Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School

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Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School
Motto learn without limits
Established 1925
Type Community school
Headteacher Jo Dibb
Location Donegal Street
N1 9QG
51°31′59″N 0°06′45″W / 51.5330°N 0.1126°W / 51.5330; -0.1126Coordinates: 51°31′59″N 0°06′45″W / 51.5330°N 0.1126°W / 51.5330; -0.1126
Local authority Islington
DfE URN 100457 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students c. 900
Gender Girls
Ages 11–16
Colours Pink & grey
Website Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School (EGA) is a medium-sized comprehensive secondary school for girls in Islington, London, England is rated as 'Outstanding' by OFSTED in its most recent inspection report.[1] It is named in honour of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the first woman to gain a medical qualification in the United Kingdom.


EGA’s buildings, which are located between King's Cross railway station and Angel tube station, are named after great women in history, such as Emily Brontë.


Starcross school was founded in 1928[2] as Starcross School and moved into the buildings made vacant by the 1965 closing of Risinghill School,[3] which had opened in 1960, although a school has existed on the site since 1885 (further extended in 1899 )(originally Rising Hill Street School).[4] Barnsbury Girls' School was created in 1934 on the site of an all age Victorian school in Barnsbury Park. Barnsbury & Starcross merged to form Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in 1984.[5]

In 2009, the school was visited by Michelle Obama, wife of the American president Barack Obama.[4] During her visit she gave a speech about achieving regardless of your background and spoke about how much she had in common with the girls at the school. On 25 May 2011, during a state visit of the US president, she took a group of 37 pupils at the school to Oxford University for a presentation.[6] In 2012, the First Lady invited a group of students from EGA to meet her in the White House.

The school was rebuilt as part of the final phase of BSF and the new building opened in November 2012. Demolition of the old buildings and landscaping of the site is now complete.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Barnsbury Girls' School[edit]

Starcross School[edit]

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  1. ^ "Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School". Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  2. ^ "Starcross School, St Pancras". Corporate Details. The National Archives. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  3. ^ "Papers of (William) Michael Duane (1915-1997)". Archive. Institute of Education University of London. Archived from the original on 2012-04-21. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  4. ^ a b Cadwalladr, Carole (2009-04-05). "'Of all the schools in London, Michelle Obama chose us. That makes us feel pretty special, I tell you.'". The Observer. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  5. ^ "Draft Planning Guidance for Development Control Purposes" (PDF). London Borough of Islington. 2009-01-08. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  6. ^ "Michelle Obama and school pupils visit Oxford". Channel 4. 25 May 2011. Retrieved May 25, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Gruner, Peter (2009-04-10). "How school was rewarded with visit from First Lady". Islington Tribune. New Journal Enterprises. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 

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