Bilton Grange School Celebrates 125th Anniversary07.09.2012
Year 8 Pupils end this auspicious year with 100% Success at Common Entrance Bilton Grange School, the co-ed preparatory school in Warwickshire, celebrated 125 years of the school in the final weeks of the Summer Term.
The Reverend Walter Earle started the school in 1887 by bringing 42 boys to the Pugin mansion in Warwickshire parkland, and since then the School has grown and changed. Now, 313 boys and girls enjoy an education that has changed radically from that of the children in 1887 but that remains true to the values on which it was set up.
To celebrate this auspicious 125th anniversary, Commemoration Day took place on the 30th June, and saw former pupils from as far back as 1929 revisit the school. Old Biltonians and current families of the school came together for a Thanksgiving Service at St Andrew’s Church in Rugby, before returning to school to enjoy a celebratory lunch, the annual summer fair, and the release of hundreds of balloons to mark the event. In the evening, parents and staff enjoyed a Commemoration Ball and danced until the small hours.
If the school’s founder, Reverend Walter Earle, had come back to school for a day earlier in the term, he might have found the type of school day with which he would have been familiar. Children and staff came in to school for 1887 day, with lessons, lunch and learning all along Victorian lines. Gone were the interactive whiteboards and ipads for the day – everyone sat in strict rows with blackboards and chalk, and discovered that Victorian teaching was a little bit more strict!
As this significant academic year came to a close, the school’s Year 8 leavers finished it off in style, not just with a fabulous production of ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’, but also with 100% Common Entrance success – all going to the senior school of their choice with a clutch of awards and scholarships.
Peter Kirk, Headmaster of Bilton Grange commented:
“What a year this has been. We are thrilled to have concluded this special year in the school’s history with such success from our Year 8 leavers, as they all move on to their senior school of choice. We have seen significant success across all areas of school life this year, from sports to academia, and I feel that we have done the school proud. We will go into the next academic year with significantly higher pupil numbers across all years of the school, as Bilton Grange goes from strength to strength into the next era.”
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