Souvenir is over in a flash

Pupils at King's School get ready for their last ever traditional picture.

Pupils at King's School get ready for their last ever traditional picture.

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Pupils gathered for a special tradition which could be their last before a potential change to an academy.

Every student, teacher and support staff at The King’s School in Tynemouth gathered in the school yard last Friday for their school photograph – which is taken every three years.

But it could be the final time the picture is taken as the school looks to become an academy with nearby Priory Primary School.

After hours of careful preparation with scaffolding and benches erected by Gillman and Soame Photographers, 662 pupils aged four to 18 and 126 staff were ready for the memento photo.

Headmaster Edward Wesson said: “Assembling so many people safely in the school yard involves patience and hard work. Our pupils ensured the photo was a success with their good behaviour and good humour.

“It’s important for every member of our community to have a record of their part in school life. It’s an important souvenir too.

“Our pupils may find it interesting to hark back to the serried ranks of their day from time to time.”