Monday, 11 November 2013


A 'golden anniversary' reunion is being organised for pupils who joined the former Long Eaton Grammar School 50 years ago.

Youngsters who made up the four fresh classes of 1963 did not know it at the time but they came to hold a special position at the school on Tamworth Road .

They were the last entry of pupils from feeder schools as far away as Spondon – before it became part of Derby - who had passed the 11+ examination, and because of education re-organisation and the introduction of the comprehensive system they were the final year to start their secondary education there.

A reunion for that year was held in 1984 to mark 21 years of joining the school. A celebrated guest was their retired  headmaster, Mr GDB Gray. Pupils from that year have attended  other reunions.

But some felt that 50 years was an appropriate occasion to mark and have organised a get-together which will be held at the Royal Oak pub, Green Lane, Ockbrook, on Saturday, November 30 starting at 7.30pm.

Other pupils who joined that year in 1967 as extra fourth year classes are welcome as are any staff from the period 1963-70.

To help plan and cater for the evening, anyone wishing to attend should contact one of the organisers Richard Guise at or by phoning or texting him on 07884 432011 by November 15.