Presdales School

Presdales School
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Presdales School in 2006
Hoe Lane

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SG12 9NX

Coordinates51°48′11″N 0°01′51″W / 51.80297°N 0.03086°W / 51.80297; -0.03086Coordinates: 51°48′11″N 0°01′51″W / 51.80297°N 0.03086°W / 51.80297; -0.03086
MottoAchievement For All
Department for Education URN137985 Tables
HeadmasterM Warren
Age11 to 19
Former nameWare Grammar School for Girls

Presdales School is a girls' secondary school with academy status, located in Ware, Hertfordshire in the East of England. The school also operates a coeducational sixth form. The current headmaster is Mr M Warren, who took the post in 2016.


It was founded as Ware Grammar School for girls in 1906 at nearby Amwell House, and moved to its present site of Presdales House in 1964. It became a comprehensive in 1975.[1]

It was awarded specialist college status three times by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, namely as: a Language College, in 1995; an English and Music College, in 2003; and as a Mathematics & Computing College, in 2009.[2] The school converted to academy status in April 2012.

Presdales made the news in December 2020 when its plan to switch to remote learning for the last week of the autumn term was thwarted by Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, who threatened to use legal powers to make the school stay open. The intention had been to keep staff and students isolated and safe from the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic ahead of Christmas.[3]

Notable former pupils[edit]

Ware Grammar School for Girls[edit]


  1. ^ Presdales School, A Brief History
  2. ^ Presdales School, Academy Specialisms
  3. ^ "Coronavirus: minister threatens headteacher over pre-Christmas online lessons". The Guardian. 12 December 2020. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Presdales School & Sixth Form . Ware . Hertfordshire". Archived from the original on 5 September 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  5. ^ Jane Gandee

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