A Pontefract private school, which began as a nursery with just a dozen children, has celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Inglebrook School, on Northgate Lane, was founded by principal Joyce Bellamy inApril 1963.
Its 110 pupils came together last Wednesday for an assembly and service of celebration at Pontefract’s St Giles’ Church.
Mrs Bellamy, 83, said: “It was in April 1963 when I put a little advert in the Express to say I was thinking of setting up a nursery.
“I never thought it would end up turning out like this.
“I just thought I would have a dozen or so children in my own home.”
Former staff and teachers came into the school for the celebrations and each pupil also received a commemorative teddy bear marking the anniversary.
Mrs Bellamy said: “It was one of the best days ever. We had a giant cake with 50 candles on it and then St Giles’ was packed to the roof for a service of celebration.”
The school began at Mrs Bellamy’s home before moving to Carleton Church Hall.
It was then based at Carleton Community Centre before moving to its Northgate Close building in 1988.