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School named after slave trader will not change its name.

School named after slave trader will not change its name.

A girls' school named after a 17th Century slave trader will not change its name.

Colston's Girls' School (CGS), in Bristol, said in a letter to parents it was "not appropriate" to remove merchant Edward Colston's name.

It comes after music venue, Colston Hall, said it would drop the "toxic" name in 2020 and Colston's Primary said it would consult pupils and parents.

CGS said it "existed today because of the financial endowment" from Colston.

It told parents it had considered the suggestion to rename the school and had "listened carefully to views on both sides".

    

The letter also said: "We see no benefit in denying the school's financial origin and obscuring history itself.

"To the contrary, by enabling our students to engage thoughtfully with our past, we continue to encourage them to ask questions about present-day moral values and to stand up for what they believe is right," the school said.

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