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Downderry's 90th Anniversary 1927 -2017

In July 2017 Downderry celebrated our 90th Anniversary with a week of fun activities learning about the history of Downderry Primary School and the local community.


On Monday children came to school dressed in a 1920’s theme. Throughout the week children learned about the history of Downderry from past pupils and staff and a bus, parked in the Key Stage 2 playground, which housed our Downderry Museum.


On Friday we held a wonderful Street Party. Our celebration was attended by the Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock, Heidi Alexander our local MP plus many past pupils and staff members. Everyone enjoyed the entertainment on offer (including a stilt walker and a magician) and a meal of fish and chips with ice cream followed by cupcakes - which went down a treat. 

Of course the event could not have happened without the help of many people. Thank you to Sue Wardell for contacting the London Metropolitan Archives and collecting a range of facts and information. Sue also gathered photographs and memories from members of St John's church which formed our Downderry bus museum. Thank you also to everyone who generously shared their memories, photographs and memorabilia. 

Thank you also to Edna Santos for her fabulous photography, the Iridium security team and Colin Moran, Darren Toff, Gemma Toff and Wayne Phillips who helped with clearing away after the street party.

Lastly, a huge thank you to all the staff who made this fantastic event possible.


The week's activities, the bus museum, the sharing assemblies and the street party made for everlasting memories for everyone involved. 

The History of Downderry Primary School

Bus Museum


click on the bus to enter