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 1320 students on roll, including 315 in the Sixth Form. In June 2013 we received an Outstanding rating from Ofsted.
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, Food Technology, Textiles, Graphics and Resistant Materials, Computing, Business Technology, Drama, Mathematics, Music, PE and Science.
In February 2018 a new Sports Hall, containing 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 2018, a new ten-classroom teaching block was opened to support the expansion of the school, along with an enlarged dining space and a further science laboratory.
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 ability levels make excellent progress in their chosen courses. However, academic achievement is just part of the story, and we offer a wealth of educational experiences, clubs, activities and opportunities across the year, which 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 were appointed a Specialist Science School in 2004 and have maintained this following the conversion to Academy status in 2011. We are also proud to hold the Mental Health Kitemark Award; ICT Mark; International School Award; Arts Award; Secondary Geography Quality Mark with Centre of Excellence status; Music Mark Award; Investor in Careers; and the CPD Mark in recognition of our high-quality staff development programme. In December 2019 we were delighted to be awarded World Class School status. In March 2015, the school became a National Support School.
Our Sixth Form is very successful, sharing teaching with Hitchin Boys’ and The Priory Schools as part of the longstanding Hitchin Post-16 consortium.
GCSE and A-Level results are consistently high, and we are among the top performing state schools in Hertfordshire. Students are encouraged to participate, enjoy and achieve outside the classroom by taking part in sports, music, clubs and societies or any of the other educational, social, recreational and international opportunities on offer. There are also many opportunities for them to make a positive contribution to the school community, through charity work, the House system and various voluntary schemes.
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. 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.