Did You Know?
Founded in 1876, Edgbaston High School is the oldest independent girls' school in Birmingham.
The EHS school motto is the Latin 'Fideliter, Fortiter, Feliciter' which roughly translates as 'faithfully, bravely, successfully'. All girls entering Year 7 have the opportunity to learn Latin as well as French, German and Spanish before selecting which languages they wish to specialise in at Year 8. Keen linguists also have the opportunity to study Mandarin.
EHS girls are a sporty bunch and take advantage of the fantastic facilities on site that include a large swimming pool, all-purpose floodlit pitch, tennis courts, playing fields and the Dame Kelly Holmes fitness suite that was opened when EHS hosted the Girls Schools Association's Girls Go Gold sports conference. We have teams representing sports such as hockey, netball, swimming and gymnastics and several elite players who play their sport - badminton and gymnastics - at regional and even international level.
Green-fingered girls can get back to nature down at the EHS Allotment. Girls can join Gardening Club or attend one of our allotment open days to discover more; we even use the organic produce in the kitchens and during Food, Nutrition and Health lessons.
As a new girl you will join one of four Houses named after the patron saints of the United Kingdom (St George, St Patrick, St Andrew and St David) plus that of Italy (and animals!) St Francis. The House system at EHS encourages team spirit, loyalty and healthy competition, while bringing together girls from different year groups with a range of interests and talents. There are a number of exciting annual events to look forward to each year including the Talent Show and End of Term House Dance Gala.
Great emphasis is placed on our sense of community. Year 7 girls spend a day meeting their new classmates on Induction Day at the end of the summer term and younger girls are mentored by Sixth Form students so you will quickly get to know, and start to foster friendships with, girls across all year groups.
EHS is a busy school and whatever your passion there are plenty of opportunities to get involved and contribute to school life. Just look at this term's Extracurricular Timetable which includes Mandarin Club, Not So Horrible History Club and Macro's Mindful Mondays! Students and staff took on a number of roles including cast, chorus, front of house team member and production crew to stage a marvellous production of Miss Saigon at the end of the Autumn Term 2019. All girls in Year 7 study Performing Arts in the first year so you just might find yourself playing a role in the next EHS production.
There is always something going on at EHS - whether it is learning to make pyjamas in D&T or being part of an event such as the Ethics Forum, Language and Literature Day with actress Meera Syal or our fantastic Creative Industries Day with TV Great British Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain. To find out more about what girls have been doing this year, visit our latest news page which is updated each Friday during term time.
EHS girls are well-travelled and girls in Year 7 experience this early on in the Year 7 Activity Trip to Staffordshire. Throughout your time at EHS there will be numerous opportunities to join us on trips to some very far-flung corners of the world! In recent years we have visited Iceland, Barbados and even Costa Rica for the World Challenge, as well as places closer to home such as Seville.
The vast majority of girls who join us at Year 7 continue their studies into the Sixth Form. Former students characterise the Sixth Form as an intense period of study coupled with the chance to develop confidence, get involved in school life through leadership and mentoring activities and take on new challenges through the Enrichment Programme. In recent years our Year 13 leavers have secured places to study for degrees as diverse as Architecture, Dentistry, Engineering, History, Law, Medicine and even Marine Biology! Top universities welcoming EHS girls over the last years include Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Oxford, LSE and York. View Destination of Leavers 2019
We also have a programme that sees Old Girls return regularly to EHS to share their experiences and advice once they are in the world of work. Sophie (Old Girl 2011) recently returned to share news of her exciting career as an artistic director in the television and film industry.