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            Votes for Women
Founders &
Manchester High School for Girls celebrated its pioneering founders who paved the way for women’s education by establishing the city’s  rst academic girls’ school in 1874.
In the centenary year of the historic Representation of the People Act, when women in this country  rst had the right to vote, the School community gathered for a special Founders’ Day assembly. The assembly not only remembered the founders, but also commemorated the strong links that Manchester High has with the Pankhurst women, leaders of the suffragette movement.
From its beginnings, Manchester High was liberal and progressive. At the time, universities did
not accept women on the basis they would have had no formal education. MHSG’s founders wanted to change this and Manchester High became one
of the  rst girls schools to teach Chemistry, Physics and Biology. It was this ground-breaking spirit that caught the attention of political reformer, Emmeline Pankhurst. She enrolled her three
In 1918, Parliament passed an act granting the vote to women over the age of 30 who were householders, the wives of householders, occupiers of property with an annual rent of £5, and graduates of British universities. About 8.4 million women gained the vote.
Ten years later, the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act extended the voting franchise to all women over the age of 21, granting women the vote on the same terms as men.
Girls mark centenary of voting rights for women
daughters; Christabel, Sylvia and Adela, with all three girls attending the School between 1893 and 1902.
The Founders’ Day assembly started with a poignant performance of March of the Women by the school’s Music and Drama students, followed by the memoirs of former MHSG Head Mistress, Sara Burstall, who actively supported the right of women to vote during her time at the School between 1898-1924.
Mrs Claire Hewitt, Head Mistress at Manchester High School for Girls, said: “We are very proud of our forward-thinking founders. Our ethos of inspiring girls to pursue the highest academic, personal and moral standards
and empowering them to become responsible global citizens remains the same as what our founders intended 144 years ago.”
 Girls at Sibford Junior School, Oxfordshire, have celebrated the 100th anniversary of votes for women by posing as Suffragettes.
Edward Rossiter, Head of the Junior School, said: “During
our morning meeting we spoke about equality and Quaker
Values and explained the 100th anniversary of the introduction of
the Representation of the People Act... a piece of legislation that, for the  rst time ever, enabled some women over the age of 30 to vote and paved the way for universal suffrage 10 years later.
“The pupils were outraged by the unfairness of the situation and enjoyed dressing up in protest.”
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Pathways from neuroscience to the classroom
Five years ago Julia Harrington, headmistress of Queen Anne’s School, started an educational neuroscience programme
she called BrainCanDo.
‘I did so, because while advances in neuroscience have discovered
CPD-Accredited one-day conference 15 March 2018
more and more about how the
brain develops and what stimulates or depresses young minds, this knowledge was not  ltering through to schools and teachers. I believe that how young people deal with the pressures of adolescence and early adulthood is as important as the way they learn.’
‘Technology has given neuroscientists access to the working brain which has helped to explain many of its cognitive functions. I believe that the knowledge we have gained through these developments could – no, should! – be fed into the education system and translated into programmes for schools. ‘Marking the  fth year of BrainCanDo, Queen Anne’s is holding a one-day CPD-accredited conference on Thursday 15 March for directors of teaching and learning, teachers, educationalists, parents, psychologists, academics, and everyone interested in the
development of the teenage brain and how a better understanding of it can transform teaching and learning.
‘We work with universities to
bring together the latest  ndings
in neuroscience and psychology
to build an evidence-informed educational practice,’ says Mrs Harrington. ‘ Unlike so many other programmes in this area, we take these  ndings and apply them in the classroom, the sports  eld , the boarding house and the playground to create the best possible educational experience for both teachers and pupils.’
