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Manchester High School for Girls



Our Preparatory Department is a very special place: girls from four to eleven years of age can be seen enjoying every aspect of school life in a busy, exciting and purposeful atmosphere.

Our exceptional staff team support and inspire girls to achieve their full potential, dedicated to ensuring that all of our pupils develop the confidence to tackle challenges independently and positively as they move up through the School. 

An active and engaging environment, the Preparatory Department is above all a happy place to learn. Whilst our girls are encouraged to have high aspirations, we also emphasise the importance of individual interests and passions, with girls’ achievements in all forms being celebrated fully.

Throughout a girl’s time in our Preparatory Department, we place the emphasis on developing a curious mind and well-argued opinions, alongside the qualities of kindness, respect, loyalty, tenacity and self-discipline. These are the hallmarks of a girl’s educational journey, helping her to develop a sense of self-worth before moving up into our Senior School.

Preparatory girls leave our Department as dynamic, motivated and independent young people, with a love of learning: fully equipped with the skills and self-assurance to thrive in the next stage of their educational career.

Do make an appointment to come and meet our wonderful girls and our outstanding teachers if you would like to see first-hand what makes the Preparatory Department an inspiring place to work and learn.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Emma Nash

Head of the Preparatory Department


  • Halimah

    Year 2

    “I like school because it is friendly and I like the teachers. I have also made lots of friends. I like drawing and painting and one of my favourite artworks that I have made is a drawing of a red panda’s face. There is so much to do in school; I enjoy swimming, maths, and playing in the playground. Sometimes I go to the After School Club where we do colouring and play with our friends. The food is great here and my favourite food is pasta!”