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Duke of Kent opens £6million wing of Westminster City School

School names wing after hero former pupil who fought in First World War aged 15

11 May, 2018 — By Tom Foot

The Duke, Head Peter Broughton and head boy Najib Salam

A £6MILLION wing of a secondary school, named after a former war hero pupil, has been opened by HRH the Duke of Kent.

Westminster City School’s Jack Pouchot building in Palace Street, Victoria, has a range of “multi-purpose teaching spaces”, new music building and art and drama spaces. The building is named after a former pupil of the comprehensive boys’ school who was sent to fight, like many other 15- year-olds, in World War I. He was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal after shooting down two aircraft on a successful mission, but died after being shot down behind enemy lines.

His story was discovered following research by former headmaster, James Wilson, and a speech about his story was read out by head boy Najib Salam: “He was 19 years old when he died. Jack had joined the war almost as soon as it broke out in 1914 and he survived many enemy engagements. Jack’s legacy may live through this school now.”

Pupils have been actively involved in the design process with the student council discussing ideas and suggestions.

Headteacher Peter Broughton said: “The Jack Pouchot building will help our school continue to offer some of the best learning facilities in London.”


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