Those were the days for students at Warden Park

Camping tour to France in August 1987
Camping tour to France in August 1987

Here’s a selection of pupils during the best days of their lives, whether in class, on the track or out on a school trip, all captured on camera as memories to look back on.

Those were the days! When the grandparents of Mid Sussex today were the schoolchildren of yesteryear. These pictures give a snapshot of life at Warden Park School, in Cuckfield.

String Ensemble in 1983

String Ensemble in 1983

They were published in 2006 as the school prepared for its 50th anniversary – now it’s more than 60!

Warden Park started life as Cuckfield County Secondary School on September 5 1956, opening with just 297 pupils in brand new buildings on a 60-acre site.

According to a report in the Middy, the then MP Mr B Godman Irvine was the special guest at the official opening on April 11 1957, and drew pupil’ attention to the fact that in Africa and Asia the two great demands were for education and medicine.

How little things change.

Off on a Ten Tors activity trip in 1979

Off on a Ten Tors activity trip in 1979

Continuing with a philosophy that could also apply today, he instructed them to “value education highly” and not to be tempted by jobs which offered a lot of money but did not need much education.

He urged girls to take higher education more seriously as only one girl in every 16 boys went on to full-time education at university - and one girl to every seven boys did full-time day courses.

Wise words indeed.

Does anyone recognise any of the youngsters pictured?

Sports day in 1958 - but who were they?

Sports day in 1958 - but who were they?

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Sprinting to the finish line in 1981

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Footballers from 1958/1959

Footballers from 1958/1959

Award winners in 1979 - but what had they won?

Award winners in 1979 - but what had they won?