Schoolchildren celebrate 150 years

CHILDREN experienced first hand how hard life was for their ancestors during a Long Ashton primary school’s 150-year birthday celebration on Monday.

Children and staff at Northleaze Church of England School donned Victorian dress and replaced their usual calculators and whiteboards for abacuses, slates and chalk during lessons.

The 200 pupils walked from the Brook Close grounds to All Saint’s Church for a thanksgiving service led by Bishop of Taunton Peter Maurice, to herald the week-long festivities.

Headteacher Steve Davis said: “The staff, pupils and their parents thought it was a lovely day.

“Lessons reflected the sort of things that went on in a rural village school in the 1860s and it was a living history lesson for the children.”

Former pupils will be visiting this week to talk to the children about their time at the school.