GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Form 3WR 1956
CELEBRATION PARTY DETAILS
Bradford Education Pioneers.
A baby boom was created in the 50's due to the end of World War II. The country had to create more schools and the Comprehensive school idea was born. To have one school to accomodate all abilities.
On September 3rd 1956 a purpose built school was opened on a former field in Reevy Road,Buttershaw in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England. Buttershaw Secondary School.
Bradford at the time was the wool capital of the World and the major city in the north east. The first six months saw only the teaching block ready on time the rest was still full of workmen. The school pioneers were aged from 11 to 13 years old and the catchment area was the whole north of Bradford, a similar school was to be built in Eccleshill.
I do not remember who was the first pupil threw the doors but at a reunion Anthony Atkins has claimed the distinction.
I am proud to say I was very well educated, groomed and made at the school and was the first pupil to gain an outside qualification when I was awarded a GCE O level certificate in 1959.