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West Derby School is a comprehensive school based in Liverpool, England, and as a community school is run by the local education authority.
The post-war 'baby-boom' resulted in a much higher number of teenage children in the 1950s. Liverpool Corporation embarked on a massive school building programme, of which our original two school sites were part.
West Derby High School was originally opened in September 1957 by the first Head Teacher was Mr A.L Casson. The school was designed by Liverpool Architects Harold E Davies and Sons to house 540 boys. Harold E Davies died in 1952, so it is unlikely that he was involved with the plans, his son Harold Hinchcliffe probably designed the building which took about two years to complete.
Bankfield Secondary Modern School was opened in September 1959. It was designed by Rimmer Brothers Limited to house 400 boys.
Originally West Derby was designed to be used in collaboration with nearby Holly Lodge girls school, and in 1984 there were unsuccessful plans to merge the two schools into one.
West Derby School is now a single site school as of September 2010 when it relocated a few hundred yards from the old Bankfield site to a brand new building on West Derby Road, as part of the Building Schools for the Future scheme.
The original plan was to see both sites of the school today, but there was actually more to see in this place than i would have first thought and we ended up spending a good 2+ hours in there, so the other wing will have to wait.
Visited with a none-member.
Thanks to WIMR for the last minute advice last night - spot on .
The classrooms are pretty stripped now, so i have tried to focus on some of the more interesting bits and hopefully not included too many repeats from other reports.
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Changing Room & Shower
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Full Gallery found HERE