Bristol school removes Colston from name in new rebrand
A secondary school in Bristol has revealed its new name after deciding to cut ties with Edward Colston.
Colston’s Girls’ School, which was named after the slave-trader, has announced it will soon become Montpelier High School.
The new name was decided upon following a vote by students and staff, who said they wanted to “forge a new identity” that reflects the school and its community.
Principal Kerry McCullage commended her students for “navigating a complex and emotional issue with skill and maturity”.
The students were asked to choose from a list of names, including Montpelier, Liberty and Concordia.
They were also given the choice of College, High School and School.
A total of 62% of students and staff voted in favour of Montpelier High School.
Year 11 pupil Hemlata Pant said: “The entire student body has been a part of this process and I’m excited by the result today.
“But this isn’t just a moment, it’s the beginning of something much bigger and as a community, we are helping to shape the future of the school.”
Fellow student Heidi Szynkaruk said the new name was “the start of a new chapter” for the school.
The new name is part of a wider rebrand of the school, which will take place in September next year.