‘The Big Move’ Celebration Event

Posted: 4th March 2020

On Thursday 27 February Highclare School celebrated ‘The Big Move’ 1995 – 2020, commemorating the 25th Anniversary of ‘The Big Move’, when the juniors and seniors relocated from their original Highclare School location on Birmingham Road to the current Abbey site.

Alumni, pupil representatives and guests enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of celebrations at the Senior School including the recovery of a time capsule buried at the date of the move, the burying of a new time capsule, an opportunity to view pictures and articles from throughout Highclare history and an afternoon tea served in the refectory.  All pupils from Pre-Prep through to Sixth Form celebrated the anniversary through party lunches and celebration cake.

Pupils were excited to welcome the Lord Mayor, Councillor Mohammed Azim to the celebration, Mrs Hanson, Headmistress of Highclare School between 1974-2003 and special guests Mrs Corbett, the granddaughter of Mrs Pullen and Ms Hannah Corbett, great-granddaughter of Mrs Pullen.  Mrs Pullen founded Highclare School in 1932.

It was a privilege to welcome the founding family back to Highclare School, their visit commenced with  a tour of the original site ‘Highclare College’ that their family founded at 241 Birmingham Road (now Highclare Preparatory School : Woodfield)  and they then continued to the  celebrations held at Highclare Senior School.

Dr R Luker led the afternoon’s proceedings, ably assisted by members of staff.   An opportunity to reflect on how the school has changed over the years, honouring the past and acknowledging the commitment and vision of the staff, governors and parents 25 years ago in taking what was a very bold step.

The afternoon was filled with smiles and laughter, old friends reacquainted, reminiscing on past events and making plans to keep in touch.  The Senior School corridors were a buzz with stories from the time of the move, with fond recollections of memories prompted by looking at old photo’s and the contents of the time capsule.

We would like to thank everyone who attended the celebration and we look forward to celebrating Founder’s Day and the School’s 90th Anniversary in the near future.

To keep up to date with Alumni news and activities please contact Mrs Soen on alumni@highclareschool.co.uk , we would love to hear from you.