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SSAT class of 1990

1990Welcome to the SSAT class of… series. We’re looking back at the past 27 years and paying tribute to some of our longest-serving member schools. We hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane and feel free to add your own memories in the comments below or via social media (remember to use #SSATClassOf)!

The year that was 1990…

Channel, tunnelled

After over two years of tunnelling, French and British workers met in the middle underneath the channel on 1st December. The Channel Tunnel becomes the first link between the UK and Europe in 8,000 years.

Thatcher resigns

After withdrawing from the second round of voting during the Conservative party leadership election, Margaret Thatcher goes on to resign her position as party leader on 22nd November.

West Germany win World Cup

For the third time, West Germany win the FIFA World Cup. Rome’s Stadio Olimpico is the scene of their 1-0 win over Argentina on 8th July.

In vogue

Taken from Madonna’s second soundtrack album, Vogue is released on 20th March and would go on to be named as one of “500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll” by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Twin Peaks released

The pilot episode of American serial drama Twin Peaks is broadcast on 8th April. In October 2014, it is announced that the hugely popular show would return to TV screens in 2017.

McDonalds hits Moscow

Huge queues of people gather on 31st January for the opening of the American fast-food chain’s first branch in the Soviet Union.


Romantic fantasy thriller Ghost, starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg, is released on 13th July. The film becomes the highest-grossing film of the year, and (as of 2015) the 93rd-highest-grossing film of all time.

SSAT class of 1990

Emmanuel College (Gateshead), founded in 1990 as a City Technology College, joined SSAT. SSAT’s second-longest serving member!

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