Wakefield Girls’ High School (WGHS) is an independent day school for girls, which occupies a traditional red-brick building in the heart of the cathedral city of Wakefield in West Yorkshire.
Although the school functions autonomously, it is part of the Wakefield Grammar School Foundation, which is a family of five schools: WGHS Junior School, WGHS Senior School, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS) Junior School, QEGS Senior School and Mulberry House Nursery.
The Foundation was established in 1875 by the governors of QEGS, which had been providing an education for boys in Wakefield since the late 16th century. Its aim was to extend education to girls and, with the express purpose of fulfilling that aim, WGHS opened its doors in 1878.
Whilst operating independently and providing same-sex learning environments, WGHS and QEGS benefit from some shared sports facilities and join together for some cultural and social activities.
At Key Stage 3, the WGHS curriculum covers the requirements of the national curriculum but also includes additional subjects, such as Latin and Classical Civilisations. Girls take nine subjects at GCSE and the school aims to provide them with as much subject choice as possible, including the option to take Greek as a tenth subject outside the normal timetable.
The school consistently produces excellent exam results and, in 2018, 93% of GCSE results were in the A*–B range, with 64% being the top A*–A (9–7) grades.
On Thursday afternoons, all girls take part in an enrichment and development programme called ‘EDGE’ and can choose from a wide range of academic, sporting and creative activities.
Address: Wakefield Girls’ High School, Wentworth Street, Wakefield WF1 2QS
County: West Yorkshire
Admissions info: 01924 372490 or [email protected]
School Type: independent girls’ day school
Open Day Date: October
Exam Date: January
Exam Type / Board: School’s own
WGHS is an academically selective school. External candidates wishing to join the school in Year 7 (11+) must take an entrance exam and a reference is obtained from each candidate’s current school to assist with decision making.
The entrance exam takes place in January and consists of tests in English (reading comprehension and creative writing), maths, verbal reasoning and abstract (non-verbal) reasoning. Following the exam, parents will be informed in writing if their child is offered a place, on the waiting list or no offered a place.
Girls at WGHS Junior School are not required to sit the entrance exam. However, they are assessed over a period of time to ensure they meet the Senior School’s entry requirements.
A copy of the Wakefield Grammar School Foundation Admissions Policy can be downloaded from the WGHS website.
WGHS encourages all parents who are interested in applying for a Year 7 place for their daughter to contact the Admissions Secretary by telephone or email to register their interest and discuss the entry procedure: 01924 372490 or [email protected].
The next step is to visit the school. WGHS holds an annual information morning in early October each year. However, it is also worth contacting the admissions office to arrange a personal visit to tour the facilities on a normal school day.
Parents who want their daughter to be considered for a place and sit the WGHS entrance exam must complete the online application form and pay a non-refundable application fee of £50 (which can be paid via PayPal).
A limited number of means-tested Foundation Awards (bursaries) are available. These can be for up 75% of the annual school fees.
The WGHS entrance exam and consists of tests in:
The maths paper covers arithmetic, problem solving and logical thinking. Whilst it is broadly aligned with the KS2 National Curriculum, on the second part of the paper, candidates may be asked to solve simple problems based on unfamiliar concepts.
The general verbal and abstract reasoning test is similar to those which are widely available commercially and is designed to assess natural aptitude and ability regardless of past learning.
More details about the coverage of each test are available on the WGHS website.
One of the best ways of preparing for competitive entrance exams is to use practice papers. These help students to familiarise themselves with the format and question types that they will encounter in the actual test in an efficient and effective manner. They also provide an excellent opportunity for students to practise working under time pressure.
Our practice papers, which are available for immediate download, print and use after purchase, offer excellent practice and preparation for Wakefield Girls’ High School entrance exam. They cover all the key skills and can be used to identify any weaker areas that require additional work ahead of the exam and to help build confidence.
Our 11+ practice papers are thoroughly researched and up to date. Every year, they are used successfully by tens of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance exam. They are designed to be age appropriate but challenging, to reflect the demands of such an exam.
To prepare for the WGHS English papers, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers, which will help to improve comprehension and writing skills, including spelling and vocabulary:
To prepare for the maths paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers:
To prepare for the verbal reasoning and abstract (non-verbal reasoning) paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers:
The information provided about Wakefield Girls’ High School was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.
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