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Norton College celebrates 50th anniversary
Richard Young, author of The History of Norton College, with former pupils Carol Ward, left, and Christine Kent, who are mentioned in the book, at the college’s open day
NORTON College celebrated its 50th anniversary by opening its doors to the local community.
The open day, which was held on Saturday, included 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 the day had been a resounding success.
Mr Loftus said: “More than 300 visitors signed the book of achievement on the day and visitors ranged from former pupils, teachers, support staff as well as a former inspector.
“Richard was kept busy signing copies of his book all day and he was delighted with the interest and the enthusiasm for the project.”
Mr Loftus said the school now planned to archive the material that had been collected and include a link on the school website to allow former pupils and staff to browse the information at their leisure He said: “Of course, everybody had heard of the recent brilliant results and many were keen to talk about how they recognised the new higher standards expected of the college and its current pupils.
“Mr Howden, the school’s original headteacher was presented with an ASPIRE badge in recognition of the work he began 50 years ago this September in meeting and raising the aspirations of the pupils in his care – something that I believe is fundamental to the new heights the college is now reaching.”
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