School’s in­take pol­icy ‘un­fair’

Watch­dog tells pop­u­lar school to re­form its ad­mis­sions pro­ce­dure

Bath Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE -

The Royal High School in Bath is cel­e­brat­ing 20 years since its of­fi­cial foun­da­tion in 1998 when Bath High and the Royal School merged to be­come one. For­mer head of Bath High, Mar­garet Winfield, who be­came the first head of the Royal High School af­ter the merger, launched the cel­e­bra­tions on Thurs­day last week along­side cur­rent head Jo Dun­can dur­ing the first whole school as­sem­bly of the year. Miss Winfield, who will be 80 later this month, was head of the new school un­til her re­tire­ment in 2000. Af­ter cut­ting a cel­e­bra­tion cake, she was pre­sented with a bou­quet by Year 13 pupil Gemma El­liot whose late mother Jus­tine was Miss Winfield’s last head girl at Bath High. Mrs Dun­can said: “The Royal High School is unique as a school in Bath as it mar­ries the long tra­di­tion of two girls’ schools dat­ing back to the 19th cen­tury which were both trailblazers in girls’ ed­u­ca­tion. “The merger has been a huge suc­cess, con­sol­i­dat­ing the two schools’ vast ex­pe­ri­ence in one school and pro­vid­ing a modern, con­tem­po­rary day and board­ing ed­u­ca­tion for girls in Bath and beyond. “We look for­ward to a year of cel­e­bra­tions in which we will look back at the his­tory of both schools and for­wards to con­tinue pro­vid­ing an out­stand­ing ed­u­ca­tion for girls in Bath.”

Back row from left, Jane Robb, Chair of Gov­er­nors; Jo Dun­can, head of Royal High School Bath; Lynda Be­van, regis­trar, Royal High School Bath and front, Mar­garet Winfield, for­mer head and Dr Mary Ede

Cur­rent head Jo Dun­can and for­mer head Mar­garet Winfield cut the cake to cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary

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