Hatfield school celebrates 70 years today

A PRIMARY school originally built to cope with the influx of children arriving with the development of the de Havilland aircraft factory is to mark its 70th birthday with the unveiling of a new block.

Green Lanes Primary School opened on December 2, 1940.

On its second day the 134 pupils and its four teachers were forced to make two visits to an on-site air raid shelter.

For much of World War Two, school days continued in a similar fashion.

Now, seven decades on, the school is appealing for former pupils to send in their memories and/or pictures of their time at the Hatfield school.

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The stories will be compiled as part of a memory wall to go on show in the new community hall, which is being unveiled by Hatfield mayor Linda Clark on Saturday.

The hall is part of an extension, which has also seen the addition of three classrooms.

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Michele Johnson, who is only the fifth headteacher at Green Lanes and the first female one at that, said the anniversary celebrations mark not only a lovely history, but also a bright future.

“It’s an exciting time and a new chapter for the school as we are now going from admitting 45 students a year up to 60 – a full two form entry school.

“So we are celebrating 70 years by looking to the future.”

The 70th birthday will also be marked with a week of celebrations with children dressing up from each of the seven decades and taking part in periodic learning.

Ms Johnson, who took over in September after eight years as deputy head, added: “I feel privileged and proud to be headteacher of a school like this with such a community and family core.”

Send your memories to admin @greenlanes.herts.sch.uk or contact the school on 01707 262556.

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