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School celebrates golden anniversary

SCHOOL children and teachers have been celebrating at a Bognor Regis school.

 

This year, Edward Bryant School are marking their 50th anniversary.

 

The school opened on the current site in 1967, when it moved from its original site in Lyon Street. It was named in honour of a local councillor.

 

The original headteacher was Mr Archer and since then there have been only three others in 50 years; Mr Mervyn Batty, Mrs Cathy Williams and the current headteacher, Mr Richard Waddington.

 

When the school opened, there were only 210 children in seven classes. Now, the school has nearly 600 children in 20 classes and next year their capacity of 630 children will be reached in 21 classes.

 

The children have really enjoyed finding out about the history of the school during the celebrations.

 

Tia Partridge, aged nine, said: “We found out loads of interesting facts including finding out about the big old bell that we have in our school. It used to be rung to tell people it was the start of lessons.”

 

Eight-year-old Belle Bailey, who is related to Edward Bryant, said: “It’s exciting to be related to the person who our school is named after. He was my great grandma’s cousin and his wife, Winifred, opened the school.”

 

All throughout the year the school are celebrating the big birthday with various activities.

 

Mr Waddington said: “We started off by inviting Mark Boyt from Sussex By Air to come and take a photo of the whole school standing in the shape of a 50.

 

“We have had it printed out on a large canvas to display in the school.

 

“We have also asked our school councillors to come up with a list of 50 things that children at our school get to experience in their time here and we are, of course, planning a special birthday party!”

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