Meet the only SHS School in Ghana headed by Female Headmistresses since 1960

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Accra Girls Senior High School

Source: SHSTRENDZ.COM

Accra Girls Senior High School was established in 1960 as one of the Ghana Education Trust Schools. The history of the Ghana Education Trust Schools dates back to the 1950s and 1960s which marked a period of self-governance in administration under the distinguished leadership of Dr Kwame Nkrumah.

There were only a few schools and as a result of a few educated people in the country; a situation which did not befit our status as a country. It was, therefore, crucial to expanding education with the sole aim of producing people who will live commendable and morally upright lives while serving the manpower needs of the nation for national development. The government, therefore, introduced the Accelerated Development Plan of Education to increase the infrastructure of the Government-assisted schools.

To achieve this aim, the Education trust was established. This fund was used to establish a number of primary and secondary schools, one of which was Accra Girls Senior High School. The school commenced on the 30th September, 1960 under the headship of Miss Blanch Gibson, an expatriate. In a months time, the school which began with an initial twelve (12) students had increased to forty-two (42) and eventually seventy-five (75) and five (5) teachers namely Miss Lena Beale, Miss Mercer, Mrs. Paulina Buckman, Mrs. Irene Darkwah and Mrs. Blanche Gibson.

Accra Girls Senior High School

Over the years, the school has seen a tremendous increase in the number of both staff and students. In the fifty-six years of existence, the school has carved a niche for itself by maintaining enviable academic excellence, progress and a high level of discipline. Irrespective of the scanty material and human resource available, the school has made a conscious effort to mobilize this resource in order to achieve higher heights.

School crest

The pioneering staff of the school are credited with the design of the school crest. The crest is made up of an eagle, a book and a pen which indicates that students are expected to be sharp sighted, keen and enduring in their academic work. The motto “AIM HIGH” implies that the sky should be the limit for students in their academic pursuit and never to pave way for mediocrity or complacency.

Heads of Accra Girls SHS

Mrs Blanch Gibson left the school at the end of the first year and Mrs Barbara Oddoye and Marjorie Bulley, in succession, took over the administration of the school for the second year. In 1962, Mrs Gloria Aryee became the headmistress and was succeeded by Mrs Beatrice Sey in 1979 who acted for three (3) years. Mrs Kate Cobbinah was the next headmistress and she was succeeded by Miss Bertha Clottey in 1995. Miss Veronica Akapame took over from 2002 to 2016 and was succeeded by Mrs Joyce Acolatse who is the present headmistress.

Headmistress Tenure of office

Mrs. Blanche Gibson (first headmistress) 1960 to 1961

Mrs. Barbara Oddoye 1961 to 1962

Mrs. Marjorie Bulley 1962 to 1962

Mrs. Gloria Aryee 1962 to 1979

Mrs. Beatrice Sey 1979 to 1981

Mrs. Kate Cobbinah 1981 to 1995

Ms. Bertha Clottey 1995 to 2002

Ms. Veronica Akapame 2002 to 2016

Mrs. Joyce S. Acolatse 2016 to present

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