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Memories of Upton-by-Chester High School 1968-2018

On Friday 12th July we held a wonderful celebration event to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the school.

The celebration was the culmination of a year-long Oral History project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The centre piece of the project is a new website which has been launched to showcase the history of the school's first half-century. A group of our current students have been actively engaged in interviewing former students and staff about their time at the school. Entitled ‘Memories of Upton High School, a number of alumni have been interviewed on camera and all of the interviews can be viewed on the website:

The event included a photographic exhibition showcasing the history of the school and a drinks reception and speeches from a number of guests. Speakers on the evening were Mrs Dixon; Dr Michael Bird from Chester University, who spoke about the importance of Oral History; Mr Ciaran Doherty, lead teacher on the project; year 9, 10 and 11 students Libby, Eleanor and Issy, who spoke about the skills they developed during the project; Mr Robert Quick, a pupil of the first cohort to attend the school in 1968 and Cllr Martyn Delaney, Deputy Lord Mayor of Chester. Also in attendance was Chris Matheson MP.

A short film of the celebration event can be viewed here:

Congratulations to all the students for their successful work on the project: Hattie, Ruby, Anna, Josh, Libby, Toby, Eleanor, Tara, Ella and Issy. 

We are still gratefully receiving any archive material relating to the 50 years of the school. To find out more, contact