A message from the Headmaster
The Headmaster stands with our black students, past and present, to resist any systemic racism at King’s.
King’s is a school that is good at encouraging pupils to ask questions, but also to question answers and assumptions. Conscious and unconscious racial bias remains in many walks of UK life and its institutions: King’s recognises the need to be proactive in challenging inaction and in progressing educational ways of improving in these areas. Discussions are underway.
As Headmaster I confirm my belief in the need to promote, protect, and advance equal dignity and respect, as well as the diversity of thought, tolerance, and multiculturalism within the community of King’s. I acknowledge and regret that for black members of our King’s family the tragic events in America, together with the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on their communities, has caused our black students particular anxiety, anger, and pain.
The way forward should be through making sure a King’s education is a practical and relevant source of answers to these issues, but also that the solidarity, understanding, and hope that will come out of our joint stance will create a world that is free of systemic racism and discrimination. As with the environmental crisis, the lead comes from the generation to come, but please understand that my generation is playing its part as well. So long as we remain united, then we will make progress together.
The cause of good race relations and the pursuit of social justice is bigger than us as individuals; we should approach the way ahead with confidence but have no complacency about the past.