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  • Walthamstow School for Girls
    Church Hill
    E17 9RZ
  • Head: Ms Meryl Davies
  • T 020 8509 9446
  • F 020 8509 9445
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • 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 Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 14th June 2018
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 29th January 2014
  • 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). Easy-going, enthusiastic and energised, she is prepared to go against the grain if it’s in the best interests of the school - which staff, parents and students unanimously admire. Having studied French and linguistics at Sheffield University, she stayed on to do her PGCE as ‘teaching was a long-time ambition.’ 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, but one she nonetheless embraced, with one of her earlier jobs working on a London barge with school refusers to get them back into mainstream schooling. ‘Working at the raw edge of education is an experience I think all teachers should have – you get to really understand what...

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