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Happy hundredth! School’s big birthday

19 May, 2017

Mayor of Islington Una O’Halloran with William Tyndale pupils

PUPILS at William Tyndale Primary School celebrated its centenary by taking part in a fancy-dress parade through Islington streets yesterday (Thursday).

New Mayor of Islington, Councillor Una O’Halloran, and a steel band accompanied the Upper Street school pupils on their walk, which passed the Town Hall. “Since I found out my schedule, I’ve been really looking forward to this,” she said.

Students wearing hand-made hats proved a hit with passers-by and shoppers, who waved and cheered.

William Tyndale pupils Charlotte, 8, and Nawri, 9

The parade was part of a year-long celebration organised by the school to commemorate its anniversary.

Pupils have transformed classrooms to represent different decades and created exhibitions about scientific discoveries made during the past 100 years. They have visited the Geffrye Museum, in Shoreditch, which exhibits the interiors of homes from different decades.

The school faced a huge backlash in the 1970s due to its radically progressive teaching methods which gave children a large amount of freedom.


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