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Laxton Junior School, in Oundle, Northamptonshire, celebrates 50th year anniversary





Former staff and pupils returned to a town school for a special event to mark its 50th academic year.

Laxton Junior School (LJS), in Oundle, marked the milestone over the May bank holiday, as past and present pupils, parents and staff, including former headteachers Mark Potter and Sam Robertson, came together to reminisce and share stories.

Founded in September 1973 as a part of Oundle School, LJS teaches children aged four to 11.

Former headteachers Mark Potter (left) and Sam Robertson joined current head Lydia Waller for thecelebrations
Former headteachers Mark Potter (left) and Sam Robertson joined current head Lydia Waller for thecelebrations

Rachel Waterhouse has taught at the school for more than 20 years.

“It was quite emotional seeing so many familiar faces altogether,” she said.

“We have a number of parents with children at the school now who were once pupils here – it's reflective of the happy, close-knit community we are."

The celebratory event took place on the school field
The celebratory event took place on the school field
A 50th anniversary portrait exhibition featured artwork by all current pupils
A 50th anniversary portrait exhibition featured artwork by all current pupils

The celebration began with a picnic on the school field, with musical performances from current LJS pupils and current alumni from Oundle School.

The Yarrow Gallery at Oundle School hosted a 50th anniversary portrait exhibition throughout the week, featuring artwork by all current pupils, as well as updates from adult alumni.

Sporting rivalries saw parents take on staff in an anniversary hockey match at Oundle School’s astro pitch, won 5-2 by the staff.

The staff side won the day 5-2
The staff side won the day 5-2
The keenly-contested staff v parents hockey match
The keenly-contested staff v parents hockey match

"Today’s celebration exemplifies exactly what drew me to Laxton Junior School in the first place and I feel very privileged to be LJS’ fifth head," said headteacher Lydia Waller.

“As much as today is about celebrating our past, it is also about looking towards the future with hope, excitement and optimism.”



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