CLASSROOMS were deserted this week when pupils said their goodbyes and the axe finally fell on Frodsham High School.
Now these dedicated teachers and support staff – who have clocked up a total of 542 years service to the school – force a smile amid the sadness of packing up the designated science and technology college that has been at the core of the community since 1941.
There has been no intake for the last two years, since the school’s falling pupil numbers and surplus places doomed it to closure under the former Cheshire County Council’s controversial Transforming Learning Communities programme.
The remaining 140 students, currently in years 9 and 10, donned new uniforms and finally moved over to Helsby High School on Monday.
Frodsham High’s 23 teachers – some of whom have worked there for more than 30 years – have remained to sort out paperwork and practicalities before walking away for good tomorrow.
Some administration staff will remain on site until the end of next month, and teachers will revisit to share GCSE exam results day with students on August 27.
As Acting Head for the last five years, Anna Cooper has led school through the turmoil of transition, supporting and inspiring Frodsham students to “remain positive about going forward.”
However, while some staff have already been appointed to new teaching posts, Mrs Cooper is among others at Frodsham High who now find themselves without a job.