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ReferenceDS 39
Alternative ref.DS 5425
TitleIrthing Valley School, Brampton
DescriptionIrthing Valley School was opened in 1951 as a non-slective co-educational secondary school in the first instalment of its buildibgs with 88 children and 5 staff. In 1953 the buildings were completed and numbers had risen to 350. The school was well built and provided a spacious facilty with the following accommodation: assembly hall with stage, gymnasium with changing rooms and stores, dining room and kitchen (providing approximately 450 meals per day in school and sending out another 100), library and stores, 2 art rooms, 3 science labs, 6 craftrooms (wood work, metal work, domestic science and needle work), music room and 10 classrooms. The school was also used in the evenings as a Further Education Centre with over 500 students in classes and another 200 in affiliated groups.

In 1956 the school provided a Pre-Agricultural course which gave pupils a background in science, English and geography so they could progress on to the County Farm School after a year's practical farm experience.

In September 1968 Irthing Valley became a comprehensive school providing courses for children aged 11 to 16 years of age leading to CSE or GCE 'O' Level examinations. At the end of the second year there was an option to transfer to the White House School which was a school for pupils aged 13-18 who expected to stay in full time education beyond the statutory school leaving age. There was a second opportunity for these pupils to transfer to the White House School after completing 5 years at Irthing Valley School by progressing into the sixth form.
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