Fladbury First School celebrates 150 years14 May 2015 By Sam Setchell
On Tuesday 12 May, Bishop John joined pupils staff and special guests of Fladbury CE School for a special celebration to mark the school's 150 year anniversary.
150 years ago the foundation stone of the current School buildings was laid by the then Bishop of Worcester. A service was held with a large congregation and afterwards a procession crossed the churchyard to lay the first stone of the new School and School House at Fladbury. This special ceremony was repeated on 12 May, with the children staging a lively performance with music and dancing.
Chair of Governors, Mrs Pam Stubbs, said:
"This was an historic occasion and it was great to welcome many guests who have played such a big part in the life of the school, including past Headteachers, Staff, Governors and Chair of Governors, as well as many alumni and parents. It is a great privilege to celebrate the work of so many people over so many years and we are thrilled that Bishop John joined us for the celebration. We are very lucky to have a great village school and are thankful to those that built the school 150 years ago."
Headteacher, Miss Julie Wilson, is thrilled to be leading the school during this important anniversary year:
“The children were very excited to be taking part - they have been learning all about the school and its history. Some of the children have parents and grandparents who themselves were pupils at the school and know what it was like a long time ago. The current school hall was used as two classrooms just 65 years ago and it was divided by a curtain. It’s hard to imagine how the teachers managed when you look at the difference between the fantastic facilities we have now and the cramped rooms that were then the norm."
After the service there was a garden party and the children took part in Maypole dancing. There was also be a balloon launch to raise funds for IT equipment and a celebration cake kindly provided by Lawrances the Bakers of Evesham.One of the oldest residents of Fladbury, Mrs Jean Quarterman, aged 94 years, was an honoured guest. Mr Quarterman was the last Headteacher of the school before it changed from a Primary to a First School in 1976.