Wakefield Girls’ High School 韦克菲尔德女子中学,
韦克菲尔德女子学校Wentworth Street, Wakefield,
West Yorkshire WF1 2QS Tel: 01924 372490 Fax: 01924 231601
• GIRLS, 11–18, Day
• Pupils 712, Upper sixth 80
• Termly fees £1715–£2497
• Enquiries/application to the Headmistress
WHAT IT’S LIKE
Founded in 1878 by the governors of Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, it occupies
an extensive and agreeable site near the centre of Wakefield. The Georgian house
in which it began has been adapted and extended over the years and now has
excellent facilities; a new creative arts centre has recently opened, including
a drama studio, DT labs, textile workshops and recording studio. A few minutes’
walk away are well-equipped playing fields. The junior school (together with
nursery) is nearby and enjoys fine grounds and buildings. Girls follow a broad
curriculum which keeps a wide range of options open until A-level; some joint
teaching with its brother school, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, at sixth-form
level increases pupil choice and protects minority subjects. Academic standards
are high and examination results are very good. Considerable strength in music
and drama in which there are joint activities with its brother school. A wide
range of sports and games (including football, golf and orienteering) and there
are representatives at county, regional and national levels. A plentiful variety
of clubs and societies.
Scholarships & bursaries 24 pa scholarships, value £85–£1200: 23
academic, 1 home economics (10 at 11, 14 sixth form). Also Governors’ Foundation
Awards give up to 90% assistance, where net parental income is under £30,000 (12
at age 11, 6 at 16). Annual Ogden Trust sixth form science scholarship (up to
100% of fees).
Head & staff
Headmistress: Mrs Patricia Langham, appointed in 1987. Educated at
Carlisle and County High School for Girls and Leeds University (English, Russian
and education). Previously Deputy Head at Woodkirk High School, Second in
English Department at Brigshaw Comprehensive and English Teacher at Ilkley
Teaching staff: 60 full time, 3 part time. Annual turnover 4%.
GCSE: In 2003, 103 pupils in upper fifth: all gained at least grade C in
9+ subjects. Average GCSE score 66 (65 over 5 years).
A-levels: 77 in upper sixth: 93% passed in 4+ subjects. Average final
point score achieved by upper sixth formers 428.
University & college entrance 99% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (13% after a gap year), 9% to Oxbridge. 11% took courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 19% in science & engineering, 40% in
humanities & social sciences, 6% in law, 24% in arts subjects. A few typically
go on to art foundation courses, management schemes, armed forces.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 29 AS/A-level subjects offered,
including general studies.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level.
Key skills integrated into sixth form courses and activities.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered to GCSE and A-level; also
French and German Institute of Linguists. Regular exchanges (France, Germany and
ICT: Taught as a discrete subject (2 lessons/week) and used across the
curriculum, eg word processing, spreadsheets in maths, databases and graphical
representations in science, CD-Rom in history. Pupils take GCSE short course,
Clait in lower sixth. 120 computers for pupil use (access all day), all
networked and with e-mail and internet access.
Music: Over 30% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 16 musical groups including swing band, choirs, concert band.
Drama & dance: Both offered. Some pupils are involved in school and other
Art & design: On average, 50+ take GCSE, 16 A-level. Design, pottery,
textiles also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Hockey, netball, tennis, athletics, basketball, volleyball,
badminton, table tennis, cricket compulsory. Optional: lacrosse, swimming, golf,
self-defence, squash, football, orienteering, aerobics. Sixth form only: CSLA
course, fencing, outdoor activities, sailing, climbing. BAGA and fencing exams
may be taken. International representatives in netball and athletics; regular
regional reps in hockey, netball, athletics and tennis; county reps in hockey,
indoor hockey, netball, athletics, tennis and cricket. Sports tours.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Community service optional. Over 70 clubs, eg drama, literary & debating,
geography, classics, chess, gym, dance.
Uniform: School uniform worn throughout.
Houses & prefects: No competitive houses. Senior prefects and head girl
elected by the school.
Religion: All girls are expected to attend morning assembly, whatever
Social: Music and dramatic productions with Queen Elizabeth Grammar
School; participation with local state schools. Adventure holidays and skiing
trips; exchanges with Angoulême, Lille, Hanover, Gerona; sports tours (eg hockey
and netball to Australia and New Zealand, 2003). Pupils allowed to bring own
car, bike or motorbike to school. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once might expect a
warning; those caught smoking cannabis on the premises, expulsion.