28th Oct, 2016

Golden occasion for Vale school

Aaron Wise 12th Jun, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

CELEBRATIONS are set to take place at a Vale school to mark its 50 year anniversary.

Staff and pupils at Bredon Hill Middle School in Ashton under Hill are putting together the final touches to a programme of celebrations to mark five decades since the formal opening of the school back in 1965.

To kick-start celebrations, an open day will take place on Tuesday (June 16) where former pupils will be invited to view displays of photographs and memorabilia from the school’s 50 years and see the transition the school has made from its opening years to present-day.

Former staff and governors will join their present-day colleagues for a ceremony on Wednesday (June 17) to plant a Worcester black pear tree and bury a time capsule, containing items selected by pupils to represent Bredon Hill.

Headteacher Steve Charlton said: “Long term, the school wishes to remain a place of education for the middle years, as the system has effectively served cohorts of pupils and their families for so many years.

“Bredon Hill is keen to become an academy on the back of its outstanding Ofsted grade this year, but will negotiate the best way forward in the interests of it’s pupils, it’s parents and the community it serves.”

Olympic gold medal rower Alex Gregory MBE, former marine and TV presenter Arthur Williams, England’s Women World Cup winning rugby player Kat Merchant and répétiteur at the Royal Opera House in London Mark Packwood, all moved on from Bredon Hill to flourishing careers.

A celebration concert will take place on Monday July 6 at the school from 7pm, before the month-long programme of events draws to a close at a social gathering in the school grounds on Saturday July 11.

Visit www.bredon.worcs.sch.uk/?p=4329 for more information about the special anniversary events.