Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, April 2, 2015)

The Northumberland Gazette delves into the archives to remind readers of stories from the past.

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Education chiefs are pressing ahead with plans to axe middle schools despite strong opposition from parents in the first round of consultation. Northumberland County Council is recommending that its members vote later this month to enter the second stage of talks on changing to a primary and secondary system. But the majority of comments from meetings and questionnaires have been against a two-tier set-up, prompting campaigners to claim the council is ignoring their views. Jackie Strong, programme director of the council’s Putting the Learner First programme, said: “The consultation has identified the issues of importance to parents, schools and the residents. But it was a consultation, not a referendum and it was not just about the volume or noise of the comments, but the quality of the arguments.”

Friday, March 30, 1990

A first tentative step towards the creation of a museum in Alnwick was taken this week by district councillors, who called for a feasibility study to assess the pros and cons of the scheme. However, members of the policy and resources committee only voted 7-6 in favour of adopting this idea and it was clear from the meeting that finance could be the eventual stumbling block. The county museums officer, Liz Richie, was at the meeting to talk members through a report she has produced on the possibility of a museum. In her report, she clearly stated that Alnwick badly needed a musuem because, although there are already four museums in the district, Alwnick Castle, RN Fusiliers, House of Hardy and Cragside, none of them attempts to tell the story of the people of Alnwick.

Friday, April 2, 1965

To meet the changing pattern in the demands of society, Alnwick Duke’s Grammar School is altering the pattern of its sixth-form studies, it was announced at Tuesday’s annual speech day in the Guest Hall of Alnwick Castle. News of the change was given by the headmaster, Mr Frank Mosby, who told the big gathering of pupils and guests that in future there will be a general sixth form and a specialist sixth form. All pupils entering the sixth will be admitted at first to the general sixth. There they will pick four subjects for study and their courses in these subjects will be supplemented by background courses to contribute to the general education. Throughout their first year, pupils will be observed carefully. Those who have genuine university potential will proceed into the specialist sixth.