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How old is your school?

Mar 2017 20 16:36

Post by samsmithMon, 20th Mar 2017, 4:36pm

The main building was built in 1851 as a large manor house. It was sold just after the war and became a school for what they then called "the deaf and dumb". There were classrooms on the ground floor and the 1st floor was dormitories. If you look carefully, you can still tell where the dorms used to be. In 1960, The trustees of the school built the original Junior House. This was built on the site of the original swimming pool and was in the east side of the grounds.

Meanwhile, a new swimming pool was built at the back of the hall, in it's own building and the 2 dorms were converted to offices for the Head, and the secretaries and also the Staff Room was moved. The remainder of the space was left untouched for many years. Meanwhile, B Block was added to the back of the main school in 1966. The Prefab building has done extremely well over the years and was extensively refurbished in the 90s, to remove the Asbestos in it.

At the beginning of the 80s, the school dropped the "deaf and dumb" label and became a school for children with moderate to severe mental health issues and moderate to severe behavioral issues. The school charity was dissolved and reformed to cater to this. In 1982, Junior House said goodbye to boarders, as it was demolished in that summer. (Due to "concrete cancer" and the building being unsafe, due to poor construction.) The new brick Junior House was completed in April 1983 and had 3 floors and 4 dorms, plus sick a new sick, which has a 4 bedded bay, plus 2 treatment rooms etc) Junior House opened to boarders in September 1983. Meanwhile C Block was added to provide to provide therapy rooms.
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Re: How old is your school?

Mar 2017 20 16:47

Post by craigusMon, 20th Mar 2017, 4:47pm

My school was built sometime in the 1950's.
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Mar 2017 20 17:11

Post by ash70Mon, 20th Mar 2017, 5:11pm

my school is 50 this year
my life is like a game of tetris i never get the block i want

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Mar 2017 20 17:31

Post by btrousersMon, 20th Mar 2017, 5:31pm

1930 here, hopefully I will be around for the 100 year cerebration.

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Mar 2017 20 17:37

Post by cusodave2473Mon, 20th Mar 2017, 5:37pm

Mine is 2 years old this month lol, feel like a real spring chicken

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Mar 2017 20 17:50

Post by scrubadubMon, 20th Mar 2017, 5:50pm

90 years old mine. Beautiful building I enjoy looking after it

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Re: How old is your school?

Mar 2017 20 17:55

Post by DroneMon, 20th Mar 2017, 5:55pm

My last school opened in 1956.

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Re: How old is your school?

Mar 2017 20 19:14

Post by BreezeblockMon, 20th Mar 2017, 7:14pm

83 years old this year and not looking too shabby for it. Still got a few sections of the original parquet floor and timber windows in a serviceable condition, but the site has undergone major changes over the years. The original layout I can only liken to a medieval castle, with the classrooms running the full perimeter of the building, interconnected with courtyards and open corridors on the "interior". At some point the school was split into a lower and upper school, and then at a later date the floor plan effectively rotated 90 degrees so the "lower" and "upper" school occupied the left and right portions of the building as viewed from street level rather than the front and back. The corridors are all now bricked up as internal parts of the building, and most of the courtyards now have now been filled with modern build classroom space - which I don't think will last anywhere near as long as the original buildings!!
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Mar 2017 20 19:40

Post by KeyolderMon, 20th Mar 2017, 7:40pm

Block A built in 1971 replacing an old Victorian building, Block B built in 1972 but modernised and extended in 1986, Block C built in 1947 modernised in 1990 but due to be demolished and replaced next year if funds allow.
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Re: How old is your school?

Mar 2017 20 19:44

Post by welshhunkMon, 20th Mar 2017, 7:44pm

Main part 148 years old and no problems.
Extension is 25 years old and keeps me busy.

Don't build um like they used to :icon_redface:
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