School Recreates the Past to celebrate 100 years

Staff and pupils from St Edward’s C of E Primary School in Castle Donington, dressed in Edwardian costumes and joined in with lessons and activities like they would have done 100 years ago when their school was built!

Leicestershire County Council built the school in 1910 for children aged from 5-14 years. It was built to replace the Wesleyan School housed in an old factory near Dovecote.

The celebrations for the Centenary included:

Edwardian style lessons Copper plate handwriting practice Drawing artefacts from the Edwardian period Edwardian dancing

Over the 100 years, the school has seen many changes – in 1923, all children began their schooling at the local Parochial school and then moved to St Edward’s for their senior education at the age of 9 and then after 1934 at the age of 11. The school also began teaching children from other neighbouring villages.

After the Education Act in 1944 and the raising of the school leaving age to 15 in 1947, the school became a secondary modern.

In 1957 the Council opened a new Castle Donington Secondary Modern School – now Castle Donington Community College, for children aged 11-15 years. Since then, St Edward’s C of E Primary School has remained a primary school.

Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Service, said:

“St Edward’s has seen many changes in its 100 years and has risen to the challenges they have brought and will continue to do so for many years to come. The school is at the heart of the village and by celebrating its centenary will help the children to understand their place in the community and their relationship to pupils who have gone before. Congratulations to everyone.”