Kendrick Celebrates 145th Birthday

This year we celebrate an incredible 145 years of Kendrick, 145 years of girls’ education!  

Kendrick School, came into existence in 1877. It is named after its founder, John Kendrick, whose painting is in this Hall.  John Kendrick was a 17th century merchant and clothier who left a bequest, a sum of money – some £12,000 to the towns of Reading and Newbury to provide employment and education for girls and boys. So started Kendrick Girls’ School and Kendrick Boys’ School. The boys’ school eventually merged with Reading school, leaving Kendrick Girls’ School, which became Kendrick School.

Celebrating the School Birthday was introduced by Ms Kattirtzi ten years ago, in order to celebrate and value, who we are and what our purpose is.  This day is about celebrating our school, our history, the history of women’s education and the history of women’s emancipation. 


To mark this occasion, we had a School Birthday Assembly on Monday 25th September, which can be viewed in full HERE.  We also have a whole school photograph, something we do every five years.


This year our special project to mark 145 years is to celebrate significant women who have lived during our 145-year history and had lasting impact on our world and find something they have said that shows what they did and or stood for.


There is the fun side of celebrations. Like most birthdays, we celebrate by having a cake and each form made a celebration cake for the occasion.  Photos of all the cakes can be viewed HERE.

Floreat Kendricka! May our school continue to flourish.