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The Village Schools
At the turn of the 19th century Stanley boasted of four schools which for its population was very good. Because of its sparsely populated widespread units it had virtually a school in each district. There was Bottomboat School, which was in use until 1980, St Swithin’s Ferry Lane now demolished and was situated opposite Ferry Lane Methodist Church, and St Albans Lee Moor, now converted into a bungalow. Besides these three infant schools there was Saint Peters School situated at the top of Lake Lock Road (School Hill) which besides having an infant department was the school all children in the village went to when they reached the age of seven. This provided the junior and senior education of the village children until they left at the age of thirteen.
The three primary schools only had one classroom which accommodated three classes, the ‘babies’ three to four year olds, class two the five year olds, and the top class the six year olds. Its hard to imagine how it was possible to teach three different groups of children with varying ages in one room all day. Discipline was easier to maintain in those days and misbehaviour was quickly and effectively delt with. When a boy first started school at three he was still wearing petticoats and it was a great step forward and rise in status when he came wearing his first suit. Most of the children stayed at school for dinner time not for a hot meal, as provided, but to eat the sandwiches brought from home and drink the milk or water in your bottle depending on what your family could afford.
At the age of seven the children from the four corners of the village made their pilgrimage to Saint Peters School to complete their education. There to greet them for many years was the Headmaster known as “Gaffer” Taylor, who was both revered and feared by the children. If you were late you were caned, if you stayed away for any reason other than sickness you were caned and any breach of school discipline was delt with in a similar way. In this comparatively small school boys and girls were separated into different schools with Mrs Taylor in charge of the infants in the room which became the cloakroom. Mr and Mrs Taylor lived on the premises in what was called the School House which adjoined the school and became the school kitchen, headmasters study and stockroom. Education finished, the children of Stanley left to start work, with many of the boys taking up mining or farming and many girls going into service or finding employment in the mills of Wakefield. Some boys were able to get apprenticeships, joinery, clerical work and some of the girls were able to go into millinery or dressmaking, but choice was very limited unlike today.
In 1909 Grove School was opened to be followed later by Stanley Secondary School and so the pattern of education began gradually to emerge which existed until September 1972. The children of Saint Swithuns School were absorbed by Stanley Grove and the children of Saint Albans coming to the infant department of Saint Peters School. Two men among many good men and woman, who made a great contribution to the education of children in Stanley were Mr Harry Ward, Headmaster of Saint Peters School for thirty six years from 1936 - 1972 and Mr Bill Westerman, Headmaster of Stanley Grove for thirty two years 1932 - 1964.
The year 1972 will also be remembered as the year they took from the village the educating of senior children. A progressive and developing Secondary School as Stanley Modern was, was transferred to Outwood Secondary School to become Outwood Grange Comprehensive School. During the early years three double decker buses went around the village picking the children up to take then to the new large school complex on Potovens Lane. Its first headmaster Mr John Snowden along with many of the old staff from Stanley Secondary Modern helped with the change over of situation and status of the school, which boasted many extra facilities and the chance for its pupils to pursue many additional subjects. The opportunities these children had when leaving school contrasted with the lack of choice of the children who left school in Stanley seventy years previous.
The two Primary (Infant and Junior) Schools flourished with Mr B Ward, headmaster of Saint Peters School and Mr Gant, Headmaster of Stanley Grove, as did Bottomboat Infants School where Mrs J Beaumont was the Headmistress. Some children cross the border to Lofthouse Gate School. The bait that led parents to send their children to this school was the fact they admitted children at four as oppose to five at the Stanley Schools. When the Lake lock Nursery opened in the old Saint Peters premises this rebalanced the situation, keeping more of the Stanley children in the village.
A further school was opened in the early 1970s, West Hall School, which catered for the child who’s academic progress was at a slower rate. A well appointed school with a most friendly headmaster and staff who forged a link to the village, despite the fact very few children at the school were from Stanley.
There have certainly been great changes in education in Stanley over the past hundred years which are on the whole for the good, the continued development of the education system within the present school buildings will no doubt continue for many years to come.
Stanley Saint Peters Boys School, later mixed junior school
Built for 182 pupils in 1844 and then extended in 1897, the class room sizes were as follows;
Room 1 = 27ft x 22 ft = 603 square ft
Room 2 = 21ft x 22ft = 469 square ft
Room 3 = 16ft x 21ft = 345 square ft
Room 4 = 20ft x 16ft = 320 square ft
The end of year report for 1898 is as follows;
Average attendance 192
Highest attendance 220
The overcrowded state of the room makes the work difficult, considering this difficulty the school is doing well.
Mr Taylor – Certified teacher of 1 class
Mr Thompson – assistant
Mr Burnley – 4 year
This postcard was to commemorate Mr Taylor's 42 years as Headmaster at the school
The following year on the inspectors visit it was noted that work appeared satisfactory, but the dusty premises needed attention, the vicar promised to see to the matter. In July 1900 attendance is noted as being at a very low point, the highest of 165 and the lowest of 118. In January 1901 there were 3 cases of scarlet fever. In 1935 Mr ward became the headmaster of the school, he then became headmaster of the mixed junior and infants school when the two were merged in the 1950s, he continued at the school until it closed in 1972, when the junior and infants moved into the old Secondary Modern building. Michael Kaye who went to the junior and infants school in the 1960s remembers this school as follows, "all I can remember about Mr Ward is, we called him 'Gaffa', I can remember a Mrs Moxon, she was our teacher, when they built a extra 'shed'/classroom' on the grass at the side of the school near the arched door. At the back of the school, there was and still is a path, we called it the 'bully', I can remember playing in the infants playground and there was a big climbing frame, which was near the entrance to the infants school. Also whilst playing, you could see, just about the top of a semaphore railway signal and you could hear the trains and see the smoke coming up through the cutting, whilst they were heading towards Outwood" Mr Ward had been Headmaster at the school for 37 years, his last entry in the school log is as follows;
After the presentation of a testimonial cheque to the retiring headmaster the school closed for the mid summer holidays, my appointment as headmaster of this school (37 years) ends on the 31 of August.
After the school closed in 1972 it was used as the local nursery for many years. Mrs Piegot was the headmistress and Mrs Clamp was one of the teachers during the period before it closed in the 1990s. The building was empty for several years before becoming the Church Centre in 2001.
Saint Peters School photos
Prior to 1972
Saint Peters 1960s, photo courtesy of Saint Peters School
Saint Peters 1960s, photo courtesy of Saint Peters School
Class photo from around 1910, courtesy of Dave Heaton
Saint Peters School 1954-55, photo courtesy of Mr & Mrs Muskett, left to right
Back; Mrs Williams
Back row: ?, Neil Sampson,?, Sheldon Thickett, ?, ?, ?, David Holdgate,?
Middle row; Sandra Cockin, ?, ?, ?, ?, John Wainwright, Malcolm Vayro, Hazel Jones
Front row; ?, Possibly John Hirst, ?, Rosemary Brook, ?, ?
Saint Peters School 1932, photo courtesy of Mr & Mrs Muskett
Back row, left to Right; Ernest Johnson, Harry Hammill, Arthur Jukes, Charlie Macintyre, Edward Ward, Harry Abson, Tom Lockwood, Jack Patterson
Front Row; Walter Arundel, Walter Edwards, Albert Harris, Ernest Howe, Roland Sampson.
Photo from the collection of Saint Peters School
Saint Peters Coronation play 1953, do you recognise anyone?
Some of the above include; Tony Mullineax and Duggy Field, who were the Ugly Sisters, Julie Horner was the Fairy Godmother, Robin Sykes was Buttons, Mike Barley was Cinderella's dad & Katherine Bell was Cinderella's mum. Andrea Stenton back row (with net curtain on her head!). Above photo Courtesy of Mike Barley
School Rugby Team 1951
Mr Ward is on the right with Mr Ramsden to the left
Photo from the collection of Brian Robbinson
Old Saint Peters
1971 - 72 Football Team
Photo courtesy of Andy Stenton
St Peters Choir – 1972 Pontefract Music Festival
Top Row Not Known, Not known, Carol Hitchin, Carol Slingsby, Miss Tintor, Fiona Heslop, Sally Butterfield, Patricia Morris
Middle Row – Jane Tamlin, Not known, Not known, June Benson, Penny Dixon, Neil Ansell, Not known, Patricia Bratley, Not Known
Front Row – Miss Paton, Not Known, Not Known, Andrea Ward, Carol McGarry, Mrs Bocock, Not known, Sain Davis, Not known, Val Wood, Linda Sheilds, Karen Morris
The old school building in 2010
Now the Church Centre
Stanley Saint Peters Girls School & later Infants School
Built in 1856 & enlarged in 1884, the dimensions of the school were as follows;
Room 1 was 28ft x 14ft = 395 square ft
Room 2 was 18ft x 17ft = 306 square ft
Room 3 was 19ft x 17ft = 327 square ft
Room 4 was 32ft x 16ft = 512 square ft
Corridor was 21ft x 7ft = 164 square ft
Cloak room was 27ft x 7ft = square ft
Total Area of 1916 ft
Total area of glass in windows 230 square ft
Total area of glass in Partition 67 ft
Saint Peters Girls School log book extracts 1880 - 1900
20th October 1880 - Florence Booth commenced as Headmistress
30th November 1880 - Two girls will have their SCHOOL PENCE paid, one for 13 weeks the other for 8 weeks.
1881 report - Grammar is only just passable owing to the ignorance of Parsing and Analysis in the 4th, 5th, and 6th standards. My lords will look for decidedly better results in the girls school next year.
Staff - Florence Booth, Cert. Mistress, Kate Abson - P T of 2 year, Ada Abson PT of 1 year.
18th November 1881 - Ringworms common.
20th January 1882 - teachers had to light the fires.
22nd January 1882 - Holiday this afternoon - Mrs Taylor, wife of the school master, being interred.
27th October 1882 - received instructions from Rev Burrell to send all transfers back to St Swithins.
1882 report - No grant for grammar because so weak.
7th December - Only 18 children present - rough roads and weather.
Florence Booth, Headmistress, sends in her resignation, Miss Ritchie is to be future mistress of school according to Rev Burrell.
1883 report - school now has 4 staff.
Foundation stone of new classroom laid March 13th 1884 by Chas Charles worth, classroom opened on June 20th, average attendance 147.
9th September 1884 - Punishment method out for - one figure wrong in the answer of a sum, “witch” instead of “which”, “then” for “them” and smaller letters instead of capitals.
79 punished for trespassing in plantation adjoining the playground, little girl punished for insubordination.
8th October 1884 - Weekly lists of poor attendees to the school warden.
1884 report - Extra items added for grant eg singing.
1885 - Concert to raise money for prizes for good conduct, regular attendance and general improvement in school work, amount given to girls 16/4d.
30th March 1885 - number on books 202, average attendance 130.
1885 report - The issue of a certificate to Miss Ritchie is deferred for better results. List of grant and passes in Reading 138, Writing 99, Arithmetic 95, out of an attendance of 140 in attendance on day. Death of a child the day after it was sent home ill - coroners inquest. Vicar in charge during week owing to staff shortage.
4th January 1886 - Marg. Eggleshaws new Head.
15th February 1886 - An attendance board fixed up in the school - attendance a major concern in school.
1886 report - With consent of managers grammar dropped for this year.
14th March 1887 - Visit of Vicar acc. By new mistress for Lee Moor, Miss Sharpe.
21th June 1887 - Jubilee Feast - school closed today.
1887 report - Improved.
20th March 1888 - death of Vicar Rev Burrell.
16th July 1888 - New Vicar first mentioned.
13th November 1888 - Second stove to be put in a room, no school this pm owing to thunderstorm.
1888 - Good report.
Poetry report 1889 - Fairly good, 1890 report - Good (5 staff).
18th December 1890 - Prize distribution by Vicar.
1891 report - Good, average attendance 137 out of 186.
8th December 1891 - Began teaching Geography and History combined as a new class subject.
30th September - Number on books 234, average attendance 177.
1892 report - Very good.
Vicar called and gave permissions for ordering new set of recorders.
1893 - Case of small pox, children living in The Barracks, Bottomboat, should not attend at present, allowed to return June 19th.
15th September 1893 - Coal gathering.
1883 report - Good.
22nd January 1894 - Temporary Headmistress, Tessie Norton.
8th March 1894 - Received a good signed parcel of apparatus.
28th September - Number on books 249, 4 girls dismissed for open defiance.
