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An appeal has been launched to trace people in their early sixties who were among the first intake of pupils at Marlwood School when it relocated to Alveston in September 1972. 

“This year, we’ll celebrate 50 years since the school first opened the doors of its new buildings in Alveston,” says Marlwood’s headteacher Seema Purewal. “1972 saw the school’s first comprehensive intake under the new name of Marlwood.”

“We’d love to invite anyone who started their secondary education here in 1972 to be part of our celebrations. We’d really love to share any old photos of you and your classmates, or memories of your early experiences at Marlwood.”

Anyone born in 1961 or 1962 who was part of Marlwood’s first comprehensive intake is invited to send their name and contact details to Seema at email hidden; JavaScript is required together with photos or memories of what life was like when they started at the school. 

Originally founded in 1606 as Thornbury Free School, the school merged with Attwell’s Free School in 1879 to become Thornbury Grammar School and move to a site on Gloucester Road. In 1972, the school was renamed Marlwood and transferred to Alveston where it remains today. 

Marlwood School has benefitted from a multi-million pound refurbishment so it likely looks quite different compared to 50 years ago

The school has much to celebrate this year, as they’ve also just completed phase one of a multi-million pound refurbishment programme funded by the Castle School Education Trust (CSET) and Gloucestershire Council. Students are already making the most of the new bespoke design-technology facilities, while phase two of the project will be completed over the summer in time for them to welcome their 50th year group through the doors.