End of an era for Dunstable upper school

Northfields is poised to become new academy

History will be made when Northfields Technology College, in Dunstable, closes its doors for the last time today, Monday, August 31.

The school, which fought its way out of special measures in under two years, will be transformed into a new 'academy' tomorrow, Tuesday, September 1.

All Saints Academy will aim to raise levels of achievement still further, widen the curriculum, improve special needs provision and modernise the school buildings.

That is the hope for the future of the academy, sponsored by the Diocese of St Albans, Church of England, and the University of Bedfordshire.

Spearheading the academy will be principal Tom Waterworth, inspiring former head of Lodge Park Technology College, in Corby.

But when Northfields said goodbye to pupils at the end of the summer term, there was time to look back over its past achievements, too.

Northfields Senior Elementary School opened on January 14, 1936, with 336 pupils, under the leadership of head Frank Underwood.

A fascinating booklet, Northfields Remembered, was given to every pupil to document the history of the school.

Famous former pupils of Northfields include singer and actress Faye Tozer, who shot to fame with the pop group Steps.