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Archway School

Walter Tull 100 Big Ideas Project

The Walter Tull 100 Big Ideas project has commemorated the life and times of a professional footballer who became the first officer of mixed heritage in the British Army in World War One.

Twenty-nine special medals have been commissioned to commemorate each year of his short life (Killed in Action 25th March 1918) ready for March 25th 2019. These medals go to the organisations which have produced the most notable, original and impressive ways of commemorating Walter’s life, and the theme of ‘No Barriers’ to achievement.  Archway School is proud to receive news that it will be receiving one of these coveted medals.

     The school’s project involved liaising with Forest Green Rovers and Swindon Town FC, as well as the writing of poems and prose on the theme of ‘No Barriers’ and Walter’s life and times.  Commemorative walks followed to FGR, and a commemorative football at Archway between the Sixth Form and a KS4 side around Remembrance-tide, last November.  Writing was shared with the national organisers as well as with Walter’s football clubs, Spurs and Northampton Town FC.

     There are displays of student work at the school as well, showcasing the sensitive and skilled writing of students, to ensure that the legacy of Walter is remembered at Archway. We know that the students’ efforts in class, on walks, and on the pitch have been recognised nationally: we are proud to receive this national recognition after a year of commemoration involving football clubs from the highest and mightiest in the land to the humblest, together with schools, community groups, and youth groups etc, throughout the whole of the United Kingdom.