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A sporty farewell to Priory Heath

PUBLISHED: 13:52 16 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:20 03 March 2010

PRIORY Heath children bade a final sporting farewell to their school on Friday with a colourful array of traditional races from the egg and spoon to the obstacle race at their sports day.

PRIORY Heath children bade a final sporting farewell to their school on Friday with a colourful array of traditional races from the egg and spoon to the obstacle race at their sports day.

This fond farewell was one of the many events held by the school to mark the end of an era and the beginning of a whole new chapter at the new purpose-built school on the Ravenswood estate.

All the children from the nursery to year six took part in the races and parents cheered from the sidelines aware that this was the final cheer for Priory Heath.

Marilyn Such, headteacher at the school, said: "This is really exciting for the children and for us.

"This is quite a different sports day for us as it is very traditional and we thought this would be a tribute to all of Priory Heath gone by."

The parents cheers were tinged with sadness as some fondly remembered their own days at the school.

Kim Adams was at the sports day to cheer her children on and she remembered her own first day there.

"It is good for the children that they will go to this new school with lots of facilities but it is a little sad as this school has been here for a long time.

"I can remember my own first day at the school and I didn't want to leave my mum."

The school first opened its doors back in September 1938 and in a close knit community many families have had grandparents, parents and now children attend the school.

Beverley James, watching the action with her son Terry, said: "It is a bit sad that the school is closing, but at the same time it is opening a new door with the new school.

"It is lovely to see the children all together one last time."

Jessica Day, eight, was watching all her friends take part. She said: "I think today is really good and the only reason I am not taking part is because I have stitches in my foot.

"I am looking forward to going to the new school next term."

Paris Wardley, six, came first in her running race and was having a great time. "I am having great fun and a really good time. It was nice to come first."

The afternoon finished with a street party for parents, teachers and children to celebrate their time at the school and to look forward to the future.

The school had also held a special assembly on Thursday to mark the end of the school and pay tribute to the many staff and pupils that have passed through its doors in almost seven decades of teaching.

It had survived bombing and flooding but now it is time to make the move to a new school, continue the good work Priory Heath has achieved and build on it to create an even better place of learning

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