Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and Wakefield Girls' High School have made a rich contribution to the lives of many boys and girls from West and South Yorkshire.
QEGS is distinct from most other schools in Yorkshire in that it was founded by Royal Charter of Queen Elizabeth I in 1591 at the request of leading citizens in Wakefield, some of whom formed the first governing body. In 1854 QEGS moved to its present site in Northgate, Wakefield, into premises formerly occupied by the West Riding Proprietary School.
Changing opinions were prevalent during the nineteenth century and a movement for the social and educational emancipation of women gathered pace. The QEGS Governors agreed to pursue this and in 1878 WGHS opened with 59 pupils located in Wentworth House, its current location.
Both QEGS and WGHS are committed to working together as part of Wakefield Grammar School Foundation. Led by our 19 person Governing Body, we aim to ensure that all present and future pupils from Wakefield and beyond can enjoy and benefit from an excellent education.