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Oct 2017

Bradway's 50th anniversary!

This year it is fifty years since Sir Harold Jackson Primary School (the former name of Bradway Primary School) admitted its first pupils. These inaugural pupils joined the school in September 1967 so September 2017 was the beginning of our Golden Anniversary year. However, although the first pupils joined in September 1967, it wasn't until March 1968 that the official opening ceremony took place.

Below are a few photographs from that time.

The school was originally named after Sir Harold Jackson who was chairman of the Sheffield Education Committee for fifty years and who was also Lord Mayor of Sheffield. When the school officially opened on the 22nd March 1968 there was a total of 330 children then attending who were taught in eight classrooms. You may be thinking that 330 pupils in eight rooms would make rather large classes and you’d be right; there were classes with up to 41 pupils in them when it opened, at least ten more pupils than is the typical number nowadays and numbers were to rise further.

We are planning a series of events over the year so do keep an eye out for communications about these events by email and on our website.

Above: This view hasn't changed much!

Above: Mrs Wildsmith in action. This looks like Year 1 in the mid 1980s


Above starting top left, going clockwise: Blackboards in action, the old climbing frame,  computing in its early days, one of the famous concrete pipes.



Ellie Hibbard commented on 25-Oct-2017 07:44 PM
It looks so different
Julie reeves commented on 14-Nov-2017 06:29 PM
I was one of the first children to attend Sir Harold Jackson school in 1967.I joined as a pupil in Mrs Plants class and have very fond memories of my time at SHJ with Mr Mallaband as head teacher .
Alice Dinsdale commented on 22-Jul-2018 09:44 AM
I loved to hear about how this amazing school was run 50 years ago. I can definitely see Bradway celebration 60,70,80,90 or 100 years because it is so good. I have recently left Bradway but I am sure future generations will adore bradway :-)

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