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Mission to reunite past pupils with exam certificates

Appeal for former Prince Henry's Grammar School pupils to collect old exam certificates. Pictured from the left are Alex Lennie, Lucy Peak, Aadil Karim and James Vasey (Executive Officer: Exams, Assessment and Curriculam)

Appeal for former Prince Henry's Grammar School pupils to collect old exam certificates. Pictured from the left are Alex Lennie, Lucy Peak, Aadil Karim and James Vasey (Executive Officer: Exams, Assessment and Curriculam)

Teachers are set to turn into academic detectives in a bid to track down hundreds of pupils from years gone by.

Former pupils from Prince Henry’s Grammar School are being urged to go back to school in a bid to reunite them with their qualifications.

Staff at the Otley school have discovered more than 3,500 exam certificates belonging to past pupils dating back to the 1950s.

And now they are determined to track down former students and their families to rescue the certificates from their archives.

Some of the oldest records belong to Kaye Sharpley Aspinall, who was born in March 1932.

Kaye studied principal geography, pure mathematics, physics and subsidiary art at the Otley school.

Charlotte Mary Shaw, who was born in November 1933, also left her exam certificate behind.

She studied English language and literature, history, geography, French, mathematics, biology and domestic subjects while she attended the market town’s school.

Exams officer James Vasey said: “Whether from the 1950s or this century, these certificates represent significant achievements for the students involved and it seems a shame for them to languish in our files.

“We would love to hear from anyone who can claim these certificates.

“Whether the student themselves of their relatives.

“Although all the students came from Otley originally, they or their relatives could be anywhere in the world by now.

“It would be great if people share the news.”

The school’s exams office has certificates in its archives that date back to the year before the GCE exam was introduced.

For more information contact the Exams Office on 01943 463524 or email info@princehenrys.co.uk.

 

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