Sunderland school celebrates 60 years

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FORMER students have gone back to the classroom to celebrate 60 years of a city school.

This year marks six decades of Sandhill View School, formerly Thorney Close Secondary School, on its site in Grindon Lane.

Former pupil and local historian Bill Hawkins said: “The school has been rebuilt and changed in that time but its still at the same site.”

Richard Bain, headteacher at the current Sandhill View School, made an appeal through the Echo earlier in the year for former staff and students to contact them and join in the celebrations.

Thanks to the loan of memorabilia, the school managed to create an exhibition in the hall of years gone by, which has been open to the public all this week.

It includes taking visitors on a journey through the last six decades of the school with audio recordings, video, photos and items such as uniform, certificates and keepsakes from past pupils.

The school opened its doors to ex-staff and former pupils at the beginning of the year for them to record their personal memories of their time at the school.

Their recollections have made up part of the exhibition, which has proved very popular.