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  • Walthamstow School for Girls
    Church Hill
    E17 9RZ
  • Head: Ms Meryl Davies
  • T 020 8509 9446
  • F 020 8509 9445
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  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 16.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Waltham Forest
  • Pupils: 900
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 27th February 2018
    • 2 Full inspection 29th January 2014

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 22nd March 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Spacious classrooms and labs boast masses of natural light, and there are some attractive break-out areas, including one with brightly coloured orange and black sofas, known by the girls as the ‘Easyjet Lounge.’ Outside, the stand-out feature is the Greek Theatre, built in the 1920s and which has a circular arena with steps up to a stage on one side and pillared portico on the other. Girls seem confident, articulate, aspirational and optimistic. ‘I could take any of my daughter’s friends and they’d have a very clear idea of where they want to be in two or three years’ time,’ said a parent…

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2012, Meryl Davies BA (50s), who we found to be easy-going, enthusiastic and energised. Prepared to go against the grain if it’s in the best interests of the school - which staff, parents and students unanimously admire - it feels like there’s really nothing this determined head couldn’t handle. Having studied French and linguistics at Sheffield University, she stayed on to do her PGCE. ‘I loved my own schooling in North Wales, so teaching was a long-time ambition,’ she says. Immediately attracted to some of the more radical teaching techniques of the 1980s and the more gritty comprehensives of inner London, she found the reality was quite an eye-opener as a young whippersnapper, but one she nonetheless embraced, with one of her earlier jobs working on a London barge with school refusers to...

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