Wellsway School's 60th gets off to flying start with balloon launch

Published on: 07 Oct 2016

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Pupils, teachers and staff both past and present released 60 balloons to launch Wellsway School’s 60th anniversary celebrations.

Among the guests were three of the teachers who worked at the school when it first opened its doors in September 1956 as Wellsway County Secondary – Joan Ellison, Ron Gadsby and Ann Burridge. 

Also taking part in the launch were six past and present head teachers and six of the school’s first students.

Mrs Ellison, now 80, spoke about her memories of the early days, which were challenging but fun times, she said, and urged the current students to make the most of the opportunities open to them.

Wellsway School principal Matthew Woodville said the school had served generations of local families and added: “I am very proud of the role this school  has at the heart of the community. It was a pleasure to welcome back so many old friends and to launch our year of diamond celebration events.”

Representatives of every tutor group were involved in the launch of the biodegradable helium balloons.

Wellsway shared its site with Keynsham Grammar School, both merging in 1971 to become a comprehensive. Wellsway has since become an academy – in 2011 – and is a founding member of Wellsway Multi Academy Trust.

Wellsway School is keen to hear from anyone with stories of interest, photographs or other links, who can get in touch by emailing 60th@wellswayschool.com

There will be opportunities over the coming months for former pupils and staff to get involved in events, culminating in a big reunion next summer.

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