DROPS JK Rowling private girls school name from one of her houses


A £14,337-a-year girls’ high school has dropped JK Rowling as a house name – following a new conversation about ‘people who have changed the world for the better’.

King’s High in Warwick announced the Harry Potter author in 2016 as one of four group identities, alongside Dame Judi Dench, Audrey Hepburn and Emmeline Pankhurst.

He proudly said the names were chosen by pupils who “chose to name them after inspiring female figures”.

But it emerged today that in March this year the school – led by headmaster Dr Stephen Burley – ostracized her and the other three.

Over the past year, Ms Rowling’s views on transgender rights have seen her criticized by some.

Now King’s has six houses, this time named after Jane Austen, Amelia Earhart, Rosalind Franklin, Mary Seacole, Harriet Tubman and Malala Yousafzai.

MailOnline has contacted the school to ask why Ms Rowling’s house had been replaced and whether it related to her views on the trans debate.

After initially saying they would respond, they declined to comment, despite having days of opportunity.

Ms Rowling’s views on transgender rights have seen her criticized from some quarters

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King’s High in Warwick announced the author of Harry Potter in 2016 as one of its homes

King's High's homeroom teacher, Dr. Stephen Burley, came up with the Big Changemaker Conversation which eventually led to the original four house names being replaced with six new ones.

King’s High’s homeroom teacher, Dr. Stephen Burley, came up with the Big Changemaker Conversation which eventually led to the original four house names being replaced with six new ones.

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In happier times this had been the house logo flag at King’s High with JK Rowling herself

The six women who now have homes – who are also inspirational in their own right – were selected after a school project called Big Changemaker Conversation.

It was dreamed up by Dr Burley and saw students make a list of people who had changed the world for the better.

He said of the name: “Changemakers are creative, curious, open-minded innovators and thinkers who are eager to test new ideas and explore new ways of doing things.

“Changemakers positively impact others and their community through inspiring leadership, creative ideas, demonstrating kindness, compassion, emotional intelligence and empathy.

Now King's has six houses, this time named after Jane Austen, Amelia Earhart, Rosalind Franklin, Mary Seacole, Harriet Tubman and Malala Yousafzai.

Now King’s has six houses, this time named after Jane Austen, Amelia Earhart, Rosalind Franklin, Mary Seacole, Harriet Tubman and Malala Yousafzai.

Legendary actor Dame Judi Dench was also replaced at school as a house name

Legendary actor Dame Judi Dench was also replaced at school as a house name

Audrey Hepburn

Emmeline Pankhurst

Audrey Hepburn and Emmeline Pankhurst were also house names but are now both gone

Mary Seacole: the nurse seen as a “secular saint”

Mary Seacole is considered the greatest black Briton, a woman who has done more to advance the cause of nursing – and race relations – than almost any other individual.

On the bloody Crimean battlefields, she is said to have saved the lives of countless wounded soldiers and treated them in a clinic she paid for out of pocket.

But some historians have long complained that she became almost as famous as that other nursing heroine, Florence Nightingale.

For decades after his death in 1881, Seacole’s story was largely ignored, but in the past 15 years his reputation and exploits have undergone a remarkable rehabilitation.

Every schoolboy is told about her achievements, she is a statutory part of the national curriculum, and for many she is considered a secular saint.

Many schools, hospitals and universities have rooms or buildings named after her, and soon she will receive her greatest tribute yet: an 8-foot-tall bronze statue has been erected in her memory on the grounds of the St Thomas’ Hospital, opposite the Houses of Parliament.

“Their commitment to leadership is driven by a sense of others rather than self, by a deeply rooted belief in the importance of social responsibility and making a positive contribution to the community.”

A long list was reduced to 19 whose portraits were framed in a special gallery with a mirror.

Neither JK Rowling, Dame Judy, actress Hepburn or suffragist Pankhurst were among them.

These 19 were then voted on and six were named as the new names of the six houses.

In January, a secondary school specializing in the performing arts canceled Ms Rowling – replacing her as the house name over her “comments and views on trans people”.

Boswells School in Chelmsford, Essex, had honored the writer for one of their school bands, which had also been labeled with the quality of ‘self-discipline’.

But it emerged she was replaced over the summer by Olympic hero Dame Kelly Holmes.

The school had announced plans to review Rowling’s name in July after “requests from students and staff”.

A parent said: ‘It’s censorship – JK Rowling is a great example of success in adversity’.

“Not everyone thought she should go, a lot of schools seem to be doing the same right now unfortunately.”

The school’s issues with Rowling, 56, were laid bare in a newsletter seen by MailOnline, which featured an image of the house logo with the writer’s name erased.

Elsewhere, a university has also issued a content warning to students reading the first Harry Potter book about “difficult conversations about gender, race, sexuality, class and identity”.

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