The Westgate School

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Established 1977
Type Community comprehensive with boarding school
Headteacher Mr Paul Nicholson
Location Cheriton Road
SO22 5AZ
England Coordinates: 51°04′03″N 1°19′50″W / 51.0675°N 1.3306°W / 51.0675; -1.3306
Local authority Hampshire
DfE URN 116407 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1134
Gender Mixed
Ages 4–16
Website Westgate School

The Westgate School is a comprehensive school in Winchester, Hampshire, United Kingdom.


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.[1] According to the BBC league tables, Westgate is one of Hampshire's top state schools.

Catchment area[edit]

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.

Current Staff[edit]

Name Occupation Notes
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[edit]

Winchester County High School for Girls[edit]


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