Manchester High School for Girls

Manchester High School for Girls is an English independent day school for girls and a member of the Girls School Association. It is situated in Fallowfield, Manchester.

Manchester High School for Girls
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Manchester High School for Girls is located in Greater Manchester
Manchester High School for Girls
Manchester High School for Girls
Manchester High School for Girls is located in England
Manchester High School for Girls
Manchester High School for Girls
Manchester High School for Girls is located in the United Kingdom
Manchester High School for Girls
Manchester High School for Girls
Grangethorpe Road

M14 6HS

CoordinatesCoordinates: 53°26′49″N 2°13′16″W / 53.447°N 2.221°W / 53.447; -2.221
TypeIndependent day school
MottoToday's Students, Tomorrow's Successful Women
Religious affiliation(s)Mixed
Local authorityManchester
Department for Education URN105592 Tables
HeadmistressClaire Hewitt
Age4 to 18
Enrolmentc. 950

The head teacher is Claire Hewitt who took up the position in January 2009[1] and is the 10th head teacher in the school's history.


The Manchester High School for Girls, Dover Street (since 1947 part of the Victoria University of Manchester)

The school was founded in 1874 by nine men and women who were prominent citizens of Manchester: it was first established in Chorlton on Medlock. A new school was built in Dover Street in 1881. (The building is now occupied by the University of Manchester School of Chemistry).[2] The founding group included Prof Augustus Samuel Wilkins, Harriet, Robert Dukinfield Darbishire and Edward Donner (afterwards Sir Edward Donner, Bart.)[3] The first headmistress was Elizabeth Day. Day was replaced as head by Sara Annie Burstall in 1898.[4]

In September 1939 the school was evacuated to Cheadle Hulme and by 1940 a new school building was under construction at Fallowfield. The unfinished buildings at the Grangethorpe Road site were destroyed by bombing on 20 December 1940. In 1941 the school moved temporarily to Didsbury and by 1949 a new building at Grangethorpe Road began to be occupied. The move into the new school was complete by 1952. The Grangethorpe site was occupied by a large private house and gardens from 1882 to 1936.[citation needed]

Preparatory department and senior schoolEdit

Manchester High School for Girls has a Preparatory Department for girls aged 4 to 11 with the majority progressing into the Senior School. Prep pupils have an infant section, two assembly halls and a playground and gardens. There are also specially designated areas for Mathematics and Science, a music room, library and two computer-suites providing multi-media facilities. In 2006, the school introduced the teaching of Mandarin to girls in Years 3 and 4.[citation needed]

Manchester High's curriculum includes traditional disciplines such as Latin. Pupils are also tutored in areas such as Mathematics, Sciences and Art and Design Technology. MHSG is a multi-cultural school embracing many faiths. Assemblies are organised by Sixth Form students and include Christian, Hindu and Sikh, Humanist, Jewish, Muslim and Secular themes.[citation needed]

A purpose-built Music House has 12 practice rooms and several classrooms, including one with space for orchestra rehearsals. A flood-lit, all-weather hockey pitch, tenniscourts, netball courts, rock climbing wall and swimming pool provide facilities for all-year-around sports.[citation needed]


For the academic year 2017/18 fees ranged from £8,337 per annum for infants to £11,472 per annum for seniors.[5]

Former staffEdit

  • Edith Aitken, the first head of Pretoria High School for Girls[6]
  • Elizabeth Day, the first headmistress of the school
  • Sara Annie Burstall, the second headmistress of the school
  • Catherine Chisholm (1879–1952), Manchester High School doctor: 1908 – 1944, GP and paediatrician: the first woman to graduate from Manchester University Medical School in 1904, founder of the Manchester Babies Hospital [later the Duchess of York Hospital] in 1914, in 1950 became the first woman to be awarded an honorary Fellowship by the Royal College of Physicians.


Notable former pupilsEdit


  1. ^ "London Society events". Manchester High School for Girls. 2011. Archived from the original on 29 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Manchester High School for Girls". Ardwick Heritage Trail. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
  3. ^ 100 Years of Manchester High School for Girls, 1874–1974. Manchester: Manchester High School for Girls (compiled by K. L. Hilton)
  4. ^ Sara Annie Burstall, Oxford Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 30 January 2016
  5. ^
  6. ^ Barbara E. Megson, 'Aitken, Edith (1861–1940)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2006 accessed 12 June 2017

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