Worthing High School, West Sussex

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Worthing High School
Worthing High School logo.png
Motto Leading Learning
Established 1905, merged 1982
Type Academy
Headteacher Ms Carolyn Dickinson
Chair of Governors Mr A Cohen
Location Worthing
West Sussex
England Coordinates: 50°49′24″N 0°22′51″W / 50.82329°N 0.38085°W / 50.82329; -0.38085
Local authority West Sussex County Council
DfE URN 139109 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 900
Gender Mixed
Ages 12–16
Colours Purple     
Website http://www.worthinghigh.net

Worthing High School is a secondary school with academy status located in Worthing, West Sussex. It caters for academic years 8-11 (ages 12–16) and has over 950 students on roll.


The school has its origins as the Bedford Row Pupil teacher centre, a private school for girls, in January 1905. Within two years, it also took school leavers other than pupil teachers.[1] The school was taken over by the local council in 1909, moving to its current site in 1914. It operated at a girls school on this site, with a junior house in Shelly Road between 1918 and 1930,[1] apart from an evacuation to New Ollerton, Nottinghamshire in 1941,[1] until it became a girls' grammar school under the changes of the Education Act 1944. It remained as a grammar school until the local authority reorganised provision in the town along three-tier comprehensive lines in 1973, when it became a girls' comprehensive high school for students aged 12 to 16. At this time it became known as Gaisford girls' high school.[2] The school became co-educational in 1982 when it merged with West Tarring Secondary School for boys, then becoming known by its current name.[1]

In 2008, the school became a Trust school under the rules of the Education and Inspections Act 2006.[3]

The school converted to academy status in December 2012.

Notable alumni[edit]

Former students of the school include former tennis player Martin Lee, ethical entrepreneur Anita Roddick and actor Tony Caunter, who played Roy Evans in EastEnders.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d "Worthing County High School for Girls. (later Gaisford High School for Girls) E/218". West Sussex School records. The National Archives. 18 June 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  2. ^ T P Hudson (Ed.) (1980). "Worthing: Education". A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 6 Part 1: Bramber Rape (Southern Part). Victoria County History Series. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  3. ^ "Worthing High School". EduBase website. Department for Children, Schools and Families. 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 

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