2010 - 40th Year Celebration

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July 10th 2010 was the official celebration day for our 40th Anniversary.

Throughout our anniversary year we have celebrated with various events including:

 

40th Anniversary Day (July 10th 2010)

Block 4 (the new building completed in 2007) was open for people to visit and view some of the activities going on:

Concert to celebrate Jack Hunt musicals and musicians through the years
Maggie Keber and Lisa Hardy gathered ex student musicians and singers together to perform items from past musicals.

Exhibition: ‘A History of Jack Hunt’

Language College South American themed activities

Sports College activities (tennis tournament, cricket match)

Dance performances

Gymnastics demonstration

Official Celebration Event (6.15pm – 7.30pm)

Ex staff, ex governors, long serving current staff, current governors, local dignitaries, community leaders, ex Head and Deputy Head Prefects and other senior students were invited to this official event which comprised of formal speeches, viewings of the exhibition, powerpoints and old film and musical performances from a selection of musicians from the earlier concert. Refreshments were provided courtesy of Waitrose.

Social Evening (8pm – 11.30pm)

Provided a chance for all current and ex staff and invited ex students to get together to celebrate 40 years of Jack Hunt School. The theme of this event was a 70's Disco with fancy dress optional. Food was provided courtesy of Shah Jahan restaurant, Peterborough.

History of Jack Hunt School

The school was officially opened by Alderman Dr. Jack Hunt, chairman of the Education Committee of the then Huntingdon and Peterborough County Council, after whom it is named. Briefly, until education in the county was reorganised in 1976, it functioned as a grammar school.

Jack Hunt School became a Beacon school in September 1999 for an initial period of three years. Following a successful application to the then Department for Education and Skills, Beacon status was granted for a further three years with effect from September 2002. In 2004, Beacon schools came to an end nationally and Jack Hunt successfully applied to become a Leading Edge school.

After undertaking extensions and a remodel, Darren Campbell officially opened the new buildings at Jack Hunt School, on September 25th 2007.

Famous ex-students include...

If you are an ex-pupil of Jack Hunt, we would really like to hear from you. Do you have any interesting photographs or a story or two to share! Email us by clicking here and please leave a comment below...

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    Comment by: liz (website)
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    May 14, 2017
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    I miss Jack Hunt School. Changed so much now. Met great friends there and still in touch to this day. Did not want leave there, best days of my life, went to sixth form. Enjoyed music and drama in the black box.

    Comment by: sharon stockley-nee Andrews (website)
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    April 24, 2014
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    what a school then and now. Met my best friend on the first day sept 1970. Mr Dunbirch inspired me. Head Mr Taylor was also my english teacher and encouraged me to enjoy writing. Both had influenced me to choose social care as my career.

    Comment by: victoria prentice (website)
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    November 15, 2013
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    I was at jack hunt and really loved it best school ever I was there from 1991 till 1992 and my biggest regret ever was leaving this school

    Comment by: sally ann roberts (nee henson) (website)
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    December 21, 2012
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    I was at Jack Hunt between 1976-1981. I really loved sport with Mrs Cliffe and was in every team going. My son now attends Jack Hunt and i cant believe how much it has changed. I believe Mr Laxton is still there, he used to let me train with the boys in hockey. I thoroughly enjoyed my school years at Jack Hunt. I still love my sports. xx

    Comment by: John Gilligan (website)
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    July 12, 2010
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    Thank you to all who contributed towards and attended the school's 40th anniversary celebrations. I hope you had a good time and were able to catch up with friends old and new.

    Comment by: Bryan Dawes (website)
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    July 12, 2010
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    As a former pupil (70 - 74) I was impressed with the way the school has grown in the last 40 years. A well conducted tour was given by a couple of 6 form girls on the 40th anniversary night. Many memories were brought back for myself and the other ex pupils from those years as toured round. Thanks to all the staff for an excellant evening, and all the best for the next 40 or more.... Bryan Dawes

    Comment by: Kim Wells (website)
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    May 27, 2010
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    I was one of those kids who started when it opened. A very exciting time. I can remember the telegraph taking photos of us all. Only 1st and 2nd yrs started and i was a 2nd yr. Life was very good at Jack Hunt. We had morning assembly in the drama well, it that still there?? There wasnt many teachers then, but each of them knew all of us. Oh and then there was the rabbits!! They kept us amused, we learnt more about the birds and the bees from them than anything else. We used to go to the Grange for P.E. as we didnt have a field then. I only did 2 yrs as we moved to cornwall in 1971. Jack Hunt was the best years ever!

