News – GB – School Saxony historical icons including Lord Nelson as house name


A primary school replaced its house names honoring historical figures with wax symbols like Greta Thunberg and Marcus Rashford after a student complained

Howden Junior School in East Yorkshire has dropped the names of Sir Walter Raleigh, Admiral Nelson and Francis Drake, and the school’s board of directors has voted on replacements

In addition to environmental activist Greta Thunberg and footballer and poverty fighter Marcus Rashford, the students voted for American poet Amanda Gorman, who read an article at Joe Biden’s inauguration and human rights activist Malala Yousafzai

Headmaster Lee Hill shared the news on Twitter, praising “the courage of the child who took a stand”

He wrote: ‘I’m very excited that & is proud to share this, not just because of the people our school council has selected to represent our values ​​of the school community or the incredible art of local artist Amy Smith because of the courage of a child who has taken a stand

‘During the Black Lives Matter protests, I received a passionate and brave email from a former student

‘This student not only informed me about the history of the three house names that were on our website in our hall and raised as ambassadors for our school, but also explained the effects of seeing these characters – the links have to slavery, oppression and racism – she had during her time at our school

‘Not just a bold email to a white man in a position of power, but an email that triggers a chain of events’

The email was sent by the student at the height of the Black Lives Matter movement, which saw mounting tensions over Britain’s colonial past sparked by the worldwide outcry following the death of George Floyd in the US

Floyd was killed when white cop Derek Chauvin cuffed his knee for eight minutes and 46 seconds, despite his desperate plea that he couldn’t breathe He passed out and later died on Jan. May in Minneapolis

His death is seen as a symbol of systemic police brutality against African Americans, which sparked outrage and largely peaceful protests first in the United States before quickly spreading worldwide

The principal further explains that the school had no “specific reason” to keep the historical names and that none of the students knew who they were because they were not part of the curriculum

He said the students chose the new names based on the actions of the four people and their impact on the world we share

He added: “We do not condone racism or any form of discrimination in our school, but by not doing what we were

‘We sent a message that through our inaction it was part of our culture – it was systemic and accepted. We had a responsibility to act

‘I would like to thank Francesca for your courage – for taking a stand, being a role model for our school community and beyond

‘To show that each of our voices is important and that we can change something for the better You taught me more than you can imagine’

Last October, a school in Bristol changed its name after a vote by students and staff

Formerly known as Colston’s Girls’ School – after the slave trader Edward Colston – the school is now known as Montpelier High School to “forge its own identity”

School, Horatio Nelson, 1 Viscount Nelson, student

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