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Norwich High School for Girls

In their own words

We are proud of our girls, our community, our heritage and our school.

Norwich High School for Girls is an award-winning independent day school for girls aged 3 to 18 set across an expansive 14 acre site in central Norwich on leafy Newmarket Road.

Since our creation in 1875 by the Girls’ Public Day School Company (now the Girls’ Day School Trust or GDST), we have been Norwich and Norfolk’s leader in girls’ education.

With around 600 pupils, we have a long tradition of fostering academic success and a strong record of attaining first choice university places; but we are about more than just exam results. 

Ensuring each girl is valued and supported is at the heart of what we do. We are immensely proud of everything our students achieve; whether exam results, sporting, musical or creative endeavours or community service and charity work.

We provide a distinctive, girl-friendly environment by design across the whole school ecosystem: classroom, curriculum and culture.

We give girls rich opportunities to develop into confident, happy and aspirational young women with the ambition and resilience to reach their goals and make a positive difference.

Entrance is assessed via CAT4 cognitive assessment, from GL.

CAT4 is one of, if not the most unique school assessment in circulation. Most children will not have encountered either the CAT4 question types or the format, previously. The good news is that the very specific nature of the exam, means that with effort and perseverance it is possible to achieve confident preparation for your CAT4 entrance exam.

CAT4 is broken into 4 broad categories:

  • Quantitative Reasoning

  • Verbal Reasoning

  • Non-Verbal Reasoning

  • Spatial Reasoning

We have partnered with the test experts at Ready Steady Pass, to bring you the most accurate and best value CAT4 practise material for children between 6 and 13 years of age. The tests are prepared by specialist CAT4 writers and audited by AQA and EdExcel exam markers, and ISI independent school inspectors. Tests are taken online, include unlimited resits and emailed results including answer sheets to share with tutors and parents.

Click below to access our CAT4 page for more information

What questions can I expect?

Each of the 4 questions categories in CAT4 (which GL call "batteries") has two different question types, creating 8 mini exams.

Quantitative Reasoning assess numerical questions, with a focus on patterns and relationships:

  • Number Series questions involve identifying the missing number in a sequence.

  • Number Analogies questions are to do with spotting the relationships between pairs of numbers.

Verbal Reasoning asses the relationship between words:

  • The Verbal Classification battery focuses on word classes and word types.

  • Verbal Analogies questions identify the relationship between pairs of words.

Non-Verbal Reasoning looks at the relationship between shapes:

  • Figure Classification asks you to spot the relationship between a series of images and select the image that matches them.

  • Figure Matrices shows a pattern of shapes presented in a square, challenging us to choose the missing shape.

Spatial Reasoning is a particular kind of non-verbal reasoning:

  • Figure Recognition questions challenge us to find a hidden shape within an image.

  • Figure Analysis questions, sometimes called Folding questions, present the challenges of recognising unfolded paper that has been hole punched at a certain fold.

Click below to browse our CAT4 collection

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