Five decades of history celebrated at Thorpe Primary School in Peterborough

Opening of the  new extensions at Thorpe primary school. Stewart Jackson with head teacher Nick Guest and pupils  Sarah Ahmed and Leo Scarff EMN-151017-193052009
Opening of the new extensions at Thorpe primary school. Stewart Jackson with head teacher Nick Guest and pupils Sarah Ahmed and Leo Scarff EMN-151017-193052009
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Thorpe Primary School celebrated its 50th anniversary and the opening of its new extension last week.

A week’s worth of activities culminated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday performed by the school’s eldest pupil, Sarah Ahmed, and the youngest, Leo Scarff.

The pair were joined by headteacher Nick Guest and Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson, with Peterborough City Council chief executive Gillian Beasley also attending.

The children learned about different events which have taken place during the last five decades, and they even prepared materials to put in a time capsule which will be buried for 25 years for children of the future to open up and see what education was like in 2015.

The objects chosen to put inside the sealed, waterproof, metal cylinder were there to show what life was like at home and school.

Friday saw past staff members and pupils joining dignitaries for the ceremony.

The new extension allows for seven new classrooms at the 500-place school in Atherstone Avenue, Netherton as well as a group room and a breakout area. The building works took 18 months with the extension opening last month.

Mr Guest said: “It was a wonderful week in school. The children did some really exciting activities. It finished off with them taking a couple of momentos as well.”

The momentos were a personalised bookmark and printed postcard which included the first name of every child in school and the celebration date.

On the time capsule Mr Guest added: “It will be very interesting to see what the school will be like in 2040.”