On Wednesday we celebrated Founder’s Day in honour of William Ward, thanks to whose generous donation CLSG was set up in 1894.
Mr Ward was a successful businessman who made a considerable fortune by his early thirties. He passed away in 1881, leaving most of his money to a range of charities and deserving causes.The biggest chunk of his fortune (the equivalent of £16 million) was left to the Mayor and Commonalty of the City of London to set up a “High School for girls to be called by the name and known forever as CLSG founded by William Ward”.
We wanted the day to have a triple purpose: to commemorate William Ward’s legacy, to thank our current benefactors and to highlight the issues that still surround the access of women and girls to education across the world.
During PSHCE lessons, students listened to a lecture by Professor Louise Archer, the first female to hold the post of Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education at UCL Institute of Education. Louise has conducted research on a wide range of topics, all focusing on educational identities and inequalities, particularly in relation to ethnicity, gender and social class. Some of our current benefactors joined staff for lunch, along with members of the Ward family, who continue to have active links to the school. After school, students organised a screening of 'A Girl in the River', a documentary about honour killings in Pakistan.