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History of the School


Mrs Goodricke started an “Establishment for board and education” of young ladies at Suffolk House.


Suffolk House was still in use as a school, now run by Mrs Leo.  There had been several other owners.


Mynd House in Barton Street was rented, adapted and refurbished.  Miss Hickey was appointed on 1st May 1883 to the post of Headmistress of the new Girls’ Lower School.

Miss Hickey was the first Headteacher of the newly started Girls’ Endowed School in Mynd House. There were 50 pupils and 3 teachers. Six months after the school opened there were 92 pupils.  By January 1885 there were 150 pupils and 5 teachers. In 1885 a plot of land became available in Denmark Road and this was suggested as a suitable spot for the girls’ school. 


In July, Miss Hickey and staff left.

In March 1895, 12 ladies were interviewed from a selection of 64, who had applied for the post of Headmistress.
Miss Barwell was appointed.  She was Headteacher for 24 years. She started the school library.  She also introduced  medals for punctuality and regular attendance.  She started in August 1895.

Miss Hickey


On 3rd March, the Girls’ Lower School was re-named the Girls’ Endowed School.


As a temporary measure the School moved to  Bearland House, Longsmith Street in April 1904. This was still not large enough to accommodate the staff and pupils but it was better than Mynd House. Anything that could be carried was - maps, pictures, ferns, and books went home for Easter and were brought to Bearland House afterwards.  

The Girls’ Endowed School was re-named Gloucester Girls’ High School.  It became a grant-aided school.


Governors established Gloucester United Schools.  (The Crypt, Sir Thomas Richs’, the Girls’ High School and the Municipal School for Science, Art and Technology)

In 1906 it was decided there was need  for a Public Secondary School for Girls, to be called the Girls’ High School.  A building would be provided for 350 pupils.  The school would be for girls aged 8 to 18/19, entrance to be by examination and interview.  Fees of £2 2s 0d a term for juniors (£165) and £2 16s 0d a term for seniors (£219).  Girls came from as far away as Cam, Dursley, Lydney, Newent, Dymock and Tirley.


On 18th October, a memorial stone was laid at Denmark Road.

Governors established Gloucester United Schools

In December girls took home their special and personal objects and in January, long processions of girls carried chairs, folding desks, easels, microscopes and maps through the streets of Gloucester, to their new school in Denmark Road.


On 14th January,  the new building of the Girls’ High School opened in Denmark Road.

A Union Jack presented by the children of Gloucester, New South Wales, floated high above the roof on Thursday 14th January 1909 when the sparkling new building was opened by Lord Stanley.  The students and parents sat in the hall whilst the dignitaries waited outside the locked door. A gold key was presented to Lord Stanley who used it to unlock the front door. The gold key was inscribed:

“for ever open for the diffusion of sound learning and useful progress”.


In September, a kindergarten opened on site.

The Old Girls’ Association was founded.

The Old Girls’ Association was founded.

In 1910 Miss Barwell started an alternative curriculum for the 13 to 16 year olds in which needlework, dress-making, cookery, a daily French lesson, art and music took the place of Latin and Mathematics.  The girls could also learn book-keeping and shorthand, but typing had to wait until machines could be purchased!

During the First World War, as travelling became difficult, more and more of the country girls became weekly lodgers with a family in town.  A hostel was then started in Horton Road which accommodated both staff and girls. By December 1914 700 garments had been sent to various children’s charities and as comforts for the Belgian troops, and money was sent to the Blue Cross Society for the help of horses on the battlefield.

During the next four years hundreds of mittens, socks and mufflers were sent to soldiers and sailors.  When pupils were preparing to go to Cheltenham to see ‘The Merchant of Venice’ Miss Barwellurged them to take their knitting with them so as to waste no useful moment.  A parcel of food was sent every fortnight from each form to prisoners of war in Germany.

