Thursday, 4 August 2011
Aha... yes, you were right, scaffolding planks (who knew they could be so colourful?).... part of a spider's web of metalwork engulfing the local primary school. It's summer: school's out, repairs are IN!
There are several local elementary schools. There's one at the top end of the village called Saltaire Primary School, and this one at the bottom end is Wycliffe CE (Church of England) Primary School. This school was until relatively recently a 'middle school' taking pupils from 9 years old to 13. Now it takes children from the the age of 4 through until they go to secondary school at 11. But it was first opened in the 1890s (I think) as a Board School, at a time when education in Britain was going through major changes.
A hotch-potch of governesses, private schools, church (National) schools and factory schools like Salt's schools in Saltaire became a much more organised system of education for all children. This was thanks to various Education Acts passed by reforming Victorian politicians - notably the 1870 Education Act introduced by the Bradford MP W E Forster, which set up School Boards to establish and administer primary schools. As you can see, many of these original Victorian buildings have given good service, and in most cases have happily adapted to the ongoing changes in style and emphasis in our children's education.