Varied occupations for 1894/95 - Rug making, story lessons, embroidery. Object lessons for different standards - Recitations, domestic economy.
November 1894 - P T suspended this week owing to want of apparatus. Number on books 290.
29th March 1895 - Jessie Norton resigned, M Sugden appointed new head 1st July.
1895 report - Staff of 6, 3 qualified, 3 unqualified.
3rd September 1895 - Dreadful dull weather all week and lessons have had to be stopped several times.
Summons for irregularity (3 parents).
1896 - Gift of a Christmas Card - first mention.
5th February - Bad snow storm.
18th June - Weeks holiday to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign.
1897 report - “Warning” (not heating) needs consideration, building must be enlarged or numbers reduced.
1898 - Vicar spoke about the theft of buttons, which has been going on for some time.
15th August 1898 - Girls working in fields.
10th October 1898 - 282 present.
Cards & oranges at Christmas.
1899 report - Many improvements, new head teachers desk, 6 staff & 1 candidate.
10 girls sent for labour exam for certificate - 5 passed, 5 failed - able to leave.
In 1902 the staff were as follows;
M. Sugden Head Mistress S. Steele
E. Newford M. Butterfield
B. Thompson N. Hartley
Another entry in the school log from February 1902 describes how the heating apparatus was out of order so no fire could be lit the school was closed for the day. Average attendance during this time was 196. In 1905 the school was described as having poor facilities with a small playground.
In 1927 the staff were as follows
M. Walker - Class 1
M. Wood - Class 2
A. Milner - Class 3
M. Foster - Class 4
The School later became a controlled mixed infant’s school and during this period the school had a total of 145 pupils. On 31 August 1956 the school closed and became part of the mixed junior and infants school. The last two entries in the school log were done by the headmistress L. Beech and are as follows;
I was presented with a tea trolley and tea pot today from the children, parents and teachers of the junior and infants departments.
School closes for the mid summer holiday, reopening Tuesday 4 September. I terminate my duties at the school on August 31 after 8 happy years in the school. Mr Ward will take over the school which will be amalgamated with the junior department.
The building was used up to 1972 when the school relocated to the site of Stanley Secondary Modern. The school building then became the local youth centre and still remains so today.
The School building in 2010
Today in use as a Youth Centre
Stanley Saint Peters C.E School H M Inspectors report
This Church of England school which became controlled on the 3 of April 1952, is situated about two miles to the north of Wakefield (There is a junior school, built in 1844, on the same site). There are 67 children on roll in the infants school, and three teachers, including the Headmistress. the school was last reported on in 1944. The school was built in 1856 (at a cost of £134), and a one classroom wing was added in 1884. There are four classroom; the one long wide corridor is used as a cloakroom along its whole length, with eight wash basins at the end. This is also used for washing up after school dinner, which is transported from Newton Hill.
An average of 34 children stay for the meal, which is eaten in three classrooms. Two of the classrooms are inter-connecting and for prayers and assembly they together serve as the school hall. Since the school was given controlled status a number of physical improvements have been made. Electricity was installed in December 1953, new wash basins were fitted and the lavatories were modernised in January 1954, general painting, both inside and out was carried out early in 1954 and the playground was resurfaced in March 1955. In addition new hot water geysers were installed in the latter part of 1955.
The playground space is not very large. There is a very low wall surrounding it, and there are no school gates. The Authority might be invited to consider whether or not a safety barrier at the edge of the pavement might not considerably lessen the danger of children running straight out of the playground across the road. Until May 1955, one of the four classrooms was used by the junior school, but on completion of a West Riding hut on 6 May 1955, the room reverted to use as an infants room. There have been several staff changes in recent years; the Headmistress herself has been here since 1948.
A year ago both the assistant teachers on the staff were on “supply”. Since September, 1954, however, two teachers have been appointed as full time members of staff, one of them coming straight from college. The teachers work well together. Until 1953 there was about 100 children on roll by the end of each summer term, but this had dropped to 92 by the end of summer 1955. It is expected that by the summer of 1956 the present total of 67 will have risen to 88. It is not proposed to report in detail at this stage on the work of the school. Commendable efforts are now being made to create a stimulating environment in which the children learn substantially by their own efforts and through their varied experiences in the school and classroom. It is too early to determine the success of this comparatively recent development.
Appointed headmaster of Saint Peters Junior School in 1935 aged 27, and later headmaster of the amalgamated Junior and Infants, many local people remember Mr Ward as "The Gaffa". He was well respected by all of his pupils and had the ability to bring out the best in them. He was a keen sportsman, having played for Wakefield Rugby Union Club and for his County. He introduced Rugby League to the school in 1950 and helped produce players such as Malcolm Sampson (try scorer for Wakefield Trinity at Wembley), Mick Haigh (still playing rugby union for the Rodillians in his 50s), Melvyn Durham (his son played Rugby League for Bramley and Wakefield Trinity), and Ian Harris (still well known at Stanley Rangers).
He was also a distinguished musician, winning several prizes in the Pontefract Music Festivals with his fine singing voice and cello playing skills. Pupils were encouraged to take part in the musicals he organised together with local colleges. As we can see from the photos below, his pupils always did well in the competitions. After a long and sucessful career Harry retired in 1972, he left the school in a much better position that he found it.
His retirement coincided with the school moving into the old secondary modern building. My dad was taught by Mr Ward in the late 1930s, because Harry always lived in Stanley me and my dad bumped into him in Wakefield bus station in the mid 1980s. It was if he was still his head teacher, referring to him as Mr Ward. And after all those years he still shared a long running joke with my dad about being the class dunce (he had spent a lot of time stood in the corner wearing the dunce hat in his school years). Harry did not like the word dunce he preferred the term slow learner, ever the perfect gentleman. They must have spoken for 20 minutes about all manner of things from the good old days before ending with a handshake. Sadly Harry died in 1994 aged 86.
Saint Peters School memories by Grenville Horner
The school orchestra
The school orchestra photograph below was taken by/for The Wakefield Express, so I can only assume that we'd been successful at The Pontefract Music Festival, although I can't remember for which event.
