School’s search for pupils as 100th anniversary approaches

The school cricket team from 1960
The school cricket team from 1960
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A SCHOOL is appealing for help to find former pupils to help join in celebrations for a century of teaching.

Park View Community School in Chester-le-Street opened in September 1911 when it was known as Chester-le-Street Secondary School.

The school changed names to Chester-le-Street Grammar School in 1944, the Deanery in 1969, Park View Comprehensive in 1976, then finally Park View Community School in 1982.

To begin the centenary celebrations, a “gathering exhibition” will be held for former pupils to look at old photographs and bring in some pictures of their own. The hope is that former pupils can put names to faces.

The exhibition will take place at the Salvation Army Citadel, Low Chare, Chester-le-Street, from today until Saturday, February 26, between 10am and 4pm.

The intention is to gather as much information as possible about the school, such as the oldest surviving pupil and teacher, the names of former head boys and girls, sporting and academic achievements or any special memories pupils may have from school days.

On Tuesday, June 20, the school will be holding centenary celebrations.

The historical information is being gathered by Dorothy Hall, chairwoman of the Chester-le-Street Heritage Group.

Mrs Hall said: “We’re hoping to get as much information as we can to put in our archive and share with the school. We would be interested in any contributions from former pupils and teachers, which would be most welcome.”

Headteacher, Iain Veitch, said: “We are exceptionally proud to have been at the heart of Chester-le-Street for 100 years and would like to think that we have made, and will continue to make, an important contribution to the life of the community.

“We intend to use the full year to celebrate all aspects of the school and the way we have developed, involving as many people as possible.

Details of how to get involved will be on our website throughout the year at”

Anyone who can contribute should contact Mrs Hall on 388 3667.