Family’s three generation connection with school

Headteacher Sandra Langley with pupils at Holy Trinity Infant School as they get ready to celebratethe school's 175th anniversary. (111003M8a)
Headteacher Sandra Langley with pupils at Holy Trinity Infant School as they get ready to celebratethe school's 175th anniversary. (111003M8a)

A RIPON primary school is marking its 175th anniversary this year, and the headteacher is celebrating a family connection to the school that stretches three generations.

Holy Trinity Infant and Junior Schools both reach 175 years old this year, and will be marking the occasion by inviting past pupils, parents and teachers back for an open day.

Sandra Langley's father Owen Kennedy, centre, pictured here with a class at Ripon City School, who taught at Holy Trinity from 1956-58 (S)

Sandra Langley's father Owen Kennedy, centre, pictured here with a class at Ripon City School, who taught at Holy Trinity from 1956-58 (S)

However, for the Infant School’s headteacher Sandra Langley the anniversary celebration is the latest episode in a family connection to Holy Trinity that goes back decades.

It began when Mrs Langley’s father Owen Kennedy took his first teaching job at Holy Trinity school in 1956 after training at York St John College.

He left after two years but later came back to the city as a maths teacher at Ripon City School, paving the way for his daughter Sandra to start her own schooling at Holy Trinity.

The following decades took the family to Essex, Lancaster and later Norfolk but in 1990 Sandra, now married with a family of her own, moved back to Ripon so her husband Richard could attend Ripon and York St John College to train as a teacher himself.

Headteacher Sandra Langley's daughter Kate, far right, started at Holy Trinity Infant School in 1990 (S)

Headteacher Sandra Langley's daughter Kate, far right, started at Holy Trinity Infant School in 1990 (S)

Then their eldest daughter Kate found herself following in Sandra’s footsteps by starting her school career as a five-year-old pupil at Holy Trinity Infants.

Twenty years later, after teaching in village schools in the area, Sandra went full circle by returning to her first school to take up the headship at Holy Trinity Infants.

However, the family’s connection to they city of Ripon goes back even further. When researching her family history Sandra discovered that her great-great-great grandfather John Kennedy, who was born in Scotland in 1795, first came to Ripon as a tea dealer leaving his Kennedy descendents to work as grocers in the Market Place and Kirkgate for generations.

l Holy Trinity Infant and Junior Schools’ 175th anniversary open day will take place on Saturday, October 15 from 10am-2pm. There will be displays about the school’s history and refreshments will be available.