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Watch: I am so excited for future says headteacher as Wolverhampton school celebrates the past

One of the leaders of a city school approaching its golden anniversary has spoken of its significance and his own pride at being part of it.

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Colton Hills has a proud history

Colton Hills Community School in Goldthorn Park in Wolverhampton is getting ready to celebrate its 50th anniversary since a merger between Graiseley and Penn secondary modern schools in 1974 which laid the foundations for the current school.

The school has been lauded as a diverse centre of learning, with formers students including Commonwealth Games boxing Gold medallist Delicious Orie, as well as people involved in scientific research and as the Queen's chaplain.

Duncan Gittins said he was proud to be part of the school's history and future

Acting deputy headteacher Duncan Gittins has been part of the school since 2006, starting as a history teacher and working his way up the leadership structure of the school.

He said the 50th anniversary was a significant time for the school and said it was a place where people could learn and expand themselves, such as the school's residential home Gelliwig in North Wales.

He said: "It's incredibly significant as the school is one which serves the community and has done so for 50 years and it is what the title is, a community school.

"We welcome students from all different backgrounds and it's great to see how students from Colton Hills have been successful and gone on to do all kinds of jobs in the community we serve.

Colton Hills Community School is set to celebrate 50 years as a school in July
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