Trip down memory lane for pupils and staff as school marks birthday

Trip down memory lane for pupils and staff as school marks birthday

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Nick Mayo

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Trip down memory lane for pupils and staff as school marks birthday
Former teacher Kath Schofield with headteacher Mike Wallace

A trip down memory lane was taken by former staff and pupils at Furze Platt Junior and Infant Schools in Maidenhead.

A year of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary continued at the Oaken Grove schools' on Saturday.

Photographs from each of the school's five decades were on display and there were stalls and refreshments with funds raised going to Thames Valley Adventure Playground.

One former pupil from the 1980s is a familiar face at the school.

Mike Wallace started as headteacher at the junior school in September.

He said: "It is brilliant. I was talking to the children on Friday in assembly and showed them a photo from my year group and asked them which of the faces would be here today.

"They were all trying to guess famous people but it was me!"

The headteacher, who had been reminiscing with some friends from his school days, added: "This school becomes part of you."

Kath Schofield, a teacher at the school from 1971-85, remembered Mr Wallace as a 'delightful' pupil.

It was called Furze Platt County Junior School when it first opened in 1962.

Sheila Fontaine was the secretary and her husband Ric Fontaine was the first headteacher.

"It is wonderful to meet up with former staff and pupils, what a happy school," she said.

Neighbouring Furze Platt Senior School marked the 50th anniversary of its 1963 opening on Tuesday last week, with celebrations including a cake and a five-gun salute.

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