Record number of pupils admitted at new look Admissions Day
3rd October 2013

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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King Edward’s School

King Edward’s 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.

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