North School continued its sporting achievements in the football Baxter cup, inter-school rounders and netball, and had particular success in chess with North School pupils chosen to represent Colchester against other regional schools. Country dancing became popular and was demonstrated at a festival at Colchester’s Albert Hall as well as at summer events.
Road safety was a concern with problems over the maintenance of nearby crossings and the death of an ex-North School pupil on the bypass road. Road safety talks and training were given in school, and especially in the use of the Pelican crossings.
North School Association was set up in 1970 to support the school and help to raise funds, and in 1983 they were able to fund the hire of the schools first photocopier. One computer arrived in the same year provided by Essex County Council but it wasn’t until 1991 that the office was fully computerised.
In 1981, the Seatrade building – then the Colchester Building Society – was opened by Bobbie Charlton, former football player for England and Manchester United and in 1985 the mural in the passageway under the building was painted by Art and Design students from Colchester Institute. Access to the school was improved in 1992 with a gate through from Victoria Chase.
A new headteacher arrived at North School in 1977 when Roger Kettle took over from John Bezzant. Mr Kettle would remain at the school until the end of the school’s centenary celebrations in 1994. The centenary was marked with a year of events, from special assemblies and concerts, trips, fairs and a 100 shaped cake. Permanent reminders of the centenary are still visible in school today.