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.