Manchester High School for Girls

at Grangethorpe Road, Manchester, M14 6HS United Kingdom

Manchester High School for Girls
Grangethorpe Road
Manchester M14 6HS
United Kingdom
Contact Phone
P: +44 (0)161 224 0447


Manchester High School for Girls is an independent day school for girls and a member of the Girls School Association. It is situated in Fallowfield, Manchester, England. The school is regarded as one of the United Kingdom's leading independent day schools based on A-level results.The school has more than 930 students on roll and the head teacher is Claire Hewitt who took up the position in January 2009 and is the 10th head teacher in the school's history.HistoryThe school was founded in 1874 by nine men and women who were prominent citizens of Manchester: it was first established in Chorlton on Medlock. A new school was built in Dover Street in 1881. The building is now occupied by the University of Manchester School of Social Sciences). The founding group included Prof A. S. Wilkins, Harriet and Robert Dukinfield Darbishire and Edward Donner (afterwards Sir Edward Donner, Bart.) The first headmistress was Elizabeth Day. Day was replaced as head by Sara Annie Burstall in 1898.In September 1939 the school was evacuated to Cheadle Hulme and by 1940 a new school building was under construction at Fallowfield. The unfinished buildings at the Grangethorpe Road site were destroyed by bombing on 20 December 1940. In 1941 the school moved temporarily to Didsbury and by 1949 a new building at Grangethorpe Road began to be occupied. The move into the new school was complete by 1952. The Grangethorpe site was occupied by a large private house and gardens from 1882 to 1936. From 1917 to 1929 it was used as the 2nd Western General Hospital, a military hospital.

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