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George Michael Blue Plaque Event at Bushey Meads School


Jeremy Turner
George Michael Blue Plaque Event at Bushey...

Adoring fans from around the world gathered at our school last Sunday morning to pay tribute to one of our most famous alumni George Michael and honour his musical achievements with the unveiling of a Heritage Foundation Blue Plaque.

Fans from around the world gathering at Bushey Meads School

The event which welcomed visitors from across the United Kingdom, alongside those from Italy, Belgium and Spain, coincided with the grand opening of our newly refurbished and extended music department. It was in this very building that George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley (who were both students at Bushey Meads School) would have first rehearsed and developed their musical talent, before forming their world famous duo Wham!

The Heritage Foundation Blue Plaque

Our brand new music department now boasts a state of the art Apple Mac music technology suite, two large classrooms and 6 sound proof rehearsal rooms and recording studios. The latest development is part of our ongoing £6 million building project which is  providing even more excellent facilities for the growing numbers of students joining our school; a school which has seen an 25% increase in applications in recent years and is now ranked as Hertfordshire’s 5th most popular school, according to the Hertfordshire based website School Guru.

Fans from around the world gathering in honour of George Michael

Deputy Mayor of Hertsmere Councillor Brenda Batten unveiled the Blue Plaque and acknowledged the superb achievements of past and present students at the school, particularly the life and work of George Michael. Trustees and Governors from the Bushey St James Trust, as well as other local Councillors and dignitaries were also in attendance. 

Deputy Mayor Brenda Batten

The day culminated in a superb tribute concert held in the Main Hall, provided by our talented students. All in all it was a great day in the life of the school and one that really recognised the superb talents of all our current and past students. George Michael is one of our many inspirational alumni and the blue plaque will serve as a daily reminder to our current students as to what can be achieved.

Year 13 Band

I would like to thank all staff and students involved in making the truly international event so successful, but especially our hard working Head of Performing and Visual Arts Mr Knowles and Head of Music Miss Craven – both ably assisted by our talented Teaching Assistant Miss Bailey. I would also like to commend two Sixth Form students Mica Mayo and Tom Hutchinson who organised the whole morning event and inspired so many other students to get involved.

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