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Summer of celebrations for Stortford's St Michael's school

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St Michaels School 2017
St Michaels School 2017

Two centuries of history are being celebrated at St Michael's Church of England Primary School in Bishop's Stortford with a series of events this summer.

History subject leader Clare Tozer wants past pupils, parents, staff or friends of the school to join the bicentennial commemorations.

On Friday, June 15, from 2pm there will be a birthday tea party at the Apton Road school, followed by a barbecue and disco on the playing field. Tickets cost £6 for a family and £3 for individuals.

On Saturday, June 16, the school will take part in the Bishop’s Stortford Carnival parade through the town centre.

On Sunday, June 17, there will be a Holy Communion service at St Michael’s Church, Windhill, at 10am and on Saturday, June 23, the school will hold its annual summer fayre from noon to 3pm.

St Michael’s was opened as a National school in 1818 - these were founded in 19th century England and Wales by the National Society for Promoting Religious Education.

They provided a basic education, in accordance with the teaching of the Church of England, to the children of the poor.

The school was named after the town’s parish church in Windhill and was originally based in buildings in Apton Road, on what is now a public car park.

According to Paul Ailey’s www.stortfordhistory.co.uk website: “The school also housed a soup kitchen, supplying nourishment for the not so well off members of the community, and at a cost of one penny provided pupils with large jugs in which to take soup home to their parents.”

The Victorian infant school buildings, rebuilt and extended in 1832, are now part of the New Apton Centre.

Ms Tozer said the school moved to the present site in the 1950s when the importance of outside activities required more space.

The pupils of today are compiling a bank of memories and anecdotes to reflect the school’s long history.

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