Guardhouse School

A game of rounders in the top school yard 1950's

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Guard House Infant and Primary School was opened for pupils on Thursday 1 st of October 1953 and officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal on Saturday 13 th February 1954 shortly after she opened Bracken Bank Infant and Primary Schools. It was built on eight and a half acres of land acquired from the Duke of Devonshire. The primary school had seven classrooms and two general-purpose rooms providing accommodation for 320 pupils in two blocks. The school had a separate dining room and all-electric kitchen.

The school became Calversyke Middle School in 1981 and then reverted back to its former name in 2000. The school finally closed its doors in February 2010 after almost exactly 56 years shortly moving to the new Merlin Top School nearby.

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Kirsty silverwood | Reply 15.09.2017 07.35

Hi there,
Is they any photos of the late 80s and 90s? :)
I loved my primary school guardhouse, my favourite teachers was Mrs Fenwick
And Mrs Law.good memories

Christine Duckett | Reply 29.07.2017 18.49

I was in the first set of classes when the school opened

Georgina dobson was midgley | Reply 09.05.2017 07.41

I would love to see any photos from 1964 to 67

kevin wood | Reply 02.05.2017 06.52

A surprise to see my old classes of 1963 & 1964 happy days

Diana Mitchell (Bootland) | Reply 24.04.2017 12.43

I attended both infants & juniors between 1955-1962. My older brother David & younger brotherDennis also went to the School.i remember Mrs Laycock

Susan Carter | Reply 18.11.2016 20.08

Hi, I would love to see class photos of infants 1964/65

heather wood | Reply 03.11.2016 17.29

I would like to see a photo of classes 1953

pauline ellis | Reply 04.05.2016 23.44


Harry Wellock | Reply 13.05.2015 00.06

Hi Pauline,I remember you well.I've been mates with your brother now for nearly sixty years and did work with him recently before we both retired.

Sarah Sally Allan (nee Maddocks) | Reply 17.01.2015 02.57

I was there approx 1959-67.

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18.03 | 05:56

I supplied this photo a few years ago. I remember quite a few of the names but not sure of the exact year.

09.03 | 20:08

There's an error in the year for this Norfolk House photo
- it was 1969-1970 (first year class).

06.02 | 21:01

wow such a busy street was north st but alas not any more just a dump sorry

03.02 | 22:40

Interested to see more images of St Anne’s between 1940 - 1958

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