Debenham High School celebrates its 50th birthday. What are your memories of the school?

Debenham High School celebrates its 50th anniversary. L-R: Dr Dan Poulter MP, Angela McClelland (for

Debenham High School celebrates its 50th anniversary. L-R: Dr Dan Poulter MP, Angela McClelland (former headmistress), Julia Upton (headteacher) and Sue Holifield (daughter of first headteacher). - Credit: Archant

Past and present staff, students and friends of a high school have celebrated its 50th birthday.

Debenham High School celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Debenham High School celebrates its 50th anniversary. - Credit: Archant

More than 5,000 children have been taught at Debenham High School since it first opened its doors on September 4, 1964.

An honours board was unveiled to mark the anniversary.

Headteacher Julia Upton said: “The school was delighted to welcome back former colleagues and pupils following the assembly, for the unveiling of a new honours board, by Dr Dan Poulter MP.

“The board recognises the commitment of previous headteachers, chairs of governors and head girl, boy and deputies of the school.

“As well as the daughter of the first headteacher Sue Denny (nee Holifield) and former headteacher Mrs Angela McCelland, the school was delighted that the first head boy and girl, Trevor Hatcher and Gillian Miller were able to attend the event.

“After the unveiling, guests were taken on a tour of the school by current prefects, able to view old photographs and memorabilia and then join current staff for a cream tea.”

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When the school was opened, by the minister for education and the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, there were 176 students.

By the 1980s it had grown to 295 students; now it has almost 650 pupils.