Primary school to celebrate 60th

Andy Brown, West View headteacher.
Andy Brown, West View headteacher.

A HARTLEPOOL primary school was today celebrating its 60th birthday with the help of a former Olympian athlete.

To celebrate and remember their landmark birthday, West View Primary School is holding a Brazilian Carnival Day as pupils have been learning about the history of the World Cup host country.

The day will be opened by Olympic Gymnast Craig Heap, the retired Commonwealth Games Gold medal winning gymnast who has represented England over 100 times in various international gymnastic competitions, including at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Pupils will be involved in a range of activities including:

l Dressing up in bright colours, especially yellow and green for their ‘Mardi Gras’ parade involving samba drumming;

l Taking part in Olympic gymnastic warm-up activities;

l Watching the finals of the school’s Futbal de Salo tournament;

l See who has the hardest shot in football and taking part in the Rainforest Fun Run.

Andy Brown, headteacher of West View Primary School, said: “Despite the disappointment of England’s performance in the World Cup, all pupils have been studying Brazil and the other countries involved in the tournament.

“We, therefore, decided to link the school’s 60th Brazilian culture. Children have also worked extremely hard this year and everyone is looking forward to the day.”

On July 15, 1954, West View Infants School, as it was called then, was opened by Councillor J R Coxon. In 1981 it amalgamated with West View Junior School to form West View Primary School.

The school is designated as a National Support School by the Government which results in the headteacher and other senior staff supporting other schools.

If anyone has old photographs of the school, Mr Brown would like them to get in touch by calling (01429) 267466 or email