Head of Preparatory Department's Welcome

I would like to welcome you to our Preparatory Department where girls aged four to eleven can enjoy a breadth of exciting and challenging activities, both inside and outside the classroom.

Our priority is to foster natural curiosity and enthusiasm at the start of a journey towards a lifelong love of learning. We support each and every child to reach their potential. Our wide, innovative, and varied curriculum is full of opportunity and empowers girls to know they can achieve their goals. A vast array of themed days, visiting speakers, and trips all help to contextualise learning and bring it to life.

During their journey through Prep, our girls develop the ability to think independently; they grow in confidence and develop their own sense of identity. Our dedicated teaching staff caters to the needs of each child as an individual. Pupil voice is valued greatly, and our School Council representatives share the ideas of others.

The School is committed to developing fulfilled and balanced individuals through diverse extra-curricular activities, exceptional and compassionate pastoral care, and a Well Being programme. Our nurturing environment enables girls to feel safe and secure, as well as flourish.


We appreciate the need for flexible arrangements and thus offer before and after school care. Staff are here to supervise children with homework and to provide recreational time at the end of the school day.

Our girls are welcoming and supportive of each other and they thrive on celebrating each other’s successes within a happy and caring learning community. All pupils belong to a House, to support teamwork and develop healthy competition within our community. With charity initiatives and projects, our girls help to support the wider community, realising the value of their contributions.

I would very much like to invite you to visit the Preparatory Department, meet our students and staff, and find out more about life at MHSG. 

Head of prep department at Manchester High School for Girls Mrs Gibbons

Mrs Samantha Gibbons
Head of Preparatory Department

What our parents say...

We understand choosing the best school for your child can be a difficult decision. Here are some thoughts from our current parents at MHSG, on why they chose us:

Iram Cheema, a Reception parent, said: "We were delighted when our second daughter was offered a place at MHSG. Her older sister had an amazing time learning and making wonderful friends. We were excited as a family as we knew the fantastic experience our youngest daughter would go through.

"I would highly recommend MHSG to any parent with girls as you see their confidence and love for learning flourish."

Karen, a Year 5 parent and MHSG alumna, said: “I very much wanted my daughter to have the same experience as I did, being a pupil myself at MHSG in the 1990s. I wanted her to have the wonderful opportunities, the excellent academic challenges and to make the type of school friends I have: friends who have carried me through my entire life and are still some of the most amazing, intelligent, supportive and exceptional women I have had the privilege to be with.

"To me there was never any choice but MHSG!”