Bromley High School GDST is hosting a series of events to mark its 140th birthday

Bromley High School GDST celebrated its 140th birthday in January, kicking off a range of activities to mark this special anniversary year. As part of the school’s official birthday celebrations on 18th January, Headmistress Emily Codling held a special assembly where, following school tradition, the eldest and youngest pupils (Stevie and Matilda) cut a birthday cake together. In the assembly, Mrs Codling also launched the school’s programme of events. To mark the birthday, Junior School pupils dressed up as a prominent figure from the last 140 years. Year 7 pupils formed a human 140 on the school grounds and all pupils were treated to a 140th birthday cupcake.

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The day after Bromley’s official birthday, Junior School pupils dressed up as notable females in history

Other celebrations so far have included a House Afternoon Tea party and a gala concert at the Royal Academy of Music. All pupils have pledged 140 minutes of their time volunteering in the local community.

The school was founded on 18th January 1883, one of a wave of pioneering Girls’ Public Day School Trust (GDST) schools which opened towards the close of the Victorian era. Its founders sought to provide young women with a broad and rigorous academic education far beyond the narrow range of female accomplishments delivered at the time and only intended to prepare young women for the domestic sphere.

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