J.J.H. (John) Swinglehurst (SH 45-49) recently visited the school:
“I have just paid a visit to our school at St Bees, which I have not done for many years, and which has brought back so many memories of my time there.
Pam very kindly arranged it for me with my two eldest sons on May 16th, and with a few exceptions nothing very much had changed as far as buildings and layout were concerned, which was lovely to see albeit so many changes of course to our school have occurred since I last visited some thirty years ago.
I have been fortunate that my career afforded me the opportunity to travel all over the world seeing some spectacular sights, however there is nowhere that lifts my heart quite like the Lake District.
As a boy at school my friends and I spent many happy hours exploring the beautiful countryside that surrounds St Bees, walking, cycling and climbing.
During our recent stay, based at Bassenthwaite, my sons and I visited St Bees Head, Wastwater (with my favourite mountain Great Gable as a backdrop), Wrynose and Hardnott passes, Tarn Hows and many other inspirational lakes and places that brought so many distant memories back to life.
It truly was a luxury to be educated in such a unique location, which remains largely unspoilt to this day.
I owe the school so much for those early years of my life, which taught me not only academically but also gave me opportunities, relationships and so much more; living with others and enjoying so many aspects of life as well as hopefully learning how to behave!
I was privileged to have been educated at St Bees. They were the happiest years of my life.”
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