THE doors to the school where DH Lawrence famously studied closed for the last time on Tuesday of this week as children packed up and left for the end of term.
Children and teachers at Greasley Primary School marked the end of an era, preparing to leave their school buildings behind and start afresh in new premises over the road at the beginning of next term.
Headteacher Donna Chambers said she thought it was only right to have a ‘farewell ceremony’ in Lawrence’s honour.
Ex-pupils and teachers visited the school for the day along with local dignitaries, Lawrence artifacts were on display, and the children all made giant hands to officially wave goodbye to the Greasley Infants school building where Eastwood writer DH Lawrence was both pupil and teacher in the late 1800s.
Ms Chambers said: “He is one of the world’s most famous writers and we thought we should mark the occasion.”
Chair of governors Pam Tulley said: “We wanted to recognise the contribution that the schools have made to local children over a good many years. The infant school has served local children for over 130 years and has a central place in what Lawrence called ‘the country of my heart’. It has a rich history and strong connections with Lawrence.”
Greasley Beauvale Infants School and Greasley Beauvale Junior School merged three years ago to become Greasley Beauvale Primary School. The pupils will move into a brand new building with pupils all under one roof in September.
The old D H Lawrence Infants School, which was built around 1878 and is a Grade 2 listed building will be sold by Notinghamshire County Council, but preserved.
The old junior school building will be demolished to provide play space for the new school.
Cllr Philip Owen cabinet member for children and young people’s services at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “It’s a chance for the pupils to remember the history of their old schools and to take their leave of the buildings they had been using.
“It is the end of an era – and the start of an exciting new phase.”
A mosaic of the school’s logo which was designed by a pupil when the two schools merged has been created. It encompasses a rainbow, to symbolise the famous novel by Lawrence.
Old school furniture and IT equipment has gone to three schools in St Lucia and and to the local Headway charity shop.
l What should happen to the old building? See page 6