School's out forever! Pupils and teachers bid farewell to Alderman Blaxill

School's out forever! Pupils and teachers bid farewell to Alderman Blaxill

School's out forever! Pupils and teachers bid farewell to Alderman Blaxill

First published in News

IT’S the end of an era – Alderman Blaxill School, in Colchester, has closed for good.

The school, which opened in 1955, fought off two attempts to shut it, but finally said goodbye yesterday.

Just 19 Year 9 students were there to celebrate the school’s achievements and share pizzas with staff.

Phil Jones, associate headteacher, said he was determined the school would not to go out with a whimper.

He said: “We wanted to go out on a high.

“I wanted everyone who left to say: That was an important part of my life’, and then move on to the next chapter, whatever that may be.”

See Wednesday's Gazette for the full story.

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11:01am Wed 23 Jul 14

Over G says...

19 Students to see the school out?
What about the teachers staff and dignitaries?
I suppose the end of an era, I had mates that went to the school.
Why did they not invite old timers back there to toast the school out.
And if they did why was this not reported by the paper?
19 Students to see the school out? What about the teachers staff and dignitaries? I suppose the end of an era, I had mates that went to the school. Why did they not invite old timers back there to toast the school out. And if they did why was this not reported by the paper? Over G
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1:02am Thu 24 Jul 14

Boris says...

Alderman Blaxill School was of course targeted by the infamous Paul White, alias Lord Hanningfield. Addressing campaigners in the school hall, he told us "There are 300 of you here, but there are several thousand people in Shrub End who have not come this evening. That proves you are only a small minority, and most people here agree that this school should be closed."
Alderman Blaxill School was of course targeted by the infamous Paul White, alias Lord Hanningfield. Addressing campaigners in the school hall, he told us "There are 300 of you here, but there are several thousand people in Shrub End who have not come this evening. That proves you are only a small minority, and most people here agree that this school should be closed." Boris
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1:05am Thu 24 Jul 14

Boris says...

They had their send-off a fortnight ago.
http://www.gazette-n
ews.co.uk/news/11291
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_School_s_celebratio
n_fete_and_reunion/
They had their send-off a fortnight ago. http://www.gazette-n ews.co.uk/news/11291 051.Alderman_Blaxill _School_s_celebratio n_fete_and_reunion/ Boris
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1:06am Thu 24 Jul 14

Boris says...

Boris wrote:
They had their send-off a fortnight ago.
http://www.gazette-n

ews.co.uk/news/11291

051.Alderman_Blaxill

_School_s_celebratio

n_fete_and_reunion/
Sorry, that was meant to be a reply to Over G.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: They had their send-off a fortnight ago. http://www.gazette-n ews.co.uk/news/11291 051.Alderman_Blaxill _School_s_celebratio n_fete_and_reunion/[/p][/quote]Sorry, that was meant to be a reply to Over G. Boris
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