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Abbey Grange School
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Undated, Abbey Grange Church of England Secondary School was opened on October 11th 1962 by H.R.H. The Princess Royal (at this time The Princess Royal was Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood and only daughter of King George V). The school occupies a site which was once a farm belonging to Kirkstall Abbey just off Butcher Hill. This view shows the end wall of the main teaching block.

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Valerie Allen

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I started at Abbey Grange School in Sept 1966 at 11 years of age.My son David also attended from 1985.I moved away from the area in 1999 but my Dad still lives in the area and I have fond memories of my time at Abbey Grange.If anyone remembers me I was Valerie Stott then and lived at the lower end of Spen Lane near the Hark to Rover pub(which is still there;)I would really like to hear from anyone who knew me way back then.

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Paul Milner

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Judging by the length of the grass I would estimate that this was just after the school was built. No way would the grass have been that long at any other time. Bottom windon was the music room. Mr Rossitor's domain at the start of things.

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David Stott

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I understand that a pair of old cottages used to stand on where the school is now built. They were called 'Abbey Cottages'or 'Grange Cottages'. My grandfather recalls a friend having once resided in one of them. ( I too attended this school in the late '80's) I have to say that I only began to academically excel once I left and went to College!!

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Christine Allenby

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I went to Abbey Grange school from Sept 1964 until June 1969. I really enjoyed my time there and made lots of friends who I still keep in touch with today. Mr Slack was the headmaster at the time I attended. My family moved to the Moor Grange estate whilst the estate was still being built in 1960, we lived on Latchmere Drive, and I remember the school being built and the cross being placed on the side of Abbey Grange school. I went to the Sunday services held in the school assembly hall at Abbey Grange in the 1960's, that was until St Andrews church was built opposite the shops on Butcher Hill. My two sons went to Abbey Grange from early to late 1990's and my nephew also attended during this time. My neice is a pupil at the school now.

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Gavin Shoesmith

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Oi Stotty.....how are you doing??!! I never really excelled academically at Abbey Grange or when I left for that matter. Have always been employed though and done okish for myself with a career in sales! Must have been the gift of the gab!!! I remember doing German in that classroom at the bottom on a Friday morning. Loved the school though (and St Michaels) very very happy days. 1st girlfriends, listening to the stone Roses in maths!, going to the football with mates. I've been trying to remember teachers....Mr & Mrs Clough, Miss Albert, Mr Tunick, Mr Fennelly, Mr Windle, Mr London etc etc

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thorn.hill@ntlworld.com

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DStott

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for Gavin: We certainly had some great laughs back then, remember Paddy and our GCSE revision days!!! What ever happended to James Stables/Roy, Lee Smith etc, by the way I live in Australia now and have been here for 3 years! Good to hear you're doing well. I periodically scan this site when I get nostaligic...see ya mate

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dstott@kells.com.au

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A recent student

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Mr clough and miss albert still work there! Mr fenelly left recently.

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Paul Male

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I went to Abbey grange from September 1965 to June 1972 my mother was one of the dinner ladies - the middle classroom to the left was our 2nd year classroom with Ms Horsley - the lbrary was at the top and the music room at the bottom - never remember the grass being that long - Mr. Slack would never allow it. My sister Sue also went to the school. I have been living in Boston (USA) for the past 25 yrs - married with 2 Daughters.

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17-Jan-2009

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Gavin Shoesmith

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Mr Clough was a great teacher, tough but fair. Loved it when he was head of 6th form, this will have been 89/90. My time there coincided with Leeds Utd being promoted, the explosion of great guitar based indie music and the 1990 world cup. Back then it seemed every summer day was clear blue skies and boiling hot. Anyone who's still there show Mr Clough and Miss Albert this thread. Regards

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22-Feb-2010

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gavin.shoesmith@cbrands.eu.com

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gordon

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I rember a valerie stott who i met on holiday in Westword Ho! a long long time ago

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09-May-2011

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Valerie Stott

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Hi Gordon! That was me - I remember you. You made me laugh when you compared seagulls with planes taking off. Unbelievable to see your name again! I'm now working as a doctor in Abu Dhabi, married and have 2 gorgeous girls. I'm on Facebook if you want to be in touch. Or email me.

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06-Jun-2011

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valeriestott@hotmail.com

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Elisabeth Crowe

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Hi Gavin Shoesmith! Sorry to try and get you this way but am exhausting all leads! We have family in common (on your Dad's side, grandmothers were sisters), and contacted each other some years ago through Genes Reunited. I'm coming to England (from Australia)for a family research trip, arriving next week and would love to catch up, share stories, show photo's. Please contact me if you'd like to do this! Sorry, as I say, running out of contact ideas as it's been so long since we emailed. Anyone who knows Gavin, could you please pass this on?? Thanks so much!! Cheers, Liz

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14-Aug-2011

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debbie morse

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I was Debbie Mertz when I attended Abbey Grange. Mr Sherwood was my form teacher at one point and we were in the classroom displayed in the photo on the middle floor. This class was at the opposite end of corridor to maths teacher, Mr Newman's, who used to enforce the corridor as one way by standing at the entrance of it and virtually blocking it off by virtue of his size. does anyone remember this? I was in the same class as Richard Cheeseborough and Simon Bartlett, Celia Hill.

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04-Mar-2012

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debbie morse

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also the class on the ground floor used to be the music class run by Mr Skelton. I can remember many hours of recorders squeaking out of place as the kids were giggling and messing around.

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04-Mar-2012

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deborah.morse09@googlemail.com

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Sue Smith

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I went to Abbey Grange 1969-1974,left and went to Thomas Danby College for Catering,have worked all around the country in Hotels,for high-profile people etc.

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13-Jun-2012

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Richard Miller

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I rememmber Mr Slack, used to go visit him every Monday evening, for smoking behind the outdoor washrooms. I was there 65 -69and my sister was there from 67-72 her name was Jacquline

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29-Oct-2012

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Micky Miles

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I left Abbey Grange in 1970, I was pals with the School Caretakers son, Brendan. Some fond memories of the School.. ie the flying blackboard rubber, also my two sisters attended Kim & Jill..

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02-Jan-2014

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Richard Bowman (Bowie)

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I attended A G S FROM 65 TO 70. The middle floor was Mr (captain) Sherwwoods maths classroom. Top floor the library. How are you doing Paul (Fuzz) Male. Was in Boston about 10 years ago in the Fall. Used to catch the no.9 bus from Crossgates to School. Now live in Otley, but spent most of the 80's in Saudi Arabia civil engineering. Mr Slack the headmaster ran the school with a rod of iron. Great headmaster though, and gr8 school.

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23-Jan-2014

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