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School for girls

125th Anniversary | Founder's Day Lecture

On Wednesday we celebrated Founder’s Day, as part of our 125th anniversary celebrations, and in honour of William Ward who founded the school in 1894. Mr Ward was a successful businessman who passed away in 1881, leaving most of his money to a range of charities and deserving causes. The largest chunk of his fortune was left to the City of London to set up a high school for girls.

We were delighted to welcome educator, human rights campaigner and social activist, Ziauddin Yousafzai, as our guest speaker. Mr Yousafzai delivered a fascinating and humorous lecture to all Year 7 to 13 students during their PSHCE lesson. Mr Yousafzai peacefully resisted the Taliban's efforts to shut down the schools inspiring his daughter, Malala Yousafzai, to raise her voice to promote the rights of children to an education. During the lecture, he told stories from his own life and the life of his daughter, who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 simply for daring to go to school.

Photographs of the lecture are available to view in our Media Gallery. For more information on our 125th Anniversary, please visit our events page.