Special guests help primary school to mark milestone - The Rugby Observer

Special guests help primary school to mark milestone

Rugby Editorial 30th Jan, 2024   0

A MILESTONE has been marked at a Rugby primary school – helped by a former pupil and teacher who has a life-long relationship with the school.

Crescent School welcomed former pupil and teacher Felicity Furber, and former governor Mark Furber, to help celebrate Founder’s Day – the school’s 76th birthday – and the publication of its updated A History Of Crescent School.

Mrs Furber is the daughter of the school’s first headmistress, Eve Mortimer, and has a long and close association with Crescent School.

The couple took part in a Founder’s Day Assembly, then answered questions posed by the School Council before enjoying a tour of the school.




During the assembly, six Year 6 pupils shared extracts from the school’s early history. Dressed in original school uniform, they spoke about the experiences of the early pupils when the school was situated in Horton Crescent, adjacent to Rugby School.

Mr and Mrs Furber shared new information and anecdotes about the school’s early years, bringing the Founder’s Day celebrations vividly to life for pupils.


During the visit, it was discovered that Mr Furber has his own strong connection to the school’s current Bawnmore Road site, having been one of the first pupils to attend the former St Mark’s School when it opened on the Bilton site back in 1950 – prior to its acquisition by Crescent School in 1988.

Headmaster Joe Thackway said: “We were delighted to welcome Mr and Mrs Furber into school.

“The children had so many questions for them, and it really helped them understand what the school was like in its early years and to appreciate that while many aspects of the school have changed, there is much that remains the same.”

Mrs Furber said: “It meant a lot to me to see how the school is thriving in every way.”

Visit www.theprincethorpefoundation.co.uk/publications-crescent for a free copy of the second edition of A History of Crescent School.

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