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Aerial View, Lawnswood High School

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Aerial View, Lawnswood High School
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Undated, Two separate schools built on the one site, Boys Modern School first known as Leeds Modern and the Girls Modern School. They were known collectively as Lawnswood High School. They were part of a plan to create secondary schools in the Leeds suburbs. Built around 1926 at a cost of £120,000. A new school building has now been built and the old school demolished.

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D Britten

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this school was built in 1853 not 1926. the old building has been demolished.

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Peter Styles

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The photo would appear to have been taken after the tram service was withdrawn. There are also rugby posts on the playing field and I believe rugby was introduced only in the 1950s. The two schools were known as Lawnswood High School- Girls(left) and Leeds Modern School -Boys (right) separated by the swimming pool. They were both Grammar Schools and it was only when they were amalgamated as a Comprehensive that the one name Lawnswood High School was adopted. The building date quoted is probably correct as Leeds Modern School was originally located in the centre of Leeds. I attended from 1951 to 1957 when the Headmaster was Frank Holland.

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Pat Burns

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My sister taught at lawnswood in the 1970's

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John

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D.Britten is wrong. These buildings were built in the late 20's / early 30's.

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Chris N

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I attended from 1969, Frank "Cheesey" Holland was still Head then but retired whilst I was there as the schools merged. At the time of the merger the name was initially Lawnswood school, the term High was dropped to indicate that it was not the same as the girls school had been. The former girls school head "Hilda" Longworth being the head after the merger. There were many staff that had been there for years, having taught my father whe he was there and still teaching when both my sister and I were there, e.g Harry Seaton and Ted McNeil The photo is from before my time since when I was there there was a prefab building "5th form block" adjacent to the roads at either side of the site and there was the new "6th form" block at the side of Otley Road

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Maggie Cobbett

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Anyone interested in the history of the girls' school in particular might like to take a look at the dedicated website www.lawnswoodhighschool.com It also contains quite a lot of information about Leeds Modern, the boys' school.

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12-Feb-2010

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John Wood

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Mixed memories,I attended from 1955 to 1961. "Cheesy Holland " was our head and I incurred his wrath on many an occasion.My contemporaries included Chris Byrne,Steve Whitaker,Paul Ryder,Peter? Butterfield,and many others of course. Not really good days for me and I have succeeded since.

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10-Nov-2011

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Ian Smith

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Hi everyone – I went to Leeds Modern School from 1957 until 1962. The school buildings in the photograph were Lawnswood High School for girls and Leeds Modern School for boys. They were separate schools with shared swimming baths between the two buildings. The schools were built on the site at Otley Road/Ring Road in 1931. Both schools were grammar schools until 1973, when the schools amalgamated and became one large comprehensive school called Lawnswood School. Originally, at Leeds Modern School, the dining room for school dinners was in a basement but, whilst I was there, a new dining hall building was built next to the swimming baths, which is possibly shown on the undated photograph above. I remember many of the teachers, including those named already. So far as relates to the post by John Wood, I remember Chris Byrne, ‘Clive’ Whitaker, David Butterfield and his brother Derek Butterfield, who became a school teacher and was a friend of mine, but was killed in a traffic accident when a stolen car collided with his vehicle in east Leeds in 1992. A new school was built on part of the site of the original sports fields, adjacent to the school, and was completed in 2003. The old school buildings, shown in the photograph, were then demolished and the new building project was completed. Although I did not particularly enjoy my own time at Leeds Modern School and struggled to get through academically, I really enjoyed the sporting facilities and played football and particularly rugby for the school teams. I thought that it was a very good school if you were in the top ‘streams’ in your year, but if you were not, then you had to ‘muddle through’ with little encouragement from the teachers. Even so, overall, I think that it was a good school, with a good reputation and was well regarded. I understand that since 1973, the school gradually went ‘downhill’ and, in recent years, has been the subject of ‘special measures’ as standards had deteriorated so much – what a shame. - Ian

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23-Jan-2012

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Keith Sutherland

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I attended Leeds Modern School 1951-1956.Only soccer was played in the winter months until ( I believe )the 1952/53 season when rugby union was introduced.But to my chagrin,being a league player rugby was played for only half the season and soccer the other. I cannot remember which way round. In the picture the soccer goal posts were either waiting to be erected or had been taken down.

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27-Mar-2013

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Margaret Ellebye

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My mother went to this school in the early 1930's when it was called The Girls Modern School and was in the centre of Leeds, before it moved out to West Park. By the time I went there it was at West Park, of course.

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13-May-2013

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victor carter

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Very interesting to read Peter Styles factual review of the Moderns recent history. If he was in the 4L/5A stream in 1954/55 please pass on my regards(never heard or seen of the others since)

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26-Oct-2013

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Peter Styles

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I was pleased to see Victor's comments above. I was in the stream mentioned and similarly have had minimal contact with any of my contemporaries.

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16-Mar-2014

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