Founders' Day 2018

On the afternoon of Thursday 28th March, the whole Addey’s family came together to give thanks to Addeyans past and present and to celebrate our extraordinary history and exceptional school.  We celebrated 303 years of Addey and Stanhope this year and we were delighted to hold our service in The Great Hall, Goldsmiths, University of London. 

There were uplifting performances and testimonies from students and the whole event was a wonderful opportunity for the whole school community to come together to commemorate and celebrate our achievements past and present.

The Addey’s family

The theme of this year’s Founders’ Day was family.  It was a chance to celebrate our unique and special sense of unity and to recognise the whole Addey’s family – students; staff; parents/carers and governors.

The service included presentations from a number of staff who attended Addey’s and this is testament to the sense of community and longevity of our school.  Staff and alumni Ms Alveranga, Mr Cawley, Mr Mason, and Ms Thompson reflected on their own Addey’s experiences.  Mr Mason reminded students that staff will always be there for them and that Addey and Stanhope School ‘opens doors for you’.

We were also honoured to have Dame Erica Pienaar speaking at the service.  Erica has had an long and celebrated career in Lewisham which has made a huge impact on young people in the borough.  Erica was admitted as an Honorary Free Woman of the London Borough of Lewisham in 2013 and was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours.   She reflected on her own family experience and the factors that inspired her educational journey.


History – over 300 years of quality education in Deptford, for Deptford

Student presentations reminded us that the school’s origins date back to 1606 when local shipwright John Addey left £200 to support the poor of Deptford each year.  This is a tradition that continues to this day and the £200 is donated to the Deptford Pensioners’ Society each year by the Governing Body.  

Dean George Stanhope, Dean of Canterbury and vicar of Deptford and Lewisham began his school in 1715. The Stanhope School was set up by Dean George Stanhope, vicar of Deptford and Lewisham, and a group of people in Deptford.  The Addey School was set up in 1821.  Addey and Stanhope School was formed by the merger of two schools in 1894.

It was a truly wonderful service and thank you to all who made it such a success.  Here’s to Founders’ Day 2019!