Wolverhampton Girls' High School
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|Wolverhampton Girls' High School|
|Motto||Latin: Ludus Supra Praemium |
(Game Before the Prize)
|Department for Education URN||140798 Tables|
|Chairman of Governors||Professor Peter Ribbins PhD|
|Headteacher||Mrs Trudi Young|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Houses||Audley, Ferrers, Paget and Stafford|
|Colour(s)||Red, Navy Blue, Black|
WGHS Old Girls' Newsletter
|Former pupils||WGHS Old Girls Union|
Wolverhampton Girls' High School, founded in 1911, educates girls from the age of 11 to 18. There are some 741 girls enrolled,[when?] including about two hundred in the sixth form. It was previously awarded the status of Language College in the UK's Specialist Schools Programme, and converted to academy status on 1 April 2014.
Entry to the school is via the Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton Grammar Schools Consortium (Adams' Grammar, Newport Girls High, Queen Mary Grammar and High School and Wolverhampton Girls High School), testing Maths, English, verbal and non-verbal reasoning. These tests take place during Year 6 of primary education (in September). 11+ examinations must be taken in order to be enrolled in the school. Entrance is determined purely from entrance examination results (although the school does operate an appeals and waiting list system) but the chance is very slim, and each year only 145 pupils are awarded a place at the school. Entry after this point is very limited and does not fully open again until sixth form. Sixth form admission is then granted on the basis of a variety of factors such as GCSE predictions and results, as well as performance in an interview.
There are four houses: Audley, Ferrers, Paget and Stafford. Each has its own colour (yellow, red, green and blue respectively), as well as its own House leader, assistant house leader who are also members of staff, and team of house representatives chosen from Sixth Form students. House Captains and Vice Captains lead and oversee activities, while more specific duties are delegated through roles such as Drama Captain and Tennis Captain.
Throughout the year, house events are held in various formats. Sporting events take place according to season, with House Hockey and House Netball events taking place in winter months, while House Tennis takes place in summer. Non-sporting competitions such as House Debating also occur every year.
The largest inter-house competition is the House Arts Festival. All four houses prepare various routines and performances, often based on themes, to compete in the categories of Dance, Music, Drama and Choir. The event is often judged by actors and musicians, but has also been known to be judged by ex-teachers and other notable personalities related to the school.
There used to be four forms according to which house a student belonged to, however the school now has five forms in each year. Subjects are taught in form groups in years 7 to 9 and then in option groups for the more senior years.
Girls take English and at least three foreign languages, religious studies, history, geography, mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, technology, information technology, art, music and physical education. Foreign languages are chosen from French, German, Latin, Russian, Spanish, and Japanese. More recently, students have started to take one major European language and one language with a different writing system in year 7, then to begin Latin in year 8.
The school has been producing high results for many years and has frequently been ranked within the top 10 state schools in the country for its performance at GCSE and A level. Over 80% of GCSE grades are either A or A*, with the majority of pupils gaining nine or more GCSEs at these grades.
The 2006 A-level results placed the school in fifth place in the performance league table for all maintained schools in the West Midlands.
In 2009, 100% of girls who sat GCSE examinations gained 5 or more A*–C GCSEs.
Notable former pupils
- Lindsay Ashford, author
- Narinder Dhami, author
- Jacqueline Elledge, England cricketer
- Wendy Flavell, Professor of surface physics at the University of Manchester
- Helene Hayman, Baroness Hayman, Labour politician, first Lord Speaker of the House of Lords
- Rachael Heyhoe-Flint OBE, captain of the England women's cricket team
- Ann Jago, England cricketer
- Betty Joseph (1917-2013), British psychoanalyst
- Caitlin Moran, author and journalist.
- Pauline Perry, Baroness Perry of Southwark, Conservative politician and educationalist
- Patience Wheatcroft, Baroness Wheatcroft, journalist and Conservative peer, former editor of The Sunday Telegraph and Wall Street Journal Europe
- Anne Rafferty, High Court judge
- Sarah Clarke, first woman to be appointed Black Rod in the UK Parliament
- Constance Wood, pioneer of radiotherapy
- "League Tables - Secondary schools in Wolverhampton". BBC News. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
- Brian Levison; Christopher Martin-Jenkins, eds. (2012). "Opening the Innings". All in a Day's Cricket: An Anthology of Outstanding Cricket Writing. Hachette UK. ISBN 9781780339061. Retrieved 8 January 2018.