Middle school’s 40th celebrations

A MIDDLE school in Bury St Edmunds has celebrated its 40th anniversary with a service at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

About 40 former teachers and governors joined current staff and pupils for the Eucharist to mark St James Middle’s fourth decade. Also in attendance were its two former headteachers, Bob Thackray and the Rev Robert Webb, who presided over the school when it opened on the site, in The Vinefields, formerly occupied by King Edward Grammar School.

Current head Paul Elstone said: “It was an uplifting service of celebration with lovely singing.”

As part of the anniversary, some pupils researched the school’s history at the records office and the materials were made available for former staff and governors to view.