VIDEO: Trip down memory lane for former Shirebrook Academy pupils

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FORMER pupils both young and old took a trip down memory lane on a tour of Shirebrook Academy before it gets knocked down later this year.

The school, which opened as Shirebrook comprehensive in 1965, is being replaced by a new £27m facility which will be shared by pupils from the Academy and Stubbin Wood School.

Farewell tours were lead by teachers and current pupils to give people a chance to have one final look around. More than 200 people signed up.

Alwyn Randall, who left the school in 1970 and was one of the first pupils to attend when it opened, has some fond memories.

He said: “My last memory of the main hall was sitting my O-Level exams.

“The gym hasn’t changed, I still remember trying to get to the top of the ropes, I never made it and would give up.

“I learned my dry sense of humour here.

“We used to throw water bombs at the first years out of the upper sixth room window. It happened to me when I was a first year!”

Tim Farnsworth, of New Houghton, who left the school 24 years ago, enjoyed his visit.

While walking around the gym, he said: “It seems like a million years ago that I was here but it hasn’t changed.

“I had some great times here, some really good laughs.”

Science teacher Peter Morley, who led one of the tours, said: “All the teachers are looking forward to the move, everyone is very positive about it.

“We have tried to make the old buildings as bright as possible but has been difficult.”

Principal Julie Bloor said: “Tens of thousands of young people have been educated here over the past 48 years but most of them probably haven’t set foot back in the building, so we thought we would give them their last chance before the school is gone for good.

“It will be a sad occasion for some, but I think that most people are looking forward to moving to a fabulous brand new building which is truly befitting of our school.

“Being part of a new chapter in the Academy’s history is a real privilege, but for me the real excitement will come when we share the fantastic facilities with the rest of Shirebrook, so that everyone in the community can benefit from them.”