Demolition ends Boundstone era

Last part of the school being demolished
Last part of the school being demolished

IT was the end of an era this week when the remains of Boundstone Community College were knocked down.

Piles of rubble and half the shell of an empty building were all that was left at the former school’s site, in Upper Boundstone Lane, as the Herald went to press on Wednesday, May 17.

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W29105H9_WH_BOUNDSTONELASTDAY PIC S.G. 17.07.09''Boundstone School Last Day Pupils outside the School on Friday W29105h9.jpg

Speaking to the Herald, former teachers of Boundstone described it as a “fantastic school” which shone under the leadership of former head teacher Stephen Love, who joined the school in the 1960s and continued into the ’90s.

Former pupil Alison Poole, who attended the school between 1980 and 1986, said she cycled five miles each day to the school from Durrington, because her parents “had recognised the excellent teaching the school had to offer”.

She added: “For me, the experience I had at Boundstone lived up to the reputation my parents had admired.

“Academically, I benefited from some great teachers, in particular I remember Miss Coxon, who taught me biology and helped me prepare for Oxbridge entrance and Mr Wilby who was inspirational in his English literature lessons. But there were so many others who also made the difference between success and failure, too many to mention, but all remembered with affection.”

Boundstone Community College closed in August, 2009, and became the Sir Robert Woodard Academy. Since then, new state-of-the-art school buildings have been built for students at the academy.

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