This year is a very special year for St Mary’s CE Primary School here in Putney as it celebrates being 200 years old.
Based in Felsham Road, the school was originally born “for the benefit of the labouring classes of Putney” on land donated by Earl Spencer, and was created as a ‘National School’ by the ‘National Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church in England and Wales’.
Back in 1819, Putney was a very different place to the busy London suburb it is now with its sprawling agricultural fields. During the past 200 years the school has witnessed huge developments and events in the area including the opening of Putney railway station, the first Oxbridge University Boat race on the current tideway course, the building of Putney Bridge as we know it today and, remarkably, it has survived two World Wars.
Today, St. Mary’s CE Primary School is a state school that provides an education of the highest quality to local children in Putney. With tight budgets and recent funding cuts, St Mary’s continues to achieve excellence not only with the generous donations from their parent body, but also with the on-going support from the local community to assist with fundraising efforts.
St. Mary’s is very much about community and works hard with both staff and parents to create a warm, friendly school family in which children can flourish. So, in this very special bicentennial year, St Mary’s is raising funds through a number of initiatives that will go towards ‘Playground Project 200’ – transforming its outdoor play area – and to form the starting point in making the school sustainable and eco-friendly – creating a legacy for local children over the next few years and the centuries beyond.
To learn more about upcoming fundraising events, including the Bicentennial Ball to be held on 2nd March and a summer BBQ, or to find out how you can get involved or to simply donate, visit their website here. Alternatively, you can email St Mary’s Bicentennial Planning Committee on firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone is welcome to join the committee or to offer their skills – whether you are a former pupil, local business or an interested resident of Putney
To kick start the bicentennial year, there will be a week of celebrations at the school from 25th February to 1st March including a spectacular history show, a history dress-up day and a celebratory lunch followed by a special service of Thanksgiving and Commemoration at St Mary’s Church, 10am on 1st March. To reserve your free ticket for the service go to Eventbrite.