Former Scarborough pupils remember their school days

Belle Amie girlband member Sophia Wardman, and below, Matt Flint, John Fendley and Raincliffe School
Belle Amie girlband member Sophia Wardman, and below, Matt Flint, John Fendley and Raincliffe School

FAMOUS faces hailing from a Scarborough school have marked it top of the class as it hits half-term in a huge new partnership.

Former pupils of Raincliffe School reminisced with fondness over their days in the classroom which helped propel them into the national spotlight.

The school, still on its festive hiatus, joined forces with Graham School in a federation at the start of September.

New starters moved into Raincliffe School which now carries the monicker of Lower Federation School.

The two schools share a staff rota, one lunch break and a one week timetable.

Students in Years Nine, 10 and 11 attend the Upper Federation School on the existing Graham School site.

Scarborough singing sensation Sophia Wardman, who has found fame with band Belle Amie, is just one of the luminaries on the school’s roll of honour.

The X-Factor star, 24, left the school in 2003, and looked back at her time with great affection.

She said: “I loved Raincliffe School and the teachers were amazing.

“As pupils we had a lot of respect for them and they respected us too and they didn’t just teach us about the school curriculum, they taught us about life too.

“I have so many good memories but one that sticks out was in our last week.

“We tied our technology teacher up on the field but he didn’t mind!

“He found it as funny as we did because we got on so well with him and the rest of our teachers.”

Dancer Matt Flint, who last year waltzed his way to glory on hit BBC programme, So You Think You Can Dance, is another former pupil.

The 29-year-old, who left school in 1998, said: “I had a great time there and I used to love learning maths and all of the technologies.

“I did every single sport while I was there but the teachers also gave me lots of opportunities with my dancing too.

“They allowed me to do shows and perform in assemblies which really pushed me to start my career.

“I came away with some good GCSEs and remember the school well.”

John Fendley, who worked on cult Sky football show Soccer AM and currently fronts football-based quiz Take It Like A Fan, is another name on the school’s alumni.

Mr Fendley, known to millions of football fans as Fenners, left the school in 1985 and, perhaps naturally, said his memories revolved around sport.

He added: “The school was a big part of my life and I loved the football there.

“We had a PE teacher called Alan Smith and he used to write the teams on the back of a cigarette packet.

“He also gave us a lot of encouragement though and never criticised and was just a really good bloke.

“Schools are all obviously about learning and if the children are getting a better education from this partnership then that is great.”