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Archway School to plant time capsule to mark 60th anniversary


A time capsule will be buried at Archway School to celebrate its 60th birthday.

The Stroud school at Paganhill is set to toast their 60th by burying a time capsule for 40 years to allow people in 2062 to dig it up when the school reaches the grand old age of 100.

The celebration is due to take place on Saturday, September 24th from 1pm to 4pm. Tea and cake will also be served with former pupils invited to take part in a quiz trail and view pictures of the past.

Head Kieron Smith said: “Since starting as headteacher at Archway in 2020, I have been consistently impressed with the role our school plays in our community. I am delighted we can open our doors to students past and present for our 60th-anniversary open afternoon and make this a real community focussed celebration.”

At the start of the 1960s Stroud built its first and only comprehensive school;
Archway School was constructed on the site of the former home of Henry Wyatt and its name came from the sandstone arch on the site that was built to commemorate the abolition of slavery, which Henry Wyatt championed.

Archway now attracts 67% of pupils from within the school catchment area (a rise of almost 20% in 2 years) and the recent Ofsted ‘Good’ rating in all categories will only help to encourage more young people to choose Archway in the future.

It has always been a school embedded in the community. This year, as it celebrates its Diamond Jubilee the school welcomed a fourth-generation Year 7 pupil whose family have attended Archway right back to their great grandmother.

With excellent sports facilities on site, including an indoor swimming pool the school has extended its offering to the community with low-cost access to fitness and wellbeing.

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