A seahorse logo has been unveiled as the emblem for the new Newcastle High School for Girls.
Following the recent merger of Central Newcastle High School and Newcastle Church High School, the new brand for the school has been launched.
The seahorse, taken from the Newcastle United crest and Newcastle Council, will form part of the school’s new image.
Last night parents, pupils and business and academic leaders from the region came together to see plans for the new school logo and uniform, ahead of the official opening of the school next year.
Hilary French, current headmistress of Central High and future headmistress of Newcastle High School for Girls, outlined the vision for the new school and unveiled the new logo and teal colour scheme of the school’s new branding and uniform.
She said: “The launch of the vision and brand is a very significant occasion and heralds an exciting future for the education of girls in the North East region.
“The merger of these two schools provides a rare opportunity to bring together the best of the old and the new.”
Central and Church High have been working with local design agency, Drummond Central to create the branding of the new school.
Jamie Davies, account director, said: “We are very excited about the iconic seahorse which is both emblematic of the city, just look on top of the Civic Centre, and embodies many positive virtues we wish to promote.”
Last night the new look was welcomed by current pupils.
Current head girl at Central High School, Uchechi Eseonu, 17, of Low Fell, Gateshead said: “The school definitely needed something new.
“We love purple but we knew with the new school the colour needed to change.
“The uniform is really smart and it’s not like any other school in Newcastle. We will definitely stand out.”
Ella Hanley, 17, deputy head girl of Central High School said: “I really like the idea behind the seahorse.
“It really fits in with the city and the football team.
“The colour is very vibrant and it is what we want.”
The event included a specially choreographed dance routine demonstrating the coming together of the two schools and an exhibition showing the heritage and history of each school over the past 150 years.