Looking back on seven decades at Holt Hall
- Credit: Colin Finch
It has been part of the education of generations of Norfolk children - providing a welcome respite from the usual classroom and school activities.
And this year marks the 70th anniversary of the opening of Holt Hall environmental and outdoor learning centre.
Holt Hall was the first residential co-educational school to be opened by an education authority in England, with the first coach-load of pupils arriving on April 17, 1950.
The following day, the Eastern Daily Press reported: “Yesterday Holt Hall welcomed the first pupils of a new type of school – the only school of its kind in the country.
“The aim is to make the children self-reliant and they will be encouraged to do as much as possible for themselves and for each other”.
But a question mark now hangs over the future of Holt Hall, as Norfolk County Council have launched a consultation over whether to sell the property.