Memories are sought as school looks to mark anniversary

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Former staff and pupils at a North Shields school are being sought for a special anniversary.

Southlands School, a secondary special school for young people with learning difficulties, is marking the opening of its new building and 50 years of service with a celebratory afternoon on Thursday, July 9.

We are very keen to bring together past and present staff and students to celebrate the life of the school to date

Headteacher Dave Erskine

And those who used to attend or work there are being urged to get in touch to share photos and stories.

Headteacher Dave Erskine said: “We are very keen to bring together past and present staff and students to celebrate the life of the school to date. There are many more ex-colleagues and former students out there who we would love to see and hear from.

“We would ask that anyone who has any old photographs of school life or activities bring them in so we can add them to our memory lane display on the day.”

Any former member of staff or pupil should contact David Erskine on (0191) 200 6348 or email david.erskine@northtyneside.gov.uk.

The new building will be opened by Jim Collingwood, the inaugural headteacher of the school when it opened in 1963 having moved then from Lovaine House in North Shields.

Mayor Norma Redfearn, who will perform the grand opening of the new building, said: “Southlands is a fantastic school and the dedicated staff do a great deal of amazing work with the young people.

“The school has a real interest in the lives of its young people not just outside the school day but in their transition into adulthood and beyond.”