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There is an immediate buzz as soon as you enter the school. Girls come across as well-mannered, happy, confident and eager to learn. Girls are given a teddy both on entering the junior as well as leaving the senior school – the latter dressed in a school hoodie! There is a strong sense of community, which the girls value; they see the school as friendly and safe. There are no hurdles for existing girls to enter the sixth form but if it's clear a girl will struggle...

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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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Headmistress

Since September 2018, Heidi-Jayne Boyes. Formerly deputy head (academic) at Brighton and Hove High School, GDST, prior to which she was head of geography at Eastbourne College, having started her career at Hendon School in north London. State school educated, read Geography at King's College, London. Worked in industry then completed PGCE (Geography) at Hull University.

Entrance

Exam in English and maths at 11+, plus primary school report and reference. The school provides clear, detailed information on what needs to be covered. Almost all junior school girls continue into year 7. Girls can join at other years (preferably not in the middle of exam courses, though). Some 20-30 leave after GCSE and up to 12 enter at year 12. These need a minimum of 440 points from their nine best GCSEs in a wide range of...

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