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Woodford County High School for Girls

Woodford County High School for Girls (WCHS) is a selective grammar school for girls in Woodford Green, Essex, England. It was founded in 1919 and has a long history of academic excellence and cultural diversity.

WCHS was established in 1919 as a county school for girls, with the aim of providing a high-quality education for the daughters of local residents. The school was originally located in a large house on Woodford High Road, but soon outgrew its premises and moved to a new site on High Road in 1934. The school survived the Second World War with minimal damage, and continued to expand and develop over the years. In 1944, the school became a grammar school under the Education Act, and in 1965, it joined the London Borough of Redbridge. The school celebrated its centenary in 2019 with a series of events and activities.

WCHS offers a broad and balanced curriculum that caters for the needs and interests of all its students. The school follows the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9), and offers a range of GCSE and A-level courses at Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) and Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13). The school also offers the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. The school has a strong focus on languages, mathematics, science, and humanities, as well as on creative and performing arts. The school encourages students to pursue their passions and talents, and to develop their skills and knowledge across different disciplines.

WCHS has excellent facilities that support the delivery of its curriculum and enrich the learning experience of its students. The school has a modern library, a spacious hall, a drama studio, a music suite, an art block, a design and technology workshop, a food technology room, a textiles room, a computer suite, and several science laboratories. The school also has a sports hall, a gymnasium, an all-weather pitch, tennis courts, netball courts, and a large field. The school is well-equipped with ICT resources, including interactive whiteboards, laptops, tablets, and wireless internet access. The school also has a canteen that serves healthy and varied meals.

WCHS is one of the most popular and sought-after schools in the area. The school admits 180 girls each year at Year 7, based on their performance in the 11+ entrance exam. The exam consists of two papers: verbal reasoning and mathematics. The school also admits girls at Year 12, based on their GCSE results and their suitability for their chosen A-level courses. The school receives around 800 applications for Year 7 and around 300 applications for Year 12 (Sixth Form entry) each year. The competition for places is very high, and the school advises prospective applicants to visit the school website for more information on the admission process and criteria.