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Colton Primary School, School Lane

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Colton Primary School, School Lane
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2000. A view of Colton Primary School in School Lane. This newly built school replaced the unsuitable buildings of the old Temple Newsam-Colton Primary School which opened as a Board School in 1876. The old school building still stands at the end of School Lane. The new buildings are on one storey and built of brick. There is a playing field and hard play area and the perimeter of the school has adequate well-lit parking areas, safety railings and landscaped grounds.

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Hazelram

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I have just logged on afer a lapse of some months and I am amazed to see the new Colton School. What a difference to when I went to the school in 1939 to 1945. I have some very nostalgic memories of the old school and feel a little sad at the changes but life goes on and things have to change. I would not have recognised the place had I only seen a photograph.

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David Cockerham

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I went to Templenewsam Colton County Primary School, to give it its full name, from 1949 to 1955. I do hope the lovely old Victorian building has been preserved, and the splendid conker tree next to the playground entrance which we used as a wicket for impromptu cricket games in the breaks. The Headmistress then was Miss Crofts. There were also two Miss Wrights - the elder and the younger - and a Mr Broster, who used to take us up School Lane to the cricket ground for cricket in summer and to the playing field behind it for touch and pass in winter. After taking sandwiches to school for lunch for years, I remember the wonderful day when we started to have hot cooked school lunches at the village institute just down the road. The very first meal there was spam fritters. It got better after that! Happy memories of playing on the local farms - Joe Carrol's , Paxton's and Holly Tree, and of adventures in Johnny Lane, Gypsy Lane and Three Well Woods, and of mushroom picking in the Three Cornered Field - it used to be white with hundreds of them in season. Most of this wonderful rural idyll has now been obliterated by housing estate, although thankfully not The Cottages, Meynell Road, where I lived in those days.

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John Hunter

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Unfortunately the old school has, eventually, been demolished and, as of Spring 2005 being replaced by yet more housing.

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Anne Marie Briggs

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I went to the school in the early 60s. The headmistress was Miss Duxbury. The school had vile outside lavatories but that was the only bad thing about it. I remember dancing round the maypole and going to summer fairs. I also remember the excellent conker tree in the garden across the road. I remember too going for nature walks and collecting frogspawn and leaves. Them were't days.

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David Cockerham

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I see Colton was in the top ten primary schools in Leeds in 2010 according to the league tables published in The Times, so it's obviously still just as great as it was when I went there from 1949 to 1955. Well done Colton.

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25-Dec-2010

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Lucy

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Hi, I am a trainee teacher from colton and I am looking into doing a topic of work for a university assignment on the old colton school for children I will teach in the future. Has anyone got any memories of the school such as the inside, what punishments were used, what equitment the school had ect. It would be really useful if you have and could share these with me. Thanks Lucy

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24-Nov-2011

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Darren Gibson

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In response to Lucy's request for more information about the old school. You may wish to contact the local ward member for Leeds City Council, Bill Hyde, who went to school there and I think used to be/is a school governor. My dad went to the old school, but either has little recollection of it or no appetite for sharing his experiences - sorry

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12-Dec-2011

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David Cockerham

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Lucy, In response to your question about the history of Colton School, you will find a mine of information about it in the booklet 'Colton in Leeds Remembered' by my brother Harry available on eBay at: http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p4012.m570.l1313&_nkw=colton+in+leeds+remembered&_sacat=See-All-Categories

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05-Apr-2012

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Mike Horne

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Hi. I attended Colton School from 1960 to 1962, and my brother also attended it from 1961 to 1962, before my family moved to East Suffolk. We lived at Lulworth Crescent, Whitkirk at the time we attended Colton School. Our classroom was in part of the institute where the dining room was, but my first class was in the annexe on the east side of the Victorian building. There were two classrooms in the annexe - the staffroom was in between them. I remember Miss Duxbury, and also Mrs Oliver, Mrs Backhouse. My teacher in 1961/62 era was Mrs Storr - anyone remember these teachers? I also remember Mrs Makin, one of the school dinner ladies in the institute. I visited the old building before demolition in 1992, and bought a photo of it and a mug with a picture of the old school building on it. If anyone in the new school wants to see these items for historical interest, please feel free to contact me. The time that I lived in this area of Leeds brings back many pleasant memories for me, and this includes the school.

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29-Jun-2012

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Susan Bills nee Eyles

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I went to Colton School in 1952 for about two years as did my cousen Jeffrey Eyles who went a year after me but was a pupil till he was eleven. I remember there being just two classrooms and the infants were in one. We had a female teacher and the Headmaster taught the older children. There was a large fireplace in my classroom and a piano.The frniture was pilled up in one corner when we did PE. My most vivid memory was a party held at the school when it was the Queens coronation when we went in fancy dress and took food, there was no school kitchen or dinners in those days. We were all given a silver coin with the Queen on which I still have I also have a school class photo where we were in the playground with the teacher and head teacher.

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01-May-2014

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Janet Barrie

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My Uncle John (Jack) Nelson Movley attended this lovely school in early 1930's as did his sister (my Mum) Barbara Jean Movely. My Grandparents ran The Brown Cow in Whitkirk opposite the Church. I also attended for 1 year 1963/64 before moving out of Leeds. My Godmother, Mary Claughton, lived in Vine Cottage opposite the school. I remember walking down the road to have lunch in the hall. Such a shame to see the new houses etc on a recent visit.

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06-Aug-2014

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