The Kingsley School in Leamington invites former headteachers along to 133rd anniversary celebrations

L-R: Miss Cynthia Fairhurst, Headmistress 1977  1988, Miss Christine Mannion-Watson, Headmistress 1997  2010, Miss Catherine Robbins, Acting Headmistress 2010, Ms Heather Owens, Headteacher and Miss Nesta Jones, Headmistress 1961  1977.
L-R: Miss Cynthia Fairhurst, Headmistress 1977  1988, Miss Christine Mannion-Watson, Headmistress 1997  2010, Miss Catherine Robbins, Acting Headmistress 2010, Ms Heather Owens, Headteacher and Miss Nesta Jones, Headmistress 1961  1977.

The Kingsley School welcomed a special guest to its 133rd anniversary celebration.

The event, known as Founder’s Day, pays tribute to the school’s founder Rose Kingsley, daughter of Victorian author Charles Kingsley.

Kingsley girls with their ice cream

Kingsley girls with their ice cream

The opening of the school in 1884 was ‘a dream realised’, providing educational provision for young women in Royal Leamington Spa and its environs.

The school celebrated with a visit from an ice cream van, which provided a treat for pupils and staff across the whole school. The Head Girls also presented a special assembly detailing the school’s history and the legacy of previous headteachers.

The school was delighted to welcome back Miss Nesta Jones, Headmistress from 1961 – 1977, who had recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

Miss Jones attended an honorary afternoon tea alongside three other previous headmistresses, current Headteacher Ms Heather Owens, and Chair of Governors, Mrs Julia Burns.

The group shared stories of their time at the school and decided that the correct collective noun for a group of headmistresses should be ‘a charm’.