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  • Walthamstow School for Girls
    Church Hill
    E17 9RZ
  • Head: Helen Marriott
  • 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
  • Open days: September
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 13th June 2018
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 28th 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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Since 2021, Helen  Marriott, who has 18 years’ experience as a school leader and was previously co-headteacher at Little Ilford School in Newham. Committed to comprehensive education, she has taught in schools in Yorkshire and London. Grew up in Derbyshire, went to her local comprehensive school and thence to read English at Churchill College, Cambridge. After that she worked as an English teacher, head of English and senior leader in a number of schools. Firmly believes that there should be no barriers to what young women can achieve.


Heavily oversubscribed, with some 700 applying for 180 year 7 places. Non-selective, the school follows the borough’s entrance criteria, which favours girls in the looked-after system and those with an EHC plan, followed by siblings, then it’s down to distance. Those who get in mainly live within...

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Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

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