Upton House School celebrates its 80th birthday

Hannah Crouch

Hannah Crouch

More than 500 past and present pupils from Upton House School celebrated 80 years of the institution on Saturday.

Opened in 1936, the school in St Leonards Road teaches pre-nursery children aged between two and three right up to children aged between four and five.

The school chose to celebrate its anniversary with plenty of cakes and food which would have been eaten by the students in 1936.

Headteacher of 17 years, Madeleine Collins, said: “It was a brilliant day.

“Everyone had jolly good fun, the weather was fab which meant we spent the majority of time outside.

“The son of one of the founders came along as well as parents of students past and present.”

Reaching out to more past Uptonians was another reason why the anniversary party was held.

Mrs Collins added: “We are trying to increase and improve our relationships with past students as it is so easy to lose contact.

“We had one elderly lady fly in from Adelaide in South Australia which was unbelievable.”

Upton House was originally based in Kings Road, Windsor, but moved during the Second World War in 1940.

The aim of the school is to prepare children for education by providing a ‘happy environment where they can prosper’.

“I very much hope the school can continue for another 80 years,” Mrs Collins added.

“I won’t be here I imagine but I hope the school stays for years to come.”

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