Looking back through different eyes at Coppull Parish School
Marjorie Dickinson is no history teacher, but there is little she doesn't know about Coppull Parish School.
As the longest-serving member of the governing body, her association with the Chorley village school officially started when her daughter moved to the school in the 1960s.
However, she has been a member of the parish church since she moved to the former mining town in 1953 after her marriage.
She used to be a team reader and has been a Sunday school teacher all her life.
The mum got involved with the school when her daughter, now aged 55, became a pupil.
She became a governor in 1990.
Back then the school was on a split site and, Marjorie says: “It needed an awful lot of repairs and they wanted to get it all on the one site.
“It was 1995 when the new block opened and I was vice-chairman of the governors at the time and chairman of the buildings committee.”
Marjorie spent a lot of time working, along with the rest of the team, with the architects.
Over the years, she has played a pivotal role in school life and still enjoys doing so.
She says: “The role of a school governor has changed over the years.
“There are more government regulations now than there ever was but we have much more of an input.
“When I started there was very little money in education and we did what we could afford and what we see in school now is a complete contrast to 30 years ago.
“Things have got better. I remember when there were 40 plus children in the reception class and just one nursery nurse half a day a week. Nowadays there are smaller class sizes and more support.”
Marjorie, who started 1st Coppull Guide Company, in 1964, played a big role in the school’s recent 200th anniversary celebrations and was one of the numerous guests invited to share her memories at a special party.