Past and present join in anniversary party

Mayor Norma Redfearn officially opens the new building at Southlands School.
Mayor Norma Redfearn officially opens the new building at Southlands School.

Former pupils came together to celebrate a school’s special anniversary.

A celebration took place at Southlands School, a secondary special school for young people with learning difficulties, to mark its 50th anniversary.

The celebrations had been put on hold for two years while construction of a new part of the school was completed.

Mayor Norma Redfearn was on hand to official open the new annexe.

The new building has been named after the first headteacher of the school when it was opened in 1963 – Jim Collingwood.

Former staff and students were joined by the three headteachers during the school’s 52 years.

The school also opened their new library, which was dedicated to former deputy headteacher Sandie Hodge who died 18 months ago of motor neurone disease.

Her family were present for the occasion, and donated a prize to be awarded annually to the school’s most improved reader.