Nottingham Girls’ High School is kick-starting a year of celebrations to mark its 140th anniversary year, pioneering girls’ education in the region.
Festivities will began with the School’s ‘Celebration and Awards Evening’ at Nottingham’s Albert Hall, where the school acknowledged the incredible achievements of over 220 students, presenting them with awards for academic achievement, sporting success and community service. Former Royal Air Force pilot, Mandy Hickson, who was the only female pilot in her Front Line Tornado Squadron, presented the awards on the evening.
Sue Gorham, Head of Nottingham Girls’ High School, said: “We’re all excited about celebrating our 140th year and what better way to start than by recognising the outstanding accomplishments of our girls. Our history is long, but the driving force of everything we do is the same as it was when we were established – providing dedicated, expert education for girls.”
Founded with just 34 students by what is now The Girls’ Day School Trust, Nottingham Girls’ High school is Nottingham’s only independent day school for girls aged from four to 18. Before the 1870s when the school was established, schooling for girls in Nottingham was fixed by social class and there were limited opportunities for working class girls to receive an education past primary school.
The school’s strong alumnae network includes some pioneering figures. In 1922 Mary Browning became the first woman in England to obtain a Doctorate in Physics at London University. In 1992, former student Dame Stella Rimington became the first woman ever to be promoted to the rank of Director General of MI5.
Sue added: “I’m so proud to be Head of Nottingham Girls’ High School and I’m proud of all of our students, past and present. Providing a complete learning experience, devoted to girls – first and always – that is our passion and our purpose, as it has been for 140 years. We’ve created a vibrant and inspiring community, free of stereotypes, where our girls are excited to learn and are confident in who they are and what they can achieve – which is anything they set their mind to.”