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 of the London Borough of Redbridge, England. The school opened in 1919. Woodford's brother school is Ilford County High School.

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
Colour(s)    ,     ,     

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

Although the school is part of the Borough of Redbridge school system, the school buildings themselves are located in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.[3].


Woodford County High School for Girls; the 1768 building designed by William Newton.

The main school building was originally Highams Manor or Highams Park, and was built in 1768 by William Newton (1735–1790). The exterior has Ionic order pilasters and a polygonal roof lantern. Notable internal features include a stone staircase with a wrought-iron balustrade. The grounds were designed by Humphry Repton and originally included Highams Park Lake.[4] In 1849, the house was acquired by the Warner family, who also held ownership of many properties in Walthamstow.[5] The building was later used a hospital, in which Florence Nightingale worked,[6] as well as a means of accommodation for Winston Churchill during the Second World War.[7] The site became Woodford County High school for Girls in 1919 and was extended to the north and south between 1928 and 1938.[5] It became a Grade II listed building in 1951.[4]

Notable former pupilsEdit


  1. ^ "Woodford County High School: URN: 102852". ofsted.gov.uk. Ofsted. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  2. ^ https://www.woodford.redbridge.sch.uk/page/?pid=222
  3. ^ https://walthamforest.gov.uk/sites/default/files/CPZ%20Overview%20Map.pdf
  4. ^ a b "Woodford County High School". historicengland.org.uk. Historic England. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  5. ^ a b Powell, W R (ed.). "A History of the County of Essex: Volume 6 (London, 1973), pp. 253-263". www.british-history.ac.uk. British History Online. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Joy Manners" (PDF). BBK AC UK. BBK AC UK. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  7. ^ Thomas, David A (November 1994). Churchill, the Member for Woodford (1st ed.). Routledge. p. 224. ISBN 071464143X.

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