Newcastle High School for Girls was launched in September 2014 and builds on the unique strengths of each of its founding schools. Both Church High School and Central Newcastle High School had an ethos of providing the very best education for girls, and both were known equally for their academic excellence, pastoral care and support. Between them they have educated thousands of North East girls, and each had a strong reputation that stretched the length and breadth of the country.

Central Newcastle High School GDST dates back to 1876 when the Girls’ Public Day School Trust, an organisation determined to improve education for girls throughout the country, founded Gateshead High School. The School moved to Newcastle in 1895 and it became known as Central Newcastle High School. Such was the demand for girls’ education that Central High grew rapidly and it enjoyed an outstanding reputation throughout its 138 year history.

In 1883, The Church Schools’ Company decided to open similar schools to those of the GPDST but with a clear element of church teaching in the curriculum. A High School for Girls in Newcastle was established in 1885 and opened with 59 pupils. A new association was formed in 1925 and the School was renamed The Newcastle upon Tyne Church High School.

Rich in tradition, Central High and Church High were at the forefront of girls’ education. As individual schools they held a powerful position within the region. Together, under the name of Newcastle High School for Girls and as one of the 26 Schools of the Girls’ Day School Trust, we are able to offer an unrivalled educational opportunity for girls in the North East of England.

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