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Christine Duckworth & Peter Rigby outside school in 1970 For Christine's memories see this link
In July 1970 became a comprehensive school and the early 1970s were marked by a period of building work as the school rapidly expanded. Science labs and toilets were the first additions and a separate block came next.

This was later burnt down by a fire in 1974. This proved very disruptive to school life as can be seen from quotes from the school log:
Sept 1970- "Science labs unfinished and no furniture delivered yet!"
Sept 1971- "Fifth year and staff only in school as the main kitchen is unfinished."
Sept 1974- "The RoSLA has still not been re-built and the Sports Hall is unfinished."

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The High school opened Sept 15th 1971 with 569 pupils being taught by 33 staff.

The school adapted quickly to the comprehensive theme with mixed abilty and mixed sex groups for technology sujects. Fr Theodore Young was appointed as the first School Chaplain.

Fire damage on April 10th 1974 in the new RoSLA block. A few days later Mr Mercer, a well loved member of staff , died while on a scout camp. This was a great shock to staff and pupils alike and when the new block was re-biult in 1975 it was called the Mercer Block in his name.

In 1976 Miss Reddy retired as head teacher and she was given a presentations evening and formal dinner at the Pines. She was invited to become a governor, a role in which she served for many years afterwards until her death.

Archbishop Warlock

Photo: Visit of Archbishop Warlock in 1979 meeting Paul and Clare Boys.
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