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Anniversary celebrations
Bickley Park School, Kent, has been teaching boys since 1918 and preparations are already under way to commemorate its 100th year. Staff are planning a year of events and activities, and are now busy contacting, and tracking down, as many alumni as possible.
Bickley Park Old Boys will form part of the school’s centenary celebrations, which will run throughout the academic 2018/19 year.
Patrick Wenham, headteacher, said: “Throughout our centenary year we hope to bring together past, present and future pupils, while celebrating Bickley Park’s long history and highlighting our plans for the next 100 years.”
Bickley Park School was founded by Mr and Mrs Richard A Brandram and started off with just 20
pupils. Mr Brandram was the  rst headmaster and, like others that followed in his footsteps, has a school house named after him.
The Brandrams were focussed on educating boys and sport played a strong part in their educational vision. This is continued today as
pupils have access to a swimming pool, astro-turf pitch – opened in September 2016 – tennis courts, a six acre sports pitch and climbing wall.
Teaching is still conducted from some of its original 1918 buildings but, since then, the school has grown hugely. New facilities
are continuously being added, including, recently, a brand new nursery. A new Reception block and dining room will open in September.
Footballer and TV presenter Chris Hollins is among Bickley Park’s well-known alumni, which includes political historian Sir Anthony Seldon, but the school has also hosted a famous name on the other side of the blackboard. Children’s author Enid Blyton taught at the school in 1919 before moving
to Surbiton to work as a nursery governess.
Bickley Park is on the lookout
for alumni and is calling on past pupils to get in touch. Visit to contact the school.
Last month (April) heralded
the 150th anniversary of King Edward’s move to Witley, Surrey, and the School has embarked on a year of celebratory events to commemmorate its history.
The Mayors of Haslemere and Waverley were present as a holly tree was planted in the King Edward’s Witley grounds to mark the date that the School moved from London to its new premises in Witley. A second holly tree was planted in the grounds of St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, symbolising the School’s presence there as a Tudor orphanage when it was originally founded in the City of London.
John Attwater, Headmaster of King
Edward’s Witley, said, “We retain
close links with the City of London
and are proud of our heritage. The
planting of these holly trees will
allow us to re ect on our two homes
in Surrey and the City, and to re ect on the wonderful evolution of our parent foundation - Bridewell Royal Hospital – into the outstanding School we are today.”
Additional commemorative events include a special Bridewell Day thanksgiving service held last month in the presence of the Lord Mayor of the City of London and HRH
The Duchess of Gloucester GCVO at Southwark Cathedral, an exhibition at Haslemere Museum in May and the opening of the School to the public for Heritage Open Day on Sunday 10th September 2017.
Bridewell Royal Hospital (reg. charity no. 311997) remains the parent foundation for King Edward’s
and provides  nancial support to over 100 children whose home circumstances mean it is bene cial for them to have access to an outstanding boarding education.
Pictured: The Mayor of Waverley, Councillor Chris Storey and Mayor of Haslemere, Councillor Sahran Abeysundara, treasurer Justine Voisin, headmaster John Attwater with Head Girl and Head Boy
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