During games lessons and after school part of the playing field was cultivated to grow potatoes and vegetables.  A few chickens were fed on kitchen waste to provide eggs.  For a time a donkey was kept on the school field to keep down the grass.  Girls helped with plum picking, and harvested nuts.  Rare Gloucestershire wild flowers were grown in the front garden.


In August, Miss Barwell retired.

In September, Miss Carless was appointed Headmistress.

Miss Carless started the first School Magazine. “Not for each but for all” became the school motto and was on the first prefects’ badges. Christmas parties began at this time, as did the summer picnics for the Prefects, the first of which included a steamer trip to Wainlodes, with rowing lessons and strawberries for tea.


First issue of Gloucester High School Magazine.

In 1920 Miss Carless introduced the blue and white striped blouse to the uniform.
In 1921 Ribston Hall High School opened in Spa Road to cope with the overcrowding of the High School and the long waiting list.
The name of the school was changed to Denmark Road High School from Gloucester Girls’ High School to prevent the confusion with RibstonHall.  After a few years though, the school was known as The High School, Denmark Road.

House competitions and sports day started in the 1920s; Kyneburga, Mynd, Bearland, Barwell and Hartland were the house names.  


In March, Miss Carless left.

In April, Miss Penson was appointed Headmistress.


Gloucester Girls’ High School Parents’ Association was founded.

Speech Day was held in Shire Hall in 1924. In 1924 the Old Girls’ Association presented a ‘Wireless Receiving Set’ and in January 1926 the girls heard the BBC welcome them to school broadcasts.

The first trip abroad was in 1926 when a party of girls went to Paris.  Soon annual exchange visits were arranged and French and German girls were welcomed to the school in the summer term.  One year three Egyptian girls spent a term at Denmark Road. At this time the school had 450 students. 

In 1930 the new Physics laboratory was built.  It was built with strong walls and a flat roof so that eventually a library could be built on top.


The School’s 50th Jubilee.

To start the Jubilee celebrations there was a Commemoration Service in the Cathedral for past and present members of the school and parents on 24th October 1933. Two performances of ‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona’ on the school hall stage were also held to celebrate the Jubilee on the 25th and 26th.  The girls revelled in the new winches for the curtains and the new extensions to the stage.  The boards, being new, squeaked! On the afternoon of the 26th October the Girl Guides at the school eagerly lined the drive from the gate, to form a Guard of Honour for the Duchess of Beaufort.  After inspecting the Guides the Duchess moved to the Hall.  The leaders of the groups of Old Girls and the Heads of Houses presented purses containing the money they had made or collected for the Jubilee Fund.  Afterwards there were refreshments.  The Guides were given the remains of the tea!

On the Friday morning of ‘Jubilee week’ the May tree was planted, which was to become the School emblem.

The most permanent reminder of the Jubilee is the May tree. A May tree was chosen because the school started in May.  Miss Penson wanted a wild hawthorn with white blossom to symbolise the high and pure character of the pupils at the School.  In the sheltered, sunny garden the school tree has grown to a large symmetrical umbrella. The blossom has a shy moonlit silveriness.  The tree is hoped to live for 200 years, for future generations of Gloucestrians to see and admire.


In August, Miss Penson died.  Miss Green became Acting Headmistress.


In January, Dr White was appointed Headmistress.


In 1940 the bombers began to pass over regularly, disturbing the nights with their heavy throbbing.  In January 1941 the Denmark Road area received a splattering of incendiaries, but the school escaped.  Gloucester was fortunate and shelter practice remained a formality until 26th March 1941. As with WW1 a lot of knitting and sewing was done providing comforts for the troops, including mittens for Russians and clothing for homeless families in this country and Holland.
From the beginning of the War the area where the school restaurant stands now was planted with beans, cabbages, onions, carrots and parsnips.  Another area was cultivated by the Parks Department and then it was possible to provide the kitchens with vegetables throughout the year.  Girls worked in the gardens during their lunch hours, evenings and weekends.  Sometimes they had to arrive early to pick icy sprouts before school and carry them to the kitchens on the top floor.

