Gad’s GCSE student Freya Smith and fellow Y11s signed their names on the school roof to mark their very last day as classmates.

The 15-16 year-olds are following the independent school’s tradition of allowing leavers to go on to the roof, accompanied by teachers and the Headmaster of course, 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.

Freya, 16, from Chalk, has been a student at Gad’s since she was three.  She plans on taking A -levels at Mayfield Grammar School and credits Gad’s with building her confidence and preparing her for her further studies – and for helping her make life-long friends.

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 capable 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.”

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