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Report - Victoria Community High School (Newdigate Building), Crewe - March 2015

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by GRONK, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. GRONK

    GRONK 28DL Regular User
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    March 2015​

    Newdigate Only

    Description of the school. Taken from SchoolNet
    History
    Victoria Community High School opened its doors in 1978 replacing/ including Ledford Street Secondary School. It is about 1/2 mile North of Crewe town centre and was made up of four separate buildings (Meredith, Ledford, Oakley and Newdigate. It was closed in July 2010 after being amalgamated with a other local high school Coppenhall, to form Sir William Stanier high school. the Ledford Street building (Built in the early 1900's) was demolished early last year and a large amount of 'luxury' flats are nearing completion on the site. The Oakley building is now used by Cheshire East Council as a leisure centre and also a 'Pupil Referral Unit' for troubled children. The other two buildings Meredith and Newdigate have remained empty since.

    The Visit
    This visit wasn't planned, I was on my way past after visiting a local empty nightclub, I've always liked this school. Going back a good few years when choosing the high school that I wanted to attend I actually listed Victoria as my second option after another one in the area, at this time I visited the school on it's various open days and have some patchy memories of how it was in it's final few years. As I was passing the Newdigate building I noticed a way into one of the classrooms, obviously I couldn't miss an opportunity to have a poke around. Inside is very dark on account of all the windows being boarded up (and I mean all, even the skylights). his is also a strange building because in some of the rooms there are bars on the windows. Anyway on with the photos.

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    I'll just add this here. :)

    I was passing today on my way home from work and thought id take a few externals on my phone, I was getting close to the access point and there was a group of at least 10 chavs scattered around some on the roof and a few inside that window. So being a responsible member of society (Cough cough), and it being very clear that they weren't there to take photographs I rung the police, after about 5 minutes PC Plod turned up, all the kids ran off but they left behind a fire in one of the classrooms. Needless to say plod called for a fire engine and it was put out with very little damage. :)

    I'm feeling a bit proud at the moment. :)

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    You can see the fire in the open window. p.s. the access point has been sealed this evening.
     
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    Well 28DL is becoming very personal. Within the past week my ancestral family home has appeared on these boards and now this...

    I briefly taught here as a science teacher circa 2003 (just a few weeks and that was more than long enough). It was a crap school with low pupil aspirations and the worse behaved pupils I had ever seen. Sorry but I have no happy memories of this place at all and this posting is straight from the most miserable time of my life. I left teaching completely shortly afterwards and volunteered for six months in Iraq as an army reservist - at the time that was much more preferable to teaching and yes you can take that as a dig at this school. I met the to-be wife halfway through my Iraq tour and life very much changed for the better :-)

    I assume the other school campus is unused too - and that is the much more interesting building and should be reported.
     
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    The Ludford building at the bottom of the hill has been demolished, the oakley building with the massive sports hall is now being used as a community centre, but will be demolished later this year. And this (Newdigate) and the Meredith (Main) building are unused. But I couldn't get into the main building. :(
     
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    Good stuff gronk good to see your doing your bit for the community getting those kids off the roof they could have hurt them selves lol ;)
     
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    All sealed up as a result. :( I could have done with another look around.
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    Just realised haha, I may not have mentioned that I'd been in the previous day to PC Plod......... Must have slipped my mind.
     
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    Just tried to find this bulidng as I live just down the road in Sandbach. And as far as I can see it's now a new housing estate. But how has this happened in a month?
     
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    Erm maybe you went to the wrong place :bangheadlol:troutand a :slap
     
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    I don't think I did haha. I did a lot of research prior to visiting
     
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    Well I can't see how they built a whole housing estate in one month unless there ikea houses
     
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    Now that's a brilliant idea right there! If sell that one to idea if I were you
     
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    ;)Do I sense a hint of sarcasm there Zoe ;)
     
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    You definitely went to the wrong place, lol.
    It was there at 21:00 tonight when I drove past. :thumb
     
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