The Butler Education Act (in force from April 1945).  Secondary education for all.


The school became a maintained grammar school, with three forms of entry.  The Junior school was phased out.


In December, Dr White retired.


In January 1955, Miss Jewsbury was appointed as Headmistress.


Students outside one of the 'temporary buildings' in the 1960s.



In December, Miss Jewsbury retired.


In January, Miss Castle was appointed Headmistress.



Re-organisation of Local Government.

The school came under Gloucestershire County Education Authority and became a Community School.


Miss Castle moved to become Headmistress of Cheltenham Ladies’ College.


Centenary Celebrations – Princess Anne visited the school.

Miss Miles was appointed Headmistress.

In 1987 a folder of photographs of the school was presented to the Minister of Education Mr Baker in objection to Gloucestershire County Council's plans to sell the buildings and land.



Miss Miles retired.

Mrs Bainbridge was appointed Headmistress.

The school moved to four forms of entry.  Modernisation of the curriculum.  Introduction of the Faculty structure.


Threat to closure of grammar schools.


In August, Mrs Bainbridge retired.

Mrs Sawicka was appointed as Headteacher in April 2006, but because of having to give a whole term’s notice in her current job could not take up her headship until January 2007.  Between September – December 2006, Mr Willis was Acting Headteacher (Deputy Head under Mrs Bainbridge).


In January, Mrs Sawicka took up her post.


In September, introduction of the DEAL (Discover, Explore and Learn), the new bespoke Year 7 curriculum.

Farewells to Staff - July 2008


Mrs Christine MacLaren came to the High School for Girls in September 1983 (from Churchdown School where she was described as a ‘good and well-organised teacher’) to replace Mrs Banwell.  In September 1986 Mrs MacLaren became Head of Geography.  She has worked tirelessly to engage students in the subject, not only through her depth of knowledge, but also with her passion for the subject. Mrs MacLaren has been very giving of her time in taking part in ski trips and through organising field trips to places like Cardiff Bay, Iceland, Italy and Disneyland, Paris.  These trips have been a wonderful experience for students which I am certain that they will remember for the rest of their lives. Mrs MacLaren was also in her time an international lacrosse player. 

Mrs Jane Banwell started work at the High School for Girls in September 1980 as a Geography mistress.  She came to the High School from Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls and stayed with us until April 1983 when she left to look after her elder son, Thomas.  Mrs Banwell then returned in 1986 to  the  part-time  position  of  Geography  teacher, becoming a full-time member of staff in 1996. For a time Mrs Banwell was also Assistant Examinations Officer.  In 2005 Mrs Banwell returned to part-time work again.   It’s true to say the Geography Department will no longer be the same!

Mrs Vickie Manning joined the staff initially in a part-time capacity at a time when the Design and Technology Department was growing rapidly, in September 1993.  Mrs Manning was part of the team that transformed this area into a high performing, dynamic department.  She is an energetic teacher who has a commitment to high standards and has a real passion for her subject.  

Mrs Gerda Iles What can I say?  She has worked tirelessly for the staff and students for 46 years as a cleaner and midday supervisor.  This is a fantastic commitment and she will be greatly missed.  I believe that she even once managed to catch a burglar!  I certainly will remember her for her kindness and good will.  Nothing has been too much trouble for her.  

Mrs Mavis Hill has worked for the school as a Catering Assistant since 1997 and has been employed directly by the school since 2007 when we took catering in-house.  She has always provided ‘service with a smile’ in the Dining Hall.

Miss Grace Ogilvie came to the school in April 2005 as a part-time teacher of History from Marling School in Stroud.  We have been very grateful to Miss Ogilvie in her versatility during her time here, as she has been not only a teacher but also a Learning Support Worker, Faculty Technician and the key member of staff concerned with reporting. Most people come to the High School to do one job, it is rare that we find someone who can be so flexible.  The school is also grateful to Miss Ogilvie for her work with the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme.  The Award is highly successful at the High School at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels and it is the dedication of staff like Miss Ogilvie that enables so many students to take part in the Award.

