Wilmington Grammar School for Girls
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|Wilmington Grammar School for Girls (WGSG)|
|Motto||"In pursuit of excellence."|
|Gender||Girls in years 7-11, Girls & Boys in 6th form|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Houses||Ash, Beech, Chestnut, Hazel and Oak (from September 2016)|
|Colour(s)||Blue and Maroon|
Wilmington Grammar School for Girls (WGSG), previously known as the Grammar School for Girls Wilmington, is a grammar school with academy status in Wilmington, Kent, England. The uniform consists of maroon blazers, maroon jumpers and skirts/black trousers, with blue shirts. The school is a member of the WHS partnership, so has a close relationship with the next-door Wilmington Grammar School for Boys, as well as Wilmington Academy and Oasis Academy Hextable.
The land was occupied by apple orchards in the 17th century. In the 18th century a workhouse was established before the Whitehead family took over the manor house on the site. There was a gardener with cottage still in the tennis grounds, a pigsty, sweeping carriageway, large greenhouses and many other noticeable features.
The school has the following departments: Science, Mathematics, Design/Technology, Business, Geography, History, English, Art, Modern Languages (including German, Spanish, French, Mandarin and Italian), Media, Information Communication Technology, Social Sciences, Religious Studies and Philosophy, PE and Music.
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The school is made up of several buildings. The Manor across the road is home to the English department, the practice music rooms, 6th form common rooms, a media studies room and a D.T. room. It still retains many traditional features, including the ceilings and fireplaces. The Grange is also an old manor house, with stained glass windows and original staircases and fireplaces. It is home to the library, study room and offices. In addition, there is the New Building, first built in the 1960s and extended in 2009 to host new maths, science and language rooms. This building has the majority of classrooms and computer suites. Finally, the Learning Centre is an ICT equipped building consisting of two classrooms with laptops and computers in, and opened in late 2004. In 2015 the Connell Wing was added, with meeting rooms, history rooms, a computer room, a large music room and storage cupboard, a large performing arts and drama floor, a practice room along with many other classrooms.
The school has a hall, gymnasium, seven science labs (two of which are newly refurbished), seven ICT suites, three 6th form common rooms, a large study room, a music room, a library, four tennis courts, two leisure lawns and a long-jump pit.
Awards and achievements
- Ofsted outstanding school
- Awarded Specialist Status for Maths and Computing. (September 2004)
- County Beacon status for Mathematics and Modern Foreign Languages
- Oracle Academy
- 44% of Year 8 students achieved an award in the UK Maths Challenge
- Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 school netball teams were all placed in the top 3 of the Gravesham League.
- Fifteen students have reached international standard in canoeing, polo, Tennis and Triathlon.
Notes and references
- "Home". Wilmington Grammar School for Girls. Retrieved 13 January 2017.