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The Story of Our Hornsey School for Girls Logos
The original school logo for Hornsey School for Girls is displayed at the old school entrance on stone heraldry bequeathed to Hornsey by one of its former Headteachers. We see that the heraldry is made up of two trees above crossed swords with HSG (Hornsey School for Girls) underneath and a Latin moto underneath that. The motto 'FORTIOR QUO PARATIOR' – translates as ‘the stronger because the more prepared’. The oak trees are symbolic of Hornsey's former state as part of the old forest of Middlesex, while the crossed swords of St. Paul are from the arms of the See of London with which Hornsey was connected. The motto was granted to the district of Hornsey in 1904, incorporated into the London Borough of Haringey in 1965 and was adopted by Hornsey School for Girls.
In 2005, a Hornsey student designed a school logo for the school’s newly acquired status as a Performing Arts school which symbolises the masks of theatre and dance performance. In 2006 Hornsey School for Girls was designated a ‘High Performing Specialist School’ by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust following an ‘Outstanding’ OfSTED inspection.
In March 2009 the Student Leadership Team and elected School Cabinet, the Headteacher and Chair of Governors met to develop a revised logo for Hornsey which would encapsulate the ‘Hornsey spirit’ (its uniqueness) and embrace all of Hornsey’s specialisms, including its focus on the Arts, Humanities and its role as a Leading Edge school. That very week the BSF (Building Schools for the Future) programme had begun by removing trees at the front of the school to make way for a new entrance and Library. It was time to prepare a revised logo for the opening of the new building in 2010.
Since the Library and Administrative Offices were opened in March 2010 the logo was moved from the old entrance to the new school entrance where it is proudly on display and can be lit up at night for show.
In June 2015, the school undertook a revisit of the vision and updated the ethos of the school to reflect its changing context and dynamic. As part of this process, the original motto and logo was used as a starting point. The student leadership team again led on the process, looking at both the school and what they wanted students to learn from it. Recognising the key to success is hard work, persistence, resilience, and determination, students, staff and governors re-adopted the original motto 'The better prepared the stronger' in September 2015 and this now forms a keystone in how the school operates. We are successful because staff and students prepare themselves for the challenges ahead.