Celebrating 50 years of happy school memories

Northfold Primary School celebrate their 50th birthday.  Pictured is headteacher Alison Wilson with pupils Dean Taylor, Evie Stephenson, Charlie Atkinson and Nell Stephenson.
Northfold Primary School celebrate their 50th birthday. Pictured is headteacher Alison Wilson with pupils Dean Taylor, Evie Stephenson, Charlie Atkinson and Nell Stephenson.
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Learning about what school life was like 50 years ago has been quite an eye opener for pupils at one Cleveleys school.
Northfold Primary School marked yesterday’s landmark birthday with an open day, 
featuring displays showing how the school has changed over the last five decades.

And pupils celebrated the school’s 50 years with 1960-style PE lessons and 
tie-dyeing.

Alison Wilson, headteacher at the school on Ringway, said: “All this week the staff have been talking to the children about what it was like in the 60s in school.

“One pupil even asked ‘did you have lights in school back then?’

“The children are 
doing some activities in school which pupils did in 
the 1960s.

“Reception pupils are doing some tie-dyeing and the PE lesson was music and movement where we used to have to listen to the music and pretend to be trees.

“They enjoyed doing that.”

The school’s open day yesterday gave local 
residents a chance to have a look at displays of photographs, the school’s old log book and items brought in by former pupils, such as an old school blazer.

Mrs Wilson added: “It’s great to mark the school in this way.

“A group of pupils have written a commemorative booklet using information from the log book.

“And, on Friday, we are dressing up in 60s clothes and the children are having a party.”

The school, which was originally called 
Westmorland, first opened as a separate infant and 
junior school but later amalgamated.

On the first day of opening, 142 pupils enrolled at the school, compared to 200 
pupils today.

And it has certainly seen a few famous faces walking through its doors over the years with visits from magician Paul Daniels, comedian Ken Dodd, actress Violet Carson who played Ena Sharples in Coronation Street, and politician Theresa May.

Mrs Wilson added: “The school hasn’t changed in its ethos.

“It’s the same family, community school.

“There are children here now whose parents came to Northfold and there have only ever been three headteachers, which is testament to the school.

“Staff come here and stay here.”

Teaching assistant Jackie Evans set up a Facebook group prior to the school’s birthday so former pupils could share their happy memories.

Mrs Evans said: “It is great to know that so many people have such happy memories of Northfold.”