Saint Peters School Orchestra 1962
I am sitting next to Mr Ward, the headmaster, and was the leader of the school orchestra. The lady on the left of the picture holding the violin is Miss New, who came to the school to teach violin, as well as running another schools orchestra on Saturday mornings at Newton Hill School, which I used to attend. She used to drive an old Hillman Minx, as she taught in different schools around the area, and it was usually full to the brim with instruments, music stands and music. The school orchestra used to perform many concerts at the school, as well as at St Peters Church. I also played in a trio and a quartet with my sister Julie who played the cello, as well as performing as a solo violinist. The musical highlight of the year was the Pontefract Music Festival, where I remember winning several medals, either as a soloist or with the trio.
Other school memories
Friday mornings were usually to be dreaded, as Mr. Baugh the vicar came to take assembly and teach the catechism, which we were supposed to learn off by heart. I remember him as a very foreboding character, quite rotund, always wearing a large trilby, and using a walking stick, which he used to wave around in the air when teaching us.
Great school trips...and very exciting, as hardly anyone had cars then.
We always travelled by 'Wards Coaches' of Robin Hood, to places such as the Blue John Caverns, and various stately homes around Yorkshire and Derbyshire, with our sandwiches packed tightly into tupperware containers.
Opposite the school was Mr Abson's shop, which sold sweets and general household products. I remember it as being very dark inside and absolutely crammed to the roof with
all sorts of domestic household items, from coal scuttles to fly paper. You always knew when the shop was open, as many items were displayed outside the shop on the pavement. Graham Abson, his son, eventually became the church organist.
Various fund raising events for the church used to take place at the school over the course of a year. There were whist drives, beetle drives, harvest festival, and of course concerts.
My favourite was the annual bazaar, which took place on a Saturday, around the beginning of Autumn. People would buy tickets during the year, like a savings club, which they could then spend at the bazaar. We would set up the stalls on the Friday evening, and I would help on the household goods stall, with my dad Henry Horner and Jack Barber. The goods used to come from Holdsworths in Wakefield. Gleaming pots and pans, kettles, crockery, and all sorts of household things. This event was always very well attended, and probably the greatest fund raiser of the year.
School orchestra after winning at the Pontefract Music Festival
Photo from 1960s
Cup winning football team from the 1960s
Athletics Team 1960s
To the left of Mr Ward is Bevil Ward, who later became Headteacher
Back row; Unknown Susan Hunter, Colin Backhouse, Pamela Griffiths, ?Robert Ray, Elaine Brown, Derek Vayro? Denise Ramsden, 3 unknowns
Front Row; 3 unknowns, Barbara Atkinson, Tony Hunter? Christine Swaine, 4 unknowns
Athletics team 1960s
Another successful athletics team from the 1960s
If you have any old school photos we could use please contact us
The school opened on February 12 1909, 140 pupils had enrolled for the new school of which 136 turned up on the first day. The head teacher back then was Headley Vickers Wilkinson, the qualified assistants were Edwin Stead and Alice Rodgers and the un-qualified assistants were James Jones and Margaret Elsie Pickard. The old bike sheds still remain in the playground, but the old Second World War air raid shelter that stood at the back of the school was demolished in the 1980s when two new classrooms were built.
The main part of the Stanley Grove is typical Edwardian style, a main hall with classrooms leading off. This houses the junior classes. The infants are housed in two newly built classrooms which form an extension onto the main part of the building. The school is set in its own extensive grounds which include a large playing field. The main school building has been recently refurbished. This includes improvements to the administration areas, classrooms and the establishment of a new computer suite and library. Each classroom has been equipped with an interactive whiteboard. A newly developed 'outside learning area' offers opportunities for the children to enjoy the surroundings.
Grove School in 2009
Grove School main hall
Stanley Grove Junior School cricket team of 1953. At the back, on the left is Mr.Impey and on the right is Headmaster Mr. Westerman. From left to right on the back row of boys are Michael Limer, Robin Firth, David Duke, Keith Sellars, Alan Summerscales, Richard Woollin, Malcolm Pinder and David Way. On the middle row are Keith Morris, Melvyn Hughes and Norman Lonsdale. Seated at the front are Clive Brooks on the left and Kenneth Tomlinson on the right. Photo courtesy of Barry Pinder.
Grove School Cricket Team
Back row, Mr G W Westerman Head Master,Mr Sheard Coach. Middle Row, D Platt, Johnson, E Smith, D Watson, A Baker, A Spencer, J Scirrow(scorer). Front Row, D Duke, R Bilton,G Robinson, G Padget, R Land. Front B Pinder. Mr G W Westerman 1900-83, married Kate Harrap 1906-1974 (also a teacher ) in 1930. After retirement they live in the top bungalow next to the churchyard on Aberford Rd.
Grove School Football Team 1976
Stanley Grove Primary School 1947
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Johnson; Left to right
Back RowDennis Whitehouse, Maureen Connolly, Alfie Dunn, Ann Crossland, Kenny Simpson, Christine Jackson, Brian Jennings, Christine Clarkson, Stuart Firth
Next RowMelvyn Kilner, Hazel Brown, Fred Hensby, Betty Smith, David Gibson, Jennifer Johnson, Anthony Tasker, Rosemary Hormald
Next RowLorna Ferguson, Brian Higgs, Norma Brown, John Wheater, Freda Clarkson, David Burton, Barbara Norton, ? Possibly Hepworth
Next RowTerry Sellers, Georgina Steel, Melvyn Hughes, Elaine Booth, Malcolm Baker, Betty Barlow, Brian Morris, Muriel Clarke, Winston Bradford
Front RowRosita Armstrong, Victor Sellers, Enid Brook, Alan Hunter
Lee Moor C of E Infants
The school was built in 1876 to accommodate 55 pupils; the school was one classroom with four windows, a cloakroom and small playground. It was built from local stone with a high pitched roof; the class room was 30ft x 16ft x 24ft high. In 1923 the school underwent improvements when it became a council run school and had two teachers, Alice Whitelock and Elsie Colleck (supplementary teacher) Below are several extracts from the schools log book;
March 15 1932
School closes today from 15.3.32 to 24.3.32 for the chicken pox epidemic
May 24 1932
Special lessons are being given today on Empire Day; all children are wearing a daisy
June 3rd 1932
3 children off school with dioreah, sanitary inspector visits the school - next entry says two of the children died
School closes for 3 weeks for epidemic of whooping cough, reopens July 18
The school closed in 1936, below are the last 3 entries in the school log book;
Forms distributed to the children telling them which schools they can attend after the holidays
The furniture has been cleaned and labelled, the stock book checked by the divisional clerk (Mr Beaumont)
School closes today, my duties as head teacher terminate, also Mrs Holbrook’s duties as assistant teacher.
