Gad’s GCSE classmates signed their names not only on shirts and in autograph books but also on the roof, as part of a long tradition of the school.

Every summer the year 11s go up on the old school roof, with the Headmaster and their teachers, to etch their monikers alongside hundreds of old Gadshillians’.

The tradition started when Gad’s, which was the former home of Charles Dickens, was opened as a girls’ school in 1924 and classmates and siblings have been making their mark ever since.

Headmaster David Craggs said:  “Our roof plays host to an array of former pupils’ and teachers’ names dating back over the years.

“Where you make your mark is very important – year-on-year, the children rise to the challenge of searching for older brothers and sisters, and leaving a space for future family members.

“Our students leave Gad’s as confident individuals ready for the next step in their education, often at local grammar schools, and to have their name inscribed atop of where they have been taught is a fitting tribute to their time here.”

Gad’s Hill leavers sign their names on the school roof


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