Bell rings for the last time as school hosts celebration

Rock Hall Pupils with Lalage Bosanquet at the school's final celebration event.
Rock Hall Pupils with Lalage Bosanquet at the school's final celebration event.
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It was ‘a night to remember’ as pupils past and present joined staff and family to say farewell to a north Northumberland school after 30 years.

Rock Hall School will close its doors at the end of this term after rising costs and falling pupil numbers led to the tough decision to fold.

C0-principal Lalage Bosanquet, who founded the school in 1984, said: “All the children are enrolled at new schools and all the staff either have new jobs, have moved on or retired, so I think it’s a natural close.

“There’s no longer a place in the modern world for a very small school educating differently.”

But while the event on Saturday, which saw a hog roast and a performance by current pupils of Deep in the Jungle, was sad, it was also a celebration of the school’s contribution.

Mrs Bosanquet said: “It was marvellous. We had about 300 parents, pupils and ex-parents and pupils all coming back to look around the school and leave some very emotional messages in the visitors’ book.

“Everyone I have spoken to really enjoyed it and I think it was a very fitting end to the school.”

And Mrs Bosanquet was touched by the gift of a specially-designed bench for the school grounds, made possible by donations from families past and present.

This week saw the pupils take part in the school’s last sports day, while the final leavers’ service takes place today.