Students and staff past and present share memories of Wisewood

Wisewood School Dancers.

Wisewood School Dancers.

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PARENTS, children and local folk said goodbyes to their much-loved community school at a final farewell fun day.

Sheffield’s Wisewood Secondary is to close at the end of this term, with pupils and staff merging with Myers Grove to create the new Forge Valley School.

The end of 78 years of schooling on the Rural Lane campus was marked by an open day and exhibition, with teachers welcoming dozens of past pupils, staff and governors.

While the school building and sports hall will continue to play a role in the community, this was a party tinged with sadness.

Organiser of the day’s activities was local historian Ron Clayton, an ex-pupil himself.

He said: “The school opened in 1933 and was designed to be healthy, with classrooms sited around an open quadrangle.

“The first students were guaranteed plenty of fresh air in a city plagued by tuberculosis.

“Generations of local people have treasured memories of their time at the school and are indebted to the education they received in its classrooms and on its playing fields. Although many have travelled far and wide, their roots remain in this community school.”

A family and community fun day has been held on the campus for many years, but this was a special event intended as a celebration of the school and its history.

Ron hosted tours of the school, with visitors going back into classrooms and corridors which are familiar to many local people.

An exhibition of photographs and memorabilia from across the years added to the feeling of nostalgia.

Pupils performed drama scenes and monologues, recounting stories and events from over the years, bringing back the past with humour and wit.

The visual arts were also represented by a display of the portraits of all current staff, drawn by head of art Susan Crawshaw.