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A group of pupils who left the school in 1960 From left, ex-students Andrea Kemmery - 1987, Jane Brenton - 1978, Kathy Gilbert - 1982, Marianne Tolley - 1989, Heidi Palmer - 1981, and Avril Phillips - 1985, at Senacre Technology College's school reunion. From left, ex-students Bill Millen - 2001, Jamie Humphries - 1998, Ian Brown - 1999, Craig Humphries - 1992, Ben Pitt - 1999, Andy Hayman - 1998, Michael Russell - 1993, and John Brown - 1994, at Senacre Technology College's school reunion. From left, ex-students Kelly Curd - 1987, Yvette Green - 1987, and Claire Northern - 1984, at Senacre Technology College's school reunion. From left, ex-students Sheena Williams - 1978, Sally Hill - 1979, Kerry Hill - 1978, and Christine Kinslow - 1980, at Senacre Technology College's school reunion. Pupils Tracey Smith, Georgina Fry and Alison Pitcher who left in 1984 Two heads are better than one - Neil Hunter, the headteacher from 1989 to 1995, with NLL headteacher Guy Hewett

Former pupils and staff gathered to say goodbye to their school.

More than 600 people were at the party and reunion for Senacre Technology College in Sutton Road, Maidstone, to mark the school’s closure.

The party was organised by ex-pupils Sharon Reynolds, Janet Spicer and Carol Hunt.

It included a display of old photographs, log books and school journals.

Miss Reynolds, who was in the class of 1982, said: “It was absolutely fantastic – we were blown away by the response. It was amazing and it couldn’t have gone any better.”

Also attending was Shirley Coffey, caretaker since 1972, who will retire at the end of the summer term.

The evening raised funds for Maidstone Hospital’s special care baby unit.

New Line Learning Academy head teacher Guy Hewett, who taught at Senacre for 16 years, said: “Although the building might be going, the heart and spirit that made Senacre special will be alive and well at New Line Learning Academy.”

Pupils from Senacre have now merged on to the New Line Learning Academy at Boughton Lane in Loose.

Money from the sale of the Senacre site will go towards funding new buildings, while a housing development is set to replace the former school site on Sutton Road.

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