Discover our Past
The School that was to become RGS Dodderhill started in 1945 as Whitford Hall, Bromsgrove. It was founded by Miss Mary Booker, who remained Head until her retirement in 1972.
Late 1970’s up to today
Originally called Whitford and Dodderhill School, the combined school enabled the sale of the Whitford estate. This financed the Goodman building, now home to the Prep Department, and the David Street Hall, built in 1999 and named after the Chairman of the Governors.
In 2013, the old gym was converted into a performing arts centre known as The Atrium. Creative arts continue to flourish, and our choirs are renowned for their high standards.
In April 2019, Dodderhill Girls’ School merged with The Royal Grammar School Worcester and became known as RGS Dodderhill.
The Executive Head of the RGS Worcester Family of Schools, Mr John Pitt, said at the time of the merger: “This is a unique opportunity for Dodderhill and RGS to work together, and I am excited about what the future holds for our community of more than 1,400 pupils across four schools. Both schools are known as centres of excellence, and girls from Dodderhill already join our co-educational Sixth Form of around 200 students and achieved exceptional results. There will be new opportunities to enhance our already strong links. For example, we envisage some joint staff insets and training, sharing of best practices, an extension of our bus network, and combined concerts at Worcester Cathedral.”
Despite the twists and turns of history, the spirit of our founder endures. An obituary for Mary Booker included the quotation: “Whitford is not just a school, more a way of life”.
The same is true of RGS Dodderhill, which offers so much more than just outstanding exam results.