Wakefield Girls' High School
Wakefield, United Kingdom
About Wakefield Girls' High School
Wakefield Girls' High School, a selective independent school for girls aged 11-18, first opened its doors in 1878, at a time when the educational and social emancipation of women was accelerating. It occupies an extensive site in a conservation area near the centre of Wakefield, West Yorkshire. The school became independent in 1982.
Wakefield Girls' High School forms part of the Wakefield Grammar School Foundation group of schools. Some teaching in Years 12 and 13 takes place jointly with Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, the boys' school in the foundation.
Values and vision
Wakefield Girls' High School strives to create a stimulating and challenging environment and a culture of high expectation. It encourages both initiative and team commitment, develops self-esteem and confidence, and places equal value on the academic and pastoral care of girls. The school runs a peer-mentoring system with Samaritans training, offering support to younger girls in the school.
By instilling intellectual curiosity, aspiration and a love of learning, the school aims to enable each girl to achieve her full academic potential, breaking through the “glass ceiling” by being creative, brave, taking risks and rising to challenges. Participation and contribution are highly valued.
“Pupils show maturity and sensitivity. They are supported by excellent pastoral care. They feel safe and well prepared for the next stage of their lives. Their behaviour is excellent. Older pupils offer support to younger pupils and all value the mentoring provided by members of the sixth form.”