Naseby School’s 50th Anniversary Reunion at Rockwood Academy

Students past and present practiced our CORE values of collaboration, opportunity, respect, and excellence on the 8th September to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Naseby School at Rockwood Academy.

Naseby alumni, including students and teachers, gathered at Rockwood Academy for the celebrations which were led by headteacher Sofia Darr. The festivities included a two-minute silence to remember those no longer with us, the sharing of memories, photographs, and memorabilia, and a student-led tour of Rockwood Academy.

Naseby School was founded following the amalgamation of two local schools and was located where Rockwood Academy stands today. With this in mind, current students gave the visitors a tour of the academy, allowing them to see what’s changed, what’s remained the same, and the differences between their experiences. Echoing Rockwood Academy’s mantra of being a place where students always come first, the visitors were presented with their very own souvenir Rockwood Academy ties.

British former Olympic and bronze-medallist World Championship sprinter Ainsley Bennett was in attendance, having attended Naseby School as a child. Former Naseby History teacher Mr Lloyd, who taught Ainsley, was also at the event.

The celebrations were organised by former Naseby student Tasneem Akhtar and Rockwood Academy’s Project Coordinator and Staff Governor Shabina Bi-Baroo, emphasising once again Rockwood Academy’s CORE value of collaboration. Furthering this, Headteacher Sofia Darr has asked the alumni to return to Rockwood Academy to continue sharing their experiences with current students, bringing modern history to life.

The 50th anniversary celebrations were a great way to celebrate and promote our values as students past and present collaborated to celebrate excellence, show respect, and offer the opportunity to share their experiences of life at school now and then.