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Educational Council, Jan 1947-Jun 1949


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  • Jan 1947-Jun 1949

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After the War, the college re-opened on a strictly non-Party basis, and responsibility for educational work was delegated to an Educational Council, as recommended by the wartime Standing Committee and subsequently approved by the Governing Body at its meeting on 24th January, 1947 - legal opinion having previously been sought as to the possibility of altering the constitution so as to convert the college into a charity - a proposition which was deemed to be too slow and expensive. The Educational Council consisted of 20 members, 4 of whom would be representatives of the Governing Body and appointed by the Governing Body. The four Conservative Party members of the Governing Body were expressly prohibited from becoming members of the Council. A Standing Committee consisting of 5 members was also set up at the first meeting of the Council on 28th January, 1947.

No minutes of the Educational Council appear to survive of its meeting on 7th September 1949 at which it discussed the Governing Body's 15th July decision to set up a House of Citizenship for girls aged 18-24 at Ashridge. Reference to this meeting is made in the minutes of the Governing Body, including the Council's resolution to disband itself if the Governing Body did not reverse its decision, which it did not.

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