BOR­OUGH’S ALL-BOYS SCHOOL SET TO CLOSE

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THE only boys school in Hilling­don is set to close its doors af­ter 64 years of ed­u­cat­ing chil­dren in the bor­ough.

Ab­bots­field School, es­tab­lished in 1953 at Clifton Gar­dens, Hilling­don, will close on July 20 for the fi­nal time in its cur­rent guise.

The build­ing will then re­main in use as Oak Wood School, a new co-ed­u­ca­tional school which takes Ab­bots­field’s place.

A new build­ing is be­ing con­structed on the Clifton Gar­dens site and once com­pleted the school will shift over to the new build­ing.

The move is ex­pected to take place this win­ter, af­ter which the old build­ing will be stripped and de­mol­ished.

Swake­leys School for Girls, which is based on the same site and has a co­ed­u­ca­tional sixth form, will re­main open as usual and will also be mov­ing into a new build­ing on the same site as Oak Wood, also this win­ter.

Sue Pryor, head­teacher at Swake­leys, said: “Stu­dents and staff have been across to the new build­ing and are in­cred­i­bly ex­cited about the op­por­tu­ni­ties the build­ing is go­ing to of­fer to us.”

Oak Wood will have an in­take of ap­prox­i­mately 200 pupils in Septem­ber, with 65 girls join­ing in Year 7.

Stu­dents and staff from Ab­bots­field will move to Ab­bots­field for the new aca­demic year in Septem­ber.

Notable pupils who at­tended Ab­bots­field in­clude as­trologer Russel Grant, TV pre­sen­ter Row­land Rivron, Mar­il­lion drum­mer Ian Mosley, West Ham foot­baller Peter Ben­nett, Olympic de­cath­lete Barry King and rap­per Asite.

Coun­cil­lor Ray Pud­di­foot MBE, leader of Hilling­don Coun­cil since 2000, also at­tended the school.

Pupils who at­tended the school are in­vited to take one last look at the build­ing and rekin­dle old mem­o­ries on Mon­day July 17.

Some of the old teach­ers will also be present.

Head­teacher Mark Bland said: “We are re­ally ex­cited to celebrate all the suc­cesses of Ab­bots­field School over the last 60-plus years, meet­ing old boys and past mem­bers of staff to hear sto­ries about their ex­pe­ri­ences at the school.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to the open­ing of Oak Wood School, mark­ing the next chap­ter in our learn­ing com­mu­nity’s jour­ney.”

Mr Bland will also be head teacher of Oak Wood when it opens

The re­union takes place at 3pm and con­sists of a guided tour around the school and grounds and a look at the new Oak Wood build­ing as it nears com­ple­tion.

Pic­tures of Ab­bots­field School in years gone by

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