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Watford Grammar School for Girls Grammarian Alumnae
As promised, we are delighted to invite you to join us at the Old Grammarian Alumnae, the dedicated site for Watford Grammar School for Girls. Our new home offers a safe and secure environment for our community to connect and communicate.
Create a Profile with information about your education and professional background since leaving Watford Grammar School for Girls. If you like, you can directly import your LinkedIn profile by clicking on that option during the set-up process, and be up and running on the site in less than a minute!
Find Friends by completing your profile to include as much information about your time at Watford Grammar School for Girls as possible. We'll then use these details to suggest people you might have known while you were at School. The more information you provide, the more connections we can help you make!
Extend Your Network by connecting with alumnae who currently work in the same industry, or went to the same university as you. Again, the more details you provide of your own experiences, the wider the network our site can help you to connect with!
Share with Your Network anything you have found interesting, useful or funny by using the homepage newsfeed to share links (just like on Facebook). You can also post an article once you're logged in about anything of interest to you that you want to share with the whole network. As long as it isn't spam and would be of genuine interest to Watford Grammar School for Girls (Old Grammarian alumnae), we'll happily approve and publish it for you!
Keep in Touch with life at Watford Grammar School for Girls. We'll occasionally send newsletters and invitations out to our members, linking to stories about our alumnae and upcoming events. You can also regularly log-in here any time to message friends, and see who has joined and what the latest news is!
Our free and dedicated site is the ideal place to keep up to date and network.
The bigger our community the better it works, so join us today by following the link below:
Energy Kidz Holiday Club
Fun filled and action packed clubs for 4-11 year olds Energy Kidz is a leading provider of out of school childcare for primary school aged children, offering fun and affordable childcare delivered in a safe and supervised environment. Our qualified staff are DBS checked to an enhanced level, first aid qualified and are experienced in and passionate about the activities we offer.
All our clubs follow the playwork principles and offer lots of free play and free choice activities. Children can try a range of activities including arts and crafts, sports, or just chill out and enjoy the variety of toys and games available. We encourage children to try something new, but understand that not every activity suits every child so an alternative is always available.
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Exam timetables for summer 2016There have been a number of articles in the media regarding the timetabling of this summer's exams. The JCQ have issued the following statement which clarifies the situation: "There has been a clear misunderstanding in some parts of the media as to how the GCSE and A level timetable is set and the impact religious events, such as Ramadan, Easter and Passover have on it. It is important to note that the timetable for 2016 was drafted over a year ago, is published, and won’t be changing."
School Performance Tables
You might have seen the report in the Watford Observer about the secondary school league tables and the observation about WGGS that ‘none of the Key Stage 4 pupils achieved an English Baccalaureate.’
There are many other local academic schools in a similar position with 0% of students passing the EBacc according to published performance tables who choose a syllabus more appropriate to their students, which the league tables do not recognise.
We deliberately choose courses that we feel will give the girls the best opportunities in the future. The Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Double Science Award courses that our girls follow, the iGCSE, are not recognised in the school league tables and as such some of our results appear disappointing. The impact is that many of the published figures do not reflect how the girls actually did, as two or three of their qualifications (3 A*s in many cases) are not counted.
Dear Parents, Girls and Visitors,
I am delighted that you are interested in our school. I hope that you will enjoy visiting our website; it will show you some of the reasons why Watford Grammar School for Girls is such a successful school and well known nationally for its academic standards.
As the Head, I am particularly conscious of my responsibility for maintaining the best of the traditional values of this school, while offering a forward-looking education to equip girls for life in the twenty-first century.
Our motto is Sperate Parati - Go forward with preparation. With the motto in mind, I aim to ensure that each girl:
- Is encouraged to achieve excellence in all areas of the curriculum;
- Achieves a sense of dignity, personal responsibility and self esteem;
- Learns to work as part of a team;
- Has an open mind and the ability to make and understand moral judgements;
- Receives a balanced and broad education and is equipped with those skills necessary to undertake a lifetime of learning.
I see it as part of my function to provide an ordered working environment in which the highest standards of work and behaviour are expected of all girls, an environment where a community based on mutual respect, tolerance, trust and understanding is able to flourish. With my colleagues I aim to provide a curriculum which challenges the girls and promotes their academic and social development.
In a large school the whole community - pupils, staff, parents and Governors - should be aware of what the school is trying to achieve and how that achievement is being planned and organised. Success in achieving our aims and objectives is dependent on the spirit of understanding shared by all involved in the life and work of the school. We are a developing school, continually trying to improve the quality of education we provide.
I look forward to welcoming you.
Dame Helen Hyde DBE
The ethos of Watford Grammar School for Girls is based firmly on tradition and our record of academic excellence, particularly for children ready for a primarily academic curriculum.
We believe all our pupils are of equal worth and concern. We value the diversity of our school: pupils and staff share a wide variety of religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
Music is at the heart of the school and children gifted with an aptitude for music do well here. The school is a designated high performing specialist college for the Visual Arts and for Mathematics, and has been recognised nationally for its expertise in Sixth Form teaching and support for students’ higher education applications. We encourage and support the participation and achievement of all pupils in all aspects of the curriculum and of school life.
We have high expectations of courtesy, behaviour, effort and achievement within a disciplined, supportive and challenging academic environment.
With our partner school, Watford Grammar School for Boys, we enjoy a common foundation and history, a shared ethos and values, and complementary specialisms. As single sex schools, we accept pupils from a wide area, as we have traditionally done. We value the lasting links with local families which our customary catchment area creates.
We ask all parents applying for a place here to respect this ethos and to understand its importance as the foundation of the school community.