School celebrates 4oth anniversary

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Friends and family of Leighton Middle School pupils recently joined them to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the opening of the school.

Dr Fiona Dry, Chair of Governors, planted the first of a number of trees donated by the school governors on the lawn of the Old House, which is famous as the setting of the Borrowers series of books and films. All members of the school community have contributed to this event; the photograph was taken by Callum Buchanan, a Year Eight pupil.

Dr Dry said: “The Governors are volunteers who work to both support and challenge theschool to promote high standards of education. They are also part of theschool community and it was wonderful to see so many people, staff, pupils and governors who have been part of the history of the school, return for our celebration. The governors wanted to add to the variety of trees we alreadyhave and which help make the grounds so special.”

The Leighton Middle School Association donated a wooden bench seat to markthe occasion, which will be sited in the school grounds.

Theresa Short, Head of Music for 38 of the 40 years, arranged for recitals to be given throughout the evening by past pupils – singers Natalie Spence and Eleanor Beach, flautist Emily Lakin and pianists Hannah Jovic and Hannah Jones.

Sisters Eleanor and Sophie Moyles won the competition for designing the invitation, and many staff manned stalls.

Pupils joined in the fun with many stalls that they “planned and manned” themselves, including football games, cake stalls, healthy smoothie drinks and ball games.

In all, a most enjoyable evening to mark this special occasion.