How we chose our School Shield
We are a Wigan Metropolitan Education Authority School – and very proud of it. We are also incredibly proud of our own town of Leigh, which is part of the Wigan Borough. Elsewhere on our website you can read about the History of Leigh.
We wanted, for our School Shield, to retain the main part of the original Leigh Town Crest – but to replace each of the four quarters with four parts that are relevant to us.
We have, however, retained the four family badges, from the original Leigh Town Crest, in the names of our four Houses.
The Set Square and Spears
The first corner of our Shield remembers the patron saint of our church in Bedford – Saint Thomas. Thomas was the disciple who wanted proof that Jesus really was alive, following the sad events of the first Good Friday. Hence his nickname ‘Doubting Thomas’.
He was thought to have been, like Joseph, a carpenter. That’s why part of his badge shows a set square. Thomas was later sent, as an apostle, to India. It is believed that he was killed, whilst on a mountainside there, with four spears.
Using the symbol for St. Thomas, as part of our School Crest, represents the strong tradition, in Bedford, for its church schools. The first Church school was opened, underneath the original Bedford Church, in 1844. You will soon be able to read an article about Bedford Church School in our History Zone.
Leigh has a proud tradition of cotton spinning. Following the development of the flying shuttle, Thomas Highs, from Leigh, worked on a machine to, ‘spin six threads at one time which only required one operator’.
In 1761 he managed to build a machine that worked. He called it after his own daughter – Jenny. You can see a tiled picture of the ‘Spinning Jenny’ in the entrance area of Leigh Town Hall. The shuttle, in our School Shield, celebrates Leigh’s great cotton spinning history.
In our school we stress the importance of friendship – everyone working together in a happy, challenging environment. The clasped hands, in our School Shield, represent our Christian, caring ethos.
In our recent Denominational Inspection, by the Manchester Diocese, we were described as a providing a ‘very secure and Christian environment where pupils develop very good standards of behaviour and a care for others.‘
We are eager to grasp all the opportunities that modern technology can provide. Our new I.C.T. Suite is a wonderful resource – providing all of our children with the very best Information Technology training possible. The computer in our School Shield represents the modern, challenging, technological age in which we live.