THE Hollins headteacher Frank Havard this week urged all pupils to fulfil their potential and look "beyond the hills of Hyndburn''.
And he went on to slam the unfair distribution of Government cash to schools, saying Hyndburn had all the problems of an inner city but none of the advantages
In a rousing speech made at the school annual awards evening on Tuesday, Mr Havard told his audience: "It pains me that this town, our borough, is left on the sidelines when opportunities become available.'' He said neighbouring boroughs did extremely well when it came to cash, adding that Blackburn was "awash with money and Govern-ment support''.
He added: "All we are asking for is a fair share - no more but certainly no less.'' Hyndburn, he said, was left to its own devices, and as a result he urged members of the community to be positive.
Mr Havard went on: "If we believe that there are shortcomings in our community it is our responsibility, young and old, to get off our backsides and do something about it. As a community we need to look forwards, not backwards, to develop a vibrant, economically developing community which provides for its people.''
He told his pupils to set themselves ambitious targets, naming former pupil Richard Burrows as a shining example of using his talents to the maximum, gaining a first-class degree and travelling the world.
Mr Havard added: "I challenge our current students to set themselves a similar target to look beyond the hills of Hyndburn, to raise your targets to stretch those horizons. Experience the world.''
He said The Hollins, which became a technology college last year, had adapted well to change and had been rewarded. A decade ago the school had been severely disadvantaged, with interior parts of the building rotting and the outside "a mudbath''. But by being positive and pro-active the school had become a "trailblazer in Hyndburn''.
He said: "The Hollins Technology College is now one of the leading schools in the borough and in our county. We were the least popular school in the town and now we can hold our heads high.''
The Hollins, which is now the most oversubscribed school in Hyndburn, had improved standards across the board - in teaching and academic results.
Mr Hasvard concluded by quoting the school motto: "Strive to succeed", saying: "We are committed to promoting our students in giving them the possible start to their adult lives.''