King Edward VI Boys Grammar School, Stafford - October 2019
The Free Grammar School of King Edward VI was first established in Stafford in 1550 to provide free education to young boys. In 1862 a new building was erected for the school on Newport Road and would serve as the home of the boys' grammar school for over 100 years. Stafford Girls' High School was established in 1907 as a grammar school for girls and was based at The Oval, just off the Lichfield Road, with some accommodation for students at The Hough Cottage (now at The Hough Retail Park). The school later moved to a new site off West Way, close to Stafford Castle; the modern home of King Edward VI High School. In 1977 King Edward VI Grammar School and Stafford Girls' High School were amalgamated to create a comprehensive off West Way. The old King Edward VI building on Newport Road remained in education hands and was turned over to Chetwynd Middle School before later becoming known as the Chetwynd Centre, home of the Stafford Collegiate, where many Post-16 subjects were taught as part of an agreement between the Stafford secondary schools and Stafford College of Further Education. The old girls' school buildings on The Oval also remained in education hands, later becoming an art college before being converted into residential apartments.
We've been quite busy doing stuff over the last couple of months, it's made a nice change to actually be getting around to actually ticking a few things off the ever growing list of potential places. This was one that I'd spied a couple of years back whilst out on my travels, we had checked it out a few times but never managed to find a viable way into the place. A planning application went through a while back now to demolish the more modern additions and to convert the remnants into some sort of residential accommodation, so with work imminent it was well worth another look. Unfortunately work had already started and as such there wasn't really a great deal to see as much had been stripped out by the time we got around to paying it another visit. Still, there were some decent old bits to see up and the unusual octagonal hall was quite cool.