Head bows out as school celebrates 60th anniversary

Ian Jungius
Ian Jungius

A headteacher is set to retire after his school celebrates its 60th anniversary.

Ian Jungius will take his leave of Willingdon Community School, in Broad Road, at the end of the summer term, after 23 years in charge.

Under his leadership, the school has been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted with the behaviour of the pupils ruled ‘outstanding’.

In addition, the number of students achieving five or more good GCSE passes, including English and maths, rose between 2014 and 2015, with almost half earning the English Baccalaureate (EBacc).

While no doubt sad to see their head depart, staff and students at Willingdon have been busy preparing the anniversary celebrations, which will be held on Saturday July 2.

Before the big day, the school would like to hear from anyone who has any Willingdon memorabilia, such as pictures or school reports, that they would be willing to loan for use in a display for the anniversary evening.

Mr Jungius said, “We are hoping to see as many of our past students and staff as possible, as I am sure that the evening will offer something for everyone.

“A host of entertainment will be provided during the evening including a live band – including ex-Willingdon students – and a disco, plus attendees will be offered an early evening guided tour of the school to show how the building has changed since they last attended.

“There is even the opportunity for our past students to come and savour a school meal – bookable in advance – which is a very different proposition from when many of us were last eating school dinners!”

To find out more about the celebrations, log on to www.willingdonschool.org.uk or call 01323 481101. Tickets are available from the school or via www.ticketsource.co.uk/willingdoncommunityschool

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