Wakefield High

Wakefield Girls’ High School, Wentworth Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 2QS
01924 372490
720, Upper sixth 80
the Headmistress

Founded in 1878 by the governors of Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, it occupies an extensive and agreeable site near the centre of Wakefield. The Georgian house in which it began has been adapted and extended over the years and now has excellent facilities; the creative arts centre, includes a drama studio, DT labs, textile workshops and recording studio. A few minutes’ walk away are well-equipped playing fields. The junior school (together with nursery) is nearby and enjoys fine grounds and buildings. Girls follow a broad curriculum which keeps a wide range of options open until A-level; some joint teaching with its brother school, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, at sixth-form level increases pupil choice and protects minority subjects. Academic standards are high and examination results are very good. Considerable strength in music and drama in which there are joint activities with its brother school. A wide range of sports and games (including football, golf and orienteering) and there are representatives at county, regional and national levels. A plentiful variety of clubs and societies.

Headmistress: Mrs Gillian Wallwork, in post from 2009. Educated at Manchester University (language and literature).
GCSE: 105 pupils in upper fifth, 99% gaining at least grade C in 5+ subjects (40% with straight A grades). A-levels: 80 in upper sixth, passing an average of 3.9 subjects.
99% of sixth form leavers go on to a degree course (13% after a gap year), 9% to Oxbridge. A few typically go on to art foundation courses, management schemes, armed forces.
Sport: Hockey, netball, tennis, athletics, basketball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, cricket compulsory. Optional: lacrosse, swimming, golf, self-defence, squash, football, orienteering, aerobics. Sixth form only: CSLA course, fencing, outdoor activities, sailing, climbing. BAGA and fencing exams may be taken. International representatives in netball and athletics; regular regional reps in hockey, netball, athletics and tennis; county reps in hockey, indoor hockey, netball, athletics, tennis and cricket. Sports tours. Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Community service optional. Over 70 clubs, eg drama, literary and debating, geography, classics, chess, gym, dance.
Dame Barbara Hepworth (artist), Baroness (Usha) Prashar (chairman of Judicial Appointments Commission), Katherine Kelly (actress), Helen Fielding (author, Bridget Jones’ Diary).