Chatham Grammar School for Girls
|Chatham Grammar School for Girls|
|Motto||Honour before Honours|
|Department for Education URN||137389 Tables|
|Head teacher||Mrs Walters|
|Age||11 to 18|
Chatham Grammar School for Girls ("CGSG") is an all-girls grammar school with academy status in Medway in southeast England. It is a member school of the University of Kent Academies Trust (UKAT), joined with another secondary school, Brompton Academy.
There are approximately 1000 pupils currently on roll, including 240 in the mixed sixth form, and 64 teaching staff, however, the number of pupils has dropped over the last three years so the school will have around 900 pupils at the beginning of September 2010. The current Headteacher of the school is Wendy Walters as of September 2017, taking over from Mr Storey.
It is situated on Rainham Road (A2), it is just inside the parish of St Augustine, Gillingham. Almost every Christmas, the school has a Christmas service in the St Augustine Church which is just across the road from the school.
The school was opened in January 1907, by Miss Constance Wakeman. The centenary was celebrated in 2006–2007 by the release of 1000 balloons and a school fete, however, there were many other smaller events all throughout the year from September 2006 to The end of June 2007. The school is very proud of its history, and photographs of all the headteachers are displayed within the school hall.
As of 2017, the grammar school, as well as, Brompton Academy had merged its sixth-forms to create one big sixth-form naming it the University of Kent Academies Trust (UKAT).
The school has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted. In 2008, the school's Spanish Department won 'Spanish School of the Year' from the UK Spanish Embassy. The school also has an excellent GCSE and A-Level results record; in particular within its English Department, which has consistently achieved some of the best results in the country. In 2011, Year 10 pupils from the school presented their research in chemistry at the 'UK Society for Biomaterials (UKSB) Annual Conference' at the University of Greenwich, London; and in 2012, the following Year 10 students submitted a poster presentation to the UKSB conference at the University of Nottingham. In addition, many A-Level science pupils have won competitive bursaries from the Nuffield Foundation to pursue research projects during their Summer vacation.
Notable former students
- Lisa Andreas, came joint-fifth (with Sweden) in the Eurovision Song Contest 2004, representing Cyprus (received 12 points from Greece and Monaco, and 10 points from the UK and the Netherlands), singing Stronger Every Minute, aged 16
- Anita Burgh, author
- Phyllis Deane, Professor of Economic History from 1981–3 at the University of Cambridge, and President from 1980–2 of the Royal Economic Society
- Sally Dickinson (née Godden), Chief executive from 1994 to 2010 of the Magistrates' Association
- Sally Grindley, children's author
- Emily Huxtep CBE, Headmistress from 1944 to 1966 of Chislehurst and Sidcup Girls’ Grammar School, and from 1938 to 1944 of Hanson Girls’ Grammar School
- Sarah Moor, Sky News weather
- Helen Rappaport, historian
- Mary Short, Headmistress since 2011 of St Helen's School
- Diana Skingle, High Commissioner to the Seychelles from 2004–7
- (Carol) Mickey Walker (golfer) OBE
- Lorna Wing OBE, psychiatrist