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Report - Stoke Dameral Girls School, Plymouth 14/02/10

Rookinella

I should have danced all night
28DL Full Member
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Visited with Speed and Rigsby.

Now this place was hilarious on so many levels but I won't go into that now :p It was the last site we had planned to look at on our first day and to be honest, the sun was starting to set and we were absolutely fishfingered. I love derelict schools and this was no exception. There were still remnants of its former life lying around everywhere and despite being derelict for 22 years, I think it's weathered pretty well. The photos are a bit blurgghh coz the sun was going down but hopefully you get the gist of what's going on :)

A bit of history taken from the Plymouth Archives about the formation of the school that eventually closed in 1986.

The Stoke Damerel Secondary School for Girls was founded in August 1926, when the Plymouth Local Education Authority transferred the girls from Regent Street Central School to join the girls at Keppel Place Central School, Stoke. The boys combined to create Sutton Secondary School for Boys in the Regent Street building.

When the School opened in the September there were 349 pupils on the register but within the first twelve months this fell to 329, largely because of the distance of the School from Plymouth. The Headmistress was Miss E M Bence, BA (London), and she was supported by 19 full-time staff and two visiting teachers.

There was an official inspection by the Board of Education between February 7th and 10th 1928. Their report recorded that there were three classes in the first form; two in the second; three each in the third and fourth; two in the fifth; and there were nine sixth form pupils of an average age of 16 years 5 months.

Like its counterpart in Plymouth, it was elevated to the status of a High School in 1935.


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