Headteacher's Welcome

Welcome to Walderslade Girls’ School, a small, friendly and very much a family oriented all-girls High School located in a pleasant suburb of the Medway town of Chatham. We are a Specialist College of the Arts and place great emphasis on creative teaching to inspire our students’ learning across the curriculum. We value creative subjects within our specialism which includes fine art, textiles, photography, sculpture, drama, dance music and musical theatre, alongside a full and diverse academic curriculum. We cater for girls of all abilities from the most able to those who perhaps struggle with aspects of their learning. We are a fully inclusive school where every child is valued and known as an individual and where every child is viewed as unique and special with talents and gifts of their own; strengths which are identified and nurtured so that our girls blossom and develop into confident and successful young women.

WGS is a member of the Co-operative Schools Network of the south east and we subscribe to the Cooperative values of self-help and self-responsibility. We seek to promote democracy, equality and equity throughout the school and our girls are taught the values of honesty, openness and the importance of social responsibility, kindness and caring for others.

I am very proud to lead such a wonderful community of students and committed and dedicated highly qualified staff, many of whom are long serving to the school. There is something very special about the atmosphere that pervades the school and that strikes so many people to comment on when they come to visit. It is quite indescribable but leaves one with a sense of warmth, calmness, a quiet sense of purpose and, above all, togetherness. I warmly invite you to come and experience this for yourself and step into what is affectionately known as the ‘Walderslade Family’.

Mrs L McGowan BMus (Hons), PGCE, MA, NPQH, FRSA