Nottingham High School for Girls

Nottingham High School for Girls
Nottingham Girls' High School
Established 1875
Type Independent
Location Arboretum Street
Students 1120
Gender Girls
Ages 4–18
Houses Skeel
Website Nottingham Girls' High School

Coordinates: 52°57′46″N 1°09′22″W / 52.9627°N 1.1562°W / 52.9627; -1.1562

Nottingham Girls' High School is an independent fee-paying girls' private school, part of the Girls' Day School Trust, founded in 1875, situated just north of Nottingham city centre.



Originally housed in a group of Victorian houses, the school has expanded considerably. Recent major works have ensured that pupils have fully equipped and purpose-built classrooms, laboratories and workshops, together with a well-stocked library, lecture theatre, drama studio and music house and a separate Junior School. The Sixth Form have their own facilities and the school is fully networked for IT.

The school grounds include a large all-weather pitch, gymnasium, sports hall and fitness suite. Preparations for a Performing Arts building are underway. There is also a sizeable sports field at Aspley. The school is immediately adjacent to Nottingham High School and a few extracurricular activities, such as joint theatrical productions, are organised with the boys who attend it. In recent years the following productions have been presented:

  • Follies
  • The Pirates of Penzance
  • Annie
  • Daisy Pulls it Off
  • Les Miserables
  • Guys and Dolls
  • Seussical the Musical
  • Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat
  • The Tempest
  • Three Penny Opera
  • Oliver!
  • The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Bugsy Malone
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Alice in Wonderland

The four school houses are named after the four first headmistresses of the school: Skeel (Blue), Luxton (Red), Bolton (Green) and Hastings (Yellow). The house system was adopted relatively recently in the school's history. The different houses compete in many different activities including Sports Day, House Performing Arts, Choral Speaking, House Debating. Relatives are put in the same house.


The school can accommodate around 1200 pupils overall, aged from 4 to 18. The Sixth Form represents nearly 30% of the Senior School, and there are normally around 280 girls in the Junior Department, which has a separate headmistress, Mrs Faith Potter, succeeding the previous headmistress Mrs Margaret Renshaw. As the largest of the 29 schools of the Girls' Day School Trust, Nottingham Girls' High School is part of an organisation which, since its foundation in 1872, has promoted the education of girls.

Notable former pupils

The school is notable for having educated two director generals of MI5 - the security service.

Student executive

The Sixth Form elects a group of 16 girls, including Head Girl and two Deputy Head Girls, who organise social events, often in conjunction with Nottingham High School.


External links

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