Leeds Girls' High School (LGHS) was an independent, selective, fee-paying school for girls aged 3–18 founded in 1876 in Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It merged with Leeds Grammar School in 2005 to form The Grammar School at Leeds.

Leeds Girls' High School
Leeds Girls' High School Premises - Victoria Road - geograph.org.uk - 1118395.jpg
School premises from Victoria Road (after closure)
Coordinates53°48′57″N 1°33′58″W / 53.815825°N 1.566126°W / 53.815825; -1.566126Coordinates: 53°48′57″N 1°33′58″W / 53.815825°N 1.566126°W / 53.815825; -1.566126
MottoAge Quod Agis
"Do what you do"
(merged to form the Grammar School at Leeds)
Age3 to 18


LGHS was founded in 1876, at a time when female education was limited but expanding. Frances Lupton and other members of the Ladies’ Honorary Council of the Yorkshire Board of Education decided that campaigning for access to the universities was of little use without better all-round education for girls, equivalent to what boys received at traditional academic grammar school. Established interests prevented the use of existing charitable funds, so Lupton and her colleagues created a new way forward: a joint stock company.

The school motto was Age Quod Agis, which means "do what you do". While seemingly tautological at first glance, it is in fact a corruption of the Biblical exhortation, "whatsoever thy turn thy hand to, do it with all thy might". The pupils were divided into four houses, named after the four patron saints of the United Kingdom: Andrew, David, George and Patrick. Girls were placed into the houses that their families had been in before them. There were various house competitions throughout the year, mainly sports and arts orientated, the main one being the house music competition during the spring term.

The school had three sections situated in the western suburbs of Headingley:

  • Infant School (Rose Court): 3- to 7-year-olds
  • Junior School (Ford House): 7- to 11-year-olds
  • Senior School: 11- to 18-year-olds
Ford House (Junior School)

The Infant School (Rose Court) was situated on the large Senior School site on Headingley Lane, while the Junior School (Ford House) operated 1 mile (1.6 km) down the road in a converted mansion house. The Senior School building was built in the early 1900s, and efforts are currently being made to have the building listed. The fine oak wood panelling in the Assembly Hall detailed where Old Girls went to university on completion of their education at LGHS. The furniture within the Senior School Library was designed by Robert Thompson (The Mouseman), but was sold when the school moved to Alwoodley Gates (the Leeds Grammar School site).

In 2004 LGHS was the highest performing school within the Leeds LEA area, achieving top results at both GCSE and A Level.[1]

Merger with Leeds Grammar SchoolEdit

In 2005 LGHS merged with Leeds Grammar School to form the Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL). The merged school administration took over LGHS in August 2005, however the schools did not physically merge until September 2008. At that time the Junior School (ages 7–11) and Senior School (ages 11–18) moved to Alwoodley Gates. Classes for girls and boys between the ages of 11 and 16 remain segregated, but all extracurricular activities are mixed. The Infant School moved to the Ford House building next to a new nursery school, currently operating as GSAL'S Rose Court Nursery and Pre-Prep.

The school building was used as a filming location for the fictional St Matthews' Hospital in the new ITV medical drama Monroe, which was scheduled for broadcast in 2011.[2]


  • 1997–2005: Mrs Sue Fishburn
  • Miss Philippa Randall
  • Miss Audrey Jackson
  • 1934–1970: Miss Marilyn G. Sykes
  • 1933–1934: Mrs Leslie P. Kirk
  • 1905–1932: Dr Lucy A. Lowe
  • 1902–1904: Miss E.T. Joseph
  • 1892–1902: Miss Helena Langhorne Powell
  • 1876–1891: Miss Catherine Lucy Kennedy

Notable former pupilsEdit


  1. ^ "Education – League Tables – Leeds Girls' High School". BBC. 15 January 2004. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  2. ^ Javin, Val (24 September 2010). "Television: Former Honley Players actress Liz Hume-Dawson lands a role in ITV1 medical drama Monroe alongside James Nesbitt and Sarah Parish". Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Retrieved 22 July 2013. The former Leeds Girls High School has been turned into a hospital for the series.

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