Memories help Broadlands School mark start of new era

Published on: 04 Jan 2013

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Memories help Broadlands School mark start of new era

With nearly 80 years of history, Broadlands School has seen many changes in its time since it was founded in 1935 as Keynsham County Senior School. Broadlands Academy display

Now the school has once again reached a milestone, with its transformation into an academy last month and new head teacher, Dean Anderson, taking up his post on January 1.

To celebrate, the school has put together a display looking back over the decades at Broadlands, which is on show at The Coventry Building Society, in the High Street.

From sporting achievements, to stage shows, to school during wartime, the opening of the sixth form centre and the battle to save the school from closure in 2010, the exhibition will stir many memories for the thousands of people who have attended the school over the years.

Some former pupils have provided personal recollections, including school reports from the 1930s and memories of the arrival of London evacuees at Broadlands during the war.

A spokesperson said: “To commemorate this event we have looked through our archives from the opening of Broadlands in July 1935 and put together a display showing photographs, pictures and events over the last 77 years. Many of the Keynsham community will be pictured as we know from lots of our current students that their parents, grandparents and even great grandparents attended Broadlands and still reside in and around Keynsham.

“Broadlands is still going strong due to the massive opposition to its closure by the local community and we hope we are able to commemorate the centenary of Broadlands in 2035!”

The display will be at The Coventry Building Society until January 7.

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