Gad’s final year students 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 parents, to etch their monikers alongside hundreds of old Gadshillians.

The tradition started when Gad’s, 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 Mr Paul Savage, 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.

Robert Hodge, 16, from Gravesend, was joined by his older sister and former Gad’s Head Girl, Katherine, 20. The siblings have both been part of the Gad’s family since joining the Nursery aged three. Robert is planning on taking Geography, History and Government and Politics A levels at a local school while Katherine is studying Geography at the University of Reading

Mr Savage continued: “Our students leave Gad’s as capable individuals ready for the next step in their education 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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