Research programmes include:
• How music can make you smarter • The impact of emotional contagion on motivation to learn • The role of self-af rmation in cognitive task performance
• How memory works
Neurosciences at the School of Medicine at Cardiff University (and stand-up comedian)
• Dr Joni Holmes, Head of the Centre for Attention Learning and Memory at the Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge
• How to understand and work
with stress
• Understanding biological rhythms
and the science of sleep
As well as updates from the current
university research collaborators
at University of Reading and
Goldsmith’s, University of London,
the conference will include
presentations from:
• Professor Michael Thomas, Director
of the Centre for Educational
Neuroscience at Birkbeck
University, London
• Dr Dean Burnett, neuroscientist
at the Division of Psychological
Medicine and Clinical
Thursday 15 March 2018, 9.15 am to 16.00 pm Queen Anne’s School, Henley Road, Caversham, Berkshire RG4 6DX Tickets (£60) can be booked through the BrainCanDo website
( or by calling 0118 918 7343 or emailing
and panel sessions led by Jonnie CNeonatkresf,oDrirIencntovraotifotnheanTdonRyesLeiattrlceh in Learning at Eton College.
Queen Anne’s School is an independent day and boarding school for girls, and part of the Grey Coat Hospital Foundation and the United Westminster Schools Foundation.
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Anniversary celebrations
Bickley Park School, Kent, has been teaching boys since 1918 and preparations are already under way to commemorate its 100th year. Staff are planning a year of events and activities, and are now busy contacting, and tracking down, as many alumni as possible.
Bickley Park Old Boys will form part of the school’s centenary celebrations, which will run throughout the academic 2018/19 year.
Patrick Wenham, headteacher, said: “Throughout our centenary year we hope to bring together past, present and future pupils, while celebrating Bickley Park’s long history and highlighting our plans for the next 100 years.”
Bickley Park School was founded by Mr and Mrs Richard A Brandram and started off with just 20
pupils. Mr Brandram was the  rst headmaster and, like others that followed in his footsteps, has a school house named after him.
The Brandrams were focussed on educating boys and sport played a strong part in their educational vision. This is continued today as
pupils have access to a swimming pool, astro-turf pitch – opened in September 2016 – tennis courts, a six acre sports pitch and climbing wall.
Teaching is still conducted from some of its original 1918 buildings but, since then, the school has grown hugely. New facilities
in Surrey and the City, and to re ect on the wonderful evolution of our parent foundation - Bridewell Royal Hospital – into the outstanding School we are today.”
are continuously being added, including, recently, a brand new nursery. A new Reception block and dining room will open in September.
Last month (April) heralded
the 150th anniversary of King
Edward’s move to Witley, Surrey,
and the School has embarked on
a year of celebratory events to
commemmorate its history.
The Mayors of Haslemere and
Waverley were present as a holly tree
was planted in the King Edward’s
Witley grounds to mark the date
that the School moved from London
to its new premises in Witley. A
second holly tree was planted in the
grounds of St Bride’s Church, Fleet
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when it was originally founded in
the City of London.
John Attwater, Headmaster of King
Edward’s Witley, said, “We retain
close links with the City of London
and are proud of our heritage. The
planting of these holly trees will
allow us to re ect on our two homes
Pictured: The Mayor of Waverley, Councillor Chris Storey and Mayor of Haslemere, Councillor Sahran Abeysundara, treasurer Justine Voisin, headmaster John Attwater with Head Girl and Head Boy
Footballer and TV presenter Chris Hollins is among Bickley Park’s well-known alumni, which includes political historian Sir Anthony Seldon, but the school has also
Additional commemorative events include a special Bridewell Day thanksgiving service held last month in the presence of the Lord Mayor of the City of London and HRH
shiodseteodf athfeambloacuksbnoamrde. Conhiltdhreno’tsher author Enid Blyton taught at the school in 1919 before moving
to Surbiton to work as a nursery governess.
The Duchess of Gloucester GCVO at Southwark Cathedral, an exhibition at Haslemere Museum in May and the opening of the School to the pSunbdlicayfo1r0HtherSiteapgtemObpern2D0a1y7.on
Bickley Park is on the lookout
for alumni and is calling on past pupils to get in touch. Visit to contact the school.
Bridewell Royal Hospital (reg. charity no. 311997) remains the parent foundation for King Edward’s
and provides  nancial support to over 100 children whose home circumstances mean it is bene cial for them to have access to an outstanding boarding education.