Mrs Jo Tetley joined the High School staff in June 2003 as a Student and Family Support Worker working one day a week.  She has provided an invaluable service to both the students and parents during her time here.  As a result of re-structuring we are now adopting a new pastoral structure and we have just appointed a Student Development Officer who will take over this role.  We are grateful for everything that Mrs Tetley has done for the students and parents/carers and wish her every success in her future work. 


Ms Annie Picthall joined the High School for Girls in September 2005 as KS4 Director from St Peter’s High School and Sixth Form College.  Ms Picthall has worked extremely well with the Assistant Head, Student Support, the Year 10 and 11 Form Tutors and with the Director of Post 16.  She has always had the students’ best interests at heart and has not been afraid to tackle even the most difficult problems.  Ms Picthall is a true professional who has deservedly been promoted to the post of Assistant Head at Hanley Castle School in Worcestershire.  We wish her well in her new role.

Pastures new

Mrs Rachel Smith was appointed to the post of Head of Music in September 2000.  In her time at the school Music has continued to develop.  She has been proactive in not only teaching GCSE and A Level Music, but has also enabled students to enjoy music both in lessons and in extracurricular activities.  The orchestra led by Mrs Smith certainly made Prizegiving a more prestigious occasion.

Mrs Mel Andrews  joined the school in January 2003 as a teacher of Textiles/Art.  During her time at the school Art Textiles has gone from strength to strength.  The work produced by the students has been of a very high standard indeed and has been displayed in the AS and A Level Art exhibitions for all to admire (some examples of which are on page 16 of this newsletter).  Mrs Andrews has certainly inspired the students within the creative subjects. Both Mrs Smith and Mrs Andrews leave the High School for Girls to look after their children.  They will be missed by staff and students alike.  We wish them well in their new roles.

Mr Ian Hunter came to the school as a newly qualified teacher in September 2004.  He came to the school with a wealth of experience as he had lived in Martinique, Cuba and Brazil.  He is an excellent linguist as he is not only able to speak French and Spanish but also Portuguese and Russian.  As a result of his expertise we have been able to offer the more unusual languages in Sixth Form enrichment and in extra-curricular clubs.  He became Head of French in January 2007 and has been proactive in using new technologies within the Modern Languages faculty.  Mr Hunter’s wanderlust has returned and he has recently accepted a job in Hong Kong.  He will be missed by both the students and staff alike.  

Miss Laura Pearcey and Miss Rosalind Camp both came to the High School for Girls on temporary, one year contracts in September 2008.  Both teachers have been hugely supportive of the English Department and the school.  We are delighted with the work that they have done over the last year.   Miss Camp has also been responsible for ensuring that all the reports go out on time. Miss Pearcey leaves to take up an English post at Bassaleg Comprehensive School, Newport, whilst Miss Camp has got a job as an English teacher at Farmor’s School in Fairford. 

Mrs Beth Wynn Williams began work at the High School in September 2008 as a part-time teacher within the Food Technology department.   Mrs Williams has been a very approachable and energetic teacher with a good sense of humour.  Her subject knowledge and enthusiasm for Food Technology have been ably passed on to our students. We are sorry that we cannot offer permanent contracts to such valuable staff and wish to thank the staff for their valuable contributions to the school.


In January, the School celebrated 100 years on Denmark Road.

A Centenary Concert was held in Gloucester Cathedral.

