Old bell marks start of school day at Bicker

Principal Sheila Page cuts the anniversary cake.
Principal Sheila Page cuts the anniversary cake.
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Bicker Preparatory School and Early Years retains the traditional atmosphere of a small village school – but is equipped with the highest quality resources.

When what had been the village’s Victorian school was extensively refurbished to open the new school in 1994, many original features were retained.

These include the original school bell.

Head of Upper School Wendy Bell says: “It was on the morning of the official opening ceremony that the original school bell, together with its housing, was found and presented back to the school by Mr and Mrs Michael Dawson of Bicker.

“It was understood that the bell had been in storage since the end of the war.

“The beautiful school bell was hung in the original wooden bell tower on top of the school and it rings out every morning at 8.50am to welcome our children to a new school day.”

When past and present pupils, staff and families gathered at St Swithin’s Church at Bicker to celebrate Bicker Preparatory School’s 20th anniversary a collection of more than £137 was made. The money will go to the church.