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Digital Wellbeing
Friday 9 June 2017 Protecting Pupils Online 10.00am – 3.30pm £195
Sexting, cyber-bullying, tech-addiction, digital footprint - how can teachers help protect pupils online? Join us for an insight into the latest digital trends and hear  rst-hand about their potentially damaging impact. Specialist workshops will offer expert guidance on helping young people navigate the online world safely.
Speakers include:
• Digital Sisters: Emma and Charlotte
Robertson from Digital Awareness UK, trail blazing e-safety in schools
• Lorin LaFave: campaigning for online safety following the death of her son Breck Bednar, who was groomed online
• Parent Zone: advising teachers on how to help parents deal with digital dangers
• Holli Rubin: a body image specialist tackling the issues surrounding online identity
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Cranleigh announces technology & teenage mental health conference
Booking open for conference on 8th March 2018
Cranleigh School, Surrey, is hosting a one-day conference on Technology and Teenage Mental Health in March, in association with mental health charity the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. The conference will host Heads, Deputies and Pastoral Leads
from a range of South East schools and feature experts
from the  elds of neuroscience, mental wellness and adolescent psychology.
Deputy Head (Pastoral) Dr Andrea Saxel says: “So much disparate research on the impact of technology on teenage mental health is being undertaken at
the moment. Quite rightly it is a matter of concern for schools and parents alike. We felt there was a compelling need for a conference to address the issues all together. We will hold a similar conference for parents.”
Earlier this year Cranleigh became the  rst boarding school in
the UK to prohibit the use of mobile phones for pupils in its  rst two year groups (Years 9
and 10). Cranleigh, a dedicated co-educational boarding school, educates pupils from age 13 to 18. Staff claim that the move has
proved popular with parents and pupils alike.
Booking has now opened for
the conference on 8th March.
2Sp.3e0akpemr::PWooeklcyoKmnieghatdsdmrietshs,:Director of the Schools Programme, Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
2.45pm: Introduction:
Speaker: Dr Andrea Saxel, Deputy Head Pastoral, Cranleigh School 3:00pm: Keynote Address 1: Technology and the Teenage Brain Speaker: Dr John Coleman Clinical and Developmental Psychologist 3.30pm: Keynote Address 2: Technology, Sleep and Mental Health Speaker: Dr Dean Burnett, neuroscientist and author of The Idiot Brain 3.50pm: Keynote Address 3: Body Image, Sexting & Pornography Speaker: Laura Bates BEM, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and author of Everyday Sexism
For booking details and further information:
It includes keynote speeches
from: Clinical and Developmental Psychologist Dr John Coleman; Neuroscientist, columnist and stand-up comedian Dr Dean Burnett; founder of the Everyday Sexism Project Laura Bates BEM; Pooky Knightsmith Director of
the Schools Programme at the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust; and Dr Andrea Saxel. Workshops will
be led by Vicki Shotbolt, CEO of ParentZone, Claire Eastham, author of We’re All Mad Here, and Sam Cooke, Housemaster at Cranleigh. The Conference aims to bring together educators with an interest in the impact of technology on teenage mental health, to share ideas and experiences, to learn from pioneering work going on in this area and to create a network of links and best practice.
The event is open to all who share an interest in the  eld, whether
at primary or secondary level,
state or independent schools. The conference will also feature an exhibition, as well as opportunities for networking.
4.10pm: Break: tea & coffee, Exhibition
4.45pm Workshop Sessions:
Educating parents – theory and practice – run by Vicki Shotbolt, CEO of Parentzone
Creating healthy head space for teenagers – run by Clare Eastham, author of We’re All Mad Here
Practical Approaches to Pastoral Care – run by Sam Cooke, Housemaster at Cranleigh School, with Dr Andrea Saxel
5.45pm: Break. Bowlfood, drinks & Exhibition
6.30pm Panel Discussion
7.15pm Meeting close: Dr Andrea Saxel
1.30pm-2.15pm: Registration: tea, coffee & pastries
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