Birmingham secondary school celebrates 60 years by reuniting pupils and teachers

A secondary school in Birmingham is marking its Diamond Jubilee with some special celebrations

A Birmingham secondary school is set to celebrate 60 years of teaching local pupils with a series of special celebrations.

St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, on Wychall Lane in Kings Norton, had its first intake of students in 1963. And to mark its Diamond Jubilee it is reuniting former friends, teachers and colleagues this Saturday, September 23.

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The school is also asking former pupils to bring any photographs that they have of the school through the decades so that it can keep them in a treasured archive.

There’s a whole host of activities throughout the special day with the doors opening at the school at 10am. The celebrations include a Thanksgiving Mass at 11am, Tours of the school, a memorabilia stand, archive alley and summer fete for primary children.

St Thomas Aquinas Secondary School in Birmingham Foundation Year in 1963St Thomas Aquinas Secondary School in Birmingham Foundation Year in 1963
St Thomas Aquinas Secondary School in Birmingham Foundation Year in 1963 | St Thomas Aquinas Secondary School

The school opened as an all boys grammar school before admitting girls in 1979. Today it is a mixed school and part of the Birmingham Catholic Partnership. It consists of key stage three (Year 7 and 8), key stage four (years 9 to 11) and a sixth form.

St Thomas Aquinas recently celebrated record GCSE and A level results. Principal Mr Martin said: “We are immensely proud of all the work and achievements of our students. Our teachers have worked tirelessly to ensure students are all able to progress onto further education and study, and we look forward to seeing what they will achieve in the future.”

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