Our School Family: #HBA150


#HBA150 is our twitter hashtag for our 150th anniversary year.

During 2014-15, we  celebrated our 150th birthday and our school’s unique heritage as the ‘Home of Onward Christian Soldiers’.

Our History

The first school in Horbury Bridge began on St Catherine’s day, November 25th, 1864. The school was set up as a Mission School in the upstairs room of one of the houses just round the corner from our present site. It was known as The Brig Mission.

Brig Mission Then and Now (2)Brig Mission then and now


Onward Christian Soldiers

St John’s Church was started as a mission church down in ‘The Brig’, by St Peters Church in Horbury. At Whitsun, the congregation would walk up the hill for a Pentecost Service at the ‘mother church’.

In 1865, the curate of St John’s, Reverend Sabine Baring Gould, wrote a song for the children to sing to help them with the march up the hill. This became the internationally known hymn, Onward Christian Soldiers.



Onward Christian Soldiers-Abba style!

We are proud of our unique heritage; to have a hymn which was specially written for the children of Horbury Bridge.

The word ‘Abba’ is used in the Bible to refer to God as ‘The Father’ -as well as being the name of a well known pop group. We thought it would be fun to use this connection by singing our hymn to a medley of Abba songs instead of the traditional tune. We think Sabine Baring Gould would have enjoyed it too!


Anniversary Window

To commemorate our 150th anniversary, we  commissioned a stained glass window which is installed above the main entrance door.

The design symbolises Jesus the Light of the World with rays of light shining out of the cross and surrounded by the crown of thorns. The cross and background include our school colours of green and blue.


Happy Birthday to us!

We celebrated our 150th birthday with a special assembly to think about what makes our school such a special place to each of us. We all held a birthday bun as we reflected on how God shines His light in our school.

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Day of Celebration: Saturday 6th June

In June 2015 we held a School Open House for past and present pupils, staff and the local community to visit . Children demonstrated activities in classrooms and the hall was filled with displays of old photographs, press clippings giving a chance to reminisce and share school memories.

We then re enacted the Onward Christian Soldiers March followed by a service of thanksgiving and celebration at St Peters Church.

To end the day we held a Past Pupils and Staff Evening Dinner in school, including a 3 course meal served by our children.