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Making History

Former High School for Girls student, Kate Davies, has just completed a book documenting the School's history, from 1980 to 2007.

Named after the School’s motto ‘In Honour Preferring One Another,’ Kate’s book covers a period of significant uncertainty for the School, including a number of attempts to close it.

Kate said: ”I have so many happy memories of my time at the School and it’s been fantastic being able to share these. 

However, I also remember there was a lot of uncertainty while I was at the School, because the County Council wanted to close all the grammar schools.  This caused a lot of panic and concern.

Throughout the 1980s there were various proposals to restructure secondary school education but they were all eventually turned down by the Secretary of State.  The first part of the book covers this in quite a lot of detail because I felt that it was an important - if unwelcome - part of the School’s history.”

Kate attended the High School in the 1980s and 90s, following in the footsteps of her mother Susan, who is also one of the School’s alumna.

Kate’s book is the second history of the School - the first, published in 1983, was written by former teacher, Marjorie Burden, and it charted the School’s first 100 years.

Kate now lives in Upton St Leonards and began writing the book in 2009, alongside her ‘day job’ of being a teaching assistant at a local primary school. She is also a lay minister at her Church in Barnwood, and has a ten year old son.

Over the past few months the School’s Alumni Office has been assisting Kate by editing her work and getting the manuscript ready for publication.

Headteacher, Ewa Sawicka, said:  “I am delighted that this second history is now complete as I have always passionately believed in the importance of documenting our School’s past.  Understanding our heritage is key to developing a school community that can be proud of its traditions and move forward with confidence.

In publishing this book we are creating a legacy for future generations of High School students, so that they can understand the footsteps they are walking in.”   

The book is now on sale for £10 from the School office, or both histories of the School can be purchased for £15.

To find out more, email alumni@hsfg,org