- Welcome from the Head
- Our mission
- Our Values - Our Ethos
- History of the school
- School Structure and Class Sizes
- Parents-Teachers' Association (PTA) Events List 2013
- Parents' Forum 2012-13
- "Stretch" and Challenge, how SHS pupils are stretched!
- School Governing Body
- Who we are - Full Staff List
- Job Opportunities at Sunderland High School
Life at SHS
- Term Dates 2013-2014
- Letters to Parents 2013
- Summer Term Calendar 2013
- Senior School Sport - Extra Curricular Activities Summer 2013
- Senior School Sports Fixtures - Matches - Summer 2013
- Senior School Extra Curricular Activities - Lunchtime and After School
- Lunch Menu 2012-2013
- Careers Programme 2012-2013
- Expeditions and trips
- School bus service
- Duke of Edinburgh
- Malawi Expeditions (2000 onwards) and preparations for 2013
- Derwent Hill
- Watch our pupils' video testimonials
- Senior School Fashion Show - this Thursday 14th March 7pm
- GCSE 2013 Revision Classes for Year 11 - May & June 2013
- Term Dates for 2013-2014 Released
- PTA Spring Fayre and Open Day Saturday 9th March 2013
- House Cookery - The Great SHS Bake Off!
- GCSE HE Revision Classes April 2013
- Senior School Summer Term Calendar ONLINE NOW!
- Summer Term Y11 Revision Classes
- Special Ascension Day Service - Renaming Ceremony of Main School Building
- Open Day this Saturday - 18th May 2013 - 10-2pm
- Contact Us
History of the school
A heritage of more than 125 years
Sunderland High School, now a co-educational independent day school, has the distinction of being the oldest independent school for girls in the city. It was founded in 1883 when the Venerable Archdeacon R Long expressed his surprise by the lack of a high school in a city the size of Sunderland.
After gaining support from local townsfolk as well as the mayor, the school opened in April 1884 with just 16 full-time pupils at 10-11 Park Terrace, now Towards Road. As pupil numbers increased, Tonstall School was developed to house the prep school, domestic science room, facilities for music and accommodation for weekly boarders and staff.
Growth into the 20th century
The school continued to grow in size and facilities until World War II when inevitably expansion was temporarily halted. The school focused on science and home economics in the 1950s and 1960s and state-of-the-art laboratories now stand to work inline with the changing curriculum.
In 1987, the school celebrated its 100 year heritage by opening the Centenary Building which now houses the school's ICT suites.
From the late 1980s, the school entered a period of radical change by opening its Sixth Form doors to boys in 1988. This eventually led to the school becoming co-educational. In 1992, it merged with Tonstall School, a long-established boys' day school. Sunderland High School is now a thriving co-educational day school.
Serving pupils, parents and the community
Always proud of its distinguished heritage but mindful of opportunities for development and growth, a major programme began at Hendon Hill to build Tonstall House in order to provide a new Junior School and sports hall for the whole school. This was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal.
Despite the many changes over the decades, the aim of the school has been consistent throughout: to equip its students for life and citizenship in the changing world. The school will continue to harness this as its main objective as it always strives for excellence and seeks to serve its pupil, parents and community, of which it is proud to be an integral part.