Looking back on 100 years of learning

PAST pupils were invited to their old school to celebrate its centenary.

Deaf Hill Primary School, in Trimdon Station, held an open day to mark its 100th anniversary.

Former pupils had the chance to go along to the Station Road East-based school and see old photographs of the school and the area taken over the years.

Among the visitors was Duncan Temple, who now lives in Lincolnshire.

His great-grandmother, Margaret Ann Harrison ,was the school’s first headmistress and her daughter, Eleanor Harrison, Mr Temple’s grandmother, succeeded her in the role.

Mr Duncan’s mother, Cicely Temple, was also a teacher at the school until 1929.

Also on display during the event, held on Saturday, were vintage cars, including a 1912 Humber sports car, as well as old-fashioned Triang toys and Pelham puppets.

There was also steam engine rides and a free raffle and a display of items donated by Beamish museum relating to Deaf Hill, Trimdon and the local pits.

Headteacher Kieran Pavey, who has been at the school since 2008, said: “It was a fabulous day.

“We had over 250 people here, ranging from a child who is due to come to the school who is now three months old to a former pupil who is 101.

“We had a good range of people, from people being here in 1924 to current pupils.”

Staff and pupils also wore period dress on Friday and Saturday.

The building originally opened as a girls’ school, on June 22, 1912.

Over the years, it became a mixed infants’ school before converting to a primary school.