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  • Year 13’s last day – an emotional event for the whole school, The General Election – Finding out your local candidates’ stance on education, Look out for our winning House Competition sculpture  and The School’s birthday celebrations

    Published 22/05/17, by Rachel Hayward

    Year 13's last day - As is tradition the students all arrived in costume – this year’s theme was “through history”.

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  • Former Headteacher Elizabeth Miles, Birthday Celebration, Year 13 Final Assembly, Year 11 THorpe Park and Sports Review Evening

    Published 05/05/17, by Rachel Hayward
    Former Headteacher of High School for Girls – Elizabeth Miles It is with great sadness that I wish to inform you about the death of Elizabeth Miles, Headteacher at High School for Girls from 1982-1992.  Elizabeth was a great supporter o
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  • Dining Hall Extension, Successful Safeguarding Bid, School Fund, Head Boy, Head Girl and Deputies Appointments

    Published 07/04/17, by Rachel Hayward

    This term has flown past quickly and I cannot believe that Easter is upon us.  The staff and students have been working hard to complete syllabi in preparation for GCSE and A Level examinations

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  • Absence Line, Online Dangers and Internet Safety

    Published 04/04/17, by Rachel Hayward

    A number of concerns have been raised recently by Gloucestershire County Council and also have been in the press that I wish to share with you

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  • Funding Consultation, School Fund, Year 10 Parents' Consultation, Parental Survey, House Events and Upcoming Events

    Published 24/03/17, by Rachel Hayward
    Funding Consultation Thank you to all the parents that contacted their MP’s and completed the funding consultation.  Certainly the outcry over funding for schools has frequently been in the news.  Hopefully, Justine Greening has h
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  • School Fund Request, International Evening, Safeguarding, Governors and Forthcoming Events

    Published 10/03/17, by Rachel Hayward

    School Fund Request

    At a recent funding meeting in School several parents had reported that they had not seen the request for School Fund for the academic year 2016-17.  The request went out in a previous email.

    The request is for £5 a month or £60 a year per student.  This can be paid by Parent Pay or by standing order.

    Currently, we have received £5,216 which is very short of the £49,200 we could expect if everyone made their contribution.  As you can imagine this means that we cannot do some of the things that we have planned in order to benefit your daughters/sons.  I would be very grateful if parents would pay the amount indicated as this really would help in enhancing the curriculum and premises.

    No doubt, parents are aware that there is a funding crisis in education and we at the school are working hard to provide the very best education for students in our care.

    International Evening

    What a fantastic celebration of our different cultures last night!  I was delighted to see so many students taking part showing off their linguistic skills.  I wish to thank Isobel, Harrison, Charlotte and Emily for organising such a fantastic evening.

    Thank you also to the parents for their support, especially as the students were collecting money for the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders).  I will let you know in my next email how much was collected. 

    Safeguarding Policy and Early Offer of Help

    Please be aware that the above two documents are on our website so please read them to see how we fulfil our responsibility concerning Safeguarding.  The policies can be found on:

    Menu/Parental Information/Policies.


    The Governors are looking for people with skills in Marketing, HR or Buildings to join the Governing Body.  If anyone can offer these skills and is prepared to sit on the Governing Body then please email

    Forthcoming Events

    • Tuesday, 14th March, World Challenge meeting Years 10 and 11 in the Hall at 6.30pm.
    • Tuesday, 4th April, Leavers’ Concert in the Hall at 7.00pm.
    • Friday, 28th April, Birthday Celebration in Gloucester Cathedral at 2.00pm.

    With best wishes

    Ewa Sawicka, Headteacher

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  • Parents' Funding Meeting, Mental Health and PTA News

    Published 24/02/17, by Rachel Hayward
    Dear Parents/Carers MEETING ABOUT FUNDING AT THE HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS IN THE SCHOOL HALL AT 6.00 PM ON TUESDAY, 28TH FEBRUARY This meeting has been called to discuss the future funding situation that will affect the High School for Girls. 
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  • National Funding Formula, National Holacaust Memorial, Safeguarding, Junior Chamber Concert, INVEST Day and Future Events

    Published 03/02/17, by Rachel Hayward
      National Funding Formula You may have read in the press the issues that many schools will be facing in Gloucestershire as a result of the National Funding Formula.  You can read about my concerns here. Holocaust Memorial Day
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  • Collection of Students, Latest Newsletter, Charity Concert, Carol Service, Staff Changes

    Published 16/12/16, by Rachel Hayward

    I was delighted to write the introduction to the latest newsletter which is packed with interesting articles about events that have occurred within and beyond school over the last six weeks.  Please read about what the students have been up to besides their lessons.  I am always amazed by the sheer volume of activities that occur and am grateful to the staff for organising the events and trips

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  • Charity Concert, Dining Hall Extension, Furniture for the Dining Hall and Carol Concert.

    Published 09/12/16, by Rachel Hayward

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  • Remembrance Assembly, Time to celebrate, Dining Hall, INVEST Day, Sponsorship of Houses and Trips and Visits

    Published 28/11/16, by Rachel Hayward
    It has continued to be very busy over the last few weeks with a variety of activities occurring such as the Remembrance Day assembly.  The assembly focussed on the Battle of the Somme and the horrific conditions in which the soldiers found thems
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  • 'Dig-in' Saturday, 12 November

    Published 14/11/16, by Rachel Hayward

    A huge thank you to all the staff, parents and students who came on Saturday for the “Dig In”. 

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