Acremont House – the beautiful 16th Century, Grade II listed building which is home to our Pre-Prep – has a special place in many people’s hearts, including Rosemary Sibson’s.

Rosemary, who has lived in the Ely area all of her life, was Housekeeper at Acremont House from 1953-1983, when the building was owned by local solicitor, Mr Evans, and his wife.

Rosemary and her daughter, Helen, visited Acremont House during the summer holidays when extensive refurbishment work was being carried out. Head of Acremont Pre-Prep, Mrs Faye Fenton-Stone, then invited them to return earlier this term, once all of the projects had been completed.

Not only was it a wonderful opportunity for Rosemary to take another little trip down memory lane and see the building in all its glory, but our Year 1 pupils and teachers were rather keen to meet her too!

Year 1 are exploring ‘Houses and homes around the world’ as one of their topics this term, so they leapt at the chance to hear Rosemary’s stories and memories from three decades of working at Acremont House.

Mrs Helen Monk, one of our Year 1 Teachers, said: “We loved discovering that our own classrooms were once bedrooms and that the Music Room was used for enjoying afternoon tea, overlooking the garden and tennis courts! Rosemary told us all about the black skirt and apron she wore, the servant bells that would chime, where she slept, and that she even used a flat iron. What an incredibly special experience to bring the historical aspects of our topic and the history of our own school building to life!”

Thank you so much for visiting us Rosemary, we loved hearing all about your special Acremont House memories!

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