01:00AM, Friday 23 May 2014
A school that educates the children of some of Britain's bravest men and women is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Alexander First School in Kenneally, on the Broom Farm army estate, opened in 1974. Pupils started creating a mosaic made out of tiles a year ago to celebrate the ruby anniversary - making images of the school badge and flowers representing each class.
On Friday, May 16 the outgoing Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Andrew Jenner, fulfilled one of his last engagements by officially unveiling the mosaic, which is now positioned at the front of the school. He also visited the new classroom there.
Headteacher Gill Young said: "In the evening former staff, parents and governors came back - including the first ever headteacher Estlyn Davies."
Mrs Young has her own theory about the school's ongoing success. She said: "All our teachers are committed to the children and to looking at them as individuals.
"We are concerned about the children's emotional wellbeing as well as academic.
"They may have parents serving in a war zone and need someone to talk to."
The school was built in 1972 and was originally open-plan in design. It serves the Ministry of Defence married quarters for Windsor, as well as the local community.
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