40 years on and school’s first headmaster plays key role

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Children at Southfield Primary and Nursery School in Brackley had extra reason to celebrate their first day of term last week as the school begins a year of events and activities to mark its 40th anniversary.

The former Brackley Girls Grammar School in Banbury Road was opened as a mixed primary school in September 1973 by its first headmaster Blake Stimpson.

Chlidren at Southfield Primary and Nursery School celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Chlidren at Southfield Primary and Nursery School celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Mr Stimpson still sits on the board of governors, and as a district and town councillor will be a special guest at many of the celebrations.

On Thursday, September 5 school staff dressed up in colourful 1970s costumes to welcome children back to the school in its special year.

Year six teacher Lisa Hudson has been put in charge of a programme of celebrations and is inviting former pupils of Southfield and the Grammar School to join in.

She said: “What we want to do is extend the celebrations to the rest of the community.

“There will be a lot of people who will have links with the school in Brackley. So as well as raising the profile of the school we want to build links with those past pupils and hopefully some from the Grammar School to.”

After the 1970s themed first day, children will spend the term looking back at different decades. Futures events include a stall on the Piazza at Christmas, discos, quizzes, and fund raising, all building up to a Party in the Park style event next summer.

In 1973 Magdalen College School merged with the Girls Grammar School (Brackley High) and Brackley Secondary Modern School to form a new comprehensive school on two sites, while the girls’ school was converted into the new Southfield Primary school.