Bishop Auckland Girls' Grammar School centenary celebration

PUBLISHED: 23:57 24 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:25 20 February 2013

Bishop Auckland Girls’ Grammar School centenary celebration

Bishop Auckland Girls’ Grammar School centenary celebration

Classmates reunited in Darlington to mark their old school's centenary. More than 30 former pupils of Bishop Auckland Girls' Grammar School travelled from near and far to stage the special reunion with lunch at Bannatyne's Hotel at Grange Road.

Classmates reunited in Darlington to mark their old schools centenary. More than 30 former pupils of Bishop Auckland Girls Grammar School travelled from near and far to stage the special reunion with lunch at Bannatynes Hotel at Grange Road.

For two of the organisers it was time to set aside their political differences and enjoy meeting up with old friends.

Leader of the Conservatives in Darlington Heather Scott sat side by side with Bishop Auckland Labour councillor and local historian Barbara Laurie reminiscing about times gone by.

Coun Scott said: We have been meeting every year for the past 30 years and most of the ex-pupils have celebrated their 70th birthdays.

We are delighted that so many could make it this year, the schools centenary, which after so much time is amazing.

Now King James I Community Arts College, the school buildings originally opened in 1910 as the Bishop Auckland Girls County School, later to become the Grammar School.

Its first headmistress was Mary Holt, who had been appointed in 1905 and ran the school in temporary buildings until the new one was built.

In the 1960s the boys and girls schools amalgamated to form King James I Grammar School, a controversial move at the time.

The most fundamental change came in 1974 with the advent of comprehensive education as the grammar school opened its doors to a whole range of students.

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