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Wellsway School marks 60th anniversary

Bristol academy welcomes original staff and pupils to anniversary celebrations

Posted by Stephanie Broad | September 21, 2016 | School life

Three of Wellsway School’s five original staff recently joined the launch of its 60th anniversary celebrations in Keynsham, near Bristol. 

Also taking part in the event were six past and present head teachers and six of the first pupils through the doors when Wellsway County Secondary School and Keynsham Grammar School opened, on a shared site in September 1956. 

Among them was Andy Hider, 71, whose grand-daughter Lillibet Scott, 11, has just started at Wellsway School. 

The schools merged to become a comprehensive in 1971. Wellsway became an academy in 2011 and is now part of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust. 

Joan Ellison, 80, one of the three surviving original teachers, spoke to the staff and the 1,357 students about her memories of the early days, which she said had been a lot of fun, although challenging at times. 

The school's principal Matthew Woodville said Wellsway had served generations of families in Keynsham and the surrounding areas. 

“I am very proud of the role this school has at the heart of the community,” he said. “It was a pleasure to welcome back so many old friends and to launch our year of diamond celebration events.” 

Representatives of every current tutor group were involved in the launch of 60 biodegradable helium balloons to mark the occasion. 

www.wellswayschool.com

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