Denmark Road High School

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Denmark Road High School, Gloucester
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Denmark Road High School, Gloucester is located in Gloucestershire
Denmark Road High School, Gloucester
Denmark Road High School, Gloucester
Denmark Road High School, Gloucester is located in England
Denmark Road High School, Gloucester
Denmark Road High School, Gloucester
Denmark Road High School, Gloucester is located in the United Kingdom
Denmark Road High School, Gloucester
Denmark Road High School, Gloucester
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;
MottoNon Nobis Domine
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, 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.[citation needed]

School site[edit]

The School was originally established in Mynd House, closer to the City Centre but relocated to Denmark Road in 1909.[6] 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.[citation needed]


There are five Houses, 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 parts of the school's history, for example a former school headmistress or the site of where the school used to be located. 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.[7]

Notable former students[edit]

  • Monica Sims OBE - Head of Children's Programmes BBC Television, Controller of BBC Radio 4. Director of Children's Film Foundation. Writer of report - Women in BBC Management.
  • Dr Rachel James MD, BSc, FRCP - Consultant Cardiologist - Sussex Cardia Centre.
  • Denise Riley - English poet and philosopher, Lecturer at University of East Anglia
  • Hayley Palmer - Swimmer for the New Zealand national team (2003–2007)
  • Alexandra Phillips - Brexit Party MEP[8]


  1. ^ "Don't call us girls: School changes name to reflect modern times and #MeToo movement". Gloucestershire Live. 19 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Secondary School League Tables: The Top 50 Grammar Schools at A-level* - Education News - Education". The Independent. 19 January 2006. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  3. ^ [1] Archived May 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "A-levels: Top grammar schools - Education News, Education - The Independent". Archived from the original on 11 October 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "The Top 50 Selective Schools at A-level - School Tables - Education". The Independent. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  6. ^ "History of the School". Denmark Road High School. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  7. ^ "House System". High School for Girls. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Big Interview: Gloucester's Alexandra Phillips - UKIP's head of media". Gloucestershire Echo. 24 November 2015. Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)