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Manchester High School for Girls

History, Values and Ethos 

Manchester High School for Girls is a leading independent school providing an excellent educational experience for girls aged four to eighteen.

The first school in the north of England to be concerned with providing an academic education to females, Manchester High was founded in 1874
with the aim of imparting to girls the very best education that can be given and to fit them for any future which may be before them.
MHSG grounds

From the Pankhurst sisters who fought to give women the vote, Manchester High has a long and proud history of educating women who have changed the world. The Pankhurst legacy remains strong today throughout the School today. Our girls are proud of our heritage and strive to challenge gender stereotypes.

Indeed, our alumnae have claimed many ‘firsts’; from Clara Freeman, the first woman to be appointed to the Board of Marks and Spencer, to Merlyn Lowther, the first female Chief Cashier of the Bank of England. From Libby Lane, the Church of England’s first female bishop to Edith Hesling, the first woman barrister called to the bar at Gray’s Inn.

News from the archive - 19th June 2018

We are delighted to announce that we will shortly be launching a new MHSG archive website.  It will include a catalogue of the material we hold to assist researchers, as well as fascinating insights into the history of our pioneering school. 

For the moment, the old archive website can still be accessed from

The school archivists, Mrs Gwen Hobson and Mrs Pam Roberts, are always delighted to receive enquiries about the school’s history or donations of memorabilia.  They can be contacted on

Watch this space – we will let you know as soon as the new website is up and running.

Values and Ethos


Manchester High School for Girls aims to:

  • Support girls to develop and understanding of the value of education as an end in itself, instilling a love of excellence and culture
  • Encourage girls to achieve high academic standards and fulfil their individual potential
  • Provide a broad and varied range of subjects and activities, offering each girl the opportunity to develop her talents
  • Educate the whole person, so that girls leave School with a sense of self-worth, self-discipline and an ability to contribute with confidence to an increasingly competitive and technological world
  • Draw on the School's social, cultural and religious mix of pupils to enable girls to live and grow in an atmosphere of mutual respect
  • Encourage qualities of caring, kindness, honesty and loyalty, fostering high moral standards


This statement of values was designed in consultation with our pupils.

  • Respect others regardless of age, background or race
  • Help to create a caring environment where all relationships are open and friendly
  • Be honest when dealing with others
  • Discourage malicious gossip and realise that teasing can go too far
  • Be happy at others’ success and give support in times of disappointment
  • Value extra-curricular achievements, as well as academic success