School celebrates 50 glorious years

Headteacher Anne Marshfield, Ryan Thompson, Coun Andrea Kay, Harry Townley and Amy Enright and (below) the school's new minibus.
Headteacher Anne Marshfield, Ryan Thompson, Coun Andrea Kay, Harry Townley and Amy Enright and (below) the school's new minibus.
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A golden time for a special school was celebrated by pupils and teachers past and present.

Great Arley School in Thornton welcomed back its first headmaster, Ken Moon, 89, and former pupils to commemorate the five decades since opening in 1963.

The new minibus at Great Arley School, Thornton.

The new minibus at Great Arley School, Thornton.

The Holly Road school’s 50th anniversary coincided with the arrival of their new 17-seater minibus after members of staff and friends of the school raised £35,000 through a variety of challenges.

Suzie Tinkler-Rose, business support officer, said: “It’s been brilliant to celebrate this.

“We held it on exactly the same day the school was opened on October 2, 1963.

“The day started off with a ceremony featuring our special guest, Coun Andrea Kay.

“The school choir sang and Coun Kay spoke to everybody.”

The minibus will help the youngsters at the school, aged between four and 16-years-old with moderate learning difficulties, to travel around the Fylde coast to extra-curricular events and sports tournaments.

Coun Andrea Kay, Wyre councillor for Cleveleys Park Ward, is a big supporter of the school and raised £1,000 when she did a parachute jump earlier this year.

She said: “I started them off with £1,000 and they’ve raised another £34,000.

“I can’t believe what they’ve managed to achieve since my jump.

“They are an inspiration to the community.”

Headteacher Anne Marshfield added: “All of our pupils are able to access an appropriate curriculum, which supports their learning and enables them to develop confidence and independence.

“We look forward to building on the success of the last 50 years, continuing to provide high quality education and life experiences for children and young people with special educational needs who live across the Fylde and Wyre area.”

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