Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 13°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Update: Academy blames small minority of adults for trouble at old Orwell High open evening

09:23 19 March 2014

People look through school photos, punishment books, records and other memorabilia at the Orwell High evening at Felixstowe which was called off after disruptive adults caused damage at the school.

People look through school photos, punishment books, records and other memorabilia at the Orwell High evening at Felixstowe which was called off after disruptive adults caused damage at the school.

Archant

Prosecutions for criminal damage could be made if police identify adults who turned a chance for former students to have a last look round their old school into an evening of mayhem.

shares
People look through school photos, punishment books, records and other memorabilia at the Orwell High evening at Felixstowe which was called off after disruptive adults caused damage at the school.People look through school photos, punishment books, records and other memorabilia at the Orwell High evening at Felixstowe which was called off after disruptive adults caused damage at the school.

Photographs of the writing and graffiti daubed on the school walls – which included names and lewd images – have been passed to the police, who are also understood to be studying Facebook sites.

Officials at Felixstowe Academy, which hosted the evening for former students and teachers of the town’s old Orwell High School, have been left deeply disappointed at the behaviour on Monday evening – but say only a few were to blame.

A Felixstowe Academy spokesman said: “There was a terrific response from the local community with hundreds of people taking the chance to look at archive material on display, and to meet with former teachers and schoolfriends in a nostalgic walk down memory lane.

“Overwhelmingly the response to the event was positive, with visitors representing over 60 years of association of the three legacy schools.

“Many people took the opportunity of taking photographs and video of former classrooms and corridors as part of their own personal archive of memories.

“Unfortunately the evening had to be brought to a close earlier than planned due to health and safety concerns resulting from the setting off of fire alarms.

“Whilst staff at the academy tried to identify if the evening could resume, it became clear that the evening was unable to continue and visitors were informed that the building had to be closed.

“Sadly a very small minority of adult visitors took it upon themselves to smoke within the building and write graffiti on the walls, causing vandalism to an operating school.

“We are extremely grateful and proud of our staff and students who had given up their time to support this event, and for volunteering to stay and clean vandalised areas to ensure the academy was open as usual today.”

The academy cancelled last night’s similar event at its Garrison Campus, the former Deben High School, after advice from the police.

The spokesman said: “The academy will work with members of the community to arrange a display of archive material in future at a date not yet set.

“Felixstowe Academy is still committed to developing community links and will work at finding future opportunities to allow the majority of genuine past students to experience the evening we had set to achieve.”

shares

3 comments

  • I say again what can one say.

    Report this comment

    biggles the pilot

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Obviously the people who were behind this disruption have failed to move on from their school day's mentality and show any sign of maturity. It's a shame but not totally unexpected considering the society in which we now live. I hope the police are successful in finding these idiots and exposing them for what they are.

    Report this comment

    Renegade

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • It would never have happened at the Garrison Campus (my old School) would it????

    Report this comment

    blue tractor

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Five of the Ipswich drugs gang were jailed.

A professional organised crime group who dealt drugs in Ipswich were sentenced today.

Kaiser Chiefs play Newmarket this week. Photo: Danny North

Darren Lorking admits he was wrong write the Kaiser Chiefs off and enjoyed a ‘rock show’ performance at Newmarket Nights.

Christopher Randall (ls)

A 40-year-old man has been sent to prison after police found a video of him sexually abusing a child.

Police issued this  e-fit of an individual they would like to trace after an elderly woman was scammed out of a large amount of money in Ipswich.

An e-fit image of a man wanted after an elderly victim was conned into handing over a large sum of money has been released.

Battisford

A Suffolk man is set to remove more than 100 parrots from his land after an appeal to keep them was dismissed by the planning inspectorate.

Richard and Cathy Brown of Ipswich who won over £6million on the Lotto.

A decorator from Bury St Edmunds has scooped a major win on the EuroMillions after matching the five main numbers and one Lucky Star.

Travellers at Rougham Hill in Bury.

Travellers who set up a high-profile encampment in Kesgrave have now moved onto private land in Bury St Edmunds.

Kestutis Rakevicius

A Lithuanian lorry driver has been jailed after a chemical spill caused an eight-hour closure of a key road linking the A14 and A140 in Suffolk, costing the taxpayer £130,000.

Suffolk Dog Day, July 2015

Fire crews rescued a stuck dog from a building on the High Street earlier today.

Dominic Francis, 23, from Newham, stole two cars in Essex

A burglar has been jailed after being caught with the help of a tracker and a fizzy drink bottle.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages