125th anniversary celebrations for Colston’s Girls’ School

January 28 2016
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125th anniversary celebrations for Colston’s Girls’ School

ONE of the Bristol’s most popular secondary schools has played an important role in educating girls since it opened on January 18, 1891.

Head of Colston Girl’s School, Alistair Perry, said: “Generations of young women, staff and parents have been proud to be a part of CGS’s vibrant, caring and highly successful learning community.

Students have always been taught to be independent, curious and resourceful in their learning, to seek knowledge and opportunities and to achieve more than they had thought possible.”

The school was set up by the Society of Merchant Venturers to reflect the changing educational priorities of the late nineteenth century and their own commitment to providing access to education for all young people.

The distinctive yellow and red brick Victorian building on Cheltenham Road, designed by the architect WV Gough, is designated as Grade II listed by English Heritage.

In 2008, CGS became one of the first feecharging independent schools in the country to convert to statefunded academy status.

It is rated as outstanding by the education watchdog Ofsted.

It has 780 students, aged 11 to 18, and is set to grow to a capacity of 860.

An exhibition of student artwork is on display in the school’s reception to mark the anniversary, along with 125 balloons.

On the day of the anniversary, the girls were all shown a slideshow of the school’s history and invited to take part in a competition.

Lessons had an anniversary theme and were followed by special assemblies – and cake!

Each student was presented with a commemorative lapel pin.