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JUNIOR/MIDDLE SCHOOL - continued

 

It was in November that the first Governors' Meeting was held with Councillor Mrs. Dodson acting as Chairman.

 

From 29th January 1971 the school was given permission to use the Sheffield Wednesday gymnasium. Decimal currency was introduced in the country from February 1971. There was also a new look to the school in that year when the outside stonework was sandblasted clean.

 

In September 1973, Hillsborough Middle School was formed, now catering for children from eight to 12 years. The outside building, which in recent years had been used by "Guild Guidance and Speech Therapy", was converted to include classroom bases, remedial room, Domestic Science and Craft area, and a Music Room.

 

With the reorganisation of local government in April 1974 the "Sheffield Education Authority" became known as "City of Sheffield Metropolitan District Education Authority".

 

A single mobile classroom was used by the Middle School in September 1975, but was transferred for use by the First School in September 1976 (this building was eventually removed from the site in August 1983).

 

A dual mobile classroom unit was used by the Middle School from September 1976 as the number of classes increased to 11. (This building is still used by the M3 year in 1984.)

 

Indoor toilets were completed in December 1977. One of the sheds in the yard was converted into changing rooms in 1976. A Fire Alarm was installed in the same year and the campus roofs were insulated in 1978.

 

In 1979 Mr. Peacock, who had been caretaker on the site since 1948, died.

 

On 31st December 1979 Mr. Bernard Fowler, who had been Head since 1963, retired to be replaced by Mr. A. C. Hughes who had been a teacher at the school from 1962 to 1965. He was to be Headteacher for about three years before gaining early retirement in order to emigrate to Canada.

 

Mr. M. D. Kemp became Headteacher in September 1983.

 

 

THE INFANTS' DEPARTMENT

 

The Infants' Department was also opened on 7th July 1884, and on the next day 42 children were admitted. Miss I. B. Smith was the first Head. By the end of the month there were 94 children on the register.

 

Concern over attendance was always paramount as the School grant was based on it. Children who attended regularly were rewarded with one stick of pencil each. Whooping cough and measles were very prevalent and seriously affected attendances. Other children were absent because their parents were unable to pay the fees.

 

The Chairman of the School Board distributed 42 prizes to children who had made 400 half-day attendances over the year. The teachers presented each child who had not been favoured with a book prize with a Christmas card. The Head reports, "This small gift had the effect of transforming looks of disappointment into unmistakeable pleasure."

 

Each year the Headmistress outlined the Object Lessons to be taught. These included animals, plants, minerals (coal, iron, chalk) and employments (carpenter, postman, grocer, teacher).

 

Details of poems and recitations were also laid down. For example the "Babies" class had :- Ring a ring o' roses, Hush a bye baby, Little ducklings, Three Mice, Good Night Mam, Bo peep, Long time ago, Once I saw a little bird. Class 3 had:- There is beauty all around, My dears you must know, Raise your hands if clean, Little bird come to me, I have a home, Two little kittens and Three mice.

 

In 1890 all boys reaching the age of eight were transferred to the Senior department, as were all the boys and girls of Standard 1.

School photographs were taken from 1893, the same year as Mrs. Matthews became Headteacher.  Flower making and clay modelling were commenced in 1896.

 

In 1897 Miss F. Baldock became Head. It was about this time that work was to begin on a new building in the school grounds. The school opening in 1899 had to be delayed because the final work of clearing the site had not been completed.

 

The school was very overcrowded in the late 1890's. A report of 1899 found 78 children in one room and 79 children in another. A report by the H.M.I, found, however, The children are kindly dealt with and carefully taught. “The Board trusts that the enlargement of the school will be quickly completed." 

 

Plans had been drawn up as early as 1896 by G. A. Wilson of Hartshead Chambers to extend the school. A new block was erected in the yard and called a Junior Mixed School, it was built to house children between the age of seven or eight and 11.

 

In practice, although it was called a mixed school, there were two separate entrances. The girls entered from the Girls' and Infants' playground, and there were girls' toilets to the right of the entrance. The boys entered from the rear of the building entering the school through a gate from Catch Bar Lane. Toilets were positioned in this corner. There was a boys' classroom [now the Music Room) at the back of the building, and a girls' classroom at the front. Some mixing of sexes did take place in the central portion of the building.
 

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