Skipton Girls' High School
|Type||Grammar School; Academy|
|Executive Head||Mrs Renou|
|Head of Academy||
Mrs Plews(from 2013)
|Local authority||North Yorkshire|
|DfE URN||136664 Tables|
|Houses||Former: Broadbent, Larner and Wise Current: Bronte, Johnson, Curie and Franklin|
|Colours||Bronte - Red, Johnson - Green, Curie - Yellow, Franklin - Blue|
|Head Girl||Sophie O'Hara|
Skipton Girls' High School, founded in 1886 by the Petyt Trust, is an all-girls selective grammar school situated in Skipton, North Yorkshire, England. The school has academy status. Around 800 girls aged 11 to 18 are educated at the school, of which 190 are in the sixth form. The current Executive Headteacher is Mrs Renou, with Mrs Plews replacing Ms Costello as Head of Academy in September 2013. 
On 1 April 2011, the school became an academy.
As an academy the Governors are responsible for the admissions. Girls who wish to join the school sit a selection test. There is no selection test for entrance into sixth form as students are admitted on the basis of their GCSE grades. The students joining the sixth form are expected to have achieved at least a B at GCSE in the subjects they want to study at Alevel.
Following the inspection on 5 March 2008 the school was rated Outstanding, Grade 1 on a five point scale. The report said "This is an outstanding school. Standards are high and students achieve very well. ... The headteacher’s vision and drive are widely recognised within the school and the staff show high levels of unity and shared purpose. Students enter with standards of attainment that are well above average and these are built on very effectively throughout the school. .... The school has established suitable channels of communication with parents but could do more to actively involve parents in school life."
Old Girls' Guild
The Old Girls' Guild was started on 24 November 1917. The Guild still meets twice each year, for the Spring Reunion and Autumn Luncheon. The idea of the guild developed during Miss Larner's years as Headmistress during which staff and former pupils would meet. Miss Broadbent continued this, organising social events. The Guild's first magazine was published in 1918 and with the exception of 1920 one has been published every year. Bound copies of the magazine can be seen at Skipton Reference Library.
Every girl from Year 7 to Year 13 is in one of the four houses, each of which has a house colour. Each house is named after a woman or women of note from history: Bronte (red) is named after the Brontë sisters, Curie (yellow) after Marie Curie, Franklin (blue) after Rosalind Franklin and Johnson (green) after Amy Johnson. The house mottos are "Sisters of the Past, Present and Future", "Cure Ignorance; Radiate Knowledge", "Success is in Everyone's Genes" and "Soaring in the Skies of Success" respectively. Inter house competitions take place to earn house points, and at the end of the year, they are counted up to reveal a winner. Competitions range from baking cakes and carving pumpkins to carol singing and talent shows.
These houses were invented under Mrs Renou's headship, after she had abolished the previous house system, with a view to promoting a feminist focus in the students. In the interim, the school went two years without a house system. Previous to this change, the houses were Broadbent, Larner and Wise, named after former headmistresses of the school.
The original four houses were Clifford (yellow), de Romille (red), Norton (blue) and Pembroke (green). These were names that linked the school to the Craven area - Clifford, de Romille and Pembroke all being related to Skipton Castle.
The school has an excellent reputation for its sixth form. Results consistently put the sixth form in the top 50 state schools in the country for A Level achievement. In 2009 the pass rate was over 99%, with 62% of entries reaching either A or B grade. The school gained the highest grade (1) in 26 out of 29 possible areas, including ‘Achievement’ and ‘Quality of Teaching and Learning’ in the Sixth Form. A significant number of students go on to Oxford and Cambridge each year. The aim of the sixth form is to foster an environment which challenges gender stereotypes, raises the post-16 participation rate in engineering, mathematics, science and technology and contributes nationally to the pool of young women entering the most demanding professions. Sixth formers are expected to follow the Dress Code, which states that students should wear business dress, (black suit and optional coloured top with dark coloured shoes), which is appropriate for a working day.
Sixth Form students have their own facilities in West Bank House across the road from the main school. West Bank house has its own study areas, ICT suites and bistro, providing an environment in which students can both work and relax. All these facilities are for the exclusive use of sixth form students.
The Students organise a range of parties over the year to raise money for the year 13 Summer balls which have always been a great success.
SGHS offers 22 different A and AS Level courses, including some which are shared with Ermysted's Grammar School Sixth Form. These include:
Art and Design Biology Business (Applied) Chemistry Engineering (Applied) English Language English Literature French Geography German Government and Politics History Mathematics Further Mathematics Music Physical Education (E.G.S.) Physics Psychology Religious Studies Theatre Studies E.G.S. – Taught at Ermysted's Grammar School
The school also offers students the choice to partake in the AQA Baccalaureate. This “umbrella qualification” brings together students’ achievement at A Level with their wider achievements in our Sixth Form. To gain the AQA Baccalaureate a student needs to gain at least 3 A Levels in any combination of subjects and an AS Level in General Studies. They must also undertake an Extended Project and 100 hours of enrichment activity inside and / or outside school over the two years of your course. This covers the three broad areas of Community Service, Personal Development and Work-Based Learning.
Notable former pupils
- Claire Brooks (1931–2008), Lib Dem politician
- Elizabeth Harwood (1938–1990), opera singer
- Ruzwana Bashir, first British Asian woman to become President of the Oxford Union
- Katherine Langrish, fantasy writer
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