This year we broke with tradition as we marked the School’s 309th birthday, introducing our first ever Founders’ Celebration Week.

Focusing on ‘the gift of education’, an array of special events, celebrating the School’s long and illustrious history, provided our students with a number of opportunities to recognise and reflect on the generosity of the School’s founders, Bryan Blundell and Reverend Robert Styth.

Future politicians and negotiators debated a series of challenging questions, including whether we should have a House named after Bryan Blundell, a well-known slave trader. Our Year 7 students were provided with a fascinating insight into what life was like for Blue Coat School students during the 1700s, thanks to Samantha Wilson from the Bluecoat Arts Centre.

Midway through the week the Food Technology room was a hive of activity as entries in the Founders’ Bake Off were unveiled. The exceptionally high standard of baking on display ensured that our very own Paul and Mary, Mr Fee and Mrs Bennett, had an extremely difficult task when it came to selecting a ‘star baker’ from each Key Stage. This popular event saw a fantastic £159.70 raised for MIND as students purchased slices of their favourite entries.

After weeks of collating articles and conducting interviews, the final event of the week saw the next generation of Fleet Street occupants produce the Squirrel Blog. Stepping into the twenty the Squirrel Blog will be regularly updated by our talented editorial team.

Following an extremely successful first Founders’ Celebration Week, the only question that remains is, how do we top this year’s event?

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