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There is an immediate buzz as soon as you enter the school. The girls work hard but have fun too eg the sixth formers have a fancy dress day in their last week at school, and there is a Christmas revue performed by girls with guest appearances by staff. Art is very popular, with some exceptional work on display in both junior and senior schools. The department is well resourced, and girls are allowed a lot of freedom and respond with remarkable creativity, using a variety of media. Masses of music – a great range of choirs, some enjoying success in…

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What the school says...

Wakefield Girls High School is a high achieving, world class accredited school with a defining ethos which has prevailed for 150 years. At the heart of this ethos is the idea that there are no limitations on learning or what girls can achieve. We aim to develop each girl’s potential by creating an environment where they can flourish, providing an empowering education that makes them future ready and connected for life.

Research studies show that girls develop differently from their male peers and become more empowered, less influenced by peer pressure and achieve more at all-girl schools. At Wakefield Girls, this is reflected every year by the number of girls who go on to become everything they want to be.

We make education enjoyable, with an agile and creatively enlightened approach which is relevant to their future and helps them to succeed individually and collectively, enabling them to excel while showing care, consideration and respect for others.

Together, our girls are united in their passion, commitment and ability to make a difference by being thoughtful, considerate and confident enough to face any challenge and embrace every opportunity. Making friends and happy lifelong memories, as they go on to make their way in the world, their way.

All our teachers are inspirational, passionate and supremely well qualified experts in their respective fields. What connects them is a shared commitment to academic excellence and a desire to equip students with the tools they need to face new challenges and grow into confident, socially aware adults who will play their part in creating the kind of world they want to live in.

Throughout the school, students will find role models, mentors and everyday reminders of the accomplishments of famous women, including our own remarkable alumnae. Our Governing Body also play a vital role in the life of Wakefield Girls’, channelling and sharing their achievements and expertise from across the wider Yorkshire community.

We achieve outstanding results because of the way we build personal relationships, understand each student well and monitor progress in and beyond the classroom. This multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary approach is invaluable in tracking key issues and keeping school leaders, staff, students and parents up to date with the way the school year is progressing.

A warm Wakefield Girls’ welcome awaits.
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Since 2018, Heidi-Jayne Boyes (40s), previously deputy head (academic) at Brighton and Hove High School GDST, prior to which she was head of geography at Eastbourne College. She has also worked in Hendon School in north London, following her earliest teaching jobs in Hull and South Hunsley. State school educated, read geography at King’s College London and completed her PGCE at Hull.

The plan was to be a primary school teacher but after university she decided ‘to get some life experience first and see life through a different lens than just education.’ So she ran a restaurant and bar instead where ‘I learned a huge amount about managing a team.’ Youthful, chic and chatty, we suspect she was a natural. But the call of teaching became ever louder as she sought...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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