40th celebration

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STAFF and pupils turned back the clock as they celebrated a milestone anniversary in style.

Cotsford Infants School, in Horden, marked its 40th anniversary and staff and pupils got in the spirit by donning 1970s fancy dress.

Pictures of the school and its teachers and children from yesteryear were on display and former pupils, governors and staff were invited back to have a look around.

More than 70 people took the opportunity to view the pictures, and ex-staff including Lyn Cutter, Hazel McGregor, Pauline Barker, Elizabeth Muir, Thora Muir and Jean Gray attended.

Carol Rowe said she was asked to help out for an hour at the school when her son David, now 33, started in 1985.

Twenty-nine years later she is now a teaching assistant, having volunteered at the school for 14 years.

Carol, who lives in Horden, said: “I’ve loved every minute, it’s always been about the children.

“I consider myself so lucky.”

She said when she started helping out, a Mrs Tonks had just retired as headteacher, and Joan Kirtley took over the reigns.

Then Hazel McGregor was headmistress, before the current head Rachael Cook.

Carol, 53, who dressed in a Bay City Rollers costume for the occasion, added: “I can remember when I first started, Horden was a very wealthy little community and people couldn’t get their children into the school as we were over-subscribed.

“It was a very busy school, with six classes and six teachers.

“Now we have four classes and a room for special needs.”

She said she remembers when the school took part in the Acumen Trust’s Blooming Marvellous community transformation project around eight years ago and added that a highlight has been working with the Place2Be children’s counselling scheme.

Carol also remembers a fundraising drive in her early days at the school to raise £1,200 for curtains for the school hall.




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