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School photo brings generations of pupils together

Woodlea Primary School pupils past and present gather for a school photograph to celebrate the centenary.

Woodlea Primary School pupils past and present gather for a school photograph to celebrate the centenary.

A SCHOOL photograph with a difference brought generations of pupils together.

Woodlea Primary School has been holding a year of celebrations to mark its centenary and organised an unusual photo shoot.

The Fence Houses school gathered representatives from throughout its history to pose for the picture and managed to get a group of people aged from four to 92.

Philip Adamson, headteacher at the school, said he had been overwhelmed with the response.

He said: “It has been an amazing year of celebrations. It is fantastic the amount of people we got to take part.

“What has shone through is how important the school is to the whole community and how Woodlea has always been held in such high regard and still is today.

“It is lovely for former pupils to revisit the school and meet our children and see how we do things now.”

The first year group to be represented in the photograph was 1927, the year Nancy Sweeting, 92, joined with her friends.

Nancy said: “It was so nice to go back, the building hasn’t really changed. I have so many memories of the place.

“I remember when we were little in the winter the headmistress used to give us all a mug of Horlicks every morning to warm us up for lessons.”

Matthew Rowell, 15, was happy to return to represent 2003.

The teenager, who is now a pupil at Park View Community School in Chester-le-Street, said: “We had some brilliant times here, I loved being at the school.”

Representing 1939, was 80-year-old Alan Yardley, whose late mother, Margaret, was one of the original governors at the school and chose its name.

He said: “The streets around had tree names such as Maplewood and Pinewood, so my mother came up with Woodlea.”

During the visit to the school everyone was able to look at the exhibition of photographs and memorabilia showing the history of Woodlea and guests were all treated to an afternoon cream tea.

 

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