Celebration marks Brooke Hill Academy’s 40th year

Brooke Hill Academy at Oakham celebrating its 40th anniversary - Looking at one of the photograph displays are, from left, the school's first secretary Charlotte Loft, Steven Eyers, who started at the school nursery 40 years ago, his mother Daphne Eyers and fellow parent Vera Bottomley'Photo: MSMP051013-062js
Brooke Hill Academy at Oakham celebrating its 40th anniversary - Looking at one of the photograph displays are, from left, the school's first secretary Charlotte Loft, Steven Eyers, who started at the school nursery 40 years ago, his mother Daphne Eyers and fellow parent Vera Bottomley'Photo: MSMP051013-062js
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Pupils, parents and teachers past and present turned out to celebrate a school’s 40th anniversary.

More than 300 visitors flocked to Brooke Hill Academy in Brooke Road, Oakham, on Saturday to mark the occasion with a host of fun, games and nostalgia.

The event was organised by the Friends of Brooke Hill Academy Trust and featured archive displays of photos from years gone by at the school, a commemorative sculpture which was unveiled by local wood sculptor Matthew Ray, and a visit from firefighters from Oakham fire station.

Children were kept entertained with a bouncy castle and craft stalls, a treasure hunt stall, and teddy and sweet tombolas. Current pupils also helped out running stalls.

Music for the event was provided by a performance from the Rutland Concert Band and school orchestra.

The day raised more than £1,600 which will be put towards stage equipment for the school’s hall.

Headteacher Sharon Milner said: “It was down to all the hard work from the trust and everyone who came to support it that it was such a great success. It was fantastic to see so many people come.”

Trust member Chris Strickland, who helped organise the event, said: “It was an out-and-out success and great to be a part of.”