School marks centenary year with celebration

Wellingborough School centenary cricket match
Wellingborough School centenary cricket match

Celebrations have been held to mark the centenary year of a Wellingborough School.

Although Wellingborough School has been teaching pupils for the last 400 years, the prep school was only opened 100 years ago.

A family picnic in the park

A family picnic in the park

A family fun day was held on the school’s green on Sunday, May 12, to mark the occasion.

The event featured a classic car show and school pupils participated in an X-Factor competition.

Aston Martins featured heavily in the classic car show as the famous brand also celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

As cricket has played an important part in the school’s history, a 40-over match was played between a headmasters’ 11 and an invitation 11 led by Mal Loye, who is the current cricket professional at the school.

About 1,000 were expected to attend the event, including many former pupils who had not been back to the school for several years.

Richard Mitchell, headmaster of the prep school, said: “We have used this whole year as a vehicle to celebrate. We’re holding seven or eight events, but this is the big celebration. We had the cricket match and the classic car show.”

Wellingborough School headmaster Garry Bowe said: “I am so pleased that we had so many people there on the day. Not all of whom were current parents or students, there was a lot of former students.

“Our history and tradition is really important and we are making a real effort not to lose it. That’s a real feature of the school. While we are moving forward and modernising, we are trying not to lose the traditions.

“Cricket is a real tradition of the school. Celebrating our links with cricket is something that we will look to do on an annual basis.”

All funds raised from the centenary year’s events will go towards the further development of the present Robinson Centre.