Huxlow Science College makes half a century with time capsule burial

Former pupils of what was then called Finedon and Irthlingborough Secondary Modern School with head teacher Mick Malton. With the time capsule are Kayleigh-Jane Lonsdale, 12, Ben Pouncey, 12, Brett Pearce, 14,  Billy Smith, 13, and Lauren Reid, 12
Former pupils of what was then called Finedon and Irthlingborough Secondary Modern School with head teacher Mick Malton. With the time capsule are Kayleigh-Jane Lonsdale, 12, Ben Pouncey, 12, Brett Pearce, 14, Billy Smith, 13, and Lauren Reid, 12

Thousands of pupils have roamed the halls of Huxlow Science College over the past 50 years.

To mark the school’s landmark anniversary, celebrations were held at the Irthlingborough school recently.

Pupils buried a time capsule filled with memorabilia to mark their school’s 50th year.

Their classroom memories have been burried in the school’s grounds for future generations to unearth.

Past pupils were also invited in to the school to celebrate its half century on Thursday, June 5.

Current pupils provided the materials and put the time capsule together after winning a competition held across the school’s year groups.

They filled it with documents about the school’s past 50 years and snapshots of life as a student in 2012.

It also included information about the opening of the college in 1961, when it was known as Finedon and Irthlingborough Secondary Modern School.

Headteacher Mick Malton led the ceremony during which the time capsule was buried under a roundabout at the front entrance of the school.

A plaque was also unveiled in the school’s grounds to mark the occasion.

Mr Malton said: “This particularly appeals to me because I am a history teacher.

“The time capsule is filled with things which represent what our children thought people would want to know in 50 years.

“It includes lots of memorabilia and items which describe what it is like to be a student at the school now.

“We hope that in 50 years someone will open it.”

Mr Malton said he was pleased to welcome former pupils to the school to join in with the celebrations.

He added: “We were really lucky to have some past pupils with us on the day.

“We are very much a school which is part of our community.

“A lot of our children have had parents and grandparents who have attended, and it’s really nice to celebrate that.”

Former teacher Shirley Cockerill, who worked at the school from 1962 to 1965, shared her memories of the school at the event.

Mrs Cockerill, of Wellingborough, said she loved the idea of burying a time capsule and preserving memories for future generations of the school.

Recounting her memories from the school in the 1960s, she said: “I remember the staff were all friendly and we had a lot of fun.

“It was a lovely school to work at and it was very disciplined.

“I remember the children and staff worked so well together during a school production.

“I loved being there for the 50 year celebrations.

“I think it was a brilliant idea because it’s important to save memories for future generations so that they can see what happened more than 50 years ago.”

After the time capsule was buried and the plaque was unveiled, every pupil from the school was treated to a celebratory piece of cake.

Former pupil Rosemary Nicolls, who attended the school from September 1961 to December 1962, said: “It was nice to go back and see old faces. I didn’t recognise everyone.

“I called the school last year to see if they would be doing anything.”

Since the school opened in 1961, the college site has been extensively refurbished and developed over the years.

As part of the 50 year celebrations, the school appealed for past pupils to send in pictures taken during their time at the school.