A ROCESTER boarding school is set to celebrate its 125th anniversary with a calendar of exciting events.
Abbotsholme, in Rocester, will be celebrating 125 years since it was founded in 1889 during the coming school year.
The events programme, which will commemorate the founding of the school, will include lectures, talent contests, art exhibitions, a community concert, a special Founders dinner, culminating with a carol service in Lichfield Cathedral.
October 1 will see the launch of the appeal with a Founders service at 1pm as well as hikes the following day.
There will be a fund-raising appeal to mark the 125th anniversary, in order to raise money to install an astroturf for sporting events.
Founded in 1889 by Dr Cecil Reddie, a progressive educational reformer, Abbotsholme lies in a beautiful estate of some 140 acres on the banks of the River Dove in rural Derbyshire, on the borders of Staffordshire.
Co-educational since 1969, the school is Christian but non-denominational.
Current numbers are in the region of 285.
Great emphasis is placed on providing an educational experience beyond the classroom, including a rich outdoor education programme
Founder Dr Reddie’s radical thinking was a shift away from the rigid conformity of the traditional public school towards spontaneity, leadership and compassion for others, based on co-operation rather than competition.
Further information about the school can be found online at www.abbotsholme.co.uk