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School is 165 and still going strong

PUBLISHED: 13:16 16 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:44 12 July 2010

MP Richard Bacon joins pupils, staff and governors to celebrate the 165th birthday.

MP Richard Bacon joins pupils, staff and governors to celebrate the 165th birthday.

THE village poorhouse which became a school saw Victorian costumes once more last week as Brockdish Primary School marked its 165th birthday.

Pupils, staff and governors all donned period costume and they were joined by South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon who also opened the new classroom which had been built over the summer holidays.

THE village poorhouse which became a school saw Victorian costumes once more last week as Brockdish Primary School marked its 165th birthday.

Pupils, staff and governors all donned period costume and they were joined by South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon who also opened the new classroom which had been built over the summer holidays.

The school was originally the poorhouse for the village, but became a school in 1843. It may be one of the oldest - and smallest - in the county but showed it is not old fashioned by demonstrating a video conference call to London during the visit. There was a question and answer session where children were able to compare their own lives with Victorian children from the past.

The new classroom means a quieter working environment, improved PE facilities and more extended schools' activities.

Headteacher Peter Lacey-Hastings said: “We want to show how we celebrate and recognise the past while still looking to the future. We are very pleased that our local MP has come to visit and open the new classroom. The children all dressed up and were subject to some fierce Victorian style teaching. They understood we were in role and some even said they enjoyed it !”

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