Whichever way you look at it, celebrating 100 years of a school’s life is a huge milestone that should be recognised and applauded by the whole community including those who currently enjoy its educational distinction and also those who look back fondly on their page in its history.
During its existence, the School has weathered the changes of many important events of the 20th and 21st centuries: women winning the vote and the end of the First World War in 1918; the duration of the Second World War, 1939-45; the start of Queen Elizabeth II reign in 1952; England winning the World Cup in 1966; decimalisation in 1971; the first female PM, Margaret Thatcher, in 1979; and surviving the Y2K bug 12.01am on 1 January 2000!
Along the way, the School has adapted to the shifting sands of changing education styles, exams and expectations and continued to prepare its students for the life and the workplace beyond the classroom. In recent times this awareness of the need to evolve resulted in a change of name to Luckley House School in September 2013. To embody the change, a new contemporary logo was designed to reflect the School’s strong Christian ethos, with the use of a symbolic ‘cross’ within the letter ‘Y’.
The following year it was announced that, to take best advantage of the opportunities in modern education, the School was to become coeducational from September 2015. The wisdom and success of this decision is borne out with boys making up 25% of the 2018-19 Centenary cohort of 280 students.
Now in its 100th year, Luckley House School can not only look back on its fascinating and worthwhile history with pride but, more importantly, it can use this celebration year to guide the School community to focus on a bright and secure future.
“In 1918, Miss Bertha Drake and Miss Ivy Barratt opened a school in Wokingham and moved the fledgling school to this site in November of the same year. Many members of the Drake family were involved in the formative years of the school. They wished to provide a broad based education, based on Christian principles, to allow the pupils to develop their full potential and to make a full contribution to society after their school days.
Miss Drake’s and her family’s original vision was to ensure the pupils of the school were able to access the best opportunities possible. Hence the school at the time was described as ‘progressive’ and unusual. For example, the pupils had quite a bit of freedom and, contrary to the norms of the day, discipline had a relatively light touch. Good behaviour and progress was expected to come from within the pupils themselves.
It is perhaps timely to remember that the school we know today has a significant but successful merger in its past. A similar small school from Arnside in the Lake District, with near identical vision and ethos based on strong Christian principles, packed its bags and all 50 pupils made the journey to Wokingham. The fact of this successful merger does much to illustrate that ethos and vision are vital.
To have a Christian foundation means that the approach we have is anchored firmly in the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. Each member of the school family is seen as a child of God and as such they are loved and valued. Following the commandment to love one another as Jesus loves us, leads to a culture of service both within our school and within the wider community.
Members of the Luckley community; past, present and future, are equipped and ready to take on the challenges of life in our society. We are committed to being a force for good. This is as true today as it was the day Miss Bertha Drake decided to open our wonderful school.”
“As Governors, we see our role as stewards for the time we serve, preparing Luckley for the future. Underpinning our stewardship is the School’s Christian ethos of love and service that has been at its heart for a hundred years and we hope for another hundred to come.”