Blue Coat School is aware of the current debate surrounding Liverpool’s part in the Atlantic slave trade and the degree of involvement of its founder Bryan Blundell and his family.
As a result of this and a petition from students and parents calling for a review of the way in which Bryan Blundell is commemorated in the Blue Coat School (most visibly with a House and the Sixth Form bistro carrying his name), the Head Teacher, Mrs Scilla Yates, and the Trustees have set up a Working Group to assess the situation.
Martin Hill, representing Members and Trustees, says: “A Working Group comprising interested parties has been formed to examine all relevant issues relating to Bryan Blundell, and especially how his legacy to the school should be remembered.
“Following the disruption to education caused by the Covid19 health crisis, our immediate priority is to facilitate the safe return of both staff and students. However, once we have dealt with these pressing matters, we shall look to convene the group’s first meeting to address both the issues raised and the wider interest and views of those concerned about this subject.”
The School Head is currently identifying students, parents and others who will be invited to participate in the Working Group. Also, the School Trustees, led by Vice-Chair John Grace, and the Head will map out the direction of the Working Group. Once these matters are decided, a date will be scheduled for the Group’s first meeting.