Sudbury mayor thanks closing school for the memories

TREASURED MEMORIES: Uplands Middle School staff and pupils gave mayor Adrian Osborne a carved memory box on Friday.
TREASURED MEMORIES: Uplands Middle School staff and pupils gave mayor Adrian Osborne a carved memory box on Friday.

Pupils and staff from Uplands Middle School in Sudbury presented a memory box to mayor Adrian Osborne on Friday as the school prepares to close for good.

Each class from the school, which opened in 1972, submitted an item for the box which is designed to commemorate the school ahead of its closure on July 19 as part of Suffolk County Council’s move to two-tier education.

The oak box, carved by former teacher Malcolm Crowe who has worked at the school since it opened, contains signed PE shirts, photos, school planners, articles and even a school mug designed by former pupil Darren Brinkley, now 31, in 1995. It will go on display at Sudbury Town Hall.

Headteacher Helen Shield said: “We have given our memories and we hope they can be shared with the people of Sudbury.

“This wasn’t something we had made to bury in the ground – we want to show these things off.”

Mr Osborne added: “It must be a very sad time for everybody in Sudbury – this is our school and it has been very much a part of it all.

“I know Uplands will be missed by all the pupils, teachers, parents and ex-pupils.”

Friday was also the last day for the school’s Year 8 pupils, who will spend next term at their respective upper schools.

Mrs Shield said most pupils would be moving on to Ormiston Sudbury Academy and Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard, with a few going to St Benedict’s Catholic School and King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds.