Sixty years to the day, Tuesday, October 15, Uckfield Community Technology College held a rededication ceremony at the college.
Past staff and students were in attendance, including the return of Howard Gilbert, aged 94, who was a history teacher at the school in 1954.
Principal Hugh Hennebry said: “The rededication ceremony and school reunion was a wonderful community event that not only looked back at the last 60 years but also looked forward because we could see many important values that our College has held since it opened will still be promoted strongly in the future.
“For instance, the students and staff who were here in the 1950s talked about the importance the school played in developing moral values and a sense of community and these are very much in evidence today.
“The memorial plaque was a beautiful way to mark the occasion and it was mounted on some wood from one of the original science laboratories, so it is very fitting.
“The guests looked back on their time at school with fond memories and they also commented on how happy the current students, that they saw as they toured the school, are today.
“All the guests were full of praise for the music, singing and reading of letters sent in by a former student and a teacher who worked here in the early days.
“The success of the event was demonstrated by how long people stayed to look at the displays relating to the school’s history and talk about their experiences here over the years.
“It was a wonderful afternoon and I know everyone involved are very grateful for all the time staff, particularly Mr Evans, put into making it so special.”