Welcome 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 2006…
United States President George Bush allegedly greets British Prime Minister Tony Blair with “Yo, Blair, what are you doing?” during a G8 summit in St Petersburg, Russia on 17th July.
River Thames whale
A juvenile female Northern bottlenose whale is discovered swimming in the River Thames in central London on 20th January. She sadly dies from convulsions during a rescue attempt the following day.
Top of the Pops says goodbye
The last edition of the weekly music chart programme Top of the Pops is broadcast on 30th July. Co-presented by Edith Bowman and Reggie Yates, the final show attracts 3.98 million viewers.
Au revoir, Zizou
In the final game of his professional career, France captain Zinedine Zidane headbutts Italy’s Marco Materazzi in the chest and is sent off in the 110th minute of the 2006 World Cup final in Berlin. Italy would defeat France 5-3 on penalties after the game finishes as a 1-1 draw.
On 24th August, following years of intense debate, astronomers resolve to downgrade Pluto from planet to dwarf planet status. Immediately questioned by a number of experts, the decision continues to be disputed to this day.
Alonso double world champion
A second place finish in the Brazilian Grand Prix on 22nd October gives Spain’s Fernando Alonso his second Formula One world title – making him the youngest double title-winner in the history of the sport.
Craig Bond debut
English actor Daniel Craig makes his debut as James Bond in Casino Royale. Released on 14th November, the film would become the highest-grossing James Bond film of all time until the release of Skyfall in 2012.
SSAT class of 2006
Schools to have joined SSAT in 2006, and still be part of the SSAT network, include:
- Oasis Hadley Learning Community
- The Trinity Catholic School
- George Dixon Academy
- Manchester Academy
- Stepney Green Maths & Computing College
- Wellington College
- Writhlington School
- All Hallows Catholic College
- Bishop Challoner Catholic Federation of Schools (Girls)
- Challney High School for Boys
- The Sacred Heart Language College
- Folkestone Academy
- London Academy
- Harris Academy South Norwood
- Belvedere Academy
- The Gateway Academy
- Sandwell Academy
- Prendergast School
- Harris Academy Bermondsey
- Thomas Deacon Academy
- The Elmgreen School
- Bow School
- Langtree School
- Pendle Vale College
- Bradford Academy
- St Mary Magdalene Academy