Celebration as school reaches 100th birthday

Wellingborough's Avenue Infants School is celebrating their 100th anniversary and hold an event at the school for past and present pupils. Pictured is pupil Nyah West-Ley (6) with former pupil Jean Underwood (Clarke) who attended the school in the 1930's .
Wellingborough's Avenue Infants School is celebrating their 100th anniversary and hold an event at the school for past and present pupils. Pictured is pupil Nyah West-Ley (6) with former pupil Jean Underwood (Clarke) who attended the school in the 1930's .
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Former pupils of all ages have returned to a local infants school to help it mark its 100th anniversary.

The celebration at Avenue Infacts School, Wellingborough, included a display of old school photographs and logbooks. A history of the school by former pupil Peter Baxter was on sale.

Headteacher Gill Thomas-Hancock said the party was much busier than she expected.

“A lot of people have come and met up with friends,” she said. “They have also been finding themselves in the old logbooks and photos.”

One of the former pupils was Audrey Waite, who attended the school in the mid-1930s and still lives in Wellingborough.

She said: “I’ve seen a lot of people I haven’t seen for many years. It’s amazing how you still recognise them.

“I remember going and hiding in my bedroom at home during playtime once, and everyone looking for me.

“I got in a lot of trouble.”

Another former pupil, Jean Underwood (née Clarke), who joined the school in 1933, said: “I can’t remember a great deal about coming here, but I do remember having to go to sleep in the afternoons after lunch.

“I also remember I used to walk down the Avenue to school with all my friends.

“I always enjoyed it here.”

Mrs Thomas-Hancock said times had not always been easy for the school.

She said: “In the 1980s they were going to close the school, but the parents mounted a strong campaign and it was saved. Now it’s thriving.”

Mr Baxter’s history of the school sold around 50 copies on the day. All proceeds will go to the school.