School’s year long 200 year anniversary

Year 2 pupils at Ripon Cathedral School with their 200th birthday cake.  (120113M3a)

Year 2 pupils at Ripon Cathedral School with their 200th birthday cake. (120113M3a)

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The children of Ripon Cathedral School have been celebrating a very special birthday.

The school is celebrating 200 years since it was founded in 1812. The city’s oldest primary school has marked the milestone with a birthday party and magic show to kick-start a year of celebrations.

Events planned to celebrate the bicentenary will include a thanksgiving service at the cathedral, an open day for past pupils and a history week. “This is an exciting time in the school’s history as we stride forward into our third century,” said Headteacher Darren Dudman.

“As well as celebrating the past we are seeing this year as the start of an exciting new chapter with plans to build on our outstanding church school status and excellence in the arts.” Many Ripon residents attended the Cathedral School in the past and some families have generations of past pupils.

The school would love to hear from ex-students and staff, as they are collecting letters, memories, photographs and even old school reports, to create a book on the history of the school.

Contact the school on 01765 602355.