    Comment by: Pauline Kraak (nee Spicer) (website)
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    March 27, 2010
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    I attended Jack Hunt between 1971 and 1976 and they were the best 8 years of my life. I always enjoyed mathematics and proved to be an excellent student in this class. Another class what I always did good at was Engleesh, I particurarly enjoyed spelling. Mr. Cameron was my form teacher, and despite being perhaps the naughtiest in his class, he was always a good sport. Mrs. Heizer, my Spanish teacher, to you I apologise, I gave you much grief and when you had had enough and decided to kick me out, I whined until I was let back in. I went on to work as a Thomson Rep in Spain, and your perseverance of my antics, helped me get the job, which eventually led to finding a husband, which led to relocating to Mexico, which lead to starting our own business in diving. Mil disculpas y muchisimas gracias Senora. Heizer. Unfortunately I have lost contact with most of my friends, (or did she lose contact with me? Ummmm) But I am in hoping to come to the 40th knees up providing I am back in the UK at this time. Finally I would like to say sorry to the little 1st former who went to the home economics classroom at the end of the school day to collect the lovely chocolate cake she had baked earlier that day. Someone had eaten it and what is worse, they had replaced the plate in the fridge with just a few crumbs on it. But it was really nice.

    Comment by: Joanna Anderson (Duncan) (website)
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    March 3, 2010
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    I went to Jack Hunt from 89-93. They were great times and the memories bring smiles. I made some fantastic friends - many of whom are still close. Remembering some of the teachers, Mrs Porter (teaching us how to dissect a rat), Mrs Cliff (teaching us the play Kingball and creating a dance using the Pink Floyd track 'Another brick in the wall') Mr Pateman and the discussions about Chumbawumba and many more....Not forgetting centre point, the chilli eating competitions etc. I learnt and experienced a great deal. What fun, some of the best days of my life! The school now is an amazing place, so different to what it was like. Congrats on 40 years! Jo Anderson - London

    Comment by: Anthony Lawless (website)
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    December 6, 2009
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    I was a pupil at Jack Hunt during the 80's and have many a fond memory of my time there including meeting my wife. My oldest daughter now attends Jack Hunt and it is good to see some of the same teachers there as when I attended. I wish the school well on it's 40th Anniversary.

    Comment by: Jonathan Enderby (website)
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    December 3, 2009
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    I was a pupil 71-75,and so many of the names mentioned in the comments to this site are so familiar. But to add to the list What ever happend to all those inspiring teachers - Mrs S Clifton ( Music), Mrs Westcott ( Maths ), Mr Smith ( Science) , The two Mr Taylors - (History/Sport) and the other (English/ Head Master). All these and many others influenced our future years.Thanks to them I ventured into Finance and travelled the world, maintained a good portfolio of music and with the great maths tuition I passed navigatiion exams to sail and fly. Yes I failed my 11 , did not go to University, worked hard at night school. The early days were hard and night school harder, but I have to thank the great staff of JH - cira the 70's for their efforts in trying to educate me and build my confidence ! ( It was not easy !!! ) . Congratulations on your 40th- I wish you well for the next 40 years and hope you keep inspiring pupils to work at sucess and never become dispondent ! Jonathan Enderby- Hampshire

    Comment by: Janet Clow (website)
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    November 17, 2009
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    I was also a pupil at Jack Hunt from 1975 until 1979, having spent my first year at Arthur Mellows, prior to our family moving house. My two sisters Jennifer Clow and Christine Clow also attended the school. I remember the school with great affection, and learnt so much. Mr Duncan was my Geography teacher, and helped me pass my 'O' Level in Geography. I also remember Miss Stevenson with affection (I saw her recently in the City Centre and spoke to her). Miss Stevenson inspired me to have a love of reading, and again helped me pass my 'O' Level. All the teachers were fantastic, old Mr Laxton, Mr Taylor (Head), Mrs Cowley, Mrs Pirie and others, too numerous to mention. Best of luck and congratulations on the 40th Anniversary. Janet Wiles, (nee Clow)

    Comment by: Helen Price (nee Hughes) (website)
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    November 13, 2009
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    My sister, Paula, and myself started at Jack Hunt School in 1969, and were some of the first students at the school. When we started there were only two years, 1st and 2nd, and only about six classrooms and a staff room. Lunch was brought over on heated trolleys from Thorpe Junior School. Every year another year was added, 3rd year, 4th year and finally the fifth year. I remained at the school until I left at the end of the fifth year, there not being a sixth form then. I remember my time at the school with great affection, we often felt like guinea pigs but all of us remember I think the fun and learning experiences we had while the school grew around us. The first headmaster was Mr Lomax and the first teachers were Mr Lambert, Miss Harrison, Mr Mosley, Mrs Pearson, Mr Smith and Mr Michael Taylor who evently went on to become Head Master, a truly inspiring gentleman. The school was the learning establishment for all my brothers and sisters save my elder sister and eventually for my own son, and every one of us thank the school for enriching our lives.

    Comment by: Liz Seaman (website)
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    November 6, 2009
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    I was a pupil of Jack Hunt School from 1979 to 1985. Although I did not know it then those were the most informative and influential years of my life. I made many life long friends and have great memories of teachers that not only taught me, but guided me through my teenage years; Mr Wyatt, Mrs Cliff, Mr Duncan, Mr Gordon to name just a few. On a recent trip home I visited Jack Hunt and was impressed with the new buildings and how things have changed. It was great to find this website that will allow me to keep updated from a distance. Congratulations on 40 years. Liz Seaman (Nee Cantwell) West Palm Beach, Florida

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