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Nonsuch High School for Girls

Nonsuch High School for Girls is a prestigious grammar school with an academy status, located in Cheam, in the borough of Epsom and Ewell in Surrey, England.


The school stands in 22 acres of grounds on the edge of Nonsuch Park, a former royal hunting ground that was once the site of a magnificent palace built by Henry VIII. The school was founded in 1938 and named after the palace, which was demolished in the 17th century. The school’s motto is “Servite Deo et aequo animo estote”, which means “Serve God and be cheerful”.


It is currently ranked as the 9th best performing state school by GCSE results in 2019 and 13th highest place nationally for the value added progress their students make at GCSE according to the Department for Education’s (DFE) performance tables. The school has also won various awards such as Beacon status, Sportsmark Award, Schools Achievement Award and Education Extra – Distinction. The school has been awarded academy status since 2011, which gives it more autonomy and flexibility over its curriculum and finances.

The school is renowned for its academic excellence and its specialism in science and languages.The school offers a broad and balanced curriculum that aims to challenge and inspire its students to achieve their full potential. The school follows the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 and offers a range of GCSE and A-level courses at Key Stage 4 and 5. The school has a strong focus on science and languages, and offers courses in biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, French, German, Spanish, Latin and Mandarin. The school also offers courses in English, mathematics, history, geography, religious studies, art, music, drama, physical education and citizenship. The school has a well-equipped library, science laboratories, computer rooms, language labs, art studios, music rooms, drama studio and sports facilities.


The school has a selective admission policy that requires girls to take the 11+ exam to gain entry into year 7. The exam consists of two papers: one in mathematics and one in English. The exam is designed to test the students’ aptitude and potential rather than their prior knowledge. The school admits 210 students each year based on their performance in the exam and their proximity to the school.

The school also admits students into its sixth form based on their GCSE results. An average points score of 6 in the best 8 GCSEs and a grade 6 or above in GCSE Mathematics and English Language or Literature is needed for this.


The school has a vibrant and supportive learning environment that fosters a sense of community and belonging among its students and staff. The school has a house system that divides the students into seven houses: Mars, Mercury, Pluto, Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn and Venus. Each house has its own colour, mascot and motto. The houses compete in various academic, sporting and cultural events throughout the year to earn points for their house. The house with the most points at the end of the year wins the house cup. The school also has a student council that represents the views and interests of the students and organises various activities and events for them. The school also has a range of clubs and societies that cater to different interests and hobbies such as chess, robotics, cyber security, coding, debating, drama, music, art and sports.