A COLCHESTER school has celebrated its 70th anniversary by burying a time capsule.  

Iceni Academy was founded in 1954 and on Wednesday, school children, staff, parents and families celebrated the landmark anniversary. 

Opening as an academy in 2015, the Gloucester Avenue school has about 200 pupils aged between 7 and 11. 

Karen Jackson, headteacher, said parents, families, staff and pupils from the neighbouring King's Ford Infant School And Nursery all enjoyed the day together.

She said: "It was a fantastic day for all. It was lovely to celebrate all the festivities.

"The trip down memory lane for all the ex-pupils and the time capsule were all amazing experiences." 

Gazette: Memories - A pupil and parent looking through a photo album Memories - A pupil and parent looking through a photo album (Image: Steve Brading)

With the "exciting" time capsule, the first for Iceni Academy, Ms Jackson said the school is looking for the right spot to bury the capsule.

"Each year group had a different time capsule," she added.

"Some have done memories from Iceni, some have done what it is like to be a pupil, some are asking about what the future is like."

The time capsules will be opened in 70 years.

Photo albums showing how the uniform looked previously and past students were on show at the celebration.

The school was also decorated with special balloons and banners marking the occasion.

Pupils then enjoyed spending time with their parents who were invited for tea and coffee.