A fond farewell to Deincourt

PUPILS, teachers and parents are to bid a fond farewell to Deincourt Community School, which closes for the final time on July 23.

The school, on Chesterfield Road, North Wingfield, which has taught thousands of youngsters since 1953, will mark the occasion with a celebratory event from 2pm to 5pm this Saturday.

During the afternoon, past and present students, staff, parents and members of the community will be able to enjoy memorabilia celebrating the life of the school as well as musical performances and refreshments.

A 17m building on Doe Hill Lane was due to accommodate pupils and staff from Deincourt Community School, which is closing as part of a reorganisation with Tibshelf School.

But the new building was axed as part of public sector cuts unveiled by the education secretary Michael Gove.

It has been confirmed that from the start of September, Deincourt Community School's buildings will continue to be used and form part of Tibshelf School, on High Street, Tibshelf, with the school retaining two sites until the new facilities can be provided.

Deincourt Community School's associate headteacher Fiona Stevenson said: "It's been a privilege to be in this position and see the youngsters develop into confident adults prepared for their next step in life.

"As I move to my position as headteacher of Bennerley Business and Enterprise College in Ilkeston, I take with me many lasting memories of how Deincourt Community School has risen from a 'failing' school to a 'good' school."

On the last day of the school, pupils will attend a celebratory assembly before burying a time capsule which will be packed full of items chosen by students in a competition.