Signed Alice Whitelock
The old school house today
Saint Albans School Bottomboat
The school opened January 3 1876, for the first month the school was unable to follow the timetable because of a lack of apparatus. The school room was 30ft x 15ft x 24ft high and the class room was 20ft x 15.3ft x 15.3ft and was built to accommodate 83 children. Average attendance was 67 in the winter and 75 in the summer, the schools summer holidays were from July 21 to August 15 (1891). Back in those days the school closed regularly due to outbreaks of illnesses such as scarlet fever and whooping cough and would remain closed for three weeks at a time in some recorded instances. The school log book shows that in winter months the school opened at 1pm and closed at 3.30pm. An Inspectors report from 1892 is as follows;
Marion Dawson - Mistress
Henry G Price
Attendance at the infant school (average) boys 25.2 girls 35.4
School claimed a total of £45. 0. 1 for the year
The school continues to improve and so doing the circumstances in which work is carried out reflects much credit to Miss Dawson, but the younger children can not be satisfactorily managed and taught in an over crowded school room in which there is no skilled assistance. The school accommodation is at present insufficient for the average attendance.
In 1893 a new mistress took over the school, Elizabeth Ann Jeffery, other staff at the time was Emily Douglas, Emily Griffiths and Edith Knee (candidate on probation). The following year the school report was as follows;
A very fair state of efficiency. Attendance (average); boys 40.3 girls 40.5
In January 1911 the school suffered a bad measles outbreak and was closed for a month, in this year the school had an average attendance of 72.7. In the 1920s the Headmaster was a Mr Tate, The toilets were dry and were housed in a very old stone building, and straight across from the school was a tuck shop owned by a man called Mr Tate. The school closed in 1979 after over 100 years. The building was empty for many years before it was converted into a house, keeping the original large front window (which was later made smaller) and smaller side window, the building has also been extended and is now a desirable house.
School house in 1970s
The old school house today
Bottomboat school group photo 1921, Ernest Lockwood is the one second from the left on the front row he was born in 1916 in Stanley. Photo courtesy of Steve Salt
The Closure of Bottomboat School
At the time of closure Bottomboat Church of England School had just over 20 pupils. The closure sparked allegations by many (including a local councillor candidate) that money was spent on new furniture and equipment for the school in 1979 to distort the actual running costs giving the appearance that the school was too costly to keep open. This was denied by Wakefield Council who said the closure was decided after a review of small schools on economic grounds. The school was ordered to in July 1980 and the pupils to be transferred to either Saint Peters of Stanley Grove schools.
Bottomboat School, note this photo is of the entire school
Photo dated December 1971
Mrs J Beaumont Head Mistress is on the right
Tracey Asquith is the small girl at the front, to her left is Elizabeth Bourke
Middle row, second from left is Elizabeth Wilkinson
Lofthouse Gate School Canal Lane
Built in 1878 for 80 pupils, this school is now a junior and infants.Today the school, which is a County Primary Day School, provides for the education of boys and girls between the ages of five and eleven years. In addition, Nursery education is provided, usually from the age of three.During the school year there will be 360 children of statutory school age on roll in the main school, together with 66 half time pupils in the Nursery. On reaching the age of 11+ the majority of children usually transfer to Outwood Grange High School.
Lofthouse Gate Primary School, May 1967 Rounders Team
Back row, left to right, David Rushforth, Peter Harrison, Howard Brickwood, Kevin Palfreman
Front row, left to right, John Briggs, Stephen Cooper, Paul Good, Glyn Violet, David Burkingshaw
Saint Swithens Ferry Lane
Built in 1878 this infants school is always spoke of with fond memories, like most other schools in the area it had a Sunday school. sadly the building was demolished after the war. Built of brick the the classroom roof was open to the ridge and was heated by a open fire place. The playground was described as a surface of loose clinker in a report from 1905. The Headmistress in 1904 was Mrs Butterfield. An old document from the Yorkshire Family Historian Magazine told through the eyes of a former pupil describes the school as follows. "I attended the little church school on Ferry Lane St. Swithens, which was a short walk from the shop, I remember my first day. I would have been three years old so it would have been 1904; one of the older girls Mabel Hemmingway took me. The first lesson I had was with the aid of a sand tray in which I had to write the letter a in the sand with my finger. After that it was slates and pencils, we all had a bit of rag to wipe them clean with. We learn how to count, recite the alphabet and sing little songs. I recall being given a needle, knitting wool and a piece of thick felt. Then we had to curl the pieces of coloured tissue to make paper flowers and sew on the felt. We also had circles of crepe paper, which we folded up as small as possible and when opened they made coloured balls to hang up. The basic teaching was the three R’s and discipline was rigid. There was no talking in class and definitely no answering back in class. The teacher’s word was law".
(Formerly West Hall)
The last school to be built in Stanley. The area of Stanley was known as king’s land in the Domesday Book, hence the name of the school and its logo. The school building is on the old West Hall School site that was built in the 1970s, but it has been extensively refurbished in order to meet the needs of pupils who have severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties. Kingsland School opened in September 2002 as a result of the amalgamation of three special schools in Wakefield under special school reorganisation. It is the only primary day community special school for pupils with severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties in Wakefield and has up to 80 places for pupils whose ages range between 2 and 11. The school is in a single storey building and there are ten classrooms, including a large early years classroom for pupils under five years and an autism resource for pupils who exhibit more complex autism. In addition to the classrooms the school has a hall, which also serves as a gym and dining area, a sensory room, a soft play room, a food technology room, a library, therapy rooms, hydrotherapy pool and disabled changing facilities. Most of the specialist areas have ceiling tracking for hoists. Pupils travel across the whole of the Wakefield district to attend Kingsland School and transport to school for pupils is organised by Wakefield Education Authority.
