You’re going to need a bit of puff to blow them all out!

We’re immensely proud of our progress since 1871

Monday, 29th November 2021

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A SCHOOL celebrated its big 150th birthday with this… modest-sized cake topped with 150 candles.

One hundred and twenty eggs went into the creation at St Mary’s Hampstead – surely it would have been a contender for the final of this week’s Great British Bake Off.

Headteacher Harriet Connor-Earl said: “‘There is so much to celebrate and these 150 years are a major achievement for the whole community. We’re immensely proud of our progress since 1871. Together, we continue to move the school forward to ensure that we will always provide the very best educational opportunities for our pupils.”

Since 1926, the school has flourished in a  Grade II-listed property Fitzjohn’s Avenue. Its magnificent chapel was added in 1939.

During the anniversary celebrations, pupils were asked to think about how 150 years ago, the vast majority of girls did not go to school, and were unable to attend university or have a career.

As the oldest prep school in Hampstead, Ms Connor-Earl said staff  were proud of  “our role in the advancement of women’s education in this country”.

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