Blue Peter star Liz Barker will join the festivities later this week as a Cambridgeshire village school celebrates its 150th birthday.

Former Oakington Church of England Primary School pupil Liz will be among the guests attending the anniversary celebrations on Friday, September 24.

The events on Friday will follow a fun-filled week, with classes called on to dress through the years – including an 1870s theme in honour of the decade the school was built.

Headteacher Nathan Clark said: “We can’t wait to welcome the village, our former pupils and our special guest Liz Barker to celebrate such a momentous milestone for our school.

“Our school continues to play a key role in village life, as it has since it first opened its doors in 1871.

“It will be great to see everyone for a well-deserved celebration of everything our school has achieved.”

Schoolchildren will enjoy party games and a penalty shootout as part of the celebrations and unveil a specially-made 150th anniversary quilt.

A time capsule will then be buried before former Blue Peter presenter Liz plants a tree and opens the school’s new quiet garden.

Liz was a presenter on the iconic BBC children’s television show from 2000 to 2006 and reported on events from as far as Brazil and Vietnam.

She said she has “fond memories” of the school, which helped her on her path to becoming a storyteller on the big screen.

She said: “I thoroughly enjoyed writing stories, which according to past teachers were fun to read and ‘totally made up’! Telling stories has continued throughout my life with presenting and acting.

“My favourite day was sports day and every year I couldn’t wait to race in the running events.

“Growing up in a village and going to the local school is something I really wanted my children to experience and that’s all thanks to Oakington Primary.”

More information can be found on the Oakington Church of England Primary School website.