The King's High School for Girls
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The King's High School (also called simply King's High or KHS) is an independent day school for girls in Smith Street, Warwick, England. One of its main feeder schools is Warwick Preparatory School, commonly called The Squirrels, which takes girls from the ages of 3 to 11 and boys up to the age of 7.
Plans for a girls' school in Warwick were drawn up as long ago as 1875, but the school could not get underway until 1879. In this year boys from The King's School, Warwick, later to become known as Warwick School, who were being taught in Landor House, the modern site of the girls' school and the birth-place of the poet Walter Savage Landor, finally moved to their new buildings south of the River Avon. KHS, The Squirrels and Warwick School now form the Warwick Schools Foundation. The King's High School for Girls has suffered throughout its history from being very short of space, and, since its foundation, has taken over the buildings of two neighbouring schools. The premises of one of them, the former King's Middle School (which was only in existence from 1875 to 1906), caught fire in 1970.
There are now brand new buildings, including a new sixth form building, completed in 2006, on the former Middle School site. It was opened in December 2006 by Dame Judi Dench. Further plans are now complete which include a build upon existing buildings in the premises to create new Art, Music and DT facilities, and new refurbished dining room. The school no longer has the lease on the former St Peter's Chapel, known as the Eastgate, situated at the top of Smith Street. There is an astroturf pitch and over 6 acres (24,000 m2) of playing fields on land adjoining Warwick School's own playing fields half a mile to the south.
Increasing levels of co-operation between Warwick School and King's High School for Girls has led to the joint teaching of certain AS Level and A Level subjects from September 2004, for example drama, physical education and most recently politics. Girls were also admitted to Warwick School Combined Cadet Force, founded in 1884, in 2003. It is notable that one pupil, in year 8, carried the Olympic Torch in Leamington, on the 1st July 2012. In the same year a sixth former received Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year.
- 1879 - 1895 M Fisher
- 1896–1913 M Lea
- 1913–1921 E M Edgehill
- 1921–1922 G Gargner
- 1922–1944 V E L Doorly
- 1945–1947 G M Wiseman
- 1948–1970 W Hare
- 1970–1987 M Leahy
- 1987–2001 J M Anderson
- 2001–present E S Surber
Notable former pupils
- Dr Barbara Ansell, UK founder of paediatric rheumatology.
- Kim Hartman, Actress, most notably Private Helga Geerhart in 'Allo 'Allo!.
- Catherine Bott, Soprano Singer and Radio Presenter
- June Tabor, Folk singer
- Lucy Rose, Indie/folk singer-songwriter
- Professor Dame Julia Slingo DBE, Met Office Chief Scientist
- Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones actress
- Gaynor Keeble, Mezzo Soprano
- Dr Helen Castor, Historian, author and formerly a lecturer at University of Cambridge