Commonweal's 90th Anniversary and YOU

By Shirley Ludford On Wednesday 13th September 2017


Since the school opened in 1927, thousands of Swindonians have passed through the door of Commonweal, the town’s oldest secondary school.  Were you a student, a parent, a governor, or a member of staff? If so, you are invited to the school on the afternoon of Saturday 23rd September from 2 – 6pm to celebrate the school’s 90th birthday.

Commonweal School is hosting an open afternoon for a reunion of former staff and students with archive displays, tours of the school and, of course, tea and cake!

Students will be on hand to guide visitors around the school where they can meet up with old classmates, wallow in nostalgia and marvel at the developments of recent years.

When the school opened, it accommodated just 280 students, whilst in 2017 the number, including the sixth form, stands at 1,400! Back in 1927 the school was the newest and largest public building construction in the Borough of Swindon since the end of The Great War.

"Not surprisingly a lot has changed in 90 years! Current students on our roll come from a diverse range of backgrounds both socio-economically and over 40 nationalities are represented. Over the years we have expanded with the needs for demand. Commonweal means, ‘for the common good,’ and that is just what we do, embracing and encouraging our students to be the very best they can be,” said head teacher, Robert Linnegar. 

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