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Woodford County High School For Girls

Woodford County High School For Girls, formerly Woodford County High School (WCHS) is a secondary all-girls selective grammar school in Woodford Green in the London Borough of Redbridge, England. The school opened in 1919.

Woodford County High School For Girls
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Coordinates51°36′25″N 0°01′07″E / 51.607°N 0.0185°E / 51.607; 0.0185Coordinates: 51°36′25″N 0°01′07″E / 51.607°N 0.0185°E / 51.607; 0.0185
MottoLaeti Gratias Deo Agimus
(Let us thank God joyfully)
Local authorityRedbridge
Department for Education URN102852 Tables
Head teacherMs Jo Pomeroy, MA
StaffDeputy Head - Mr Colin Jenkins (also teaches history and brought the one way system to this school)
Age11 to 18
HousesHighams green, Repton blue, Warner yellow and Newton red
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Woodford's brother school is Ilford County High School.

Woodford County High School has seven Years (7–13). To gain a place in the lower school, children take the 11-plus exam via the local authority, the London Borough of Redbridge. Redbridge offer the top 180 girls from the 11-plus exam results a place at Woodford County High School where, upon entry, girls are allocated to one of 6 individual 'forms' of 30 students each. Each of the four forms in every year group for Years 7-11 is part of a different school 'house'. These houses are Repton (blue), Warner (yellow), Highams (green) and Newton (red). There are many roles that students are encouraged to volunteer for within the day-to-day running of the school, including representation of peers on the 'school council' and becoming 'Silver Badges' (Y12/13 6th Formers with additional responsibilities). 6th Form (Y12/13) places at the school are highly sought after, and applications to attend 6th Form are open to those who have attended schools other than Woodford County High School in Years 7 to 11.

The school offers a wide range of GCSE subjects, including Classical Civilisation, psychology, and business studies, among many others.[2]

The school building was the site of the Highams Manor, built in 1768.[3] The grounds of the school were designed by Humphry Repton, who gives his name to one of the school's houses.

The building was formerly a hospital, in which Florence Nightingale worked,[4] as well as a means of accommodation for Winston Churchill during the World War II.[5] It was also once owned as a house, owned by the Warner family, who also held ownership of many properties in Walthamstow.[citation needed]

Higham Hall, the Main Lobby (which is now the office) and the winding staircase were designed by William Newton.[6]

The school history used to be learnt by students in year 7 for the first half-term of the academic year.[citation needed]

Notable former pupilsEdit


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  4. ^ "Joy Manners" (PDF). BBK AC UK. BBK AC UK. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  5. ^ Thomas, David A (Nov 1994). Churchill, the Member for Woodford (1st ed.). Routledge. p. 224. ISBN 071464143X.
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