Rotherham school marks milestone birthday

Youngsters in the nursery class at Rudston School, Rotherham.
Youngsters in the nursery class at Rudston School, Rotherham.
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A primary school in Rotherham is celebrating 65 years of its traditional ethos.

Rudston Preparatory School was opened by Gertrude Butcher on April 19, 1948, at her home and taught 48 boys and girls from the ages of five to 11.

It has expanded over the years and now has 135 pupils on role.

However, through decades of change in education, much has stayed the same.

Headteacher Guy Willatt, formerly a deputy head at Sheffield High School, said: “The ethos of the school when it opened was very much about giving children the best start possible, academic rigour, and feeding the grammar schools.

“It was very similar to today’s ethos which is based around traditional values.

“We pride ourselves on respect and pick children up on things such as not opening the doors for others.

“We have a distinct uniform which is important to us . It’s trying to combine the best in modern education with traditional values.”

The school celebrated its milestone birthday with a party for pupils, including cake, goody bags and party clothes.

One of the first pupils at the school was Rotherham businessman Ben Bennett.

His children and grandchildren also went to the school.

Rudston School will be celebrating its annual prize day at Rotherham United’s New York Stadium in July, where the Bennett family sponsor the family Stand.

Mr Bennett said: “I am proud and privileged to have been given the opportunity to support both Rudston and Rotherham in my life time.”

n See The Star’s eight-page Class Act supplement tomorrow for more details and old photographs of the school.

n Opinion: Page 8