A celebratory year for St Thomas’ school

School starters - Garstang St Thomas CE Primary School
School starters - Garstang St Thomas CE Primary School

Garstang St Thomas’ CE 
Primary School are winding back the clock in the hope of finding the students who buried a time capsule at the school 50 years ago.

To celebrate their 50th anniversary it has come to light by reading through the school journals from the time that a capsule was buried.

The school is now hoping, in order to give a special celebration for its 50th year, that the “children” who buried the capsule will come back and dig it up and add more information to it.

The school is appealing to Anne Bridge and Keith Pye, whose names were recorded in the school journal as being the ones who buried the capsule, to come forward but also to other members of the community who attended St Thomas to share their memories from 1965.

One lady who does have a lot of memories is lollipop lady for the school Beryl Bracken, who for 35 of those 50 years has been a constant for all the children going through the gates of St Thomas’.

She was presented with a bouquet by pupils at the school for helping to keep Garstang children safe in all weathers.

Garstang St Thomas also has another reason to celebrate this year as they start their new term following an excellent Ofsted inspection.

The school where categorised as good with outstanding features and also given an outstanding school inspection alongside their excellent SATs scores with 72 per cent of children achieved level 5 and 12 per cent achieved level 6 in at least one subject.

Ofsted wrote of the school: “Pupils make good progress from their starting points and teaching is good and staff provide many high quality and exciting opportunities for pupils to learn well and make good progress in English, mathematics and other subjects.

“Pupils are very eager to learn and have high expectations of what they can achieve.

“Pupils feel safe in school and the quality of care that staff give pupils is exemplary, especially those who have additional needs or whose circumstances make them particularly vulnerable.

“All staff are committed to the school’s highly supportive, Christian ethos and all new arrivals to the school community are welcomed with love and encouragement.

If you know either of these ex St Thomas’ pupils, please contact the school by email bursar@garstang-st-thomas.lancs.sch.uk or call in.