SITUATED on the east of Southampton next door to Itchen College, Sholing Junior School was recognised by the National Award of Investor in People in 1999.

The Daily Echo visited the school to take pictures of the bright youngsters.

“The school prides itself on being a happy and caring place where every child is known as an individual, “ then-headteacher Beverly Levett said at the time.

“We try to offer children opportunities to use their initiative and increase their independence skills which are being squeezed out with a more and more prescribed curriculum.

“All children are put into four house groups and each term the winning house is rewarded.

“Whatever the children of Sholing Junior are doing, the staff try to make sure that they have fun, enjoy school, and leave with happy memories having made the most of their talents.”

The 286 children – who were supported by 38 dedicated staff – were encouraged to take up after school classes such as computer club, art, French, gymnastics, football, athletics, cards, enrichment, and improving the environment.

These pictures show the pupils in 1999 engaging in various classes and activities – including the day a group of them ran the Bargate Shopping Centre.