Are you in search of the right selective school for your child? In this North Sydney Girls High School Guide, we will discuss the history of the school, famous alumni, key HSC statistics, the HSC subjects offered by the school.
North Sydney Girls High School Overview
We’ve created this Guide to provide information to parents and students so they can make an informed decision about applying for North Sydney Girls.
This guide includes additional articles discussing:
Admission requirements and process
Applying to North Sydney Girls for Year 7 admission
How to enrol at North Sydney Girls in Years 8-11
Student Life at North Sydney Girls
Success Secrets from North Sydney Girls Students and Alumni
North Sydney Girls High School is a fully academic selective school located in Crows Nest.
It has consistently achieved a rank in the Top 10 NSW schools based on HSC results. Most of their students achieve an ATAR rank of 95 and above, with around 20-30% of their students achieving an ATAR of 99+.
Ad altiora (towards higher things) is their school motto, representing their strive for excellence.
Most of the students gain entrance into Year 7 through the Selective High School Test, whereas, a smaller portion are allowed to transfer in after Years 8-11.
North Sydney Girls was established in 1914 with 194 girls. It was originally located on the corner of Hazelbank Road and the Pacific Highway. However, due to increased enrolments, the school was overcrowding. And so, when Crows Nest Boys High School closed, the girls were finally transferred to a new site that was able to accomodate their educational needs in 1993. The former boys’ school had expansive and refurbished buildings. This allowed for more subjects and new enrolments.
Curious to see who you recognise from North Sydney Girls High School?
Here is the list of some of North Sydney Girl’s famous alumni in science, public service, sports, arts, and entertainment!
Science and public service
Dame Valerie Beral
Breast cancer epidemiologist
Head of Cancer Epidemiology Unit at Oxford University
One of the leaders of the Million Woman Study – investigated a woman’s reproductive history and effects on health in 1.3 million UK women.
Anna Katherine Donald
Pioneer in Evidence-based medicine and epidemiology
2nd woman in NSW to win the Rhodes Scholarship (1989) – International Postgraduate award for students to study at University of Oxford
Chief Executive Officer of the Public Education Foundation in Australia
Former NSW Minister for Education and Training
Former member for NSW Legislative Assembly seat of Balmain
Justice Lucy McCallum
Judge of the Supreme Court of NSW
Nancy Grace Augusta Wake
Resistance fighter in WWII (aka the ‘White Mouse’)
Nurse and journalist
Elise Simone Ashton (née Norwood)
Olympic water polo player (Gold, 2002 Manchester)
Entertainment and the arts
Dame Janet Ritterman
Director of the Royal College of Music in London from 1993 to 2005
Appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2002 for her contributions to music
Actress; the Hours, Batman Forever, Aquaman, Days of Thunder, Paddington etc.
Producer; The Family Fang, Monte Carlo, Rabbit Hole etc.
Voice actor and singer; Happy Feet
Awards; Won Academy Awards, British Academy Film Award, Pimetime Emmy Awards, Satellite Awards, Golden Globe Awards etc.
Actress and film producer; For Love Alone, Home and Away, The Ring, King Kong etc.
Actress; Play School host (1969-1999), The Godfathers, The Rovers etc.
Cabaret, musical theatre performer, actor; Doctor Zhivago (lead role), Noel and Gertie, Into the Woods etc.
Won the Glug Award for Best Actor in Musical Theatre (female) in 2013.
Costume designer, production designer, set designer, film producer; The Great Gatsby, Strictly Ballroom, Romeo and Juliet (1996), Moulin Rouge etc.
Nominated for Oscar for best Achievement in Costume Design for Australia in 2009.
Costume Design; Bright Star, The Portrait of a Lady, The Piano etc.
Production Design; Bright Star, Holy Smoke!, The Last Days of Chez Nous etc.
YouTuber; 14.2 million subscribers and 1.6 billion views as of September 2020
Singer; Deja vu, Empire, Ugly Christmas Sweater etc.
Voice actress; Powerpuff Girls
Author; Blood Kin, Only the Animals, In the Garden of Fugitives etc.
Won the 2014 Readings new Australian Writing Award and People’s Choice for Fiction Award
Let’s take a look at North Sydney Girl’s key statistics, including the number of students and their HSC performance.
The total number of students enrolled in North Sydney Girls High School has been relatively consistent.
Total Number of Students
Here is a snapshot of North Sydney Girl’s consistent success over the years. A high number of North Sydney Girls High School are ‘all rounders’ in the HSC exams (achieved a B6/E4 in 10 or more units), and some also achieve state ranks.
Unique B6/E4 students
Success Rate (%)
Note: Unsure about what these terms mean? Well, if you want to learn more about what high school rankings, including what Unique B6/E4 students and success rates mean, check out our Beginner’s Guide to High School Rankings.
HSC Subjects offered
Accelerated subjects are HSC subjects completed before Year 12. This means students often begin learning Preliminary content in Year 10 and complete their HSC in Year 11.
At North Sydney Girls High School, they only offer two accelerated subjects.
Accelerated by 1 year (complete HSC in Year 11
Legal Studies (students must complete elective Commerce in Year 9)
Society and Culture (students must complete elective History in Year 9)
These subjects are typically not offered for accelerated students.