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Wakefield Girls' High School

Wakefield Girls' High School
Wakefield Girls' High School
Motto Each For All and All For God
Established 1878
Type Independent School
Headteacher Mrs Gunson
Location Wentworth Street
West Yorkshire
Local authority City of Wakefield
Ages 11–18

Wakefield Girls' High School (WGHS) is an independent school in Wakefield, England established in 1878 in Wentworth House, its current location. The school has grown from 59 pupils when it first began to nearly 750 in the present day (2007).


  • Education 1
  • Community 2
  • Facilities 3
  • Education 4
  • Notable alumnae 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


In the first three years girls aged 11–14 (Year 7–9) are taught a wide and varied range of subjects. All girls study English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics. French is taught throughout, with the opportunity to study Spanish or German as a second modern language. Latin is taught in the last term of year seven and year eight, there is the option to study it in year nine.


The school is part of the Wakefield Grammar School Foundation, comprising WGHS Senior and Junior schools, along with the nearby Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and Junior School. The current headmistress of the school is Mrs N. Gunson. The current deputy heads are Mrs Tingle, Mrs Loftus and Mr Eggleston.


The school is very well equipped including a separate building for music, science and I.T. Also a new building for the design technology rooms, drama room, art rooms and five English rooms was opened in 2005 by Helen Fielding, the author of Bridget Jones' Diary. The Jubilee hall used for assemblies and other meetings has also recently been refurbished.


The school is renowned nationally for attaining excellent pass rates in both A Levels and GCSEs. In 2006, WGHS achieved record A Level results with 82% of passes at grade A or B. 94% of passes were grade A-C, with 16 girls getting straight A grades. One student was placed in the top 5 nationally for Latin.

Notable alumnae


  1. ^ WGHS Archives housed at West Yorkshire Archive Service - attended from September 1920 to July 1921

External links

  • Wakefield Grammar School Foundation website
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