Ex-pupils say goodbye to Notts school after 69 years ahead of redevelopment
It will be ‘school’s out for ever’ at a Nottinghamshire school next month when it closes for a £20m relocation.
The Bramcote School’s current building, which first opened its doors 69 years ago, is set to close for the final time next month.
From September, the 476-pupil school will then operate from the Bramcote College building at the Derby Road campus for the next two years while the run down school is demolished and a brand new school building is built in time for September 2019.
A Summer Celebration event was held this weekend for some of the thousands of ex-pupils to take a last look around the site before the pupils move out and the builders move in.
As well as tours there was entertainment, stalls and games to entertain visitors, as well as 69 free ice lollies and 69 free cream teas handed out – one of each for each year the school has been open.
Paul Heery, executive head teacher at the White Hills Park academy trust, which operates the ‘good’ rated school, said: “In just over four weeks we’ll be be moving from the old Bramcote School, which has been there nearly 70 years.
“So last Saturday we held a Summer Celebration with lots of ex-pupils and ex-members of staff, with tours round the school and lots of old photos. Someone brought their school reports from 1950 – there were lots of memories, people sharing their experiences.
“Preparations are in place for moving. The building is much-loved but showing its age and is not an efficient building to run.
“Plans are in place while the work is going on to mothball certain parts of the campus so we won’t have day to day learning disrupted. We’ll have as little disruption as possible over the next couple of years.
“It’s very exciting, it will be nice to see the new building going up.”
Broxtowe Councillor Richard MacRae attended the school as a pupil, and was asked to formally open the event at the weekend.
He said: “I went there from 1983 to 1988, and some of the guys who went to school with me were there as well. People were there talking and reminiscing. It was like we’d hardly left the place.
“To be able to go into the old classrooms was good, although they seemed a little smaller than I remember. I was transported back to being 15 again. It really was nice.
“Regardless of what is going to happen in the future, I will be sad to see see it go. It’s been there a long time, it’s part of the history of this area and many people have got many memories there.”
Sally Brealey said: “Me and all my siblings went there, five of us. I’m sad, but excited for the future for the children to have a brand new school.”And former pupil