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Seely school looks for ex-pupils’ memories

Posted onPosted on 30th Oct

Staff and children at a school at the top of Burntstump Hill, Arnold, are asking for former pupils to share their memories and images of the school.

It was founded in 1902 by the Seely family and originally called Seely Church of England School. It is now called Burntstump Seely Church of England Academy.

The Seely family lived at Sherwood Lodge, now the county’s police headquarters.

Legend has it that they built the school after seeing children struggling through the snow to reach the nearest school in Arnold.

The original school building is now a residential property next door to the modern school.

Head Heather Gabb said: “We would love to hear from former pupils or staff of the school and our children are keen to know its history.

“We have so little to go on; just a story of why it was built and little more. The original school building is next door and still has the date 1902 over the door, but that is about the sum of our knowledge.

“We would love to hear from anyone who either attended or worked at the school, and it would be fantastic to show the children any images that might be available.

“We want our children to have a sense of the history of the school but we need the help of others to that and that’s why we are appealing to the people of Nottinghamshire to help.”

If you have any stories or images concerning the Seely C of E School, you can contact the school by email: or by post at Burntstump Seely C of E Academy, Burntstump Hill, Arnold Nottinghamshire, NG5 8PQ.