A Golden Year for school

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Jack­_84_A­bell

BEA­CONS­FIELD High School is set to cel­e­brate a land­mark an­niver­sary with a se­ries of events.

The school, in Wat­tle­ton Road, was built on the site of But­lers Court Farm along­side But­lers Court Pri­mary School in or­der to serve the grow­ing pop­u­la­tion of the town.

Its first aca­demic term was 1966/67, when 600 pupils at­tended - a fig­ure which has since grown to more than 1,000.

Her Royal High­ness the Duchess of Kent of­fi­cially opened the school on Oc­to­ber 3 1967 and now a num­ber of events are planned in the forth­com­ing months to cel­e­brate the golden ju­bilee year, in­clud­ing an alum­nae event on Satur­day, Septem­ber 17 and a mu­sic fes­ti­val, Beck­yfest, on Satur­day July 15.

Since the school opened, thou­sands have stud­ied there, and the school has man­aged to dig out a num­ber of old doc­u­ments and pho­tos which are be­ing pulled to­gether for a dis­play.

A Face­book page has been cre­ated to share in­for­ma­tion about events for for­mer pupils and staff, and to join in with find­ing old class­mates and teach­ers, and get­ting back in touch with old friends.

Chair­man of the gov­er­nors Sarah Kucera said: “The past 18 months has been a time of rapid progress and im­prove­ment for our happy and high achiev­ing school.

“Since be­com­ing an academy, we have suc­cess­fully bid for govern­ment fund­ing and through con­tin­ued gen­er­ous sup­port we are able to make im­prove­ments to the learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

“The cur­rent in­vest­ment plans to cre­ate state of the art sci­ence labs to in­spire teach­ing and learn­ing is very ex­cit­ing and part of our as­pi­ra­tional plans to make our school the best it can be to ben­e­fit stu­dents, staff and school com­mu­nity.”

The school’s art depart­ment has also cre­ated a 50th an­niver­sary logo, above.

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