Historic occasion as school gets ready for its big 175th birthday
ONE of the oldest school buildings in the country is preparing to celebrate its 175th birthday.
St John’s C of E Primary, Nottingham Road, Stapleford, will be marking the historic occasion on Friday, June 14, with a Victorian school day.
As well as exhibits and a street party the main school building, which dates back to 1837, will once again open its doors to former pupils.
Head teacher Matt Downes has been helping to organise the event for the last year.
He said: “It is going to be a very special day, not just for the school but for the community.
“At 3pm on the day we will have former pupils visiting to see how the school has changed over the years.
“We have decided to hold the celebration now because it fits in with the school calendar.
“We will be unveiling a blue plaque to mark the occasion.
“It is great to teach in a building that is so unique and although it does provide challenges our teachers do a great job.”
The school has recently undergone a £1 million refurbishment and has a mixture of modern technology in the original architecture of the Grade II listed building.
Student Indya Mason, 11, from Year 6, said: “It is good to be part of such an old school.
“I am really looking forward to the street party and having fun.”
Student Conner Lane, 9, from Year 4, added: “I like our old building and I think that it is good to be a part of history.
“175 years is a long time for anything to be still standing so I think our school has done really well.”
Foundation teacher Daphne Ball has been working at St John’s for the last 27 years.
She said: “I was here for our 150 year anniversary and that was a good day.
“The school is a really special place to work and we are hoping to get as many old students to come back and visit as possible.”
By Dan Russell