Carleton Community High School marks 50th in style

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Pupils past and present came together for a special concert to mark the Carleton Community High School’s 50th anniversary.

The concert, on July 12, marked the culmination of a year of celebrations at the Pontefract school.

Hundreds of people watched the show, which reppresented events at the school since it opened in 1963. John Colvill, school governor, also released balloons and raised a new flag outside the school’s main entrance.

Almost half the school –formerly Pontefract Boys’ Secondary Modern School – was destroyed in an unsolved arson attack in 2008. The blaze ruined the school’s administration block, main hall, library, gym, IT, classrooms, catering facilities and drama hall. Pupils were forced to study at other venues including The King’s School and Pontefract Racecourse while the school was rebuilt. The school reopened in June 2012.

Celebrations will continue when youngsters return to school in September.

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