Taken from Bottomboat
Stanley Lane Ends
County school, then Secondary School and later Junior and Infants
Built in 1914 for 400 pupils, the schools the school was built as a Secondary Modern before becoming the junior and infants’ school. Michael Kaye a former pupil remembers his time at the school as follows "Mr Wilson was the headmaster at the Secondary Modern, Mr Archer was the science teacher, Michael Hutchinson was the 'allsorts' teacher he also played rugby. Mr Elliott was a teacher, then there was Mr Thompson, PE teacher, he spoke with a lisp and pronounced slipper, swipper, one day whilst in PE, Alan Bellwood was talking like Mr Thompson off to a tee, I will give you some swipper boy, (In English, I'll give you some slipper boy), we were all laughing, then suddenly, Mr Thompson was there behind Alan Bellwood, yes Alan got some swipper !!!!. Mr Elliott’s classroom was at the front left of the school, Mr Profit was our other Sports teacher, (The Rugby field was built on at Rooks Nest Road , on the corner with Baker Lane ) the football field is still there. Mr Davenport was our Art teacher and Mrs Salisbury was the girls PE teacher.
I seem to recall the rock garden being in the top left hand part of the school. In the photograph of the rock garden, the houses in the background are Long Causeway". Mr Bevil Ward succeeded Harry Ward as Saint Peters junior and infants Headmaster in 1972 after being his Deputy previously at the old Saint Peters up the road. Saint Peters moved into the Lane Ends Secondary Modern building the same year. Outwood Grange then became the school for those aged 11 and over. I have my own memories of this Mr Ward, he continued with the same principles Harry had set, encouraging youngsters in sports, teaching music and maintaining a strong link with the church. The old huts at the back of the school were boarded up for many years, they were not needed after the Secondary Modern closed, and they were briefly used by first years at Outwood Grange in 1981 when the school was damaged by fire. Saint Peters teachers and pupil numbers in 1981 were as follows;
Class 7 – Mr Oldroyd (deputy head)
Class 6 – Mrs Whatmuff
Class 5 – Mr Cade
Class 4 – Mrs Roys (temporary)
Class 3 – Mr Perkins
Class 2 – Mr Jarwick (temporary)
Mrs Miller – part time
Class 3 – Mrs Fox
Reception – Mrs Crossley
Total pupil numbers = 294
Another character of my time at the school was Mr Oldroyd. A former weightlifter he was a strict teacher, never afraid to throw the board rubber if he thought somebody was not paying attention; He was the deputy at the school for many years until he retired in 1991. Mr Ward retired in 1998 after 26 years as head teacher. Below is Mr Ward’s last entry in the school log book;
My final day at Saint Peters, 26 years after starting as deputy head. It brings to an end a 30 year association with the school and 32 years as a head teacher in a leading career spanning over 42 years.
The school then had a Headmistress, Hilary Dalgleash and between 1998 and 2000 the school underwent major refurbishment and now provides excellent accommodation, with each classroom having its own wet area for practical activities, there are two computer suites, both with Internet access, interactive Whiteboards, projectors and printers. There is also a craft room for DT and Art, a library classroom and a second library area, two halls, a reception area and central courtyard. Last year a new Headmaster took over at the school, Lee Wilson, faced with the challenges of the modern era we wish him well.
Secondary Modern photos
Stanley Secondary Modern 1963-64
Photo of pupils wearing blouses made in needle work class
Photo courtesy of Mr & Mrs Muskett, left to right
Back row; Susan Fox, Diana Goznik, jean Westmorland, Diane Wormald, Heather Mc Dade, Wilma Oakes, Susan Gardiner
Front row; Rosemary Brook, Janet Cockram, Pauline Johnson, Linda Hanks, Patricia Parsonage, Margaret Lumb, Hazel Jones
Stanley Secondary Modern School girls Netball Team 4th year - 1968-9
?, Carol Johnson, ? , Denise Harrison now Green, Janet Petty, Jeanette Morton, Marjorie Jowett, Shirley Duke, Janet Hepworth, Susan Burrows.
Stanley Secondary Modern 3rd year 1967/68
Bck row, Kevin Horner - Stephen Hargreaves - Barry Bucknall - Peter Arundal - Robert Hargreaves - John Holdroyd - Beech Powell.
Front row, Mr Wilson Headmaster - C Bradley - K Lonsdale - Barry Huntington - Keith Field - David Warrilow - Mr Thompson P e Teacher
1965 football team
1965/66 football team
Secondary Modern Rugby Team, Year 4 1972, who were school
champions and unbeaten in that season.
Headmaster, Mr C Wilson & Coach Mr A Profitt.
Back Row; (left to right) C Wormald, R Brown, F. Highley, G Brooke, I Morvan, W Bond, I Hughes, E Walton, C Mellor.
Front Row; Mr Wilson, S Hunter, P Harrison, H Budby (captin) K ward, S Gardner, Mr Profitt.
Kneeling; J Milner, S Hackett
Above photo courtesy of Bob Brown
Stanley Modern Football Team 1934 winning the Somerscales Cup. The teacher is Mr Siddron, we all remember him with my father B Smith next to him on the back row.
Photo and information courtesy of Eric Smith
Lane Ends School 1935, photo courtesy of Mr & Mrs Muskett
This photo was taken to mark the silver jubilee of the marriage of King George V to Queen Mary
Back row; H Westerman, E Castle, K Barker, W Carr, E Kaye, B Sheppard, D Booth, D Bramley, S Clinton
Middle Row; W Hunter, J Ramsden, G Schofield, H Brook, H Dixon, G Hargreaves, W Eccles, G Platt, D Brooke, H Lumb.
Front row; J Farrar, E Burrows, J Muskett, R Smith, A Abson, O Burkett, M Turner, N Brown, R Clifton
Taken at the entrance at the left of the now infants department
Class photo 1972 taken in quad
This was just before the Secondary Modern closed
From the collection of Michael Kaye
Postcard of the School, The rock garden is in the centre of the picture
Stanley Secondary Modern, 1970 school trip to Konigsee, Germany
On a tour of the saltmines in Saltzburg
Seated - Mr Parker, ?, Phillip Johnson, Steven Waite, Elaine Green, Susan Lambert, Elizabeth Matthews, Marjory Jowett, Janet Taylor, Gary Wilkinson, Christopher Croft, Lesley Stenton, Kim Lindley, ?, Mr Elliott, Miss Salisbury, ?, ?, Howard Budby, Karen Shepherd, ?, Linda McIntyre.
Standing - Jean Wright, Margaret Clinton, Janet Binks, Gerald King, Robert Brown, Stephen Padget, Charles Myton
Stanley Secondary Modern School Choir, taken 1969
Back row - Beverley Hemingway, Susan Mitchell, Elaine Wynn, Susan Mandrake, Alison Lindley, Julie Swaine, Martine Germaine, Margaret Oaks, Annette Angel, ? , Pauline Bond, Lesley Stenton, Janet Horler, Patricia Newton, Susan Farnsworth,
Middle row - Susan Priestley, Karen Shepherd, Linda McIntyre, Christine Butterfield, Elizabeth Matthews, Susan Metcalf, Gillian Parry, Anne Keeling, Linda Rayner, ?.
Front row - Janet Taylor, Ruth Martin, Lilian Walton, Pamela Hanson, Jean Wright, Florence Birkett, Susan Silverwood, Susan Simpson.
Stanley Secondary Modern Netball Team 1971
Back - Dawn Thorpe, Susan Metcalf, Susan Simpson.
Front - Christine Butterfield, Janice Cooper, Lesley Stenton, Mary Walker, Andrea Gelsthorpe
Saint Peters School photos
Photo taken on the 03/12/10 at Stanley St peters Junior and Infants School. This was following a day of planting native fruit trees for the school orchard, assisted by some of the pupils. Hopefully this will be a part of the school for generations to come.
Photo courtesy of Jason Young
Front row: Holly Smith, Emma Young, William Young, Naomi Solomona
Middle row: Emily Chambers, Brodie Smith, Georgia Stafford, Evie Sampson, Amelia Coates, Katherine Gluck
Back row: Dan Rhodes, Kirsty De Silva, Jason Young, Matthew Vickers, Lee Wilson,
Saint Peters cup winning football team 1985
Saint Peters League Cup Winners 1984, photo courtesy of Chris McNally
Mrs Roy's Class 3 1989/90
Memories of St. Peter’s School
By Sheila Roy, former teacher at the School
In the days when I first started work at St Peter’s ,the quad was home to a number of animals, including Tommy the Tortoise and at least two rabbits. One of these was a giant of a creature (called Thumper if I remember rightly.) It used to come and bite your ankles if you got too close! The children in Mrs. Whatmuff’s class had the responsibility for looking after them , and there was many an afternoon when the rabbits refused to co-operate and had to be gently persuaded out of the rose bushes with a brush! Tommy was a real character too and regularly escaped into the corridor, once making it as far as the Infant entrance! He could get up a fair turn of speed if he put his mind to it. Sadly, health and safety rules meant that the handling of animals was no longer considered hygienic, but the pets went to good homes. We all rather regretted this, as there was much to be learnt from having this responsibility.
Another episode that I remember very vividly, was when some bulrushes burst open in the classroom. A pupil had brought some in from Stanley Marsh nature reserve for the nature table and they were in a warm classroom, with the inevitable result that they silently burst open and released loads and loads of tiny seeds which floated around. Mr. Percy, the caretaker at the time, was not terribly amused, as he had the job of getting rid of them all!
Easter hat parades
Another tradition that everyone enjoyed was the infants’ Easter Bonnet parade. A few days before the Easter holidays, parents were invited to join in the concert of Spring songs, and then the infant children paraded all round school in their decorated hats. All the junior children used to line the corridors and watch the parade. There were some magnificent creations. All the children then received an egg from the Easter Bunny!
Citizens of Tomorrow
Stanley Secondary School prepares children for the grown up world
Article from 1969
When you think about it, the notion of marriage guidance lessons in our secondary schools is not really so way out. As Mr Colin Wilson, Head master of Stanley County Secondary School pointed out to me the other day. The school leaving age will soon be 16, add this to the fact that the age of majority is already 18 – and you don’t have much of a time tag between “please sir” and “I will” Not that Mr Wilson is seriously considering adding marriage guidance to his time table – yet. He was merely illustrating his point that today’s children are having more and more to be handled like young adults.Under the heeding of health education the school now offers anatomy, physical and sex instruction, and another manifestation of Mr Wilson’s desire to prepare his charges for the outside world is his careers sampling course.
This involves 40 boys and girls of the 4 year attending Whitwood Mining and Technical College every Monday to take courses in the use of agricultural machinery, plumbing, electricity in the home, care of the car, welding and drawing office practice.Said Mr Wilson “Of course, they can’t go into these subjects in any real depth. But the courses do give the boys and girls an insight into these jobs, and they do come away appreciating the value of the plumber or the electrician.” In addition, they are able to do jobs about the house, and even the girls take their turn with the tractor and welding iron.There is a strong Certificate of Secondary Education class at the Stanley School (Mr Wilson finds that most of these pupils go on to full or part time further education courses) and, as yet, there has been little difficulty in placing other school leavers in suitable jobs.“The great value of the certificate is that, with CES, Secondary School children are able to get jobs in local government or banks, which they had difficulty in doing before.” said Mr Wilson.
Community service is another activity which, while benefiting local residents, is used to prepare Stanley children for the grown up world. The girls help with weighing babies at the local clinic, and assist in many ways at local infant’s school. The boys help pensioners with their gardens, and made a big contribution to the clearing up of the parish church yard. Juniors recently collected £90 for the British Heart Foundation, and a new sound film projector has been bought partly with money raised by the children themselves on a sponsored walk. Naturally, however, these pursuits are not allowed to interfere with the normal academic life of the school. An interesting experiment in this regard has been the abolition of A and B streams. There are distinctions according to ability in English and Mathematics but the former B child no longer goes through his school life with the feeling that he is second rate in everything – History, Geography, Science, Art and so on. “This is very good for the children psychology,” said Mr Wilson, “and the parents are much happier too.”
With 409 children in a school whose core was built in 1914, Mr Wilson and his staff hardly enjoy the most modern of teaching conditions. But, charismatically, the Head master makes the best of a not very good situation; “Local people do feel a bit cheated, having their children taught in this old building, when they are so many ultra modern schools about. But a school is not just a building. It is a collection of people within that building. Education is concerned principally with the impact of one personality on another, and no imposing building will compensate if the atmosphere is not right. I think we have the right atmosphere”
Stanley Lane Ends County School memories
The following has been written using the memories of Mr Albert Holroyd who went to the school in 1935.
