It's party time at Woodhouses Primary!

Reporter: Simon Smedley
Date published: 01 October 2018

Woodhouses Primary celebrated its 50th birthday with a host of esteemed guests at an afternoon tea party.

Invitees included the Mayor of Oldham, Councillor Javid Iqbal, as well as local education dignitaries.

Shadow Secretary of State for Education Angela Rayner, the MP for Ashton, was also in attendance.

School Head Rachael Bentham  was delighted with the turnout on the day as parents, pupils - past and present - and former staff members joined in the 1960s-themed celebration.

Mrs Bentham, who has been at the Ashton Road school for almost six years, told the Chronicle: "We wanted to make sure this was a real community event.

"The school councilors have been out with a leaflet drop around the village, with the aim of making sure all of the local community gets involved.

Old school pictures of staff and pupils were a popular feature at Woodhouses' 50th birthday celebration

"Our school is quite small and tucked away, and not everyone knows about it, but we want everyone to know how fantastic it is here."

Woodhouses Primary is a voluntary controlled school, meaning that it is maintained by the local authority but has Foundation Governors from both the Anglican and Free Churches.

The school received a Good with Outstanding features rating in its latest OFSTED report.

Famous past pupils include TV scientist Professor Brian Cox, jazz saxophonist Simon Taylor and female football star Katie Zelem.

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