Primary school to mark golden anniversary

Gwyneth Rees was the infant school's first headteacher.

Gwyneth Rees was the infant school's first headteacher. - Credit: Archant

Celebrations have been held to mark the 50th anniversary of High Down schools in Portishead.

Portishead County Infants School, as it was known when the infant school opened in 1966, began its life with just a single classroom after builders over-ran with their construction work. Such were the initial teething problems that pupils had to be ferried to St Peter’s School because the kitchen was not finished.

However, thankfully those issues were soon fixed and the school in Down Road has flourished, with its junior partner opening in April 1968.

The two schools have organised a number of events to mark the golden anniversary, including a 1960s-themed flower power carnival and picnic.

A time capsule will also be planted, a golden anniversary concert organised and a new reception block opened.


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The schools have set up a golden anniversary page on their websites to ensure people can find out full details of what is planned over the coming months.

The events also include a 1960s memories tea party during the autumn term for anyone who attended the school between 1966-1970.

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A school spokesman said: “If you are in touch with past pupils or staff who were at the High Down schools in the 1960s please let them know that the schools would love to hear from them.”

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