A host of activities are being organised by former members of King James’s School, Almondbury, to mark the 40th anniversary since it went comprehensive.
The school, at St Helen’s Gate, was originally a grammar school and became a comprehensive in 1976.
Members of the Old Almondburians’ Society, which is comprised of ex-pupils and staff, have organised events to mark the landmark date.
The first event is an open day on Saturday, September 24, where former pupils can visit the school between 10am – 2pm and receive a guided tour by a current senior student and Society members to see how the school has changed over the last 40 years.
In November Mr Keith Best, former teacher at Lepton Middle School, will speak at the annual dinner on 26th. Tickets can be obtained by logging onto http://www.oas.org.uk/buydinner.php
After the success of a reunion held at the school to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the Royal Charter eight years ago, where a capacity of 500 was sold out weeks before the event, the Almondburians are planning to do the same again but as there are eight more years to accommodate, there will be two events.
Those who started in 1976, as part of the first intake as a comprehensive, up to 1992 leavers will have to wait until next Spring to get together, but the last of the pupils to attend Lepton Middle School, which closed in 1990, will be included in the first of the two reunions, which covers those who left King James’s School in 1993 up until the 2008 leavers, covering 16 years of students.
Billed as a Reunion Rave-Up the event will be held in the school gymn and dining hall on Saturday, October 1. Doors will open at 7pm and those who arrive early but 7.30pm will receive a free drink. Entertainment will feature music of all styles. Tickets are available now at http://www.oas.org.uk/rave.php and are expected to sell out.