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Open day to mark Norton College’s anniversary
NORTON College is celebrating its 50th anniversary by opening its doors to the local community.
An open day is being held on Saturday, 10am-4pm. It will include an exhibition, tours of the college and the launch of a book written by former assistant headteacher Richard Young, looking at the history of education in Norton.
Headteacher Phil Loftus said: “We are excited about the day not least because we want to build up a tree of achievement through the day – listing jobs taken, countries visited and goals achieved of all our former students so the more the merrier.
“Everyone remembers their school days and the day gives you a chance to re-live them. Norton College opens its doors to the community to allow you to re live those halcyon days.”
Mr Loftus said that as well as displays of curriculum past and present, there will be a wealth of photographs and original documents, including the wide variety of uniforms that will take former students back in an instant.
“Mr Howden the original headteacher will be present as will many former teachers,” he said.
“The whole site will be open to allow former pupils to walk down memory lane and tour the site. It may be a certain classroom that you want to visit to reminisce or it may be the wealth of photos of the school’s life that will trigger the memories.
“Much of the site has not changed and it still immaculately looked after by Melvin Walton who has a lifetime of service to Norton both as a student and a member of staff.”
Mr Loftus said much had changed at the school, not least, the addition of a sixth form.
“As the college celebrates it best ever set of Post 16 results, the modern school is thriving and attracting pupils from a larger catchment than ever before” he said.
“Three years ago the sixth form admitted the first students and these have just graduated from university and we hope many will pop in to share their stories with us.”
Mr Loftus said it was also an ideal opportunity for parents who are considering Norton for their children in the near future to visit the site and soak up the “family” atmosphere that Norton was so well known for.
“As a current head I am interested in encouraging our current students to exceed their own expectations and often we are inspired by what other students have achieved,” he said.
“Whether it was travelling the world, having a family or working locally we want to know. We want to build a record of what our former pupils did when they left Norton College to inspire our current students so please pop in and tell us where your life went when you left Norton be it last year of 50 years ago.”
Tea and coffee served all day in the dining hall during the open day and student guides will be stationed around the campus.
For more information visit www.nortoncollege.org