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Big plans for school’s 60th anniversary

Ann Fearon

Ann Fearon

Staff and students past and present are to help a secondary school celebrate its 60th anniversary.

Plans are under way for Hazelwick School, in Three Bridges, to produce a book charting the school’s history – and anyone with a link to the school is welcome to contribute.

Ann Fearon, headteacher at the school in Hazelwick Mill Lane, said: “I’m delighted to invite anybody who has any memories whatsoever of their time at Hazelwick to get in touch.

“If you have particular stories such as three generations of your family attending the school or members of staff you remember, we would be absolutely thrilled to hear from you.”

Mrs Fearon is only the fourth headteacher to have led the school.

The first was Philip Keyte, who designed the school’s uniform and introduced its motto ‘effort achieves’, which is still in use today.

He was succeeded by Jim Wilkinson and then Gordon Parry.

When asked what she would say to Mr Keyte if she could speak to him today, Mrs Fearon said: “I would ask him how he saw Hazelwick serving the needs of the community at that time. I would be fascinated to find out how it has changed in that time.”

The school has asked Football Focus presenter and Hazelwick old boy Dan Walker to pen a foreword for the book and also plans to showcase other former pupils who went on to make their mark in the world.

Among them were England footballer Gareth Southgate, composer and songwriter Mihke Hazlewood – who wrote The Air That I Breathe for The Hollies – and Chico Slimani, who shot to fame on the X-Factor in 2005 and had a number one hit with It’s Chico Time.

Today’s students will be given a taste of what life was like for their predecessors when one of the rooms is transformed into a classroom from 1953.

They will also learn about discipline through the years – and what kind of punishments were inflicted on the unruly pupils of years gone by.

If you would like to contribute to the Hazelwick book, contact the school on 01293 403344, email office@hazelwick.org.uk or log on to www.hazelwick.org

 

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