Worshipful Company of Educators
WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF EDUCATORS
Arms : Gules on a Chevron Or a Chevron Sable between three Mortarboards Or
Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or Gules and Sable An Eagle wings elevated and displayed proper each wing charged with an Annulet Azure holding in the dexter foot a Torch Gules inflamed Or.
Supporters: On the dexter a Dragon wings elevated and addorsed Argent holding in the dexter foreclaws an Abacus Azure the beads Gules and on the sinister a Barn Owl wings elevated and addorsed proper the wings charged with an Escallop Azure charged with two Swords in saltire proper hilts and pommels Or and holding in the beak by the tail a Mouse Sable each statant upon a Book Or bound Gules.
Motto: PER DOCTRINAM AD LUCEM.
The arms were officially granted on February 7, 2014.
The shield has a red background divided by a black chevron edged with gold and with three mortar boards in gold lying within it. The symbolism is self-evident.
The family of Raoul Franklin’s late wife (Ivens) was granted arms in 1816 that incorporate an eagle in the crest. To acknowledge Raoul’s contribution to the Educators this eagle is included in our crest. It stands for wisdom and understanding with the claw holding a torch for learning. The Ivens eagle has a blue amulet on the underside of each wing. These are included to represent good fortune and protection from harm.
The supporter on the left is a dragon representing the City of London. In one claw it holds an abacus to acknowledge Sir John Stuttard’s contribution. Sir John has an abacus in his shield as he is an accountant; the abacus also represents calculation and mathematics in education.
The other supporter is a barn owl—for wisdom. On the underside of the wing is a representation of swords on a scallop—elements that feature in the arms of Sir Paul Judge. Scallops are a symbol of pilgrimage—in our case through life and learning. Both supporters stand on red books, again to represent learning. In the owl’s beak a mouse hangs by its tail. This is a pun on the modern way of learning via computer and mouse.