Centenary Concert was held in Gloucester Cathedral

Centenary Concert was held in Gloucester Cathedral

Farewells to Staff July 2009


Mr Malcolm Willis has worked as Deputy Head at the School since 1995.  He has been excellent in this role as he has a vast amount of knowledge about the school, from details about the computer network and how the boiler works, to the curriculum map of the school and all the timetabling requirements.  He has been an excellent critical friend to me personally and a reflective advisor.  I could not have wished for a more loyal colleague as my Deputy.  He has also been an excellent teacher of Chemistry and there are countless students who have indicated that he has sparked  creativity in them so  that they could achieve their goals  whether at Medical School, Veterinary School or indeed doing Chemistry at University.  Students in Mr Willis’ care have said that they have experienced a remarkable growth in confidence in both knowledge and skills in his lessons.  I am also grateful that Mr Willis will still continue teaching Chemistry, for another year.  We hope Mr Willis enjoys all the things he has planned during his retirement, especially the travel to far off- places and being able to do what he wants, when he wants.

Mrs Mary Hill started work on 1st January 1974 as Mistress in Charge of Biology from Selwyn School in Gloucester.  Mrs Hill left in May 1976 on maternity leave and returned in April 1982 as a part-time member of staff to the Biology department.  I have been reliably informed that she can name most plants from either their seeds or leaves.  Mrs Hill’s lessons are inspirational and I am aware of the fact that she is often judged to be an outstanding teacher.  Mrs Hill has had a tremendous impact on the students in her care and we all wish her a long, relaxing and energetic retirement.  

Mr Richard Beever joined the High School in September 2006 as a mature entry into the teaching profession after having a fulfilling career in the Electricity Supply Industry. He was inspired to teach because of the teachers he had at school and because of the years he spent training, both school leavers and graduates, within the industry. This role enabled Mr Beever to lead on several trips where young people did Bronze, Silver and Gold expeditions.  We wish him all the very best for his new life in the South of England.  We will miss his fantastic cakes in the staff room.

Pastures New

Mrs Laura Parker joined the High School in September 2005 as a newly qualified teacher to teach History/Politics to A Level.  Mrs Parker has been an outstanding professional who has taken every opportunity to develop her knowledge and skills.  She took on the role of Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator in September 2007 and developed the provision for our gifted and talented students.  In April 2009 she took on the role of Team Leader for the DEAL.  She has been a huge driving force in the success of this curriculum and she has worked tirelessly to ensure that the students have an absolute fantastic experience.  She leaves to join Tadcaster Grammar School in Yorkshire, in a promoted post as Subject Leader: Skills for Life.  We wish her every success in her new job.

Mr James Playford came to the High School as Curriculum Director for Technology in September 2009 from The International School of Florence.  In his short time here he has worked on raising the profile of the Technology subjects.  Due to family circumstances, Mr Playford is moving to Pocklington School in Yorkshire where he will take up the position of Head of Technology.

Miss Georgina Ostridge  joined the High School in September 2009 as a Cover Supervisor from Brockworth Enterprise School, Gloucester.  Her former Head described Georgina as “reliable, great with the students and always willing to help”.  She has been excellent at her job and has enjoyed being in the classroom; consequently, she is now embarking on a PGCE course at the University of Gloucestershire, in order to teach History.  We wish to thank Georgina for all the work that she has done at the High School and wish her all the best for her training as a teacher.

Miss Hayley Staple began work at the school in September 2008, from Gloscol, as a Science Technician.  She has worked effectively and efficiently in the provision of support in lessons to all the Science teachers.  Scientists know that without the dedication and commitment of technicians many lessons and certainly experiments would not run smoothly. We wish her every success as she too embarks on her PGCE, to train as a Science Teacher.


In April, the School became a Foundation School.

Farewell to Staff July 2010


Ms Lynn Vale started at the High School in September 1993 as Head of English and became Head of the English Faculty in January 2001.  Ms Vale was an excellent Head of English and Head of the English Faculty as she had a meticulous approach to the work, but also took every opportunity to ensure that the students had a good experience.  Her love of English was very clear in her lessons which I have had the privilege to observe over the last few years.  Her lessons were extremely well planned and executed.  She believed in having a fast pace to lessons and ensuring that students learned something new from each lesson.  In January 2006 Ms Vale became an Acting Assistant Head and when I arrived in the school her role became permanent.  She was also given the responsibility of Strategic Lead for Learning and Teaching.  We hope that Ms Vale enjoys her retirement and finds time to do all the things she has been saving up to do.

