Collegiate High School: Looking back at Blackpool school life in the 80s

To those of a certain age, what is now Blackpool Aspire Academy will always be referred to as Collegiate High School.

Wednesday, 22nd May 2019, 12:54 pm
Collegiate RUFC. Pictured from left; C. Blackburn, M. Benson, S. Eaves, D. Riley, P. Newton, C. Bancroft, A. Escott, S. Hipgrove and P. Bond.

The original school at the Blackpool Old Road site was the all-boys Blackpool Grammar School, which amalgamated with Collegiate Girls School in 1971, finally becoming Collegiate High School in 1974. Here we take a look back at the school and its pupils during the 1980s.

Paul Smith wins the first year boy's relay for Hawkins House in July 1980.
Collegiate High School invested 500 pounds in a new piece of computing equipment in the 6th form centre. Pictured testing the new kit are Kay Whitfield and Eugene Gurney.

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The Collegiate quiz team following their victory against Morecambe High School to go into the North West final of the Schools Challenge.
John Noakes amusing pupils during his visit to promote the "Once in a Lifetime" production at the Grand Theatre in 1981.
The Collegiate High School teams took the under 19 boys', under 19 girls' and under 16 girls' championships in the Blackpool Schools Badminton League in 1981.
The all conquering Collegiate Rugby Union team which won the Schools' mini RU tournament at Fylde RU in 1982.
Sadly there is no recorded caption for this picture. Do you recognise any of these faces?
A working lunch for 6th form students with the head of mathematics Mr Ernest Makin in 1982.
Pictured: James Carlisle, Craig Turner, Julian Folks, Keith Peacock, Chis Whitaker, Brian Luxton, Mark Whetton, Graham Cox, Darren Watt, Steve Morgan, Paul Jeffries, Gavin Rowbottom, Mike Walsh, Robert Hargreaves and Philip Wood.
Collegiate High School under-19 football team.
Students relax in the sunshine after the then headmaster Chris Fulford installed an 80 foot long bench after spotting sun-seeking students sitting on the floor.