Fifty years might not sound like a lot in a town that is 1,100 years old. But all the past and present pupils, staff, governors and parents who went along to Aylesford School last Thursday felt they had plenty to celebrate.
Headteacher Steve Hall welcomed everyone from local MP Chris White to town mayor Moira-Ann Grainger who was invited to unveil a specially commissioned sculpture in the school grounds.
Mr Hall said: “Fifty years may not seem like a huge amount of time but we like to feel this birthday symbolises the firm establishment of Aylesford School and Sixth Form College as an important focal point for the people of Warwick and surrounding area.
“Since opening, the school has seen approximately 7,500 students through its gates - there is a cultural heritage in schooling that can, and has been, passed down through generations of Warwick people.
“So many have benefitted from Aylesford and have used the springboard it provides to rise into their own future - long may the school continue to support, encourage and nurture young talent and ambition.”
Among the other special guests were Catherine Booty and Jane Kearey, the twin daughters of the school’s first headteacher John Scott.
The pair were invited to plant a rowan tree in the grounds in memory of their late father.
Professional sculptor Michael Scheuermann was praised for his new work of art, entitled The Eternal Student, which emerges from the stone and could represent either a young male or female figure.
There was also a chance to enjoy the school’s summer promenade of art, photography, live music, design and technology and a room dedicated to A Walk Down Memory Lane featuring a mix of old pictures and text books.