From rural lessons to thriving high school
Old Buckenham High School is preparing to celebrate its 75th nniversary later this month with a public event which will show the differences in teaching and learning over the decades.
The school was officially opened as Old Buckenham Area School on April 8, 1938, when the then Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education said Old Buckenham now “had got one of the finest, if not the finest, schools in the country”.
The school originally accepted children aged from five to 14-years-old with an emphasis on teaching rural activities such as horticulture, in two separate wings, one for girls and one for boys.
It is now a Specialist Sports College and caters for over 600 students between 11 and 16 years. After researching the origins of the school, it was found to be far removed from its current state, with school rules that included the need for all boys to salute and all girls to nod as the original headmaster drove in the gates – or face the consequences.
The school is planning an evening event on March 27 which will include a chance to look around the school and view old photographs and memorabilia (including the old school cane).
There will be live music played by students from each decade and a display of the contents of the time capsule which will be dug up during the day.
The school will be open between 5pm and 8.30pm and visitors are welcome to have a look around and possibly meet up with some familiar faces from the past. For more details see the school website at www.obhs.co.uk or follow on Twitter @OldBuckenhamHS
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