New book explores history of the West Norfolk and King’s Lynn High School for Girls

A former headteacher has written a book exploring the history of the West Norfolk and King's Lynn High School for Girls.

Michael Walker's latest work looks at the school's beginnings as a small fee-paying facility with boarders to a successful selective school of more than 500 pupils. Mr Walker, who was head of King Edward VII School in Lynn from 1990 to 2002, also looks at the progress and development of the school during each of its six headships and identifies the successes of its pupils in all aspects of education.

He said: 'In the early days much emphasis was placed on good behaviour and the acquisition of domestic skills.

'Over time this gradually gave way to a more academic curriculum and greater encouragement of girls to enter the professions.

'The book tells of the bankruptcy of the founding company and the school's rescue by local people, a visit by the Princess of Wales, gun practice on the lawn in the first world war, digging for victory in the second world war and the central part played by the school in the education of girls in the twentieth century.


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'A theme throughout the book is the link with the royal family through the annual award of The Queen's Prize. Reminiscences of former students from every decade are interwoven with the factual account.'

The school opened in 1886 as part of a small group of independent girls' schools and from 1903 it was based in the building that became its King Street home for most of the 20th century.

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In 1979 the Girls' High School merged with Alderman Catleugh Secondary School to become Springwood High School.

Mr Walker has previously had two books published which mark significant points in the history of King Edward VII School.

One is focused on the centenary of the opening of the school by Edward VII in 1906 and the other commemorates the 500th anniversary of the founding of the Lynn Grammar School in 1510.

To help launch his latest book some of the school's former pupils are being invited to Springwood High School next Wednesday (April 25) at 7pm.

Two films will be shown at the event. One of the films was taken in 1937 to mark the school's 50th anniversary and the other taken in 1962 to mark its 75th anniversary,

West Norfolk and Kings' Lynn High School for Girls is available to buy from Waterstones and other book outlets in Lynn.

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