Hymers College at Hull, one of the North’s leading independent schools, will celebrate 25 years of co-education next year and to mark the occasion the school is planning a series of events for current and former pupils and friends.
A team is currently working on a programme of activities that will, in the words of Headmaster David Elstone, “make the anniversary the very special occasion that it is, providing an opportunity for a re-union to remember”.
To kick-start the celebrations, the school will be staging a Festival of Hockey on Saturday 6 September, when pupils from the 1990s, the early 2000s as well as current pupils, staff and parents will be taking part.
There are also plans for netball and tennis re-unions scheduled respectively for 21 March and 4 July, next year.
Mr Elstone said: “We have a team working on the fine details of the events but we are also appealing to all former pupils and parents who have been associated with Hymers at any time during the past 25 years to consider joining us in the anniversary celebrations, either taking part in any or all the sporting events or simply coming along to meet old friends.
“We need their support to make sure this is a very special occasion in the history of the school”.
Hymers caters for 975 pupils from Hull and East Yorkshire, including Pocklington, Howden, Driffield and Bridlington, and has in recent years begun to take more pupils from as far afield as Scunthorpe and Grimsby on the south bank.
David Elstone said: “Demand for places remains high and we are keen to see our geographical boundaries continued to be pushed back as we open up new links, including transport links, with more outlying towns and villages.
“To help up keep pace with this increasing demand, we are continually investing in new facilities, new buildings and new educational tools to keep Hymers at the forefront of independent education in the North. For example, this summer will see the opening our new Music Centre and we have recently obtained planning permission for an exciting new Learning Resource Centre, including a library, to be built in 2015.
“There is a lot happening here and while history and tradition will always play a key part of the Hymers story, so will innovation. That’s why it would be good to see a big turn-out for our co-education anniversary celebrations so former pupils and parents can see for themselves just how far the school had progressed in the past 25 years”.
Hymers College opened in 1893. Girls entered the sixth form in the 1970s and 1980s but the decision was taken in 1989 to go fully co-educational. The opening of the Humber Bridge is 1981 further extend the school’s catchment area to North and North East Lincolnshire and in the 1990s the school’s numbers rose to just under 1,000.