It really was a case of Deja Vu when young mum Sarah Siviter turned up at Cop Lane CE School with young daughter Hannah for the first time.
For the walk through the iron gates to the reception class at the Penwortham school was the same route she had taken as a four year old Sarah Cracknell some 30 years ago.
And, just like Hannah, now five, she was just as excited as that first day back in 1985.
Although Sarah grew up just around corner from the school and saw children playing in the yard and on the field from her bedroom window, she thought she only had to go for a day.
It was, she admitted, a bit of a shock to be told by her mum that she had to go every day - except on the weekend when she could stay home with mummy and daddy.!
After getting over the initial shock Sarah enjoyed school and is so proud her daughter is following in her footsteps.
My favourite teacher was Miss Sinclair (now Mrs Howe) who was my first ever teacher
She says: “ My favourite teacher was Miss Sinclair (now Mrs Howe) who was my first ever teacher.
“I cried sometimes in my early days there so she used to sit me on her knee to comfort me.
“In return I used to tell her when she had lipstick on her teeth!
“She has now retired but she is a school governor there and a link governor for Reception Class where she helps out on occasions. Ironically my daughter goes to Cop Lane and is in Reception so it is like history repeating itself, especially when Mrs Howe is in.”
Sarah, who still lives in Penwortham, was at he school between 1985 and 1991 and has seen first hand how the once tiny village school has changed.
She says: “Cop Lane has changed massively. One change being they don’t wear ties anymore. I did not like having to wear one as I thought they were just for boys.”
The school grounds are now longer just a playground with a few games marked out but now boasts state-of the art play equipment, with special areas for the young children to play, as well as enviable sporting facilities.
After leaving primary school behind she walked a few yards up Cop Lane to the Girls’ High from where she moved to Runshaw College in Leyland then University of Central Lancashire and Liverpool John Moores University.
Sarah adds: “I am now a Software Test Analyst with an ambition to also write for Coronation Street one day. However, from the fun they have learning at Cop Lane, I wish I was back there although I will have to settle for enjoying my visits as a parent now, watching my little girl in the many exciting events they hold.”
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