Walthamstow School for Girls

Waltham Forest, United Kingdom

Location: Waltham Forest, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Community
Gender: Girls
Age range: 11 - 16 years

About Walthamstow School for Girls

Walthamstow School for Girls is a mainstream, non-denominational secondary school for girls aged 11-16. It is situated in Walthamstow, East London, and it has  900 pupils on its roll.

It was founded in 1890, originally as a private school, situated on West Avenue. It later moved to the current location on Church Hill and has since had various additions made to it with the most recent new building being added in 2010.


Helen Marriott

Values and vision

Walthamstow School for Girls' motto is “Neglect not the gift that is thee”. The secondary school has an exceptional track record of academic excellence, which is achieved through high expectations, inspirational teaching and learning experiences.

The school offers strong pastoral support, plus regular monitoring, target setting and dialogue with students and parents/carers. It is consistently among the top-performing non-selective schools in the country and the pupils take great pride in their school.

North East London Teaching School Hub

Walthamstow School for Girls is proud be the lead school of the North East London Teaching School Hub, working collaboratively across Haringey, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.  

Our aim is to ensure that every child has a great teacher who inspires and unlocks their potential. We aim to achieve this by providing exemplary training and development, for leaders and practitioners which meets the needs of all the schools in our area, so that every child has access to the highest quality education and develops a desire for lifelong learning. 

Ofsted report

Following the recommendations made from the Section 8 Ofsted inspection in February 2018, the school was inspected again by four inspectors, led by an HMI, in June 2018.  This was a Section 5 Inspection, which enabled the judgement to be changed to Outstanding.

“There are very strong working relationships between staff and pupils based on mutual trust and respect.”

“Pupils hunger for information from teachers to satisfy their desire for learning.”

“The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.”

“Determined and bold leadership by the Headteacher, her senior leaders and Governors has ensured that this is an outstanding school.  They are uncompromising in their efforts to provide the very best education for every pupil.”

“Governors are committed and ambitious for the school’s future”

“Middle Leaders are exceptional and collaborate well to share best practice.  They drive their teams with energy and enthusiasm.  They share the strong moral purpose of the Headteacher to ensure that no pupil is left behind.  As a result, outcomes for pupils are outstanding, giving them essential life chances.”

“The school has a culture where the safety and well-being of pupils are paramount.”

“Teaching, learning and assessment across the school are of a very high quality.”

“The behaviour of pupils is outstanding.”

“The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.”

“The school’s values of Growth, Resilience, Energy, Empathy and Newness (GREEN) are lived by staff and pupils in all aspects of the school’s work.”

“Pupils feel safe and they are safe.”

“Tolerance and diversity are strengths of the school.”

“Pupils very much enjoy coming to school.”

“Pupils leave Year 11 having made outstanding progress from their starting points.”

“The school arranges a wealth of trips, visits and speakers and promotes high aspirations.”


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Address: Church Hill, Walthamstow, London, E17 9RZ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 85099446