Wallington High School for Girls

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Template:Infobox UK school Wallington High School for Girls is an all-girls grammar school located just south of Wallington, in the London Borough of Sutton, England.


It is a grammar school, with Jane Burton the Headmistress since 2012. The school is also twinned with Wallington County Grammar School for Boys, in many events due to both the schools being in the same area as each other. Girls can join the boys' school's sixth form. Girls' schools, whether selective or not, generally have a better academic record than equivalent-intake mixed schools, and as a result tend to be oversubscribed schools; Wallington High is no exception. Around 2000 girls each year apply for 210 available places. Places at the school have been harder to secure since recent economic conditions have forced an inevitable exodus from independent schools.

The school is situated in Woodcote Green on the A237, around a half-mile north of the A2022 crossroads, at the junction of Sandy Lane South, Woodmansterne Lane, and Woodcote Road (A237). It is near the southern edge of the borough of Sutton, and the western edge of Croydon, and next door to Woodcote Green Garden Centre and Nurseries. It is only one mile north-east of Surrey, specifically Woodmansterne.


Wallington High School for Girls was established in 1888 by a collective of nuns. The school building has since changed many times, and now accommodates an estimated 2310 students with 210 in each year group, as well as a Sixth Form College.

It was originally on Stanley Park Road in Carshalton when known as Wallington County Grammar School for Girls, the Wallington County School for Girls, Wallington County School, or the County School for Girls, Wallington. This site is now Stanley Park High School.

Current building

It moved to Woodcote Road in 1965, the same year it changed its administration from Surrey County Council to the borough of Sutton. In the late 1970s it had around 750 girls with 150 in the sixth form. In the 1990s it became grant-maintained school.


  • Agnes Mark (1928–2005) from 1964 to 1980, later Head of Croydon High School from 1980 to 1990
  • Amy Bull CBE (1902–1982) from 1937 to 1964, President from 1960 to 1962 of the Association of Headmistresses
  • Dr Dorothy Atkinson
  • Miss Margaret Edwards
  • Barbara Greatorex BSc
  • Jane Burton BSc


Although the school itself is non-religious, Springfield Church uses the school premises for its worship every Sunday at 10.30. The school lies in the parish of Wallington Holy Trinity, with the nearest church being Wallington St Patrick, and lies on the boundary with Roundshaw.

The Houses

Wallington has seven different forms in each year group. Each form is a member of one of the seven different houses, each named after an influential woman. Each house has two Year 11 House Captains, who are responsible for organising the annual fete and events and activities for their house. However, there will be the addition of an extra house as of the academic year of 2012/2013 and this new house will be called Curie with the house colour of Cerise. This is due to the school needing to expand in order to accommodate the growing number of primary school students leaving primary education without a place in a secondary school.


The school uniform consists of a navy and green kilt; a baby blue shirt (these may be short or long sleeved); a green v-neck jumper or cardigan and a navy blazer. However, students that joined the school before 2006 will not have blazers as these items were not on the school uniform regulations as of that time. Blazers also have the school logo and house name on the left-breast pocket.

  • Athena (Blue): named after the Greek goddess Athena.
  • Seacole (Green): named after Mary Seacole.
  • Brontë (Orange): named after Charlotte Brontë & Emily Brontë & Anne Brontë.
  • Johnson (Red): named after Amy Johnson.
  • Sharman (Purple): named after Helen Sharman.
  • Pankhurst (Yellow): named after Emmeline Pankhurst.
  • Curie (Cerise): named after Marie Curie.

Academic performance

It gets good A-level results, as expected of a London grammar school, but gets the highest out of Sutton's five grammar schools. Competition for all of these schools is notoriously fierce, and they educate people from neighbouring London boroughs as well, which will drive up results for each school.

Notable former pupils

Template:See also

  • A. L. Barker, author
  • Emily Benn, the Labour Party's youngest ever parliamentary candidate
  • Karen Bridge, badminton player
  • Lucy Porter, comedian, attended the school from 1984 to 1991
  • Rebecca Romero, rower and cyclist, Gold medal winner at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics who attended from 1991 to 1998
  • Ruth Saw, Professor of Aesthetics from 1961 to 1964 at Birkbeck College, and President from 1969 to 1970 of the British Society of Aesthetics, and from 1965 to 1966 of the Aristotelian Society
  • Prof Margaret Scott-Wright, Professor of Nursing Studies from 1972 to 1976 at the University of Edinburgh - the UK's first professor of nursing
  • Ruth Brown, finalist on Series 1 of The Voice UK (2012)
  • Pauline Boty, artist and actress, 1938-1966.



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