School marks 150th anniversary

Walkdrburn Primary School 150th anniversary exhibitition. Early 1900s
Walkdrburn Primary School 150th anniversary exhibitition. Early 1900s

Celebrations in Walkerburn reach a high this weekend as the school holds Founders Day for all interested to mark its 150th anniversary.

The project has brought history alive for the 45 schoolchildren said head teacher Shirley Bean.

Walkdrburn Primary School 150th anniversary exhibitition. 1950s.

Walkdrburn Primary School 150th anniversary exhibitition. 1950s.

She told us: “The children have been extremely excited and have really engaged with the celebrations. Walkerburn was a purpose-built mill village and, with the changing economic landscape, it’s important that current pupils and villagers celebrate and learn from the past.

“Like many small rural schools there is a great sense of family and community. There are a considerable number of families whose children have attended the school for four and five generations. This school gives pupils roots and wings – roots to keep them firmly grounded and wings to fly high and far in their chosen profession.”

She is not aware of anyone famous attending the primary but says there are three former pupils who each have an MBE and another with a CBE.

A small group of ex-pupils have organised and raised funds for the celebrations over the last two years.

Walkerburn Primary School head teacher, Shirley Bean.

Walkerburn Primary School head teacher, Shirley Bean.

Shirley added:“Being a former pupil and former teacher at the school myself, I’m thrilled to be headteacher of Walkerburn at this momentous time.”

St Ronan’s Silver Band will be playing at Founders Day on Saturday which runs from 1-4pm when there will be local groups running stalls, old photos and memorabilia, Healthy Living Network giveaways, a bouncy castle and playground games.

Grand National-winning jockey Ryan Mania will open the event.