Aireborough Historical Society

National School 1861 to St. Peter's (C of E) Primary School (1)


National School 
Date 1861 to present
Location Rawdon
Photo ID
G056 + C195a  Donated by Brian Triffitt.                 
A brief History:
Thomas Layton had St. Peter's Church School built in 1710, as a school for boys at the junction of Layton Avenue and Town Street.  A church school for girls and infants was built on the present site on Town Street in 1861 and extended in 1876 with two classrooms for boys, (First photo) together with a master's house (Second photo). The school, but not the masters house, was burnt down in 1951.  It was rebuilt and reopened in 1955, and the master's house was then and still is today occupied by the school caretaker.  The old building erected under Thomas Layton (The Institute) was used for parochial purposes from 1876 to 1979 when it was turned into a private house.

Photo ID    F140

National School Pupils - 1893


A class of children with two teachers.  


Photo ID    U899
National School Pupils -  c1898
A class of children with the Headmaster Mr Cockcroft on the left.

Photo ID    G059
National School Pupils - 1901
A group of pupils at the National School.  On the left is Headmaster Mr Cockcroft.  The teacher on the right is thought to be Miss Bilton.

Photo ID    G061
National School Pupils - 1902
A group of children at the National.  Headmaster Mr Cockcroft and one of the female teachers was possibly Miss Mary Palliser. 

Photo ID     F348
National School Pupils - 1902
A class of children together with the Headmaster Mr Cockcroft.

Photo ID    D261
National School Pupils - 1909
A class of children at the National donated by Val Ryan.  The Headmaster Mr Cockcroft is on the right.  Pupil Madge Long is seated 4th from the right on the front row.

Photo ID    V66
National School Pupils - 1920
A few names have been supplied with this photograph:
On the 3rd row, 6th and 7th from the left are twins, Sally and Mary Smith.
2nd row, 6th from the left is Margaret Oates, then on the front row 3rd from the right is Alan Hardacre. 

Photo ID    F356
National School Pupils - c1920s
The Headmaster Mr Cockcroft taught at the school for many years.  On the back row, 4th from the left is Rene Long, born September 1913.  She lived at the Nags Head public house on Town Street, (later to become the Post Office for the village).  Later she moved to Grange Farm with her mother, Step-father and sister, the present school car park is now on the site of the farm (August 2014)  She was married to Mr H Hoare, her daughter Val Ryan donated this image.

Photo ID    T265
The Headmaster Mr Cockcroft and a class of pupils.  Rene Long is on the middle row, 5th from the left with her hair on her shoulder.
The photograph was donated by Val Ryan.

Photo ID    T266
Another splendid photograph of the Headmaster Mr Cockcroft and a class of pupils.
The photograph was donated by Val Ryan.

Photo ID    T50
National School Pupils - 1921
The Headmaster Mr Charles Cockcroft is on the left.  Miss Mary Palliser is the teacher on the right.  A number of names have been supplied but the positions of the children are not pin-pointed:
On the back row, George ledger, Clifford Metcalf, John Huddlestone, Willie Lusford, Herbert Kemp and Jack Kemp.
On the third row, Douglas Metcalf, Claude Metcalf, Mary Teale, Beatrice Jackson and Dinah Huddlestone.
On the second row, Winifred Hattersley, Lily Teale and Alice Harper.
On the front row, Eric Money, Ronald Money and Frank Harper.

Photo ID    T51
The Headmaster Mr Charles Cockcroft is on the right.
The names of some of the children have been noted but not in order:
On the back row, Beatrice Jackson, Raymond Scurrah, Dennis Rushworth, John Rawnsley, Wilfred Ralph, John Speight, Lilian Wilkinson, Ivy Wright, Gipsy Smith and Jenny Sharp.
Middle row, Waite-Pullan, Lily Teale, Amy Wright and Mary Teale.
Front row, Eric Whittaker and Ronald Money. 

Photo ID    W176
National School Pupils - c1935
A  photograph of the pupils in the top class donated by Paul Metcalf who also supplied some of the names:
Clifford Rawnsley, Frank Clark, Clifford Bailey, John Broadhead, Harry Hogg, Dennis Beals, Eric Harper, Elsie Dibb, Mary Newall, Eva Wilkinson, Edna Drake, Joan Beilby, Dolly Hudson, Molly Braithwaite, Phyllis Drake, Paul Metcalf, Frank Hattersley, Ben Thomas, Peter Hogg.  Headmaster Jos Collins on the right.

Photo ID    FBA115
National School Pupils - 1936
A photograph donated by Jean Dean.  Many names have been added and there is a name missing between Roy Marshall and Tom Hattersley.

Photo ID     Y088
National School Football Team - 1948/49
Editor's Note:  25 May 21 - This photograph has been identified as being taken at Yeadon South View School and not National School, Rawdon, though the boys names are correct.  The photo will be removed and placed in the correct school in due course.
Teacher George Crompton on the right.  The person on the left is thought to have been the then headmaster.
Pupil names not in any order: 
P Braithwaite, G McGuire, Stanley Ellis, G Harrison, G Yeadon, J Stephenson, D Myers, M Hutchinson, B Barker, A Walsh, A Rayner.

Previous Comments:

Re T265


Lovely to see this photo as my Mum was at the National School at this time, our family were friends with Lily and Mary Teale and the Harper family.  Can't see Mum on the photo she would have been 8yrs old in 1921 so maybe a different class her name was Rene Long but I do remember Miss Mary Palliser with whom my Mum was very friendly in later life and my Mum talked fondly of Mr Cockcroft the headmaster.  Miss Palliser was a lovely lady and was still there and taught my brother Stuart Hoare when he started school in the 1940s.

13 November 2013.


Re T266


Winifred Hattersley was on the photo but on the third row as she was eight years old and a lifetime friend of Mary Teale.  John Hattersley was six so he will be on.  John lost his life in Italy during W.W.2, shot by a sniper.

Winifred Hattersley was my mother.

13 November 2013.


Re T50


Miss Mary Palliser was my 2nd great aunt!!! So nice to see what she looked like as I don't have any photos of her or her family.  Her parents were James Palliser and Elizabeth Jennings.  Her brother Joseph was my great grandfather.  Also nice to see a post from valrayan85a that someone actually knew her!

Thanks for submitting these phots ... your site is jus wonderful!

23 April 2014

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