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Stratford House School pupils hold reunion to mark 100th anniversary
FORMER pupils held a reunion to mark their old school's 100th anniversary.
Stratford House School in Bickley was founded by Miss Alice Burgess in 1912 and named after the Stratford family to whom she had been governess.
One year later it moved to a site next to the railway line at Bickley station, where it remained until it was amalgamated with Farringtons School in 1994.
In all that time it had only four headmistresses and grew from six pupils to more than 400, aged from four to 18.
Around 250 ex-students and teachers - so-called Stratfordians - attended a centenary celebration lunch at Bromley Civic Centre.
Guests of honour were former headteacher Ann Williamson, her husband John, Jean Skone-James and Father David Herbert.
Elizabeth Barnes, a pupil from 1950 to 1961, said: "It was a fantastic occasion and so many people said how much they enjoyed it.
"There were some people who hadn't met their school pals since their school days."