Open day, books and a digital archive for school’s 50 years

Pupils from St Aidan's on Poulton Station before their trip to Ireland at Whitsuntide 1964

Pupils from St Aidan's on Poulton Station before their trip to Ireland at Whitsuntide 1964

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A whole year of celebrations is planned at Saint Aidan’s Church of England Technology College, Preesall, which has been serving the young people of Over Wyre for 50 years.

The academic year 2013/14 is golden jubilee year and staff, students, parents and friends will be marking the landmark with a range of events, starting with an open day on Saturday, September 28 when all are welcome.

Former students, in particular, can see how their old classrooms have changed since their day and catch up with their old teachers.

Headteacher Andy Smith says: “I am delighted to be lucky enough to lead the school through its 50th year. It was the first Church of England secondary school to be opened on the Fylde, with a mission to serve the young people of Over Wyre and beyond.

“It has carried this out with distinction over the last 50 years under my three predecessors David Pierce, Alan Leeson and Alan Porteous.

“The whole school community is looking forward to a year of celebrations highlighting the school history and also the exceptional achievements of the current generation of Saint Aidan’s students.”

A digital archive is being created to hold electronic versions of photographs and documents going right back to the school’s opening. Former students are urged to share any that they have along with any special memories of school days.

A celebration history booklet will be available as well as a cookery book and other commemorative items. Ex-students can contribute recipes they learned to cook at school that they still make today.

An Alumni association has been set up and ex-students interested in joining, should e-mail alumni@st-aidans.lancs.sch.uk or ring (01253) 810504.