School searches for oldest ex-pupil to mark centenary

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A LEEDS primary school is on the search for its oldest former pupils as it prepares to celebrate its centenary.

Swinnow Primary School is set to turn back time to celebrate its 100th birthday this month.

But headteacher Allison Chin is hoping to trace the school’s oldest former pupil to be a special guest of honour.

She is also hoping that ex-pupils and former teachers will share their memories of their time in the classroom over the years.

The school was originally opened by the Alderman W.H. Clarke, who was the chairman of the Education Committee, in 1912. There were five classrooms in the schools for 246 children and one of the rooms was used to help promote craftwork.

Mrs Chin, who was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List last year, said: “We are looking for past pupils and staff to join in with the celebrations and we hope to find the oldest ex-pupil.

“As part of the celebrations the school will be holding an open day where the children will be taking part in lessons in the style of days hone by and dressing up in period costumes.”

During the 1930s the school grew rapidly and two annexes were built to accommodate the children. A further extension was added during the 1950s to provide a dining hall and PE hall.

Swinnow Primary became a middle school following further expansion in the 1970s and community facilities including a library and a clinic were added before it reverted back to a primary school in 1992.

Over the last two decades a Children’s Centre and a Pupil Support Unit have been added to the school which was judged as Outstanding by education watchdog Ofsted.

Former pupils and teachers can contact the school on 0113 2146080 or email

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