Ex-pupils return to Northamptonshire school for refugees 65 years on

Ex-pupils of the former Holy Family of Nazareth Convent School, now Pitsford School before a reunion tour of the buildings
Ex-pupils of the former Holy Family of Nazareth Convent School, now Pitsford School before a reunion tour of the buildings

Dozens of ex-pupils at a former convent school in Northamptonshire reunited for an anniversary reunion.

Some of the girls at Pitsford School on Saturday were among its first ever pupils when it was launched as Holy Family of Nazareth Convent School in 1947.

They had all been Polish refugees fleeing fighting in World War Two and were taken under the wing of the nuns.

Irena Weeks, now aged 75, fled Poland with her family and came to England, starting at the convent school as a boarder aged 10.

She said:; “There were only 35 of us at first so we were very close and we still are.

“We went through hell together so they are like my sisters. We are like a family and the school is like coming home.”

The school closed after 37 years then in 1989 Northamptonshire Grammar was established in the buildings, which is now Pitsford School.

On Saturday the former pupils were encouraged to walk the grounds, their old classrooms and dormitories and current pupils filled them in on modern school life.

Pip Jones, a non-boarding day girl from 1974 to 1983, and the reunion organiser said: “You can see by the smiles on their faces the reason why it has been worthwhile.”