Axed school toasts final year in style

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A DEFIANT school that is destined for closure is set to go out with a bang after celebration events were announced.

College Heath Middle School in Mildenhall will shut on July 23 2012 after 35 years of teaching nine to 13-year-olds.

But rather than bemoan their luck, the school wants to toast the role it has played in raising the town’s children by hosting a series of events for staff and children from the past and present.

Valerie Axton, headteacher, said: “We wish to celebrate all the good times of College Heath over the past 35 years and let past pupils and staff be involved.

“We hope as many people as possible will contact us to find out more. It is a sad time for the school but we want to make it a year to remember.”

Events planned include special assemblies, activities, visits and a prom for current pupils.

Former pupils will get their chance to reminisce when they are invited to perform extracts from past drama productions with Mrs Weyers and Mrs Brett next March.

Next May, an Open Doors Activity Day will be held for anyone with connections to the school. Archive photographs and a host of fun events will be part of the day.

A school commemorative committee has been formed and is asking for photos from pupils and staff to help with the photographic display.

Finally, current and past staff, governors and members of the parent partnership association will attend an evening function next July.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the events should contact Cathy Wallace at the school on 01638 715746 or email

A Facebook group has also been set up titled Friends of College Heath – People who went to College Heath Middle School (Mildenhall, Suffolk).

The closure will see 244 pupils and 57 staff moving on as part of Suffolk County Council’s Schools Organisational Review (SOR).

College Heath’s closure was announced in February 2007 after a vote by Suffolk County Council. Suffolk will be replacing its 40 middle schools with a two-tier structure.