David Pert, the first headteacher of Northumberland Park Comprehensive School, tells us about the class of ’72 reunion
Hornsey’s Great Northern Railway Tavern rocked to the sounds of the 70s as 70 former students and 12 staff celebrated the creation of Northumberland Park Comprehensive School in September 1972.
Those celebrating were members of the very first year group to attend the school as 11 and 12 year olds.
Now aged 57-58, they met up with past friends and staff, exchanged happy memories and shared how much they owed to what was then, the new Tottenham secondary school.
“It changed my life and I’ll never forget,” said one former pupil, Roy Chinery. Whilst Elaine Clarke, now a lecturer at Manchester University commented: “What a beautiful school and people! How lucky we were.”
Sandy Davies, one of the foundation staff of 12 and a probationary teacher at the time said: “What a night! I have always been so proud to be associated with Northumberland Park School. To meet up again with such wonderful ex-students made me burst with pride at their achievements. The best job of my career.”
Who would have believed 46 years ago that these 11 year olds (as they were) would be celebrating their school days in such style and with such feeling…amazing!
But perhaps, John Burdge, also a former student brought it all together when he said “We were such lucky youngsters and it was good to see the teachers’ hard work paid off!”
Event organizer and former student Lindsay Fowler, said: “It was a joyous occasion seeing such wonderful people all together again, genuinely enjoying each other’s company. Can’t wait for the next Reunion!”