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

Boomstick84

28DL Regular User
Regular User
#1
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
GraffStairwell.jpg


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

Stairs.jpg


18. Cobwebs on Flagpole

Cobweb.jpg


19. Lightning Rod

LightningConductor.jpg


20. Some views from the clocktower

RooftopOverCourtyard.jpg


RooftopIntoSun.jpg


StJosephsClocktowerView.jpg


Hope you enjoyed! :thumb
 

slayaaaa

28DL Regular User
Regular User
#6
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!
 

Boomstick84

28DL Regular User
Regular User
#8
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!
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
 

Idle Hands

28DL Regular User
Regular User
#14
I like this. Looks a bit like my old primary school. Schools don't look like schools anymore... if that makes sense!