Timeless values of being a Colston's Girl

November 01 2016

The continuing success of Colston’s Girls’ School, founded in 1891, was celebrated at the annual Prize Giving Day.


The continuing success of Colston’s Girls’ School, founded in 1891,  was celebrated at the annual Prize Giving Day.

Hundreds of girls attended the event in the Great Hall of the University of Bristol’s Wills Building, just as generations before them have done.

CGS, which became a state-funded academy in 2008, marked its 125th anniversary with some excellent A-level and GCSE results. The rate of progress made by students from the ages of 11 to 16 is among the best in the country and many students have won places at leading universities.

Acting Head of School John Whitehead told nearly 1,000 girls, staff, parents and guests: “Education may change; however at CGS we will continue to fall back and rely on the values that have set this school apart over the last 125 years and will do so with a confidence that the young women who leave here to move on to the next stage of their education could not be better prepared for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

Mr Whitehead added that the core values of Respect, Responsibility, Resilience and Curiosity, which underpin the new CGS house system, demonstrated that the school’s traditions of aiming high were as true today as they had been over the decades - even though the technology had changed a bit!

He spoke of a recent occasion at which more than 80 Old Girls visited CGS to talk to current pupils and to share stories of what had changed and what was reassuringly the same.

Guest speaker was Laura Marshall, managing director of Icon Films, who talked about the importance of keeping focussed on goals as well as making time for a healthy work-life balance. She also presented the prizes, while Bibles were presented by the Master of the Society of Merchant Venturers, Tim Ross.

    Former pupil Lucy Saunders runs the Old Girls’ Association. If you would like to join the  Alumnae or share their memories of life at CGS, email: alumnae@colstonsgirls.bristol.sch.uk