Denmark Road High School

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Denmark Road High School, Gloucester
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Denmark Road

Coordinates51°52′22″N 2°14′12″W / 51.872778°N 2.236667°W / 51.872778; -2.236667Coordinates: 51°52′22″N 2°14′12″W / 51.872778°N 2.236667°W / 51.872778; -2.236667
TypeGrammar school;
MottoIn honour, preferring one another (Romans 12:10)
Department for Education URN136666 Tables
Head teacherClaire Giblin
GenderGirls Year 7–11, Girls and Boys Sixth Form
Age11 to 18
HousesBarwell, Bearland, Hartland, Kyneburga, Mynd
Colour(s)Green, Red, Yellow, White, Blue

Denmark Road High School (Formerly known as High School for Girls)[1] is a girls' grammar school with academy status on Denmark Road, Gloucester. It has a mixed sixth form and is one of only three girls' grammar schools in Gloucestershire. It consistently ranks in league tables as one of the best schools in England,[2][3][4] and one of the Top 50 selective schools in the UK.[5]


As a grammar school, the school has a selective admissions procedure. Girls must achieve an exceptionally high standard in the 11+ exam for admission to the main school, or be expected to do well at GCSE to be admitted to the Sixth Form. Boys and girls from other schools may attend the High School Sixth Form if they meet the entrance criteria.[6]

School site[edit]

The school was originally established in Mynd House, closer to the city centre, but relocated to Denmark Road in 1909.[7] In January 2009, the school celebrated its 100th anniversary at the site in Denmark Road. In January 2019, the school name was formally changed from High School for Girls to Denmark Road High School, since the school had been widely known as 'Denmark Road' for many decades.[1]


There are five Houses, to which girls are allocated when they join the school. These are Mynd (blue), Barwell (green), Bearland (red), Hartland (yellow) and Kyneburga (white). The names come from various aspects of the school's history: Kyneburga is the patron saint of Gloucester; Mynd was the first home of the school from 1883 to 1904; Barwell was the first headmistress on the Denmark Road site; Bearland was the home of the school from 1904 to 1908 and Hartland was the first chair of the governors at the school.[8]

Notable former students[edit]


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  5. ^ "The Top 50 Selective Schools at A-level". Independent. 13 January 2011. Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Admissions". Denmark Road High School. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  7. ^ "History of the School". Denmark Road High School. Archived from the original on 19 February 2019. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  8. ^ "House System". Denmark Road High School. Archived from the original on 16 June 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
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