Morley Grammar, Secondary or High School

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Morley Grammar School 1914

Morley Grammar School around 1950

Morley Grammar, Secondary or High School

The secondary and technical school had existed in Morley since 1906. Lessons were taught at St. Maryís Sunday School room on Commercial Street. Due to pressure from the West Riding County Council a new school was built on a 4 acre site in Fountain Street in 1909. The County Council had repeatedly stressed the need for a purpose-built school. It was built for children of parents residing in Morley, East Ardsley, West Ardsley, Gildersome and Drighlington and was opened on 4 July 1909. Rooms included a central hall, seven classrooms, a library, gymnasium, chemical and domestic laboratories. The technical section contained textile, engineering and art rooms. The size of the site left plenty of room for playing fields to the front and rear of the building. The school soon became known as Morley Grammar School.

The main building was extended around 1963. The extension provided a new sports facility including a gymnasium, a new central hall/dining room with adjoining kitchen, a stage and dressing rooms, domestic science rooms, woodwork and metalwork rooms, art room with its own kiln, a large staff room and medical room, reception area, fifth and sixth form common rooms, a dining area, a large library and head and deputy head offices. The old building was modified into classrooms and cloakrooms on the first floor, classrooms and a library on the second floor and science laboratories on the third. Further out buildings or annexes were added to the site during the 1970ís to accommodate the growing number of children in the town.

A fire in 1996 destroyed part of the extension including the kitchens, main hall and sports facilities and the area has now been rebuilt.

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