Why Choose a Girls' School?

Girls are free to grow up at their own pace, supported by a ‘can-do’ philosophy.

Arguably one of the greatest benefits a girls-only education can offer is the breadth of educational opportunity, free from gender stereotypes. There is also wide recognition that girls are more likely to thrive and achieve better academic results when
educated in an all-girls environment.

WGHS has had a proud history of educating and empowering girls since its foundation in 1878. Girls are encouraged to make the most of their school career; to take risks and aim for all and more than they can achieve. The girls of today will be tomorrow’s leaders, which is why we believe that there should be no limitations on their ambitions, either professionally or personally.

  • Girls are given plenty of opportunities to work together collaboratively and cooperatively
  • Girls are free in their formative early years to satisfy their inquisitive nature and to flourish and achieve
  • Girls grow through challenge and choice into happy and confident individuals
  • Girls can be themselves within an all girls’ environment, free from any gender stereotypes or boundaries
  • Girls have a keen sense of belonging, nurtured by strong and supportive friendship groups
  • Girls work to their strengths rather than conforming to expected gender norms, and excel in subjects such as Maths and the Sciences
  • Girls are encouraged to break through ‘the glass ceiling’ – to be creative, to be brave and to take risks; to rise to challenges and not to let set backs, set them back
  • Girls are given the freedom to express and debate their own opinions
  • Girls are given the opportunity to become leaders within the school community as school officials, sports’ captains and mentors
  • Girls can the lead in charitable ventures and extra-curricular activities, such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Traditionally, boys and girls in Britain have been educated separately and successfully. The move to co-education was supported by research undertaken in the 60's and 70's into how boys and girls thought and learnt. At that time it was thought, quite simplistically, that the academic, social and emotional development of both sexes could be influenced in a positive way if girls and boys were treated in the same way at school.

More recent research, supported by scientific procedures, allows us to understand brain function, structure and organisation. It informs us that significant gender differences in the brain are present from before birth and influence the very way in which girls and boys think, learn and develop.

“Girls are encouraged to break through ‘the glass ceiling’ – to be creative, to be brave and to take risks”

Key Facts

  • Girls positively thrive in a single-sex setting
  • Girls' mature attitude to their studies can be built upon
  • Girls' learning and progress are allowed to go forward at a pace without hindrance
  • Girls' training for life can flourish as they set the agenda
  • Girls can make choices without stereotypical restrictions