Hartlepool school rolls back years for 80th anniversary

A HARTLEPOOL primary school rolled back the years as it celebrated 80 years of being a key part of the community.

Sacred Heart RC Primary School welcomed former pupils back when it opened its doors for an open day.

TURNING BACK TIME: Teachers and pupils dressed in costumes representing the decades the school has been open.

TURNING BACK TIME: Teachers and pupils dressed in costumes representing the decades the school has been open.

They included some of the first pupils to be taught at the Hart Lane school.

The school held a busy and hugely successful week of events and activities to mark the special anniversary.

Former pupils enjoyed an exhibition set up in the school hall.

They included two of the first Sacred Heart pupils, Winnie Oliver and Teresa Lewis, along with Hugh Sinden and Doreen Ritchie (nee Jackson).

They were part of the original Sacred Heart Junior and Infant’s School which opened in October 1934.

With its opening, the former Hart Lane School closed. It had been in use for 33 years on a temporary basis.

Sacred Heart Senior Mixed School subsequently opened in February 1935.

But in 1964 secondary pupils were transferred to the new St Anne’s and St Bede’s schools in Catcote Road.

Staff uncovered dozens of old school photos dating back to the 1930s and interesting memorabilia after issuing an appeal which went on display.

And current pupils learned lots over in the lead up to the anniversary week by taking part in a variety of projects and performances.

They included school performances when the children sang songs and dressed in costumes representing the different decades since the school opened.

Each class made scarecrows symbolising different decades such as astronaut Neil Armstrong for the 1960s and Star Wars film characters for the seventies.

The school also took part in mass at St Joseph’s Church as part of the celebrations.