Boutcher C of E Primary School

In 1996 Sir Francis McWilliams, a former Lord Mayor, called on the City Livery Companies

"to examine and build upon work carried out by the Livery Companies in the fields of education and training"

One outcome of this was that individual Livery Companies were encouraged to form links with selected schools, particularly those in the four adjacent boroughs of Hackney, Islington, Tower Hamlets and Southwark. This project became known as the "Adoption of Schools" and the Dyers' Company readily agreed to participate.

By the end of 1996, the Company had made contact with, amongst others, Boutcher C of E Primary School, located in Bermondsey and financed by Southwark Council. This is an old-established school with more than 200 pupils from the neighbourhood with a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. The then Headmistress, Jane Marwood, welcomed our approach and it was not difficult to find areas where we could help, particularly as even modest financial assistance can be put to very good use.

For example, the fields of art, music and books were immediately identified as worthy of investment and, over the past 8 years have continued to be favoured by the school. Thus artistic materials, books and musical instruments have been supplied and the services of peripatetic art and music teachers acquired. Members of the Company have visited the school to give advice on garden, playground and website design, on musical activities and on general financial management.

In the art field the children did most of the work in the design and production of a splendid, large mosaic which is now positioned above the foot of the main school staircase. They have also made a beautiful patchwork altar cloth which was temporarily displayed at Dyers Hall. Musical skills are developed through a school choir and in musical plays performed for the benefit of the whole school, parents and even the occasional visiting Prime Warden and other Dyers.

Perhaps the most valued contribution from the Company is a presentation by the Prime Warden of a book to each pupil at the end of his or her school year. This has become established annual custom and is a source of great pleasure for both children and staff - and for the Prime Warden!

Overall, Boutcher is a happy and successful school, largely due to the dedication and enthusiasm of the Head Teacher and her staff.

The school website may be found by clicking here

The Dyers Company have every reason to be proud of their adopted school.

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