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dick whittington built this for helen and beth

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By my standards, this building is old. It was built in 1601. The wood inside is 400 years old and someone is sticking up kid art on it. In North America the wood would be part of a very charming olde englishe bar with lots of brasse and fernse.

It is a very cosy school, with a stream outside, and a churchyard with gravestones next door. The caretaker, who also drives the school bus, happened around to give us a real tour.

According to my source, Beth and Helen graced these halls as elementary students.

The school was built in 1601 by Sir William Craven, thought to be the inspiration for the Dick Whittington story.

paintist says:

what a fabulous start to ones educational life....

5th Jun 2007, 07:05

yes it is, what a shame that these small schools are rapidly becoming a thing of the past.

5th Jun 2007, 07:23

Helen says:

I don't know. I have mixed feelings.

It some ways it was wonderful. In others it was exceedingly limited. Especially socially.

5th Jun 2007, 07:24

ViX says:

A lovely building!

5th Jun 2007, 10:27

Viv says:

Looks idyllic - and can be given the right staff and children - Helen was lucky there were 11 in her year - but only 2.5 teachers so that's not easy!
Beth was less lucky - she left at 7 to go to a slightly larger one up the road which she was happy at for a time - then was seriously unhappy and so she spent year 11 travelling to my school where there were 3 classes of 30+ in Year 6 and was so much happier!
But it is a beautiful building and on the whole I think the children are priviliged to be there and there are 3 classes now - I would have loved to have taught there - but not my own children!
I spent the first 2 years of my teaching life in a 2 teacher school in Cumbria - and loved the family atmosphere and the relationships you built with the children.

5th Jun 2007, 15:02

swamprose says:

yes, school is not just a building. teachers and the other kids are what matters.

5th Jun 2007, 17:03

FilbertFox says:

nice building.

6th Jun 2007, 22:51

Helen says:

p.s. Mr Craven built this school for smelly BOYS!

6th Jun 2007, 22:54

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6th Jun 2007, 22:55

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