The Westgate School
|Type||Community comprehensive with boarding school|
|Headteacher||Mr Paul Nicholson|
|DfE URN||116407 Tables|
Westgate has about 1,250 pupils. A large proportion of its pupils continue to Peter Symonds College which is only a few hundred metres away to the east. The school lies in the parish of St Paul, Winchester, towards Weeke.
In recent years between 75 and 80% of 15-16 year olds have achieved five or more GCSE grades A* to C, 70-80% including Maths and English. According to the BBC league tables, Westgate is one of Hampshire's top state schools.
Westgate has a large catchment area covering Winchester and some of the surrounding villages. Unusually for a state comprehensive, Westgate also features a girls' boarding house, Rotherly. The Peter Symond's College also has boarding facilities.
The school was founded in the early 1900s as the Winchester County School for Girls, becoming Winchester County High School for Girls (WCHS) in 1936. By the 1970s it had 900 girls.
It had been a grammar school for girls only, until September 1973 when the first intake of comprehensive boys and girls entered the first year. At this point the school was renamed as The Westgate School. Many of the old grammar school teachers left in July 1974 to work in the neighbouring newly established sixth form college, the former Peter Symonds boys' grammar school. The Deputy Head, Miss Barbara Taylor, was one who made the move, but the Headmistress, Miss Muriel Rowe, remained for several more years.
The last grammar school intake left in July 1977, leaving The Westgate School entirely comprehensive and co-ed from then on.
|Mr Paul Nicholson||Headteacher||Formerly Deputy Head|
|Miss K. Marshall||Deputy Head|
|Mr. P. Hurley||Deputy Head|
|Mrs. C. Fyvie Rae||Year 7 Leader|
|Mrs. Anne Merluk||Year 10 Leader|
|Mr. C. Damant||Year 11 Leader|
|Mr. J. Sambrook||Year 11 Leader|
|Mrs. C. Haughton||Year 7 Leader|
|Mrs. C. E. Baker||Subject Leader English|
|Mr. A. Copland||Subject Leader Humanities|
|Mrs. Judd||Subject Leader Science|
|Ms. C. Rose||Subject Leader Maths|
|Mr. P. Girling||Subject Leader Art|
|Mrs. R. Rickard||Subject Leader MFL|
|Mr. D. Marshall||Subject Leader ICT|
|Miss J. Squibb||Subject Leader Business Studies|
|Ms. F. Dean||Assistant Headteahcer|
|Mr. P. Mills||Subject Leader Drama|
|Mrs. J. Harris||Subject Leader Music|
Notable former pupils
- Andy Burrows (former drummer for the band Razorlight)
- Joe Butterworth (drummer for the band Talanas)
- Lucy Pinder (British glamour model)
- Philippa Forrester (British TV presenter and co-producer)
Winchester County High School for Girls
- Gillian Ashmore, Chief Executive from 2001-2 of the Equal Opportunities Commission, and Regional Director from 1994-8 of the Government Office for South East England
- Diane Corner, High Commissioner to Tanzania since 2009
- Dame Myra Curtis, Principal from 1942-54 of Newnham College, Cambridge
- Julia Darling, novelist
- Jane Gray, classical music concert organiser
- Dame Julie Mellor, Chair from 1999-2005 of the Equal Opportunities Commission
- Alex Mitchell (née Beale, 1947–2010), former editor of Christian monthly magazine Third Way
- Winifred Moberly, Principal from 1919-28 of St Hilda's College, Oxford
- Marion Richardson, artist
- Prof Jocelyn Toynbee, Laurence Professor of Classical Archaeology from 1951-62 at the University of Cambridge