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Our History

From the first, Guildford High School, founded by the Church Schools Company in 1888, was a progressive school. While some early girls’ schools were designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of prospective governesses, Guildford High School sought to provide a feminine counterpart to the reformed public schools for boys. 

When the first Headmistress, Miss Agnes Morton, opened the school at Haydon Place on the 25th April 1887, she was greeted by the appointed caretaker with the news “there ain’t no one come yet ma'am”. Undaunted, Miss Morton had acquired two pupils by the end of her first week and with support from the Church Schools Company over the subsequent months, the school was born.  In 1893 the construction of a new school on our London Road site was completed. Thereafter the school never looked back. By the mid 1920s there were around 200 pupils and, once peace returned after WWII, expansion was rapid.  From 1945 to 1959 school numbers doubled and by the mid 1980s there were almost 600 girls at the school.  Today, we have around 960 girls from the ages of 4 to 18 and belong to the United Church Schools Trust, part of United Learning


If you are a former pupil, you might like to read about the GHS Old Girls' Association on our Alumnae page.