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|Woodford County High School For Girls|
|Motto||Laeti Gratias Deo Agimus|
(Let us thank God joyfully)
|Department for Education URN||102852 Tables|
|Head teacher||Ms Jo Pomeroy, MA|
|Staff||Deputy Head - Mr Colin Jenkins (also teaches history and brought the one way system to this school)|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Houses||Highams green, Repton blue, Warner yellow and Newton red|
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'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.
The building was formerly a hospital, in which Florence Nightingale worked, as well as a means of accommodation for Winston Churchill during the World War II. It was also once owned as a house, owned by the Warner family, who also held ownership of many properties in Walthamstow.
Higham Hall, the Main Lobby (which is now the office) and the winding staircase were designed by William Newton.
The school history used to be learnt by students in year 7 for the first half-term of the academic year.
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.
Notable former pupils
- Kathleen Lonsdale (1903–1971), crystallographer
- Jenny Powell, TV presenter
- Lucy Kirkwood, playwright
- Sarah Winman, actress and author
- Jourdan Rianne, model and former love island girl
- "Joy Manners" (PDF). BBK AC UK. BBK AC UK. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
- Thomas, David A (November 1994). Churchill, the Member for Woodford (1st ed.). Routledge. p. 224. ISBN 071464143X.
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