Wallington High School for Girls (WHSG) is a selective academy for approximately 1400 girls aged between 11 and 18. The school first opened in 1888 and moved to its present site in 1965. The school is heavily oversubscribed and we have over 2000 applications each year for the 210 places in Year 7, and many external students also apply for our sixth form. We are a multicultural community with an increasing percentage of minority ethnic groups. Over 47 different first languages are spoken and this brings a rich diversity to our school.
From September 2015, the school has become part of the Girls' Education Trust. This is a multi academy trust that now includes Nonsuch High School for Girls and Carshalton High School for Girls and further details can be found under the GLT section of this website.
Our students achieve at the highest level academically. In 2015, 79% of our GCSE entries were awarded an A*/A grade, which placed us among the top 20 schools in the UK. At A level, 47% of our entries were awarded an A*/A grade, 13% of those at A*. The vast majority of our students move from WHSG into higher education including Oxford and Cambridge and with an increasing number of students (over 60%) gaining places at Russell Group universities or medical schools. Our students are highly able, motivated and a delight to teach. Students enjoy positive and co-operative relationships with staff and it is very rare if an external visitor to the school does not comment on the high calibre of the students.
The school has expanded and we now have seven forms of entry in Years 7 to 11. We have a thriving sixth form with about two hundred girls in each of Year 12 and 13. As a result of this expansion, we completed a new twelve classroom teaching block in Spring 2014, housing the Maths and Geography departments. This follows the addition of a new Sports Hall that was completed in 2011, and so we are very proud of the facilities we are offering at the school.
WHSG enjoys Engineering specialist status and a second specialism in Languages. We currently run a three year KS3, although students begin their GCSE courses in Science in Year 9. Our KS3 students study two modern foreign languages alongside the other national curriculum subjects. At KS4, students study for eleven GCSEs, two of which are subjects that they choose from a wide range of options and all our students study qualifications to meet the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) requirements. The vast majority of our students continue into the sixth form at WHSG where they can choose from a wide range of A level subjects. In Year 12 students can opt to study AS Critical Thinking in and in Year 13 they have the option of completing the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).
Students at the school are supported through a strong pastoral system enjoy a comprehensive programme of PSHEE and Citizenship throughout the school. We encourage our students to be active and responsible citizens through a variety of charitable and community activities. The school also operates a very successful House system, led by student House Leaders which encourages integration between the year groups and provides leadership opportunities for students. Similarly, a strong Head Girl and Senior Prefect team and School Council ensure that the student body has a voice within the school and that younger students are supported.
Outside of the classroom we are fortunate in having staff who provide a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities for students and this is central to our ethos. Sport plays an important part in the life of the school and we are successful at national and regional level in a number of sports including Tennis and Badminton. Similarly, we have many opportunities for students to showcase and develop their talents in Music, Drama and the Arts. We enjoy a successful Combined Cadet Force (CCF) partnership with Wilson’s School which is very popular with girls in Year 9 and above and an equally successful Duke of Edinburgh scheme. Our commitment to this ethos is reflected in our curriculum provision where a number of enrichment days are set aside, the timetable suspended, and students take part in a number of activities and events that allow them to develop and prepare for life beyond the school.
Staff are our most valued asset and we aim to support them both in their current roles and to develop them for their future careers. Working alongside the teaching staff, we have a skilled support staff team who perform vital roles within the school. Continued professional development plays an important role in ensuring that the quality of teaching is very high in the school.
WHSG has a very supportive local Governing Body who play a vital role in the life of the school. We also enjoy supportive and committed parents who work alongside the school to improve outcomes for their daughters.