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HUNDREDS of children arrived in school dressed in clothes from 1914 to mark its 100th anniversary.

Lyndhurst Juniors and College Park Infants in North End are celebrating their centenary this year.

Lyndhurst Junior School and College Park Infant School in 1914 clothing. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142830-2)

Lyndhurst Junior School and College Park Infant School in 1914 clothing. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142830-2)

To mark the occasion, more than 900 children gathered in the playground for an assembly.

And yesterday, the children had all their lessons taught as if they were at school in 1914.

Year 6 pupil Joe Bartram, 10, said: ‘It’s outstanding. I’m in the school and it’s nice that it’s marking 100 years.’

Finley Aird, 10, also in Year 6, added: ‘It’s brilliant because as I’m in Year 6, it’s my last year.’

Headteacher of Lyndhurst Juniors Margaret Beel said: ‘Our 99th year was a year full of celebrations.

‘The children have been doing lots of designing.

‘They created a new centenary playground for the school.

‘They designed their sweatshirts and PE shirts and they did some fundraising.’

The school has been building up to the celebrations for months, with children being tasked with completing 99 different things.

Mrs Beel added: ‘I’m proud to be here at the school’s centenary.

‘It’s got a lot of history – it’s had a lot of changes.

‘There’s something wonderful about being the headteacher and being part of the history of the school.

‘The children have been learning about the history of the school through the years, through the First World War and the Second World War, right up to the 21st century.

‘The children have loved it. We’ve had nearly the whole school turn out in costume including the staff and governors as well. The atmosphere has been tremendous.’

To mark the celebrations, pirate ship-themed playground equipment was officially opened.

Portsmouth Lord Mayor Steven Wylie unveiled a plaque.