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50th birthday celebrations with the bishop of exeter

50th Birthday celebrations with the Bishop of Exeter

On the 4th March 1969 the then Bishop of Exeter, Bishop Robert officially opened the doors at Pilton Bluecoat school to the children from three local schools which had recently closed (Pilton Church School, Bluecoat Boys school and the Girls National school).

50 years to the very day, 4th March 2019, the current Bishop of Exeter, also called Bishop Robert, joined staff – old and new, children and special guests for a very special day of celebration.

The day started with a celebration assembly led by Head Ian Thomas and the Bishop of Exeter. The Schools ethos  child ambassador’s lit a special candle and the Bishop had the children enthralled with his stories before cutting a cake.

The school was lucky to be joined by two of the original teachers from 1969, Mr John Yelland and Mrs Lyn Graham as well as ex heads Mr Paul Mulligan and Mr Dick Chamings.

In the afternoon the school opened their doors again to even more friends of the school, ex pupils and the local Pilton community. A display in the hall had people chattering excitedly when they found themselves and their families amongst the old photographs. The afternoon was relaxing and full of fun, the school choir sang while old friendships were renewed over tea and cakes.

At the end of the day every child was given a commemorative mug.

Please have a look at our gallery for more photographs of our special day.