Sedgeford Primary School clocks up 175 years of learning

Sedgeford Primary School celebrates it's 175th anniversary. Mrs Vonny Taylor (centre) who later cut the ribbon with some of the children and the head teacher Mrs Sarah Bocking in front of the specially commissioned 'Anniversary Clock'. ANL-151202-161705009
Sedgeford Primary School celebrates it's 175th anniversary. Mrs Vonny Taylor (centre) who later cut the ribbon with some of the children and the head teacher Mrs Sarah Bocking in front of the specially commissioned 'Anniversary Clock'. ANL-151202-161705009

A West Norfolk village school has celebrated its 175th anniversary and its boss hopes that new federation plans will help to secure its future.

Parents of pupils at Sedgeford Primary School are currently being consulted on a proposal for it to enter a formal partnership with the schools in Brancaster and Docking.

The consultation ends next week but, speaking after the Sedgeford school’s anniversary celebrations on Thursday, headteacher Sarah Bocking said she was hopeful the plan would win parents’ support.

Representatives of both the Brancaster and Docking schools were at the event.

And Mrs Bocking, who is also head at Brancaster, said: “So far, the comments that we know about have been positive and the feedback has been positive.”

If approved, the new St Mary’s Federation could come into effect as early as this May. The consultation ends next Wednesday, February 25, at 5pm.

And Mrs Bocking said: “Hopefully we’ve celebrated 175 years and we can look forward to another 175 years.”

The centrepiece of the celebrations was the unveiling of an anniversary clock by Vonny Taylor, a former pupil of the school who now works there as a teaching assistant and also serves as a governor.

The school worked with the Holkham Forge to create the timepiece, which was funded by a £2,500 grant from the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies (NADFAS), plus other donations.

Roger Foyster and James Spedding, from the forge, also joined in the celebrations.

The clock has also been designed in the shape of a flower.

And Mrs Bocking said: “The children felt there is a lot of natural history around where we live and around the school.”

The central part of the clock is based on a piece of jewellery which was found at the village’s SHARP (Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project) dig site off Fring Road.

The jewel also features in the school’s badge.