Edwardian day marks school building’s 100th anniversary

Children brought the past to life to celebrate when their school building was first opened.

Children brought the past to life to celebrate when their school building was first opened.

Pupils at Carlton Junior and Infant School wore Edwardian clothing and took part in games and activities that were popular around 1910.

The school moved to its current Batley Carr site in 1985, but it was not the first school to have made its home there.

The building in Upper Road was also used as school when it opened in 1912.

Pupils were joined by staff and members of the Parent and Teachers’ Assocation to celebrate the site’s history in what would have been the original school’s 100th year.

Head teacher Tim Scargill said: “The day was fantastic and a great experience for the children. They dressed in clothing from above stairs and as the servants and took part in old-fashioned games from that period.”

Attractions included retro sweet and candy floss stalls, a coconut shy and hopscotch.

Former pupils, including 90-year-old Hilda Rhodes, joined in the fun as they returned to the school for the celebrations. Mr Scargill said:

“It was great to have Hilda and the other pupils come back to the school. We showed her the changes to modern day teaching and the children got an opportunity to talk to her about her school life.

“We want to thank the PTA who did the majority of the organising of the event and the community for supporting it.”

For a slideshow of more pictures from the celebration visit our website www.batleynews.co.uk

Carlton School has also received £9,700 from the BIG Lottery Fund’s small grants programme, Awards for All.

Projects across Yorkshire and the Humber are set to benefit from the funding aimed at encouraging people to take part in festivals to build stronger communities.

More £990,000 of funding has been shared between 124 projects in the region, including primary schools, charities and voluntary organisations. The school plans to use the money to deliver a series of after school and holiday time healthy lifestyle activities.