27 April 2022

It's just over a week until our big 80th Anniversary celebration and we can now share with you some more information on the plans for the day. We are delighted that we will be joined by 2 previous Teachers of The Joseph Rowntree School in our tree planting ceremony.

Mr Porter and Mrs Hornby will join Mr Hewitt and our Chair of Governors, along with the House Captains of Oak, Aspen, Willow and Hazel in our tree planting ceremony at 2.30pm. At 3pm please join us to cut our birthday cake in the main school hub.

Tea & Coffee will be available free of charge to all visitors. There will also be a sweet stall for students, along with an ice-cream van. The first 80 ice-creams sold will only be 80p! Below you will find a full breakdown of the events taking place on the main stage.

2pm - Joseph Rowntree Concert Band

2.30pm - Ceremonial Tree Planting outside the main school entrance

2.50pm Joseph Rowntree Show Choir

3pm - Cake Cutting in main hub Speech from current Head Boy and Girl

3.15pm Joseph Rowntree Show Choir

3.30pm Soloists: including Anna Gamov, Lucy Buchanan, Cara Suddaby, Matthew Warry, Eva Howe + guests.

4.10pm - JRM

4.30pm - Vaudeville Variety Taster


We look forward to see everyone there!

2022 is a very special year for The Joseph Rowntree School, as it celebrates 80 years since its official opening. The school opened its doors on 12 January 1942 and we will be celebrating the anniversary with a series of events in the summer term, all leading to an open afternoon and official celebration on Thursday 7th July, 80 years to the day since the official opening by politician Rab Butler in 1942.

The afternoon will include a tree planting ceremony, music performances, a fun run organised by the student leadership team and the opportunity to visit areas of the school, see past documents and artifacts on display, whilst also enjoying an afternoon tea in our street and hub area. The event is open to all of the community to attend.

Get Involved!

As part of this we are putting together an online alumni book of photos and memories from past students and staff. If you, or any family or friends attended or worked at The Joseph Rowntree School, we want to hear from you! Please contact the school on its email address, [email protected] sending us any comments, memories, old photos etc, and our Media team will be collating all of this to be displayed on the open afternoon, as well as on our website!