PAST and present pupils and staff gathered to mark a landmark date for a Bishop Auckland school.

Founded back in 1909, Cockton Hill Junior School was originally an all-girls school and now welcomes all students ages seven to 11.

The classrooms are now packed with the latest technologies, Nova Talbot, a worker for Positive futures at the school said.

She added: “We reside in a beautiful Edwardian building with spacious areas for additional teaching and learning zones as well as extra classrooms.

"We have extensive grounds including a school garden and have a large field used for sports events and summertime events and play.

"We enjoy the beauty of our local rural environment to enhance learning.”

Across the field is the sister school Cockton Hill Infants School, one of the few remaining sites in the county to have separate infant and junior schools.

As part of the 110th celebrations, former pupils were invited back to have a look around the building.

Lee Brownson, a former pupil and previous Mayor of Bishop Auckland, attended the morning assembly to speak in front of the children about his childhood memories of the school.

Mr Brownson said: “It was a privilege to be invited to speak in front of all the school children and relive my childhood memories. I remember wearing the traditional red jumper and black trousers.”

Headteacher Emily Stevens said: “Our Ofsted inspection in April 2017 confirmed that we are a ‘good’ school and surveys show that our children enjoy school life, in particular the variety of activities on offer both during and after school.

"We are very proud of our heritage and use this within our curriculum being one of the first schools to complete a local heritage project with The Auckland Project.

“We encourage and celebrate their achievements, following our school motto of ‘Being The Best We Can Be’.

"It has been an honour for the school to celebrate with the community past and present.”