to mark 70th birthday with big party!

Tuesday May 7, 2019

A big party is being planned to mark the 70th birthday of Concord. More than 250 guests from all parts of the world will descend on Acton Burnell on the weekend of August 31/September 1 for the celebration of Concord’s founding in 1949 following World War 2. The party and a fundraising auction for the Anthony Morris Foundation – enabling young people to attend Concord whose families might not otherwise be able to afford the fees – will be among several highlights the weekend promises to bring. Other activities on the 70th birthday agenda are golf at Shrewsbury, a guided walk of Shrewsbury and a visit to a local vineyard with lunch. Visitors will be arriving from more than 10 countries, including UK, Italy, Greece, USA, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Phillipines, Singapore, Dubai and Vietnam, and will comprise the Alumni network, past and current staff, current and former parents and Trustees. Concord began life just outside Hastings, moving to its present site in Acton Burnell in 1973. A major programme of expansion began with student numbers rising from 90 to 200 by the 1980s. Tony Morris took over as Principal in 1975 and held the position until he retired in 2005 when the current Principal Neil Hawkins succeeded him.  Since then the college has continued to grow with student numbers now reaching 600. Said Mr. Hawkins: “Concord is 70: a big birthday in a wonderful life!  From humble origins in Bexhill-on-Sea in the aftermath of World War Two, via growth and strengthening in leafy Tunbridge Wells to its current status as one of the world’s premier international schools, Concord’s journey has been a very special one. “It is a tribute to all who have contributed along the way.  And while at 70, we as individuals might be starting to wind down a little, Concord is doing just the opposite.  I am sure we are all hoping that it will flourish for many generations to come. “The 70th birthday is our opportunity to celebrate as the Concord family.  It will give us a chance to see old friends, make new ones and to give respect to the institution that binds us together around the world and across the generations.” He added: “There will also be the chance to see the school, share a meal and to have some fun.” If you would like to attend the party or any of the planned events then click here.