50 not out! Giles Academy celebrates its half century

Giles Academy 50th anniversary celebrations, with past teachers and pupil.'Past pupils L-R Sandra Clark (was Truepenny), Christine Lefley (was Taylor), Tina Walsh (was Taylor), Geoff Clark, Emma Smith (was Upsall), Michael Jaques, Christine Bradley (was Duffin), Michael Venn.
Giles Academy 50th anniversary celebrations, with past teachers and pupil.'Past pupils L-R Sandra Clark (was Truepenny), Christine Lefley (was Taylor), Tina Walsh (was Taylor), Geoff Clark, Emma Smith (was Upsall), Michael Jaques, Christine Bradley (was Duffin), Michael Venn.

STAFF and students past and present gathered at the Giles Academy to take part in the biggest celebration the school has seen in 50 years.

Former teachers and students were among the crowds which descended on the Old Leake school earlier this month, in one of a number of events organised to make its half century.

The event was an opportunity to catch up with old school friends and discover what former classmates had gone on to after leaving the school, but it was also a chance to see current pupils showing modern Giles at its finest, in a series of entertainment.

Head teacher Chris Walls, who has been at the school for 20 years, told The Standard: “We were really pleased with the turnout. We must have had 150 people here.

“We had retired teachers, which was really exciting to see. It was fantastic to have people like that here and hear all the stories.

“We’re looking forward to the next 50 years.”

One guest was in the first year group to attend the school. Curiously, her daughter is now an assistant head at the school.