Worthing High School, West Sussex

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Worthing High School
Worthing High School logo.png
Coordinates50°49′24″N 0°22′51″W / 50.82329°N 0.38085°W / 50.82329; -0.38085Coordinates: 50°49′24″N 0°22′51″W / 50.82329°N 0.38085°W / 50.82329; -0.38085
MottoAlways Pursue Excellence
Established1905, merged 1982
Local authorityWest Sussex County Council
SpecialistBusiness and Enterprise with Music & English college
Department for Education URN139109 Tables
Chair of GovernorsMr A Cohen
Head teacherMr Pan Panayiotou [1]
Age11 to 16

Worthing High School is a secondary school with academy status located in Worthing, West Sussex. It caters for academic years 7-11 (ages 11–16) and has over 950 students on roll.


The school has its origins as the Bedford Row Pupil teacher centre, a private school for girls, in January 1905. Within two years, it also took school leavers other than pupil teachers.[2] The school was taken over by the local council in 1909, moving to its current site in 1914. It operated at a girls school on this site, with a junior house in Shelly Road between 1918 and 1930,[2] apart from an evacuation to New Ollerton, Nottinghamshire in 1941,[2] until it became a girls' grammar school under the changes of the Education Act 1944. It remained as a grammar school until the local authority reorganised provision in the town along three-tier comprehensive lines in 1973, when it became a girls' comprehensive high school for students aged 12 to 16. At this time it became known as Gaisford girls' high school.[3] The school became co-educational in 1982 when it merged with West Tarring Secondary School for boys, then becoming known by its current name.[2]

In 2008, the school became a Trust school under the rules of the Education and Inspections Act 2006.[4] The school converted to academy status in December 2012. From 2015 it became a standard secondary school accepting its first cohort of Year 7 students since the 1973 reorganisation following the change in the age of transfer in Worthing.[5] The school has been rated "good" with outstanding areas on its previous OFSTED inspection in April 2016.

Notable alumni[edit]

Former students of the school include former tennis player Martin Lee, ethical entrepreneur Anita Roddick and actor Tony Caunter, who played Roy Evans in EastEnders.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "New headteacher for Worthing High".
  2. ^ a b c d "Worthing County High School for Girls. (later Gaisford High School for Girls) E/218". West Sussex School records. The National Archives. 18 June 2008. Retrieved 7 October 2009.
  3. ^ T P Hudson (Ed.) (1980). "Worthing: Education". A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 6 Part 1: Bramber Rape (Southern Part). Victoria County History Series. Retrieved 17 February 2009.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Worthing High School". EduBase website. Department for Children, Schools and Families. 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  5. ^ "Worthing school places". West Sussex County Council. Retrieved 29 July 2015.

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