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Report - St Peter's College / Rainsford School - Chelmsford, Essex - Aug 2014

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Boomstick84, Sep 3, 2014.

  1. Boomstick84

    Boomstick84 28DL Regular User
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    History

    St. Peter's was originally established as Rainsford High School in 1939. It was a Church of England voluntarily aided school situated in Chelmsford, Essex.

    The school expanded over the years with the addition of a large science block in the 1960’s and a sixth form was later established (St. Peter's college) with the addition of a theatre and performing arts building.

    From the 90’s the population of students began to steadily decline due to competition from other large competing schools in the area (Hylands, Chelmer Valley High, St. John Payne and the Boys County High). Along with the decline of the student numbers the exam results also began to plummet dramatically with only 8% of students receiving A*-C's between 2006 -2010.

    Despite attempts to turn the school’s fortunes around it closed it’s doors for the last time in August 2011.

    The Explore

    Explored with fellow 28DL members slayaaaa and robg172. A huge thanks to slayaaaa for all his help with the access which was certainly fun / challenging and being kind enough to show us around the site. We probably would have missed some gems here if it wasn’t for him. His report from previous visits can be found below. Thanks man, was good to meet you! :thumb

    http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums...ge-Rainsford-high-school-Chelmsford-July-2014.

    A fun site which is certainly a challenge to navigate as it is buttoned up pretty tight all around. We managed to cover pretty much everything that wasn’t completely locked down with the highlights being a rather brave access to the previously inaccessible library building (well played robg172! :thumb) resulting in a shockingly loud alarm and some beautiful views from the clocktower.

    It looks like the site may have been used for police training or filming of some description as there is an abundance of police tape and spent blank shells lying around in some buildings which was an odd (and slightly unsettling) sight to find in a school.

    There is visible security on site but even after triggering a couple of PIR alarms they simply turned them off and we weren’t bothered any further. Happy days.

    Overall a thoroughly enjoyable explore with some good laughs and great company. Thanks gents!

    On with the pics...

    1. Front of main building

    MainBuilding.jpg

    2. School crest

    Crest.jpg

    3. Central Courtyard

    Courtyard.jpg

    4. Classroom
    Classroom.jpg

    5. Piano

    Piano.jpg

    6. Graffiti Stairwell
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    7. Come In!

    ComeIn.jpg

    8. Gymnasium

    AboveSportsHall.jpg

    9. Gymnasium equipment

    SportsHall.jpg

    10. Overgrown Sign

    OvergrownSign.jpg

    11. Commemorative Plaque

    Plaque.jpg

    12. Learning & Resources Centre / Library

    LibraryBalcony.jpg

    13. Learning & Resources Centre / Library 2

    LibraryBalcony2.jpg

    14. Blank Shells

    BlankShells.jpg

    15. Clocktower Courtyard

    ClocktowerfromCourtyard.jpg

    16. Below the Clocktower

    ClocktowerFromBelow.jpg

    17. Clocktower Stairs

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    18. Cobwebs on Flagpole

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    19. Lightning Rod

    LightningConductor.jpg

    20. Some views from the clocktower

    RooftopOverCourtyard.jpg

    RooftopIntoSun.jpg

    StJosephsClocktowerView.jpg

    Hope you enjoyed! :thumb
     

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  2. Yorrick

    Yorrick 28DL Regular User
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    Some good shots there and still a few bits to see.
     
  3. Coxieboy

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    Nice work, not too trashed....
     
  4. krissigalores

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    Looks great. Love number 7!
     
  5. Oort

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    Lovely, you can see why the library was all belled up.
     
  6. slayaaaa

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    Ah nice! I love the pics! Hopefully we'll meet again soon do another explore :thumb had an awesome time! Also great to some proper pics of the place! Nice report!
     
  7. Boomstick84

    Boomstick84 28DL Regular User
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    Thanks all for your feedback, much appreciated! :)
     
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    Thanks bud! Yeah, we deffo need to get another one on the cards, was a good laugh. Thanks again and cheers for putting up with our embarrassing climbing efforts at times. You make it looks easy mate! :D
     
  9. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Liking these, nice ones :thumb
     
  10. Boomstick84

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    Thanks mate! :thumb
     
  11. wellingtonian

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    Nice set there mate. Good stuff :thumb
     
  12. Boomstick84

    Boomstick84 28DL Regular User
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    Thanks Wellingtonian, appreciate the feedback :)
     
  13. Marsden1002

    Marsden1002 Love it!
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    Looks good. Can't beat an un touched school!
     
  14. Idle Hands

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    I like this. Looks a bit like my old primary school. Schools don't look like schools anymore... if that makes sense!
     
  15. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    Looks interesting. Liking the look of that piano in pic number 5. Nice report mate. :thumb
     
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