Flypast on school's last day

A Jaguar flypast will be one of several poignant moments as a Norfolk school closes next week.

A Jaguar flypast will be one of several poignant moments as a Norfolk school closes next week.

The Douglas Bader School at RAF Coltishall will close for good on July 21 and the day will be marked by a series of events, including the final 51 pupils marching out through the gates to music.

The school is one of the many victims of the closure of RAF Coltishall.

The base will shut completely by the end of the year, although its presence has declined dramatically now most personnel and the iconic Jaguars have left.

Headteacher Lin Wakeford said: “Pupils, parents and staff are determined to go out on a high.

“It's a unique school in that we are all used to constant change with RAF families arriving and moving on all the time.

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“It is a school that has always had that state of flux but has thrived as being part of the base and local community.”

The facility first opened as Coltishall Airfield First School in 1972, changing its name to the Douglas Bader School when it took primary status in 2000.

Although the school will close, the buildings will maintain an educational role, acting as a specialist pupil referral unit, designed for children who play truant or who have behavioural problems.

Events in the final week will include a visit to the RAF base for fun activities, a special assembly for those children moving up to high school and a gathering attended by Lady Bader and station commander Wing Cmdr Paul Robins among others.

On the final day, there will be the Jaguar flypast, a circus skills entertainer and pipe band workshop before the children march off.