Dales school to celebrate 360 years of history

Pupils at Arkengarthdale School in 1918.

Arkengarthdale Church Of England School will celebrate 360 years of learning and its history as a hub of the community later this year.

An open invitation is offered to anyone with a connection to the school to share memories and mark their part in the school’s heritage.

The celebration is expected to be tinged with sadness as the school is set to close in July after its roll fell to just five.

The event will  be hosted at the school between 1pm and 4pm on July 6 when visitors can browse old photographs and memorabilia, catch up with friends, soak up the special atmosphere of the school and enjoy a strawberry tea in a marquee on the playing field.

Over the years, many Arkengarthdale students have been born and bred in the dale, however others have come from different places and backgrounds.

Going back to the war years, a large number of evacuees boosted the roll, from as far afield as Gateshead, Sunderland and Hartlepool.

More recently, families have moved into the dale from across the UK and the aim is to reach out to as many ex-pupils as possible.

The school is calling out for memorabilia to create extensive displays for the event.


Please email admin@arkengarthdale.n-yorks.sch.uk with any photographs or mementos, identifying names where possible.

An acknowledgement will be sent, with an invitation to respond to some questions, to capture as many memories for the displays.

Charles Cody, chair of governors, aid: “Arkengarthdale School has an incredible legacy, faithfully serving the families of the dale and beyond, whilst being at the heart of our community for 360 years.

“There are so many stories to tell and memories to share. We look forward to welcoming and reuniting those with a love for the school and marking this landmark in the dale’s history.”

The project is being led by the school’s governing body, with support from the parish council, sports association, the friends of the school group and the church.

A Facebook group called, Arkengarthdale C of E School – celebrating 360 years, has been created.

Anyone with a connection with the School is invited to contribute and spread the word about the event as far as possible.

Please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/1186417878185158/ for further details.