A local school will celebrate its 300th birthday next month, and will mark the occasion with a community day.
St Laurence Church Junior School can trace its history back 300 years to 1714 and has now been operating from its current grounds for 50 years. The school’s celebrations of this milestone will reach a high point next month with a special open day; from 1pm to 6pm on 7th June the school will “welcome students and staff, past and present to visit us, reminisce and share with us some of your happy memories of their time at St Laurence Junior School”.
More information on the open day will be posted on the school website. In the meantime the school are asking for your memories and stories of the school (which can be emailed to them or posted on Facebook). They are also asking for local businesses to support the celebrations through advertising in a special brochure or by making a donation to the celebration raffle. A range of commemorative gifts have also been made available to celebrate the tricentenary.
The St Laurence School was founded by the Rector, Dr William Worth, in 1714 with 20 boys being taught within the church itself. Over its 300 year history the school has grown and it had a number of homes until 1964, when the current St Laurence Junior School site was opened. The Infant School opened later, in 1973.