Mayor’s seal on growing Goodmayes school’s centenary

YOUNGSTERS welcomed past pupils who had previously walked in their footsteps, as Goodmayes Primary School celebrated its centenary.

The school, in Airthrie Road, Goodmayes, hosted the centenary day with Redbridge Mayor Cllr Jim O’Shea officially opening the school’s new buildings.

Acting deputy headteacher Julia Halpin said the festivities had to be pushed back a year due to building work, but now it was completed, the school felt like it had a new lease of life.

“We had a new purpose-built nursery and extra classrooms put in this year to increase our intake size,” she said. “Year six children showed around past pupils and teachers, we even had one student who attended from 1941 to 1947. “They were all a bit shocked at how much the school had changed,” she added.

The day marks the end of the centenary celebrations, which started earlier in the year and saw youngsters step back in time to get a glimpse of life in a strict Victorian classroom.

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