Mr Keith Davies joined the teaching profession after working for 23 years as an engineer in the Electricity Supply Industry at various locations around the country.  He retrained as a teacher in 1997 and taught in Ipswich and Great Yarmouth.  He joined the High School for Girls in September 1999 as a Teacher of Science, and during his time here has worked as a Science, Physics and Mathematics teacher.  He has also been an examiner for Physics.  He has been a valued colleague within the Science department and the students have thoroughly enjoyed his lessons.  I know that Mr Davies is looking forward to cycling around various parts of the country and taking extended holidays.  We wish him all the very best in his retirement.

Mr Benjamin Clare-Gray joined the school in November 2010 to cover part of Mrs Kelly’s maternity leave.  He worked in the Religious Studies department and made a positive impact on the school.  He was particularly proactive in getting involved in school life, especially the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.  


In April, the School became an Academy and a charity.


Refurbishment of Food Technology room.


Students in Year 11, the first cohort through the school of students, who have been through the DEAL curriculum.


£1.8 million received from the EFA for an English and Music Centre. Build delayed because of several archaeological digs.

Capital Fundraising committee established.

Refurbishment of Art studio and creation of bespoke Sixth Form Art Studio.


Former Heads, Parents, Governors and Staff have pledged £430,000 for extension to dining room and new Drama studio over 5 years.

The new Performing Arts Block was completed in October and officially opened on Friday, 20th November 2015.

Redesign of new Art Textiles facilities.

New Psychology, Government and Politics and Sociology rooms, predominantly for Sixth Form teaching.


The first Year 10 Community Tea Party was held at the High School for Girls for residents of local care homes in March 2016.

80 primary students from Kingsholm Primary School were also entertained by Year 10 students at a community afternoon in July.

The Music Department achieved a ISM Gold Certificate for Music in 2016.

The new Dining Hall extension was finished just before Christmas 2016.  Staff, parents and students came into school on a Saturday in November for the “Dig In” for planting around the new dining hall.



In January 2017 trousers become an option for the school uniform at the High School.                 

Funding was received from the Education Funding Agency for safeguarding the site.  New security locks will be fitted on all external doors and new gates will also have security features.  All staff and students will receive a security badge to access the site.

At Easter Mrs Sawicka announced that she would be retiring at the end of December 2017. 

In May former student, Kate Davies completed a book documenting the School’s history, from 1980 to 2007.  Named after the School’s motto ‘In Honour Preferring One Another,’  Kate’s book covers a period of significant uncertainty for the school, including a number of attempts to close it.

In July Miss Giblin, Deputy Headteacher was announced by the Governors as the new Headteacher from January 2018.

In July Mr Hards retired from his post of the head of the Science faculty.  Mr Hards had been at the High School since 1992.

In September the whole school photograph was taken.

On Wednesday 29 November Professor Robert Winston visited the school and gave two interesting talks to students, staff and parents.

Mrs Sawicka said a tearful goodbye to students, staff, parents and governors at the annual Christmas concert at Gloucester Cathedral.  This was followed by the staff Christmas pantomime, Alladin, where Mrs Sawicka played the Genie.



Miss Giblin took up her new role as Headteacher of the High School for Girls in January 2018.

At Easter Mrs Marilyn Burden, the longest serving member of staff retired from her position as Food Technology/Art Techician.