Children could start school at the age of three in Miss Fielding’s class, where they were allowed to play in the sand, model clay and even take an afternoon nap. Then at four or five they graduated to Miss Howarth’s class. Mr Thomas Taylor was the headmaster, he was fair in a crisis but was never backward at letting a pupil have three strokes of the cane on each hand if the situation demanded. There was never a boy say he didn’t deserve it if he was on the receiving end. There were some fine teachers at the school, such as Mr Albert Kempt, Mr Norman Siddron and Mr Alan Teasdale. They prepared pupils for adult education by teaching the basic skills of maths, art, music, English, history, sport and so on. The only setback to this system was that due to poverty or low living standards, quite a lot of children who had ability were passed over at the selection examinations. Another set back was that no foreign languages were available. One prime example of talent not being pushed was jack Nicholson (see photo below) who could have been a far better pianist than Winifred Atwell or Bobby crush, but finished up in the building trade. Then there was Eric Parker, the Yorkshire school boy champion miler, and Sarah Asquith, the county champion schoolgirl. The school also had a football team that was unbeatable.
1935 class photo
Back Row; left to right; Kenneth Spurr, Lawrence Lumb, Edwin Hunter, Michael Hunter, Jack Nicholson, Arthur Mascroft, Cyril Burton, J. Caines, George Barnes. Middle Row; Patricia Philpott, Harold Eccles, Alan Atkinson, Albert Holroyd, Annie Myton, Audrey Ashton, Enid Myton, Eddie Waller, Bernard Wilby, John Carr, Freda Burkett.
Front Row; Alfred Whitham, Leah Platt, Marion Silverwood, Delia Ingham, Mary Forbes, Elizabeth Stephenson, Mabel Burrows, Ethel Westerman, Bessie Booth, Mary Philpott, Jack Farrar.
The closure of Stanley Secondary Modern
By C Wilson (Headmaster)
When I came to Stanley in January 1966 I knew that it would not be many years before the school would cease to function for Secondary purposes. I was told that the scheme to amalgamate with Outwood on the site of the latter would be put into operation in three or four years. In the event it will be almost seven years and this has been time enough for me to have become really attached to the establishment. Therefore, it is not without considerable regret that I now find myself writing this article for the last issue of the school magazine.
A school is not a building, it is the people who meet regularly within the building. Outward signs suggest that there has been little change over the last six or seven years, but in actual fact, in spite of the limitations imposed by the buildings, the school has undergone many changes and in our relationships both internal and within the community generally, we have had a lot to be thankful for. I have enjoyed all of my teaching career to date but looking back over the last few years, I can unreservedly say that the time spent at Stanley has been the happiest.
When we close in July I shall take away with me many happy memories. Foremost amongst these is the friendly homely atmosphere which has pervaded and which is very frequently commented upon by visitors, I know that this is due in no small measure to the outlook and loyalty of the staff; not only the teachers, but also the clerical, cleaning and kitchen staffs. In spite of the threat of closure, the staff turnover is remarkably low, and would have been lower still if it had not included the retirement of three most valuable and long serving teachers namely Mrs M Rowland’s, Mrs H Raynor and Mr E Haigh and also MR E Box (Caretaker).
As neighbouring schools became larger and our numbers reduced, I thought that we would have great difficulty in holding our own in competitive sport but enthusiasm and determination of our teams together with the effort and time put in by Mr Thompson, Mrs Jennings and Mr Profitt have proved me wrong and the schools former reputation for sport was enhanced this year when our senior team won the Wakefield’s Schools Rugby League Championship for the 4 year in succession. No other school has done this before.
I remember being very satisfied with the first Certificate of Secondary Education results in 1967 when a small 5 form of only 13 candidates produced 32% passes at Grade1 and 31% passes at Grade 2. The preponderance of Grade 1 passes was increased in 1968 to 37% with 32 % at Grade 2. This was a tremendous year but since then our results have been more in line with the national average.
Stanley was one of the original group of Secondary Schools to take advantage of the Careers Sampling Courses at Whitwood Mining and Technical Collage and it amazed me to see our girls undertaking welding, plumbing, and tractor driving and in many cases making a better job of it than the boys!
Numerous people have told me that our efforts in Community Service will be missed when we close. Of all the activities we have undertaken the school based Play Group and the Senior Citizens Luncheon Club have been amongst the most successful and have provided me with a lot of heart-warming memories. The old people have been so appreciative of everything that has been done for them that I wish it could have been possible to do more. Through our outward looking curriculum we have built up very good relations with the U.D.C., industries, Church, voluntary agencies and Social and Welfare Services. The help provided by these organisations has been invaluable and I am indebted to them.
Other events which spring readily to mind are the two very successful sponsored walks, the visits of Mr A Roberts, MP and Whitwood Military Band, the drama productions ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and ‘The Storytellers,’ the Lofthouse Quarry rescue by the catchpole brothers, Kevin Horler and Derek Franks, the performances of the Choir and instrumentalists at Pontefract Musical Festivals, the Christmas parties, the carol Services in Church and the numerous trips including those abroad organised annually by Mr Parker. I could go on……
Right now I have two wishes. The first is that the staff and pupils who are moving to the new school will take with them the best that was Stanley and weld it to the best which exists at Outwood. The second is, that when I take up my new appointment at Royston Secondary School in September, I shall receive the same cooperation and kindness which I have been accorded at Stanley
Lake Lock Nursery School
Opened in 1974 by the then Wakefield Mayor Cr H Astbury, the opening ceremony was attended by some 30 councillors and school managers. The nursery was the fourth of its kind to be opened in the Wakefield area and was aimed at helping young working mothers and to make nursery education available for all. The nursery occupied the former premises of Saint Peters School and offered 80 places (40 morning, 40 afternoon), and although the standard of the building was poor considerable efforts were made to improve it. The headmistress Mrs Margaret Pygott was helped by one assistant teacher and two nursery assistants. Margaret almost single handed set the school up and remained head teacher up to its closure in 2000 when the nursery was relocated to new premises at Saint Peters School just down the Road. The only weakness at the nursery was the poor condition of the building, however it was noted in an Ofsted report in 1998 that the condition of the building did not harm the quality of education and put the school amongst the top performing in the country. Margaret retired when the school was moved to its new site and the old staff disbanded.
Official opening of the school in 1974
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