Previous pupils of our School were asked to nominate local/famous people with an outstanding contribution to society. Their nominations remain our School Houses to this day :
George Eliot (1819-1880) was born in Nuneaton, Coventry and was a novelist, journalist and translator. George Eliot was the pen name for Mary Anne Evans – used in order to escape the popular view of the time that women only wrote light-hearted romances! Her many notable works include ‘Mill on the Floss’, ‘Silas Marner’ and ‘Middlemarch’.
Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912) was famed for his expedition to the South Pole and is affectionately known as Scott of the Antarctic in recognition of both of his ventures to this part of the world. One of the last places in the UK he visited in Spring 1910 before his famous last expedition was Binton Church, where his wife Kathleen’s brother was the rector. The Church now has a stained glass window depicting his journey.
Frank Whittle (1907-1996) was born in Earlsden, Coventry. Famed for independently inventing the turbo-jet engine he is generally known as being the father of jet propulsion. In recognition of his work, he received a knighthood in 1948.
Edward Elgar (1857-1934) was born in Lower Broadheath, Worcester. A composer whose many works have entered the British and International concert repertoire. Knighted in 1904, his most notable compositions include ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ and ‘Pomp and Circumstance’.