Buildings and Grounds

A local newspaper dated 26th June 1920 gave the first report that the West Riding County Council's Education Committee had entered negotiations to purchase Hemsworth Hall for £9,000, in order to create a secondary school in the Hemsworth District. The land, comprising 20 acres was the former residence of Samuel Gurney Leatham and it was estimated that a further £7,000 would be spent in adapting the Hall. In the middle of January 1921 the County Council approved the initial expenditure of £2,000 for the adaptation of Hemsworth High Hall to the purposes of a secondary school.

 
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The Dining Room and Metalwork/Woodwork areas (1931)
 
The announcement was made at a Governors' meeting that the building of the new Dining Hall and kitchens was now complete, (at a cost of around £12,000) and would be in use in May after the Easter holiday. It was pleasing that the work had progressed faster than had at first been predicted, and a time of inconvenience and cramped 'making-do' would at last end.
 
Taps at HGS (June 1955)
 
"Isn't this a dreadful story of defeat?" asked Mrs Duckett at Friday's meeting of Hemsworth Grammar School Governors when it was reported that application had been made for the screw taps in the cloakrooms to be replaced by spring-loaded taps to prevent loss of hot water caused by taps being left running by children.

Mr. S. Wright, Divisional Education Officer, said an estimate of the cost of changing the taps would be £170, or one third of the amount estimated for the upkeep of the school buildings.The headmaster, Mr. R. W. Hamilton, said that in view of the cost they would have to be prepared to put up with the inconvenience. The hot water for the New Block, however, was drawn from the supply which served the kitchen and the staff there were finding between 2.0 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. that there was no hot water for washing up. On investigating it was found that some taps had been left running in the new block. If spring-loaded taps were provided it was felt that the children who had left taps running would not be able to do so. Mr. Wright said he hoped that when the kitchen was reorganised provision would be made for a hot water supply. Mr. Hamilton said he had been told that the method of supplying hot water to the new Science Block and Gymnasium would be by putting an extra section on the existing boilers which would mean that there would be more people drawing from the boilers, and the caretaker would be in a worse position than he was at present.

Mrs. Duckett said they were faced with an expenditure of £170 because children would not turn taps off. Mr. Hamilton asked Mrs. Duckett what she would do to solve the problem, and she said she thought there would be teachers on duty when children were using the taps during the "break" period. Mr. Hamilton said there were 330 girls and the mistress on duty had to be out in the fields because the girls were there. That only covered the dinner hour, and it was during lesson time when children might have to go out that they left taps running and there was no teacher in the cloakroom. Mrs. Duckett said that notices should be displayed stating that taps must be turned off before a child left the bowl. Mr. Hamilton said that that was done, but no amount of preaching had any effect because they could not find the culprit.

Mrs. Duckett asked if Prefects could keep watch on the cloakrooms, but Mr. Hamilton said that if the damage was done during lesson time the Prefects would be working in class. Coun. P. Keenan said they spent money teaching children Science but they did not get over to them the fact that water was valuable and was not to be wasted. He wondered if spring taps were a success. Mr. Wright said a plumber had told him he would not have them.
 
Coun. Mrs. Poxton said it was a pity they had to spend money for the sake of children who could not turn off a tap. Miss F. Swaine said she thought the trouble largely was in the home. If children were trained to turn off taps properly at home there would not be half the difficulty. Mrs. L. Weaver said she thought the kitchen should have its own hot water supply, and Mr. Wright said he would enquire into the matter.

The question of replacing the taps was deferred until December.

 

 

 The Green Gate has gone missing. When was the Green Gate removed?