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The Westgate School

Established 1977
Type Community comprehensive with boarding school
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Mr Paul Nicholson

Cheriton Road
SO22 5AZ
England Coordinates: 51°04′03″N 1°19′50″W / 51.0675°N 1.3306°W / 51.0675; -1.3306{{#coordinates:51.0675|-1.3306|region:GB_type:edu_dim:100|||||| |primary |name=

Local authority Hampshire
DfE URN 116407 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1134
Gender Mixed
Ages 4–16
Website Westgate School

The Westgate School is a comprehensive school in Winchester, Hampshire, United Kingdom.


The school was founded in the early 1900s as the Winchester County School for Girls, becoming Winchester County High School for Girls (WCHS) in 1936. By the 1970s it had 900 girls.

It had been a grammar school for girls only, until September 1973 when the first intake of comprehensive boys and girls entered the first year. At this point the school was renamed as The Westgate School. Many of the old grammar school teachers left in July 1974 to work in the neighbouring newly established sixth form college, the former Peter Symonds boys' grammar school. The Deputy Head, Miss Barbara Taylor, was one who made the move, but the Headmistress, Miss Muriel Rowe, remained for several more years.

The last grammar school intake left in July 1977, leaving The Westgate School entirely comprehensive and co-ed from then on.


In recent years between 75 and 80% of 15-16 year olds have achieved five or more GCSE grades A* to C, 70-80% including Maths and English.[1] According to the BBC league tables, Westgate is one of Hampshire's top state schools.

Notable former pupils

Winchester County High School for Girls


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