Saturday 7th April saw Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy hold a 60th birthday celebration. Several hundred former students dating right back to the very early days of the school, as well as previous staff, attended to mark the occasion.


Organised by Jacqueline Chapman and Michael Wilmott, an astounding array of the school’s memorabilia was on show. These included photographs, press cuttings, newsletters, old school ties and even volumes of punishment books! Groups of ex-students gathered to talk about their times at the school and had the opportunity to complete a graffiti wall and leave messages for former housemates – at one point there were 8 houses at the school.

Stationers’ Crown Woods former Head Teachers


Julie Taylor (former student 1972-77 and Head of Sport 1997-2014)

Julie Rickman, Karen Usto and Avril Knight

Louisa Wood, Debbie Neill and Amanda Kite (1983-88)

John Watkins, Physics Master- one of the earliest members of staff at Crown Woods


Former students were invited to sign up to the academy’s alumni and return to help mentor and inspire current students.

The original Crown Woods emblem


The day ended with an impromptu recital by Steve Smith ( ) and Toby Chapman ( ), former students who, since leaving the school, have pursued successful careers in the music business.