd: Scarlett East-Burke and Shahd Ageed; Molly Lewis and Mylan Basra; Maya Jutha and Maryam Soneji.

Leicester High School independent girls' day school Leicestershire

Once again, Year R, Year 1 and Year 2 proved that they have the true Leicester High indomitable spirit when braving the elements to see

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the lambing at Brooksby-Melton College.

Our guides, Carol and Rose, encouraged the girls to think about the animals around them and how the fields are used on a farm.  Ploughing uphill the girls remained undaunted, asking and answering questions about the badger sett, rabbits and moles.  Suckler cows and their calves, lively new baby piglets and the newly-born lambs on unsteady feet provided everyone with the hope that Spring is truly on the way!

Leicester High School independent girls' day school Leicestershire

We were delighted to host several girls from local primary schools to attend Masterclasses in Geography and Philosophy and Belief.

During the ‘Mud, Glorious Mud’ Geography

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session, the girls found out about mud in the laboratory, before making their own mud pack facemasks to take home. Whereas in Philosophy they learned how to ask philosophical questions.

It was great to see so many girls taking part.

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Girl in Y13 wins painting prize at New Walk Museum

Congratulations to Yuanqing Zhang who has won the ‘Student Painting Prize’ in The Little Selves exhibition

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at New Walk Museum.  The photo shows her with LSA (Leicester Society of Artists) President Lars Tharp, (also historian and ceramics expert – BBC Antiques Roadshow and Quizzeum), who presented her with the prize of £50, along with LSA Chair Suzanne Harry.

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Foundation look for signs of Spring in beautiful local gardens…

On 8 March 2017 Foundation enjoyed a walk around the Botanic Gardens exploring the first signs

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of Spring. They were able to identify lots of Spring flowers, see buds and blossom appearing on trees and enjoy the early Spring sunshine as they explored the beautiful gardens.

On 22nd March I attended the British Gas 10 Year Anniversary celebrating their partnership with DofE.

I was invited to give a speech about my

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DofE experience and how I feel the skills I have learned will help me later on in life. When I first received the email I thought I would be speaking in front of British Gas employees and a couple of DofE representatives. In actual fact I had to present my speech in front of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and 24 other highly influential people including The Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire! I had to give my speech during lunch where I was sitting opposite Prince Edward and all I could think about was trying not to spill water all over me!

This was an extremely nerve racking experience, but one I will never forget and I am truly grateful for the opportunity.

Anya Agnihotri

The Year 12 AS Politics revision conference in London, which was led by Neil McNaughton and Andrew Colclough, was inspirational to the five students who

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attended. It enabled them to refine their knowledge and understanding and introduced high level thinking skills which has tested their mettle.

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