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Skipton Girls' High School, founded in 1886 by the Petyt Trust, is an all girls selective grammar school situated in Skiptonmarker, North Yorkshire, Englandmarker. The school recently became a foundation school. Around 750 girls aged 11 to 18 are educated at Skipton Girls', of which 190 are in the sixth form. The current headteacher is Mrs Janet Renou, who took up the position in September 2002. The previous headteacher was Diana Chambers.


The school was awarded specialist status as an Engineering College in September 2003, becoming the first all girls school to achieve this status. It also has Investors in People accreditation.


As a Foundation School the Governors are responsible for the admissions. Girls who wish to join the school sit a selection test. There is no selection test for entrance into sixth form as students are admitted on the basis of their GCSE grades and a reference from their current school.

Academic standards

Following the inspection on 5 March 2008 the school was rated Outstanding, Grade 1 on a five point scale. The report said "This is an outstanding school. Standards are high and students achieve very well. ... The headteacher’s vision and drive are widely recognised within the school and the staff show high levels of unity and shared purpose. Students enter with standards of attainment that are well above average and these are built on very effectively throughout the school. .... The school has established suitable channels of communication with parents but could do more to actively involve parents in school life."

Old Girls' Guild

The Old Girls' Guild was started on 24 November 1917. The Guild still meets twice each year, for the Spring Reunion and Autumn Luncheon. The idea of the guild developed during Miss Larner's years as Headmistress during which staff and former pupils would meet. Miss Broadbent continued this, organising social events. The Guild's first magazine was published in 1918 and with the exception of 1920 one has been published every year. Bound copies of the magazine can be seen at Skipton Reference Library.

School Houses

Every girl from Year 7 to Year 13 is in one of the four houses, each of which has a house colour. Each house is named after a woman or women of note from history: Bronte (red) is named after the Brontë sisters, Curie (yellow) after Marie Curie, Franklin (blue) after Rosalind Franklin and Johnson (green) after Amy Johnson. The house mottos are "Sisters of the Past, Present and Future", "Cure Ignorance; Radiate Knowledge", "Success is in Everyone's Genes" and "Soaring to Success" respectively.Inter house competitions take place to earn house points, and at the end of the year, they are counted up to reveal a winner. Competitions range from baking cakes and carving pumpkins to carol singing and talent shows.

These houses were invented under Mrs Renou's headship with a view to promoting a feminist focus in the students. Previously, the houses were Broadbent, Larner and Wise, named after former headmistresses of the school.

The original four houses were Clifford (yellow), de Romille (red), Norton (blue) and Pembroke (green). These were names that linked the school to the Craven area - Clifford, de Romille and Pembroke all being related to Skipton Castle.

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