CENTENARY: School is a flagship

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It was a pleasure and an honour to join young people, staff, governors and other guests for afternoon tea at Woodlawn School to celebrate its centenary.

It started life as an open air school in North Shields. It originally consisted of two marquees – one for teaching and one for dining, 30 children and two teachers. It was for delicate children recommended by a local GP – those with rickets, TB, anaemia, debility or bronchitis.

A new building came in 1925 when one of its tents collapsed, becoming known as Tynemouth Open Air School and taking up to 110 pupils.

How things have changed.

It moved to its now permanent home in Monkseaton in 1979 and has always been a flagship school in the eyes of North Tyneside Council, pioneering new ways of working with a whole range of children, reaching international recognition, and always with the aim of giving all its students every possible opportunity of playing a fulfilling and meaningful role in the community.

The children really turned up the volume with their rendering of Reach For The Stars, and Paralympic champion Stephen Miller unveiled a delightful wall-hanging tapestry depicting the history of the school.

Happy 100th birthday Woodlawn School.

Coun Muriel Green

Weetslade Ward