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  • Skipton Girls' High School
    Gargrave Road
    North Yorkshire
    BD23 1QL
  • Head: Mrs J Plews
  • T 01756 707600
  • F 01756 707613
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  • A mainstream state school for girls aged from 11 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: North Yorkshire
  • Pupils: 811
  • Religion: None
  • Open days: November
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 5th March 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Another very impressive innovation is a project where girls collaborate with teachers to design course content and approaches, making lessons and homework far more interactive and engaging and developing a deep understanding of learning processes. These girls have a grasp of and fluency in educational terminology that you would expect from recently...

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2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Design & Technology Food Technology at an English Grammar School (GCSE Full Course)

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Since 2014, Mrs Jenn Plews, previously head of academy since 2013.

Academic matters

In 2016, 43 per cent of A level entries graded A*/A. Classes rarely over 20. Options include engineering, also PE, taken at nearby Ermysted's Grammar School for boys, some of whom take subjects at Skipton Girls' High. ‘Boys have a more challenging, risk taking approach, which benefits the girls,’ says head. Biology, maths, Eng lit, history, government and politics all strong. Psychology very popular, small numbers for mod langs. All do AS general studies and can choose the A level. Also AS critical thinking.

Very good value added and consistently impressive results at key stage 4 – very high ranking nationally. In 2016, 65 per cent A*/A grades at GCSE. Key stage 4 starts in year 9: girls can...

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