Ripley opens its door to celebrate

Opening of the new Ripley Sixth Form Centre.
Opening of the new Ripley Sixth Form Centre.

Thanks to previous editions of the Lancaster Guardian, many people will know that we are currently celebrating the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Ripley Hospital.

As part of the celebrations, we are inviting former pupils, staff, governors, parents and friends to join us for an Open Day on Saturday, September 27.

There will be sporting fixtures from 10am, and the school will be open from 11am, from which time refreshments will be available in the new dining rooms.

This is an opportunity for people to see all the new buildings – three of which have been given Design Awards by the Lancaster Civic Society, thanks to the excellent work of local architects and main contractors JMP Architects and VMC Developments.

The new Lodge Development, which includes a magnificent new library, lecture theatre and Professional Learning Centre, will be open for the first time, and many will be interested to see the new extensions to the recently opened sixth form centre and the sports hall.

But former pupils will still recognise many of their old haunts, and will have the opportunity to meet up with their old friends and former teachers. The day will end at 4.30pm with a Sung Evensong in Chapel, featuring the Ripley Chapel Choir, and the combined choirs of Lancaster Priory and Morecambe Parish Church.

We will also be displaying some memorabilia – old photographs, school magazines, concert programmes, etc, and would be very pleased to hear from anyone who would be willing to contribute any items for the display, especially items related either to the Ripley Boys’ National School or St Thomas’ Girls’ School, which united to become Ripley St Thomas in 1966.

Such items can be left at the school’s reception – articles should be named and clearly marked Open Day so that they can be returned afterwards.

Those living further away can email details to, so that we can arrange for collection or digital copy. We will have a ‘memory corner’, where people will be able to record some of their memories of their school days.

Again, anybody who wishes to contribute memories beforehand can email, or use the We Went to Ripley page on Facebook.

We look forward to welcoming all those to whom Ripley Boys’ School, St Thomas’ Girls’ and Ripley St Thomas bring back so many memories.

David Bateman (Treasurer)

Brian Wood (Chairman and Secretary)

The Ripley Association.