Forthcoming Events

November  2014
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Sixth Form Open Evening

4:30 - 6:30pm

U6 Parentsí Consultation Evening

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L6 only in school
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Christmas Fair

Festive fun - 11am to 4pm

Year 11 Parentsí Consultation Evening


Year Photos

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Occasional Day

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News & Bulletins

A Level certificates will be ready for collection from the school office with effect from Monday 24 November.

Any queries please contact or

Sunday 23rd November
11am until 4pm

Get your festive season off to a good start by coming to our annual Christmas Fair at the school. Organised by the Parents' Association, the Fair includes several wonderful craft stalls run by guest stall holders and friends of the school. There will be games for younger members of the family, three different Tombolas (toiletries, chocolate and bottles), a huge number of books on all subjects, and of course the Raffle.

The Raffle prizes feature an iPad mini and a MacBook air, with many other amazing prizes too. The grand draw will take place at 3pm, but tickets will be on sale throughout the day until that moment.

Refreshments of all kinds are available: have a tasty lunch at the amazing Asian Food Kitchen, or relax in the Gallery Café for tea, coffee, cake and snacks, or grab a soft drink, nibbles and sweets in the Hall. And then there's the fantastic cake stall - with cakes home baked by our girls and their parents: come and buy a showstopper!

We have something for everyone.

    (updated 24th October 2014)

The Geography Department would like to congratulate all the excellent entries for the 2014 Young Geographer of the Year competition. The task was to tackle the broad question: 'How can Geography help you?'

The contenders entered some wonderfully presented and detailed answers on a number of key themes, including population change, travel, global problems and careers. ‚Äč


    (updated 17th July 2014)

Want to learn a new skill or improve an existing one? Evening classes are starting again in September at Watford Grammar School for Girls, Monday 7-9pm. Click here for more information.

    (updated 2nd June 2014)

Let me introduce you to a new source of funds for the school which raises money without costing you a penny. We have often promoted a similar website which was called Spend and Raise. This site has replaced that one, and it has even more online retailers, including all the big names.‚Äč

All you have to do is follow the link here. The site will ask you which good cause you wish to support. Find Watford Grammar School for Girls Parents’ Association either by typing it in, or by using the school postcode (WD18 0AE) and scrolling down.

You will then be asked to register and there are options that will stop unwanted emails cluttering your inbox. For more information visit the PA page.

Many Thanks

Tracey Barraclough,
PA Chair

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

Our Ethos

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.



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