HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL

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JOHN BEDDOES SCHOOL

Founded in 1565, Presteigne’s modern High School was in fact the second independent Grammar School to be founded in Wales, being established in 1565 by local clothier or woollen manufacturer John Beddoes – read more here History of John Beddoes School in Presteigne

 School Song

Let us Praise our Benefactor
Good John Beddoes of Presteigne
Who took thought for future ages
Ere he left this mortal scene
From the fleece he made his fortune
… To God’s sheep he left his store
Church and children, School and curfew
Bear him witness evermore
HAIL JOHN BEDDOES HAIL OUR FOUNDER MAY THEY FLOURISH SCHOOL AND BELL

From the church rings out the curfew
In the school he speaks to youth
Virtue narrows without learning
Learning withers without truth
Wisdom knowledge virtue learning
Needs must flourish side by side
And the memory of our founder
In Presteigne shall ere abide
HAIL JOHN BEDDOES HAIL OUR FOUNDER MAY THEY FLOURISH SCHOOL AND BELL!

John Beddoes School

From the history of John Beddoes School