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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 mainstream 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 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 29th January 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 22nd March 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

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 of a year 10 student. Parents equally, if not more, aspirational, expecting a lot from their girls, with almost 100 per cent attendance at parents’ evenings...

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Since 2012, Ms 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...

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