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    Joyce Frankland - Blue Plaque

    Posted On: 30/06/22

    A new addition to the academy site is a plaque on the Shackleton Building commemorating the school’s founder, Joyce Frankland. Year 10 students Ines and Millie attended a special event launching the installation of this and three other plaques dedicated to influential women in Newport. Here, they reflect on their experience.
    We were pleased to have this opportunity to celebrate important women in history in Newport. We went to Church House in the village, where we saw the plaques for the four women who lived between the 16th and 20th centuries. Their widely divergent contributions range from education, politics and writing to philanthropy. This project was initiated by Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex who is the first woman to hold this role. The plaque project has been part of an Essex-wide activity, and has been managed by the Newport Local History Group and sponsored jointly by Newport News and Newport Parish Council.
    We listened to speeches from history experts, family members of those being celebrated with the plaques and from other guests. In our opinion, having speeches from family members was helpful as it gave a personal insight into those who got a plaque. The women being honoured were Joyce Frankland, Agnes Dawson, Hannah Wolley and Adèle Lady Meyer.
    We then walked to the former house of Agnes Dawson where her plaque was unveiled. Agnes Dawson broke the bar on married women teachers, therefore we think she is a clear example of someone getting deserved recognition through the project. Each of the women are well worthy of their plaque and the appreciation which follows.
    We also met our local MP, Kemi Badenoch which we thought was really appropriate. It was important to have another female representative at the event. Overall, we enjoyed our day and thoroughly support the project. It should certainly carry on as women in history shouldn’t be overlooked.
    Having a plaque for Joyce Frankland at our site will be a lasting reminder of how our school supports strong women now, and of the part they have played in our history.