Reading Girls' School

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Reading Girls' School
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Established 1818 (as Reading Girls' British School)
Type Foundation school
Bilateral school
Head Teacher Viv Angus
Location Northumberland Avenue
England Coordinates: 51°26′11″N 0°57′39″W / 51.43626°N 0.960875°W / 51.43626; -0.960875
Local authority Reading Borough Council
DfE number 870/5400
DfE URN 110096 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 644
Gender Girls
Ages 11–18
Colours Navy Blue

Reading Girls' School is a single-sex bilateral school[1] in Reading, Berkshire, England. The school has roughly 644 pupils and nearly 100 teaching staff.


RGS traces its history to Reading Girls' British School, established in 1818 at Southampton Street. In 1907 it was transferred to the new purpose-built George Palmer School. In 1960 George Palmer School moved to RGS' current campus at Nothumerland Avenue and the girls' section was later renamed Southlands Secondary School for Girls when George Palmer School closed.[2] The boys' section was renamed Ashmead School and then Ashmean Community School and went through a series of mergers with other schools to become the present-day John Madejski Academy. Southlands Secondary was renamed to Reading Girls' School in 1993 with the implementation of its selective stream.


The school is considered an ICT school due to its partnership with Microsoft IT labs. Reading Girls' school is partnered with Kendrick School, a grammar school in Reading. Although Reading Girls' School is not categorised as a grammar school, it does have verbal and non-verbal reasoning entrance tests.


  1. ^ Mercer, Janet. "Inspection report". Ofsted. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  2. ^ RGS Newsletter - Feb 2010

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