Newcastle High School for Girls
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|Newcastle High School for Girls|
Newcastle upon Tyne,
|Type||Independent day school|
|Local authority||Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Department for Education URN||108538 Tables|
|Age||3 to 18|
Newcastle High School for Girls is an independent day school for girls aged 3–18 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The Junior School is at Sandyford Park and the Senior School is located in the neighbouring suburb of Jesmond.
The school was formed in September 2014 by the merger of Central Newcastle High School, formerly Gateshead High School, and Newcastle upon Tyne Church High School. It is operated by the Girls' Day School Trust, an organisation which ran one of the predecessor schools, Central Newcastle High, pre-merger.
Newcastle High School for Girls was formed by the merger of the predecessor single-sex girls' schools, Church High School and Central Newcastle High School, which have had a strong reputation in the North East education sector for many years, with good reputations in terms of academic performance and ethos.
Central Newcastle High School GDST dates back to 1876 when the Girls' Public Day School Trust founded Gateshead High School. The School moved to Newcastle in 1895, and it became known as Central Newcastle High School.
In 1884, The Church Schools' Company decided to open a private girls' school in the North East which focused on a church-based learning environment. A high school for girls in Newcastle was established in 1885 and opened with 59 pupils. A new association was formed in 1925, and the school was renamed The Newcastle upon Tyne Church High School.
In 2016, the school moved to new facilities on Tankerville Terrace which incorporated the former Church High building and a new purpose-built 3625-square-metre, three-storey block.
The established Headmistress responsible for the move to the new facilities, Hilary French was dismissed from her post on the 16th of June 2018 following an investigation into her conduct where it was alleged that she had made dishonest expenses claims. She was arrested by Northumbria Police on the 20th of June 2018, interviewed and released pending further enquiries.  In February 2019 a Northumbria Police spokesperson said that there was no update on the investigation into Hilary French.
The Prime Minister's Global Fellowship
Central Newcastle High School had a record of students attaining places on the Prime Minister's Global Fellowship programme. The school achieved its first student in the inaugural year of the programme, 2008, and in 2009 had another successful applicant.
Notable former pupils
- Dame Irene Ward, (1895–1980), British politician (educated at Newcastle upon Tyne Church High School)
- Ursula Dronke (1920–2012), Medievalist and Professor of Old Norse Studies (educated at Newcastle upon Tyne Church High School)
- Andrea Riseborough (born 1981), actress (educated at Newcastle upon Tyne Church High School)
- Lucy Akhurst (born 1975), actress, writer and director (educated at Newcastle upon Tyne Church High School)
- Ruth Caleb (born 1942), film and television producer (educated at Newcastle upon Tyne Church High School)
- Dr Barbara C. Morden, author and cultural historian (educated at Newcastle upon Tyne Church High School)
- Esther McCracken (1902–1971), playwright and actress
- Miriam Stoppard (born 1937), doctor and author
- Professor Ruth Plummer, Professor of Experimental Cancer Medicine (educated at Newcastle upon Tyne Central High School)
- L Devine, Singer
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