Forever friends embrace new school – and old

Classmates from yesteryear joined pupils and friends from Gad’s at the school’s annual reunion.

Old Gadshillians from classes ranging from the 1930s to 2015 celebrated their time at the school with a lunch and Pimm’s reception followed by a tour of the old and new schools.

The largest cohort, who stayed all afternoon, left in 1989:

Librarian Rachel Aberdour, originally from Gravesend, was particularly impressed with the Penelope Bow Reading and Research Centre: “The library was always my favourite room. It’s lovely to see how it has been refurbished while still remaining a tribute to Dickens. I hope pupils will gain as much from their time in there as I did.”

Parent Jo Agg from Shorne said: “My daughter is the eighth generation of my family to come to Gad’s and she loves hearing about school life from her grandparents.”

Bexley Head teacher Sarah Young and her step-sister Gad’s PR and Marketing Manager Nina Carr, who both lived in Shorne when they came to Gad’s, said: “Our parents met at a Gad’s open evening so it will always hold a special memory for our family.”

And former Head Girl Rebecca Fishenden, formerly of Meopham and now settled in Hastings, said: “I came to Gad’s when I was very young and have fantastic memories of friendships, fun and of course learning! I hope that my son will be as happy when he starts school too – if only we lived closer!”

The 15-strong class of 1989 especially enjoyed touring the old school with the most recent leavers and reassured them they would still be firm friends 26 years on as they are!