Broadland High School is getting ready to celebrate its 60th anniversary and is looking for ex-pupils and teachers to get in touch.
Broadland High School was founded in April 1958 as a mixed secondary modern school, then known as Hoveton County Secondary.
And the school is working with the education charity Future First to build a thriving alumni community as part of the celebrations this year.
Deputy head Simon Laycock said there was lots planned to make the diamond anniversary including a 1958 at the school on July 23 and a fun day in early July.
“We hope the community will get involved in the fun day with activities and stalls and people will come and have a look round the school,” he said.
He also hopes the school will create some archives including photographs and an oral history from interviews with former students of all ages. “The students already visit the local care homes to chat with residents so some of them might have stories to tell if they were former pupils of the school,” said Simon. “We want to build a picture of the history of the school with stories from people who have been here over the last 60 years.”
The school has received support and funding from Future First as part of a project to raise aspirations among current students.
And Simon thinks one of the ways the school can do this is by bringing in successful alumni to tell their stories, including sports success and pop stars. They currently have around 70 on their database but hope to hugely increase this number in the anniversary year.
Some of the archive material Simon has found makes interesting reading. In the original register from 1958, nearly all the students are reported to have left education because it was no longer compulsory rather than go on to further education.
A report from 1972 talks about the school leaving age being raised to 16 and the possibility that some students may be married.
There’s also an inspectors report from 1965 which shows an average of six pupils a year over four years passed their 0-levels. I wonder what Ofsted would have to say about that.
Alumni can sign up via the link www.bit.do/bhs-alumni and anyone interested in getting involved in the celebrations can email firstname.lastname@example.org.