Last week King Edward’s School came together to celebrate
Admissions Day and admit a record number of new pupils. Following changes last
term which saw Speech Day replaced with a Leavers’ Day and Awards Day, this is
now a new date in the calendar where the Lord Mayor of the City of London
visits Witley to reaffirm the school’s historic links with the City.
The Admissions Ceremony took place as part of a service in a
resplendent Chapel. The Mayoral party paraded up the steps to the Chapel, where
they took the opportunity to speak to several pupils on their way. The service
was punctuated with two beautiful performances from the choir, who sung
Stanford’s Jubilate (Psalm 100) and
the anthem, Lead me Lord by Wesley.
The Admissions Ceremony witnessed the new cohort being
presented to the Treasurer. He addressed the candidates, asking them to
‘promise to abide by the rules of the school, to strive to become a diligent
member of our Fellowship and honour the memory of the founder, King Edward VI’.
They replied, ‘I do’ before the Governors declared their wish that the
candidates be admitted. Each pupil’s name was then read out by the Headmaster
as they walked to the front of the chapel to shake hands with the Treasurer and
Vice President before taking their card of Promise and Admission.
This year’s Lord Mayor, Alderman Roger Gifford, concluded the
Admissions Ceremony with a stirring address to the pupils. He reminded them of
the school’s historic links with the City and the benefits inherent with being
associated with such a strong and long-lasting ‘brand’. He made reference to
the sword on the school’s crest, which is taken from the City’s own crest and
which, he said, is confirmation of the City’s and the school’s commitment to
serve and protect its pupils.
The service concluded with the retirement of Sir Robert Finch
as Vice President and the swearing in of Alderman Sir David Wootton as the
school’s new Vice President. Sir Robert retired from the role after eight
successful years of representing the school as Vice President and 22 as a
governor. Sir David Wootton was Lord Mayor of the City of London in 2012 for
the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.
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Notes to Editor:
King Edward’s School
School in Witley, Surrey, is an independent co-educational boarding and day school
for boys and girls from ages 11 to 18. The School was founded in 1553 to
provide housing and education for destitute children in London. To this day the
School still provides bursary support and boarding accommodation for around a
quarter of its students and high levels of pastoral care are at the heart of
its ethos. However, the School has moved on to become one of the top
independent schools in the country, with a reputation for excellence in many
areas, including its International Baccalaureate 6th Form curriculum.