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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.


In July, Miss Hickey and staff left.

In August, Miss A Barwell became Headmistress.

Miss Hickey


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


The Girls’ Endowed School moved from Mynd House to Bearland House, Longsmith Street.

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)


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

Governors established Gloucester United Schools


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


In September, a kindergarten opened on site.

The Old Girls’ Association was founded.

The Old Girls’ Association was founded.


In August, Miss Barwell retired.

In September, Miss Carless was appointed Headmistress.


First issue of Gloucester High School Magazine.


In March, Miss Carless left.

In April, Miss Penson was appointed Headmistress.


Gloucester Girls’ High School Parents’ Association was founded.


The School’s 50th Jubilee.


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


In January, Dr White was appointed Headmistress.


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.  Junior school was phased out.


In December, Dr White retired.


In January, Miss Jewsbury was appointed as Headmistress.


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.


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.


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


In April, the School became a Foundation School.


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.


£1.8million 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.