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The Forgotten Women of Wakefield

On Monday 11th March WGHS held an inspirational assembly led by Sarah Cobham talking to our students about The Forgotten Women of Wakefield and specifically, ex Headmistress Gertrude McCroben. During the assembly a special blue plaque was unveiled by current Head, Ms Boyes, in honour of Miss McCroben.

Kirsty Jackman, Year 13 student, has been so inspired by The Forgotten Women of Wakefield initiative that she has decided to purchase one of the blue plaques. Below are a few words written by Kirsty;

'You cannot be what you cannot see'

As a student of WGHS, I have grown up and been educated in a women-orientated enviorment with a strong history and culture that women of the past have created. I believe that the legacy of these women should be recognised in the highest honour as without them, I wouldn’t be the person I am today having studied in the foundations and grounds they set up all those years ago.

As a result of this, I have decided to donate money to The Forgotten Women of Wakefield in order to buy a plaque for Edith Mackie. Edith Grace Mackie, born in Wakefield in 1853, moved to St. John's Square in 1864. She raised money and resources for St. John's Church and schools in Wakefield. She is remembered for her generosity and helping others who needed it most. She died at the age of 88, leaving all of her estate to good causes. Without her, green spaces in Wakefield, St, John's Square nor Church, would be what they are today; iconic landmarks of our city. She helped thousands in care at Clayton Hospital and helped Wakefield become established in the training of nurses. Without her, Wakefield Girls' High School would not be what it is today. Her famous saying 'Deeds not words', reflects her morals perfectly and lingers in the culture we thrive in today at WGHS by helping those in need.