Historic school celebrates 300 years of education

Head teachers past and present bury the pupil's time capsule. (s)
Head teachers past and present bury the pupil's time capsule. (s)
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In celebration of 300 years of educating Ribble Valley children, Brennand’s Endowed CE Primary School in Slaidburn opened its doors to visitors over the weekend.

On Friday, the children enjoyed historical workshops delivered by the Schools’ Museum Service.

The infant children learned about life in the Victorian age and the juniors became a human timeline, dressing up in costumes ranging from Stone Age to the present day.

In the afternoon, visitors came to see the fantastic history of the school display compiled by Helen Wallbank and Linda Blakeman from the Slaidburn Archive. The exhibition is now on display in St Andrew’s Church and can also be viewed at the Hodder Valley Show.

Visitors were treated to the children maypole and country dancing and singing. Cream teas were served by Year 5 and 6 pupils and to commemorate the special occasion, a stone seat was donated courtesy of David McNamee, funded by proceeds from the forthcoming Steam Rally.

The seat was officially dedicated by Mr William Brown (91) the oldest ex-pupil still living in the village, and three-year-olds Emily Pinder and Bradley Roscoe, the current youngest pupils.

A time capsule was then buried by current head teacher Mrs Sarah Healey and past head teachers Mrs Milne-Redhead and Mr Nanson. The time capsule contains items such as examples of the children’s writing, school uniform and photographs.

Approximately 300 people visited the school, which was a fitting number for celebrating 300 years of education.

The celebrations continue over the rest of the year with children’s parties, a dinner dance and a church service led by the Bishop of Leeds on July 3rd. At this service, The squire of Slaidburn will present the school with a commemorative tree.

Mrs Healey said: “It is an absolute honour and privilege to be part of this historic occasion. Slaidburn School is a hidden gem amongst Ribble Valley schools and I am delighted that so many people were able to visit over the weekend.”