As you will know, Churchill is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee this year. The school first opened its doors to teachers and pupils sixty years ago, and I shared with you earlier this term the first entry from the school log book when the very first children and staff arrived.
February 1957 was an even more momentous month, as the existing secondary school in Churchill – Churchill Church of England Voluntary Controlled Secondary School – transferred all its resources and students over to the new Churchill School on our current site. The event is recorded in the school’s log book by the Headmaster, Mr Dennis, as follows:
Following the decision of the Governors and with the help of Mr Haydon, Headmaster of the Churchill V.C. Secondary School, all the books, equipment and furniture of that school were moved into this school. During the afternoon, the children of the V.C. school came down with their teachers, bringing their books and personal belongings. An assembly was held, and the Headmaster welcomed staff and pupils to the new school.
The school closed at 4 o’clock for the four-day grant of holiday occasioned by the Somerset Teachers Course and half-term.
After half term, the school was fully open – although not without its difficulties:
Wednesday, February 20th
The school re-opened this morning with its full complement of children and staff. Children were dispersed as follows:
- 1c – Mrs Cornish
- 1b – Miss Young
- 1a – Miss Ford
- IIc – Mr Lloyd
- IIb – Mrs Miell
- IIa – Mr Harris
- IIIc – Mr Griffiths
- IIIb – Mr Hector
- IIIa – Mr Livingstone
- IVb – Miss Owen
- IVa – Mr Simmons
Twelve children from the Holmfield Close area of Winscombe were absent to-day. This was due to their being detained at home by their parents as a protest against there being no school bus provided from that area.
It sounds like there were a few teething troubles for the Head to cope with!
I will continue to update this blog with extracts from the school Log Book throughout this Diamond Jubilee year – they will be collected in the Churchill at 60 category. In the meantime please be sure to have a look at our Churchill at 60 webpage and, if you have memories to share or want to reminisce, join our Churchill at 60 Facebook group.