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Founders’ Day 2023 – Celebrating 145 years of Girls’ Education

18th September 2023

The entire team at Wakefield Girls’ is excited to be celebrating our 145th year of happily educating girls.  This year marks the 145th anniversary of our school and our sense of community and collective endeavour shines brightly

Wakefield Girls’ has a strong sense of community and collective endeavour.  Today, as is customary, all students from year 3 to 13 made their way with their teachers to gather together at Wakefield Cathedral to celebrate Founders’ Day.

Founders’ Day is an important tradition of the school, where as a community we join together and reflect on our momentous history. Since our foundation in 1878, Wakefield Girls’ has continued to grow and evolve, always holding to our mission of happily empowering girls with a complete education.  We remember with gratitude all those who have enriched the life of the school and pray for blessing upon our work.   Founders’ Day is an opportunity to take a pause in our busy school life and enable students and staff to reflect and give thanks for the life of the school, to all those who walked in our footsteps before us to make our school such a wonderful and enriching space and to remember their achievements and to thank those who support us and for the friendships and connections we have made.

The occasion was made truly exceptional with uplifting music from our choirs, soloists, violinists and brass band and student readings and reflections from Canon Dr Philip Hobday, Head Ms Boyes, our Head/Deputy Girls, Clara and Amina and past, Eleanor Bowen and governor Mr Shevill.  

We couldn’t think of a better way to commemorate our incredible journey than with a fabulous BBQ picnic on the Quad.  The day was made cherishable as the weather aligned and amidst the joyful music, the irresistible ice-cream van and the glorious sunshine, we basked in the warmth of shared history, achievements and friendships. 

Here’s to 145 years of unwavering dedication, innovation, and countless milestones. We are immensely proud of all that we have accomplished together, and we look forward to what the future holds.


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