Bishop joins pupils to celebrate school’s 300 years
Pupils from Lady Modiford’s school, Walkhampton, celebrating its 300th anniversary, were joined by the Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Rev’d Robert Atwell, for a special service of Thanksgiving at the village’s St Mary’s Church, on 9 September.
The service included a performance of “The Vicar’s Cross” a specially written musical by composer Andrew Wilson.
Set in the 19th Century, it tells the story of a local Vicar who tries to reform his parishioners and ends up being chased by a bull and taking refuge on top of a stone cross next to the church.
The school, which opened in 1719, has been celebrating its anniversary throughout 2019 with events including a tea party and the unearthing of a 25-year-old time capsule. They have also been using the significant date as a basis for their learning.
This was recognised by Ofsted, which has just rated the school as ‘good’ in a report which has just been published.
In the service, Bishop Robert spoke of the wisdom of building life on the firm foundations of faith in Christ. He said he looked forward to the next 300 years of the life of the school and said:
“What a fantastic celebration of the life of this school this service has been.”
Throughout September St Mary’s Church is staging an exhibition of the work of the children together with many items which detail the history of the school.