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Vaizey lists Margaret Thatcher's alma mater

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Architecture minister Ed Vaizey has listed Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School - the alma mater of the late Margaret Thatcher

Vaizey followed English Heritage’s advice and handed the ‘relatively unchanged’ 1910 school by HH Dunn a Grade II listing.

Thatcher received her secondary education at the ‘handsome Edwardian grammar school’ between 1936 and 1943.

Explaining his decision, Conservative MP Vaizey said: ‘This is an outstanding example of an Edwardian grammar school with an eclectic architectural character and built by the architect HH Dunn who specialised in education buildings.

‘But as well as its architectural interest the school has huge historical interest, and the education Margaret Thatcher received there was a formative experience which went on to affect her life and political convictions.’

Emily Gee, head of designation at English Heritage, said: ‘This handsome Edwardian grammar school possesses real historic interest for its association with Great Britain’s first female prime minister.

‘Margaret Thatcher’s connection to her home town was a poignant one, and her views on education were no doubt shaped by her experiences in this building, where her maiden name [Roberts] is recorded on the head girl board.’

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