Princess Royal opens Kingfisher School in St Annes’s Bristol

1st May 2014

HRH The Princess Royal, in her position as an Honorary Member of the Society of Merchant Venturers, visited The Kingfisher School, St Anne’s, Bristol on  Monday 28th April to officially open the School. 

The Kingfisher Primary School, formerly known as St Anne’s Park Primary, became part of Colston’s Girls’ School Trust (CGST) in April 2013.

The School’s 160 pupils were joined by Bristol’s Civic leaders including The Lord Lieutenant of Bristol, The High Sheriff of Bristol and the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress.  


HRH The Princess Royal was accompanied on her visit by The Master of the Society of Merchant Venturers, Anthony Brown, newly appointed Head of Kingfisher School, Justin Vafadari, and acting Head Hilary Harris.

The Princess met local residents including Margaret Thompson, who was awarded the OBE for her services as the School’s Lollypop Lady and local Councillor Mike Wollacott.

HRH The Princess Royal unveiled a plaque commemorating her visit.

Erica Draisey, Executive Principal CGS Trust, which is sponsored by The Society of Merchant Venturers  said: “There has been a significant investment in resources, teachers, and specialist support  at the School over the past 12-months. This Royal visit is the crowning glory of Kingfisher School’s first year ”.

Anthony Brown, The Master of the Society of Merchant Venturers, said: “We are very grateful to HRH The Princess Royal for her visit today and for her continuing interest in the work of the Society, including our involvement in local education. I wish the children and staff at The Kingfisher School every success. We look forward to continuing to work together to drive attainment and further enable children to flourish academically and individually.

“Nothing is more important to the Merchant Venturers than seeing Bristol’s education system become one associated with high levels of achievement.”

( please see the photo tab for a gallery of photos taken at this event)