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Manchester High School for Girls


Senior School

In the first three years of the Senior School we offer a broad and balanced range of subjects, including the arts, humanities, computing and PE. From the very start of Year 7 Science is taught as individual disciplines – Biology, Chemistry and Physics – and girls also learn French, German, Spanish and Latin.

At GCSE level, certain subjects – English Language and English Literature, Mathematics, at least one foreign language and the Sciences (either Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate subjects or Combined Science) – are compulsory. These are accompanied by ‘optional’ subjects and girls can choose from Fine Art, Computer Science, Drama, Food and Nutrition, Geography, Graphics, History, Music, PE, Dance and Religious Studies.

All pupils take a GCSE Short Course in Religious Studies to help them understand other faiths and perspectives – a vital skill in a globally connected world.

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.




A sporting chance

Sport is important at Manchester High and not just for the naturally athletic. We know if girls don’t learn physical confidence at school, they may never do so. Everyone participates and the variety of sports available ensures we offer an activity that every girl can enjoy.

Competitive sports such as hockey, netball and rounders are part of timetabled provision, alongside individual sports such
as swimming, athletics and tennis. We also offer dance, water polo, football and cricket.
Girls are encouraged to take advantage of our extensive facilities, from the indoor swimming pool, climbing wall and fitness suite to our dance studio, floodlit hockey pitch and multi-functional sports hall with viewing gallery.

Our sports teams enjoy success in regional and national competitions and girls have the opportunity to travel on international tours.

Sparking that creative streak

Creative subjects such as Art, Graphics and Food, reward the development of ideas and the ability to create, explore and challenge. Visits to galleries and exhibitions open eyes and imaginations to new experiences and perspectives.

Manchester High has a strong tradition when it comes to Music and Drama. Our purpose-built Music House is a lively hub for musicians and our drama studio is perfect for budding thespians. Girls regularly take to the stage at prestigious venues, while professionals from the worlds of dance, theatre and music frequently come to school to share their experiences.



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