The School's Crest

The school coat of arms is something we see every day and take for granted. The motto 'Te Digna Sequere' means 'follow things worthy of thyself'. To trace the history of the coat of arms we must go back to the days of Sir William's ancestors in France, the Taillefers of Angouleme.
The Taillefers had a crest of a hand coming out of a cloud holding a 'badelaire', a kind of cutlass. These they had placed over a field (background) of mullets (eight pointed stars).
This then accounts for the arm and the clouds. But what of the badelaire? The Borlase arms are found as early in the reign of Henry VIII are: 'ermine on a bend (diagonal stripe), two arms clothed issuing from the clouds rending assunder a horseshoe, broken in the middle'. The sword disappeared to be replaced by a horseshoe, now unbroken, and the mullets replaced by ermine which remain to this day.
The helm is that of a knight. Unknighted members of the family would have used the helm of an esquire which faces to the heraldic dexter, the left as you look at it, and has a closed visor.