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When was Concord’s first ever Summer School?!

When was Concord’s first Summer School?! Do you know the answer?

Concord's Summer School 'Registration Book' dating back to 1980.
Concord's Summer School 'Registration Book' dating back to 1980.
Do you know the answer?

Concord’s Summer School team recently found archived registers dating back to 1980. At that time, just over 100 students attended to study from a choice of just four courses.

According to the registers, 1980 attendees were of 13 different nationalities, but mainly consisted of Spanish, French, German, Italian and Greek students.

Nowadays, the Summer School attracts over 600 pupils across the annual July and August courses!

But, does Summer School date even further back than 1980?

An unnamed source tells us that Concord’s Summer School started in 1977… In 1977 Concord accepted girls for the first time, although they were taught at a separate site, in part of the nearby Attingham Park stately home (now run by the National Trust). Does anyone have memories of a Summer School back then?

Or, does it date back even further?

Former staff members recall Summer School being set up when Concord moved to its current site at Acton Burnell in 1973 – so the first Summer course would have been held in 1974, right?

Or, was it even earlier, at the premises at Tunbridge Wells in Kent? Or, even when Concord was founded in 1949 after WW2, just outside Hastings in Sussex?

Do you know when Concord’s earliest Summer School took place? Maybe you think you went to one of the earliest ones?

If so, let us know by leaving a comment at the end of this story.


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