Welcome to the Hitchin Girls' School website. We hope you will find it useful, and that it will provide you with information about our school, events, activities and departments, as well as the subjects we teach.
Hitchin Girls' School is a high-achieving single-sex all-ability school serving the local community with 1371 students on roll, including 330 in the Sixth Form. In June 2013 we received an Outstanding rating from Ofsted.
Our school possesses an incredibly strong ethos; the environment is familial and supportive, and we value each other. We embrace innovation whilst being aware of our history and traditions. We are diverse and inclusive yet have a strong identity. Learning, for students and staff alike, is at the heart of all we do; we strive to create a vibrant atmosphere where high-quality learning can take place and the whole school can thrive.
The school occupies a pleasant site at the top of Windmill Hill with its own playing fields and woods. As well as general classrooms, we have specialist teaching areas for Art and Design, Computing, Drama, Food Technology, Graphics and Resistant Materials, Mathematics, Music, PE, Science and Textiles.
In February 2018 a new Sports Hall, comprising a four-court hall, dance studio and small fitness suite, was officially opened by former HGS student and Commonwealth Games (2018) Paralympian, Maria Verdeille. In September the same year, a new ten-classroom teaching block was opened to support the expansion of the school, along with an enlarged dining space and an additional science laboratory. In 2021 a further laboratory was added, and more recently we have resurfaced our outdoor tennis courts as we continue to ensure our facilities are of the highest possible standard.
We are a fully inclusive school where the individual progress of our students is paramount. We encourage them to develop independence and resilience in their studies to enable them to be lifelong learners.
We are very proud of our academic successes over many years and celebrate the fact that students of all abilities make excellent progress in their chosen courses. GCSE and A Level results are consistently high, and we are among the top performing state schools in Hertfordshire. However, academic achievement is just part of the story and our students enjoy success in a wide variety of activities outside the classroom, including in sports, music, clubs, societies and other educational, social, recreational and international opportunities on offer. There are also many chances for them to make a positive contribution to the school and the wider community, through charity work, the House system and voluntary schemes. These instil so many of the qualities and skills that our young people need for their future.
We work hard at Hitchin Girls’ School and our expectation is that everyone makes their best endeavours in all that they do. The very highest standards of conduct, respect, effort and personal attainment are our goal for all members of our community.
We are proud to hold the Mental Health Kitemark Award; International School Award; Arts Award and Investor in Careers. In December 2019 we were delighted to be awarded World Class School status and we were reaccredited in July 2022.
Our Sixth Form is very successful, sharing teaching with Hitchin Boys’ and The Priory Schools as part of the longstanding Hitchin Post-16 consortium.
High levels of attainment, sound common sense, self-assurance and respect for others have been an integral part of our strong tradition for over 100 years. It is our firm intention to maintain, encourage and build upon these standards so that our students leave us fully equipped for their life ahead. We hope that this website will give you a picture of a busy, friendly, caring school, and of the wide range of curricular and extracurricular activities available to our students.