Hartlepool school celebrates 50 years of memories before move

Everyone is very excited for the move, but also feeling sentimental and reflecting on the fantastic times we've had here as the handover dates draws closer.
Everyone is very excited for the move, but also feeling sentimental and reflecting on the fantastic times we've had here as the handover dates draws closer.
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A school is celebrating an emotional and poignant week as it celebrates its 50th anniversary - but it is also the year it leaves its old building and moves to its new site.

Barnard Grove Primary School, in Barnard Grove, Hartlepool, was built in 1964 making this academic year its 50th birthday.

Everyone is very excited for the move, but also feeling sentimental and reflecting on the fantastic times we’ve had here as the handover dates draws closer.

Janine Thompson, deputy headteacher

But it is also the year that the staff and pupils leave behind the memory-filled old school and move into their new one on August 7.

Everyone is excited for the new move but they are also very reflective on the good times they have had in the current building.

So this week they are holding an open week for past pupils or members of staff to visit and view an exhibition of work and memorabilia from the past five decades.

They can also take one last tour of the school from 3.30pm to 5.30pm today and tomorrow.

Deputy headteacher Janine Thompson said: “Everyone is very excited for the move, but also feeling sentimental and reflecting on the fantastic times we’ve had here as the handover dates draws closer.

“We want to share this momentous year with pupils, parents, staff and governors past and present, so have planned several events as part of our celebrations and goodbyes.

“We’ve had the open week inviting former pupils, parents and staff to have one last look around before it is demolished later this year.

“There is an exhibition of work and memorabilia from the past fifty years with people bringing photos into school.

“One former teacher, Mrs Donkin, who taught at Barnard Grove from it opening in 1964 and now lives in the South of England got in contact with us and sent us hundreds of old photographs of school trips, events and the different classes she’d taught!

“She even sent old exercise books the children had used and the brochure that was given out about the new school. These photographs, along with old reports, log books and registers are on display.”

Ring (01429) 230300 to arrange alternate times to view the display up to Thursday, July 16.