The Perse School

Happy 21st birthday to The Perse Pelican School!

28 Sep 2018

Founding Headmistress Penny Oates reflected on how much The Perse Pelican School had developed since the earliest days when she returned to help celebrate its 21st birthday.

In her speech, she explained how when the Pelican opened its doors to children aged three to seven in September 1997 it was a far cry from the current “state of the art facility”.

Penny Oates said: “It is enormously pleasing to return to see just how far the school has developed under Sarah Waddington’s leadership. Looking around, it is clear that you have come a very long way from when I spoke to the first cohort of parents 21 years ago.

“I thanked them for committing to what was, in effect, little more than a concept at that stage. In fact, I well remember telling them that in the early weeks we didn’t have so much as a paper clip to our name.

“The Pelican has fledged. With careful nurturing and much dedicated commitment from many, many people it has grown up to be the leading nursery and pre-prep in the area.”

Following further speeches from Pelican Head Sarah Waddington and Upper Head Ed Elliott, Richard Lyon – husband of former governor Anne Lyon – had the honour of cutting the Pelican birthday cake on what was also his 70th birthday.

Guests, who included Nigel Richardson, who was Upper Head when the Pelican was launched, and Chairman of Governors Sir David Wright, as well as many former Pelican staff, then enjoyed casting their eyes around the school, which has seen the playground transformed with an all-weather surface and brand new play equipment this summer.

Ed Elliott, said: “It was a pleasure to be able to thank in person some of the key governors, staff and parents who helped create The Perse Pelican School. Their vision, skill, endeavour and support were vital in turning a derelict boarding house into a thriving pre-prep school which thousands of children have benefited from.”

Sarah Waddington added: “It was a wonderful evening and a lovely way to celebrate the 21st birthday of The Perse Pelican School. We’d like to thank everyone who came along to help us mark such a special occasion.”

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