FURNESS youngsters got a first taste of life in secondary education when Thorncliffe School, Barrow, opened its doors to more than 200 primary school pupils aged 10 and 11.

The Mail, on November 3 in 2000, noted: “The children were split into groups and taken into lessons, ranging from maths to textile arts."

Thorncliffe assistant headmaster Derek Plumb said: “It was to help them make the transition from primary to secondary but also to give parents the opportunity to see the school before they decide where they want to send theirchildren.”

Among the visitors were 49 pupils from St James’ School, Barrow.

Deputy headmistress Joan Johnson said: “The children are now familiar with people there and the layout of the building.”