Celebrations for Lee-on-the-Solent school’s 40th birthday

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IT’S been 40 years since an infant school opened in Lee-on-the-Solent.

So it was only right that current pupils, former pupils and members of staff gathered to celebrate the special anniversary.

Lee on the Solent Infants School has celebrated it's 40th birthday. Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage cuts the cake with headteacher Allyson George. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141814-2)

Lee on the Solent Infants School has celebrated it's 40th birthday. Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage cuts the cake with headteacher Allyson George. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141814-2)

Students at Lee-on-the-Solent Infant School paraded around the school grounds before singing to a packed audience in the sunshine.

And Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage was on hand to cut the cake as everybody sang Happy Birthday.

Liz Grundy, 40, from Harvard Close in Lee-on-the-Solent, went to the school and moved back into the area so that her three children could go there.

She said: ‘We brought the kids back here and bought a house. I love it. Today has brought back lots of memories.

‘It was nice talking to the teachers. They like to hear how the school was when we were here. All of the school days are brought right back to you.

‘The kids have such a lovely, happy school life.’

Sian Jeffery, 41, from Seymour Road, has lived in Lee-on-the-Solent all her life.

‘I love it in Lee. I loved coming here and I wanted my son to come here as well,’ she said.

‘I’m just glad it’s still going and I hope it goes for another 40 years.’

Children have been learning about what life was like 40 years ago, as part of the celebrations. They learnt songs from the time and played with toys and games from that era.

Each child also made their own celebratory T-shirt to commemorate the event, which they wore yesterday.

Headteacher Allyson George said: ‘It’s been a great celebration. Children have really enjoyed learning what life was like 40 years ago and the kinds of toys children played with and the television programmes they watched.

‘They have really enjoyed that. It’s been a very exciting week.’

Isabelle Ricketts, five, is in Year R. She said: ‘It feels exciting. We made T-shirts.

‘It’s good that the school is 40 years old. It’s been fun.’