Celebrations to mark 100 years at Whaley Bridge Primary School

Whaley Bridge School centenary, Head teacher Rick Heys getting into character in the playground
Whaley Bridge School centenary, Head teacher Rick Heys getting into character in the playground

Staff and pupils have been taking a trip back in time to celebrate the centenary of Whaley Bridge Primary School — while also looking to the future with a new classroom nearing completion.

During a week of celebrations, history was brought to life by volunteers from the local history society who visited the school and gave an insight into what life was like when the school was built.

Whaley Bridge School centenary, Anya Nevitt who has designed the school's new centenary flag.

Whaley Bridge School centenary, Anya Nevitt who has designed the school's new centenary flag.

Pupils and staff also spent two days in impressive Edwardian-style dress and even enjoyed a school dinner inspired by food from the era.

A historical wander, open to all the community, was also a great success.

Fay Walton, Co-Headteacher, said: “It was absolutely fantastic. A booklet was created by the local historical society which families bought and were able to use to guide them on a historical walk around the town before returning for a barbecue and live music at the school.”

The school unveiled a new flag after a competition, open to the whole school, was held. The design created by Anya Nevitt from year five, incorporating the school’s owl logo, was chosen.

Whaley Bridge School centenary, Eve Jones, Isabel Wilde and Thomas Ramsden with the original of a painting of the school, prints of which are available to buy.

Whaley Bridge School centenary, Eve Jones, Isabel Wilde and Thomas Ramsden with the original of a painting of the school, prints of which are available to buy.

As well as celebrating the past, the school is looking forward to the completion of a new creative classroom. Built on the site of the former outdoor toilets, re-using the old stone, the new classroom will be used by all pupils at the school for arts, cooking as well as design and technology work.

Mrs Walton, said: “It is also attached to the special needs classroom, making sure they have access to it as well. It is going to be a fantastic resource.”

The creative classroom project has cost £90,000 which has been raised through a variety of sources including the school, PTA, Tarmac, corporate resources, generous donations from parents and numerous fund-raising events.

Derbyshire county councillor Barrie Taylor presented the school with a cheque for £2,000 from his Community Leadership Fund for the project.

Co-Headteacher Rick Heys said the school was very grateful for all the support it had been given.

The fund-raising is set to continue with £35,000 needed for a link to be built to the new classroom.

One of the ways in which money is being raised is through the sale of a limited edition print of the school painted by talented local artist Rosemary Wignall. Prints are available by contacting Mr Heys.