Hitchin Girls' School

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Hitchin Girls' School
Hitchin Girls School 2017.jpg
Established July 1889
Type Academy
Headteacher Mrs. F.C. Manning
Chair Colin Minton
Founder John Mattock
Location Highbury Road
51°56′52″N 0°16′10″W / 51.9479°N 0.2694°W / 51.9479; -0.2694Coordinates: 51°56′52″N 0°16′10″W / 51.9479°N 0.2694°W / 51.9479; -0.2694
DfE URN 117503 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 75
Students 1079
Gender Girls
Ages 11–18
Houses Austen
Colours Navy blue and gold
Website Hitchin Girls' School.

Hitchin Girls' School is a secondary school with academy status in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England. The school has 1079 students and is in a consortium for sixth form teaching with Hitchin Boys' School and The Priory School. It gained academy status in 2011. It is the highest building in Hitchin, and was called outstanding by OFSTED. Teachers: there are 80 teachers Students: there are 1100 students


The school was founded in July 1889 by John Mattock, and was originally a boarding grammar school but is now a single sex comprehensive. However, there is a plaque in the Main School Hall which cites it as opening in 1639. 1639 was the year in which Hitchin Boy's School was founded, also by John Mattock. It moved from Bancroft in the town centre to its present site in Highbury Road in 1908. Since 1960, there have been no more boarders. It was awarded specialist Science College status in 2004. The head teacher is Mrs Manning who replaced Mrs Edwards at the start of the 2007/8 academic year. In July 2011 it became an academy.

The school's traditions include form running, which takes place at the end of every term, and Founders Day.

The 2013 OFSTED report graded Hitchin Girls' School as 'Outstanding'.

Old Girls' Association[edit]

The original Old Girls' Association was established in 1916 and disbanded in 1976. A new one was founded in 1989 as part of the school's centennial celebrations. It is a group of old student girls who left the school in past years. The group plans many events for the school and activities that are educational and held indoors during lessons and also arrange outdoor extra curricular activities.

Notable former pupils[edit]


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