A Middlesbrough primary school is celebrating its 50th year of teaching and learning with a new uniform, logo and motto.

Opened in 1959, St Pius X of Park End boasts Boro Chairman Steve Gibson and Chris Kamara, the Sky Sports pundit and former footballer, among its former pupils.

To mark the milestone, proud pupils helped design the smart new uniform together with new-look logo and motto, ‘Christ be our light’. Pupils who sit on the school council were consulted about the new-look jumper, shirt and tie, while pupils designed the badge and a new PE kit. The motto was taken from ‘Longing for Light’, a popular hymn that has become something of a school anthem following the death of much-loved pupil, Chloe Goulding, who loved the hymn.

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Headteacher Cath Percival said;

‘As a school, we have high expectations that are reflected in our new uniform, of which the children, staff and parents are very proud. We’re a small school but St Pius X has a very strong sense of community, with everyone committed to raising expectations and lifting the children’s horizons. With increasing numbers of applications, the school continues to go from strength to strength. The academic standards have risen year on year.’

St Pius was rated ‘outstanding’ for personal development and wellbeing by OFSTED inspectors who visited the school recently.

Middlesbrough Diocesan Bishop, the Rt Rev Terry Patrick Drainey, has already paid the refurbished 195-place school a special visit during its anniversary year. Bishop Terry led the school’s anniversary mass, which was attended by past and present staff, pupils and parents. The school has benefited from new windows, blinds and fencing in recent months.

Now, with a new parish priest, Fr Bill Charlton, recently installed, the school is confidently looking forward to a bright future.