Bristol school founded by slave trader Edward Colston will change its name

Colston’s school in Bristol will announce a new name next year (Image: Google)

A school founded more than 300 years ago by slave trader Edward Colston will change its name.

Colston School in Bristol came to prominence after a 17th-century merchant statue was toppled in a Black lives are worth it too protested last year.

The private school said the name Colston ‘will forever be associated with the enslavement and death of African men, women and children’ following the protest.

It announced a consultation to decide the future of its name and received more than 2,500 responses – including 1,096 from the public.

More than four-fifths (81%) of the public said that the school should retain Colston’s name.

But analysis of feedback from the school’s community shows that they are more inclined to change the name.

Students, alumni, parents and staff will be involved in the naming process, with announcement expected in the summer of 2022.

The overturned statue of Colston has been pulled from the water and is on display at a museum in Bristol (Image: PA)

Nick Baker, chair of governors at Colston School, said: ‘After a long period of consultation, deliberation and thought, it became clear that those with a stronger connection to the school would prefer have a name that is more appropriate for the student. and employees of today and tomorrow.

‘It is hoped that a new identity will do more to reflect the values ​​and ethos the school stands for today and make it even more welcoming to the local community that service school.’

However, the governors said the move ‘will not erase the history of the school’ and that teaching about the transatlantic slave trade and Colston’s role in history will remain part of the program. teaching program.

Colston paid for the school to be founded in 1710 to prepare boys from ‘poor families’ for meaningful apprenticeships, the governors said.

They added: ‘This school is not named after Colston, it is named after Colston.’

Protesters throw a statue of Edward Colston into Bristol harbor during a Black Lives Matter protest (Image: PA)

The school’s principal, Jeremy McCullough, added: ‘The name change will not change the very nature of our happy, diverse and forward-looking school.

‘We will continue to provide a well-rounded and excellent education and do our best to support the families that entrust us to their children.

‘It’s been an exciting new chapter for the school, and I’m proud of our students and staff for taking part in this complex discussion and being part of the future they want to see. ‘

It comes after Colston Girls School in Bristol announced it would become Montpelier High School following a vote with current students and staff.

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