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Manchester High School for Girls


Senior School

In the first three years of Senior School, all girls receive a firm grounding in a broad and balanced range of subjects, including specialised science teaching in each of the three separate disciplines. In Year 7, girls learn French, German, Latin and Spanish.

During Year 9, girls are guided to select their GCSE options from an extensive choice, although English, English Literature, Mathematics, a Modern Foreign Language, Science plus Additional Science or Biology, Chemistry and Physics remain compulsory to keep options open for Sixth Form study. All girls take a GCSE Short Course in Religious Studies.

We constantly review the curriculum and find new ways to challenge and stimulate the intellectual curiosity of our girls, so that they can thrive in the world beyond Manchester High.

Teaching Staff

Our outstanding teaching staff are subject specialists who know how to encourage girls to think independently. Their passion and enthusiasm inspire girls to develop a genuine lifelong love of learning.




Promoting Participation

Active lives

Through an excellent provision for Physical Education, we inspire our girls to lead healthy and active lives. From the indoor swimming pool, climbing wall and fitness suite, to the multi-function sports hall, dance studio, tennis and netball courts and floodlit hockey pitch - our facilities are superb. Each girl has the opportunity to find a sport she enjoys doing and to participate, whatever her level of ability.

As well as taking part in a comprehensive selection of more traditional sports, our girls can choose from water polo, rock climbing, taekwondo, football, gymnastics, track cycling or biathlon.

We offer Physical Education at GCSE and A Level, and our Sports Leaders Award programme helps our girls to develop their interpersonal skills. Specialist lessons, choreography competitions and performance evenings allow them to express themselves through the medium of dance. All girls are supported and encouraged by our expert staff to achieve their best, whilst our elite athletes act as superb role models for others. Our sports teams enjoy success in regional and national competitions, and girls have the opportunity to travel on international tours to diverse destinations such as South Africa, Australasia and the Far East.

Nurturing Creativity

At Manchester High, we believe that every girl’s experience is enhanced by learning creative subjects.

They help to build confidence, encourage critical thinking and improve communication and presentation skills. 

The Art and Graphics curriculum is designed to awaken the imagination; regular visits to galleries ensure that pupils reflect on the canon of art history to inform their own work. Girls use a wide range of media and are encouraged to experiment with techniques.

Pupils contribute to a number of special exhibitions at venues such as The Portico Library and The Lowry Centre Art Gallery.

Enjoying Performance

GCSE and A level  Drama are taught in a studio fitted with industry standard theatrical equipment. Regular theatre trips provide an opportunity to see cutting-edge, ambitious work, and professionals regularly come to school to share their expertise.

Pupils’ musical talents thrive in our purpose-built Music House, a lively centre of creativity which provides the perfect learning environment for young musicians. There are a variety of opportunities to play with the ensembles and orchestras or to sing in the choirs. Girls begin by performing in small, informal concerts and may go on to play in major school celebrations at the Bridgewater Hall. Strong links exist with the Royal Northern College of Music, and girls can learn a range of instruments, with many progressing through to Grade 8 Associated Board examinations.

The following subjects are offered for Years 7 to 9. Curriculum booklets are provided to parents via their daughter in September. Further information about courses is available on request.


  • Art and Design
    (Fine Art and Graphics)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • English and Drama
  • Food Technology
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Latin
  • Well Being
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • Spanish
  • Textile