A SCHOOL is set to celebrate its landmark 40th anniversary with a host of events.
English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, opened its doors in 1973 when the five secondary schools of St Anne, St Bede, St Francis, St Joseph and St Peter amalgamated.
School staff have organised a number of special events over the coming months to mark the occasion.
On June 21 there is a dinner planned, to which all current and former members of staff and governors are invited.
The dinner is due to take place at the Borough Hall, on the Headland, and will include musical entertainment.
Before the meal, past members of staff are invited to take a tour around the current school site to see how things have changed over the years, before a mass is held in the school hall.
Meanwhile, the school is hosting a 40th Anniversary Musical Concert at the Borough Hall on July 11 at which there will be performances from past and current pupils.
Headteacher Michael Lee has worked at the school for the past 36 years having started work as a teacher back in 1977.
Mr Lee said: “We are all really looking forward to these events and it is a great opportunity for past members of staff to come together.
“There is a great sense of loyalty at the school, I have been here 36 years and there is a member of staff that has been here for 40 years.”
Lab technician John Glancey used to attend the sixth form college before joining the staff and he has been there for the school’s entire 40-year history.
St Anne and St Bede Secondary Schools were located on the site of the current school in Catcote Road.
The student council is also involved in organising the celebratory anniversary events.
Sue Wilson, a school administration worker, added: “Forty years is quite a landmark and we are all looking forward to celebrating it.”
For more information about the events call Sue on (01429) 273790 or email firstname.lastname@example.org