Showcase - 'My Fair Lady'

I am writing this following the amazing first night performance of the school production of ‘My Fair Lady’.  If you attended you will know I am writing with a grin on my face, ‘With a little bit of luck’, on replay in my brain and an overwhelming urge to speak in a cockney accent!
If you didn’t join us, you really must put all our show and event dates in your diaries as you are missing an utter treat!
Events and performances are some of my favourite times because they epitomise our school.  Students put themselves out there to perform for us and spend days and days rehearsing to make sure they offer their best.  Others design the posters, the sets, help back stage.  Then there are the staff who give so much time to make this magic happen, and finally we all come together and appreciate the magnificence of their collective endeavours.
Farewell to Staff - July 2018
At this time of year, it is inevitable that some staff will choose to move on from our school.  Mrs Rolfe, Cover Supervisor, has worked with us for part of this year, we thank her for bringing cover lessons to life, and her support within and beyond the classroom. Mr Wildman, Cover Supervisor, is also leaving us today. Mr Wildman has been with us for two years, as well as providing cover he has also given lots of his own time as a regular on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, manning checkpoints and keeping the intrepid explorers on track.  He is leaving us to pursue a career related to his degree in Environmental Science.
Mr Hadfield, teacher of Latin, has supported students for many years, we thank him for enabling students past and present to achieve qualifications in this subject.
Now, every teacher is unique, but sometimes you meet those characters who epitomise the term. After 19 years with us Mrs Stuart is leaving today. Mrs Stuart has of course given her all in the classroom supporting students in lessons, but she has given so much more beyond that. Mrs Stuart gives generously of her time to students in one to one support, even coming in on her days off, and this week has worked backstage on the school production. She is also a huge support to the teachers in science, always there with a smile and a unique interpretation of life, the universe and everything. Mrs Stuart is forever young; she will give anything a go. She is a keen member of the staff triathlon team and believe me you cannot keep this woman off the dance floor at a school prom! Mrs Stuart, thank you for everything. We wish you every happiness in your new life in Devon.
And speaking of unique characters we are saying farewell to another genuine soul today. Mrs Rogers has been an amazing teacher of RS, History and PSCHE over her years with us. She has also been a fantastic Year Coordinator always taking the time to make sure those in her care are supported. Her call of ‘Hi hon, how are you?’ as you pass along the corridors will be missed by all. I think it is fair to say she brought us much laughter and her zest for life is contagious.
And now we come to two partners in crime who are leaving today. Mrs Drew and Mrs Lloyd-Owen.
Mrs Drew has brought life to Business lessons here at Denmark Road, ably supporting students to achieve their best. Mrs Drew is a ‘can do’ character, if she has a task under her care you know it will get completed to perfection, she is also a straight talker which I hugely appreciate, when she speaks up you know you need to listen. Not only has she taught Business but also Photography as part of the INVEST curriculum and previously led the Extended Project Qualification, developing the skills of students beyond the classroom. Mrs Drew leaves us to pursue her own business making unique hand-cranked knitted items and teaching others to be similarly creative. So when in Stroud on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month pop along to her stall and pick up some beautiful socks or a hot water bottle for the winter months to come.  Mrs Drew, thank you for your service, we wish you every success as a hand cranking entrepreneur!
Mrs Lloyd-Owen last week clocked up 25 years’ service to our school! A quarter of a century! Starting as teacher of Economics and Business her leadership skills were soon recognised and for 17 of the 25 years she has served under 4 Headteachers as part of the Senior Leadership Team.  Mrs Lloyd-Owen has been Head of Sixth Form, ran the Language College for us and most recently has led the pastoral team within the school. Mrs Lloyd-Owen is someone who is always there. You can count on her. She is someone who gets the work done. She has given so much of her time to making sure others are okay. Mrs Lloyd-Owen we wish you a happy and fulfilling retirement. We know you will continue to support others through voluntary work but do hope you will now take time to spoil yourself.


In January 2019 it was announced that the school would be known as Denmark Road High School.


