History at St Reid's School

Reid Street Primary School has been a vital part of the local community since its opening in 1912. The exterior of the building has changed little over time although there have been dramatic changes to the locality and, inside, we have a wonderful, modern environment which none the less maintains some lovely original features.

As part of our centenary celebrations, we researched the history of our school and uncovered many interesting events including the commandeering of the building by troops in 1914 and 1915, watching a total eclipse of the sun in 1921 and the introduction of gas central heating in 1972.

Following publicity of our centenary, we received correspondence and visits from previous pupils and staff who brought their own memories with them:

“Memories of my time spent at Reid Street school are gifts from heaven. I was blessed to have only received constructive criticisms in all my classes there.”

“My late mother’s wartime friend said she was the very first pupil and was sitting on the step when the door opened.”

“I have very fond memories of my time there. In the first few weeks I proudly came home and told my parents that I was now a ‘mixed infant’”

“When Miss Haywood retired in 1968, I was chosen to present her with a puppy from school. She called the puppy Frear.”

“I received an award of a signed book for good spelling from Lady Starmer.”

“I remember having to walk across Hollyhurst Road to go for lunch in the dining hall.”

“I received the news of passing the 11 plus on D Day 1944!”

“In winter the toilets were like going to Siberia, in hats, coats and wellies.

“The school always had a good reputation in the town. Some tremendous improvements have been made to the school and I wish the school well for the next 100 years!”