This year, Danes Hill School turns 75 years old having first opened its doors in 1947 with just 16 pupils. To mark their 75th anniversary Danes Hill School will throw open their doors to the public and hold a community fete in June to mark this momentous occasion.
Danes Hill transitioned from a private house to a private school in 1947. It began as a boarding and day preparatory school for boys aged 8 -13, typical of a prep school of its day. In 1975 boarding ceased to exist and by 1980 Danes Hill School were taking boys from the age of 4. However, the most pivotal change came in 1982 when the former Bevendean School in Steel’s Lane was purchased. At this point the school became fully co-educational. In 1984 Danes Hill School was acquired by Davies Educational Trust, subsequently the Vernon Educational Trust who it is still owned by today.
On Saturday 24 June the school is inviting parents, pupils, staff, alumni as well as the local community to join them in their celebrations on the school grounds. The programme of events will include renditions from the Danes Hill Choir and Orchestra as well as guest performances from Theatretrain and Centre Stage, professional theatre training schools for children, amongst others.
The fete will be a 1940s revival. Local businesses who align with this theme are invited to get involved either by having a stall, giving a performance or running an activity. Already confirmed are a classic car show, bake off competition and flower arranging stall.
Maxine Shaw, Head at Danes Hill School said, ‘While it is our 75th anniversary this event is really about the people of Oxshott. As a school we are fortunate to be part of such a supportive community as this is our way of saying thank you for advocating our accomplishments over the last 75 years.’
Everyone is welcome to join the celebrations at Danes Hill School from 1pm until 4pm on Saturday 24 June.
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