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Towards the Light

Towards the Light Commemorative Book

Now available to buy in School. Copies may be purchased at Reception, or by downloading and printing an order formTowards the Light will cost £35 if collected at School, or £40 including postage and packaging to UK addresses. Overseas postage will be calculated upon request.

The order form should be sent for the attention of The Finance Office, Withington Girls’ School, Wellington Rd, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6BL, or scanned and emailed to office@wgs.org .

Towards the Light

On 27th November 2014, more than 150 members of our wider School community, including former staff, Alumnae, parents, current staff and pupils attended a reception to mark the publication of our long-awaited book, Towards the Light. A Portrait of Withington Girls’ School, commissioned in celebration of  the 125th anniversary of Withington’s foundation in 1890.

The culmination of more than two years work by a dedicated band of contributors and editors, the launch of the book was celebrated in style and guests were treated to sparkling wine, canapés, an archive display and entertainment including a harp ensemble and trio. The event was hosted by Mrs Marks, Chairman of Governors Mrs Elisabeth Lee and Neil Titman, Director of Third Millennium Publishing. After the official speeches a group of pupils read passages from the book, referencing the School’s founders, challenges during war time, our School Houses and work in the community.

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Three special guests were warmly welcomed, former Headmistresses Miss Marjorie Hulme, Mrs Margaret Kenyon and Mrs Janet Pickering.

The book will surely be a memento for all to treasure and charts the School’s development from the small establishment founded in April 1890 with four girls to its current position as one of the leading academic schools in the country. The book records the fascinating story behind the School’s foundation, its relocation from Mauldeth Road to Wellington Road, its changing fortunes, significant events in its history, and the personalities who helped create the ethos and community we all recognise today. It shows how the School reflects the social and demographic change of the last 125 years.

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As well as being a celebration of the School’s history, the book captures the essence of the ‘Withington Experience’ of recent years. Through informative and entertaining text, beautiful imagery, newly commissioned photography and reminiscences from alumnae, former and current staff, parents and pupils, the diverse and vibrant community which make the School the centre of excellence it is today is brought to life. The book depicts a true journey ‘towards the light’ and how girls educated at Withington and the School itself have found their place in the world. Editorial Board: Sue Marks; Kathryn Burrows; Clare Flynn; Sarah Haslam; Val Hempstock.

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