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Manchester High School for Girls


Manchester High School for Girls’ Preparatory Department marked the centenary of women’s right to vote and the School’s indelible link with the Pankhurst women yesterday (6th February) with a special Suffragette Day.

In recent weeks, the girls have been learning about the women’s rights movement and the history of its leader, Emmeline Pankhurst who educated all her three daughters at MHSG. A group of Prep pupils also recently visited Emmeline’s Pantry, a foodbank based at the Pankhurst Centre, to learn about the work the charity does for local women in need.

Dressed in suffragette costumes, the girls started their celebrations with a house election where all year groups had the opportunity to vote on their chosen charity.

Mrs Mortimer said:

“We felt it was important to mark this special centenary year with our very own Suffragette Day here in Prep. The girls have been learning lots about the bravery involved and the impact of the vote on society today.

“We pride ourselves in pupil voice and the event provided an opportunity to reflect on how different things might have been for all of us if these brave women had not fought for what they believed in. Our girls are so fortunate with the opportunities available to them today and it’s important for them to realise that in recent history, this hasn’t always been the case.”

During the day, pupils took taking part in a house election, debating and a special march. They also made sashes, bunting, rosettes and placards, and put their computer coding skills to practice and created a suffragette computer game. They day culminated in a whole Prep assembly where the girls sang Sister Suffragette, and showcased their inspired creations.

Mrs Mortimer concluded:

“The scenes yesterday took us all back in time but, more importantly, it is evident that the Pankhurst legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of today’s young pupils at Manchester High. It truly was a fantastic day.”


Photos of the day are available on our Flickr