Mr Michael Haynes

Sadly our former colleague Mr Michael Haynes, died peacefully during half-term.  Mr Haynes had been suffering from MND and had spent the last couple of months in Leckhampton Hospice.  Staff and former students celebrated his life at a Memorial Service in Tuffley.

Mr Haynes was Head of Music at Denmark Road from 1995-2000 and returned as Joint Subject Leader for Music in 2006 until 2013.  He left to be Director of Academic Music at Kingswood School in Bath, and last year worked as Director of Academic Music at Malvern College.

Mr Haynes was an inspirational teacher, who helped countless young musicians.  He started the tradition of the Christmas Charity Concert in Gloucester Cathedral, which has raised tens of thousands of pounds over the years for various charities.  He worked with Mrs Bowman and Mrs Day to start the tradition of a summer showcase, highlighting performing arts talents.

The senior choir performed one of his carols ‘Sleep my little Jesus’ written for our Christmas Concert at the Cathedral, at his memorial service.


In May 2019 the school celebrated its 110th birthday on the site at Denmark Road.



On 1st May students took part in a picnic in the school as unfortunately the weather was not suitable for an outside picnic.

Miss Giblin gave a birthday assembly in the gym where she spoke about the history of the school and introduced the new Senior Team.  Students and staff then sang Non Nobis.

Miss Giblin blew out the candles on the birthday cake and every student was presented with a Denmark Road birthday cupcake.

"Non Nobis Domine! Not unto us, O Lord, The praise and glory be Of any deed or word.  For in thy judgement lies To crown or bring to nought All knowledge and device That man has reached or wrought.

And we confess our blame, How all too high we hold That noise which men call fame, That dross which men call gold. For these we undergo Our hot and godless days, But in our souls we know Not unto us the praise.

O Power by whom we live Creator, Judge and Friend Upholdingly forgive, Nor leave us at the end.

But grant us yet to see, In all our piteous ways, Non Nobis Domine, Not unto us the praise. Non Nobis, Non Nobis, Non Nobis, Domine"



Farewells to staff - July 2019

In Languages, we bid farewell to two teachers. Mr Kombate, we thank you for joining the French department this year and enabling students to develop in Languages. We also bid farewell to Mrs Sollars. Mrs Sollars has worked at ours school for 18 years, I believe Mrs Sollars is the most bubbly person I have ever met, she effervesces with energy and enthusiasm, her smile, humour and immense talent as a teacher will be sorely missed.

Mr Waddington, teacher of Maths, is leaving to take up a post in an International School, thank you for enthusing students in their love of Maths, we wish you every success in your future.

Mrs Khalsi is leaving us as Finance Manager to take up post at another school.

From English we say goodbye to two members of staff, Miss Halliday and Mrs Murran, and also to teacher of RS and Sociology Mrs Kelly. We thank them for their service and wish them well for their futures. We also bid farewell to the dynamic and competitive Mrs Bird, Subject Leader of PE. Her energy and enthusiasm have been a great asset to the school, we thank her and wish her well in her new post at Rednock.

After 18 years of service, Mrs Bailey has decided to leave her teaching career and pursue her love of Design in a new adventure. Mrs Bailey has touched thousands of lives as a classroom teacher, tutor and previously as Head of Year. Mrs Bailey is a genuine soul who will do whatever, whenever for her students and also her colleagues. She has made us all laugh with her ability to lose pretty much everything on a daily basis! Mrs Bailey, we will miss your ‘Has anyone seen my keys?’ emails, we wish you well in your future adventure.

House victors!

The following Tutor groups accumulated the greatest number of Praise points in their year: 7H, 8M, 9BA, 10QA, 12LKB. Well done to all students.

This year Mynd have won the House competition. Congratulations to all those who have contributed to the various events held through the year. Totals and running order of the Houses are as follows:

1st – Mynd – 507 points, 2nd – Hartland – 493 points, 3rd – Kyneburga – 464 points, 4th – Bearland – 453 points, 5th – Barwell – 448 points