Our Lady of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church opened in 1957, serving the community of Netherley and Valley wards, mostly from the prefabs which were about 10 years old at that time. Before the schools were built, Catholic children would start the day at the school and then walk over to Joseph Williams Primary.  The Junior School (below left) opened about a year later, followed by the Infants’ School (now demolished) in 1960.  The secondary school opened in 1962, closing in the early 1980s in the Catholic School reorganisation.  The school building was demolished, and a new infants’ school (below right) erected on the site.  The school will celebrate its 50th Birthday in Autumn 2008.

Teachers people remember include Mr SMYTHE (first Head of the Juniors), George SKILLICORN (Deputy in the Secondary Modern, and a friend of my father’s), Mr McCANN and Miss CLOTHIER.


The Juniors’ building has been extended to accommodate the Infant pupils; a new extension houses the Children’s Centre

The school now has its own website.  Visit it - there are lots of great images!

The Junior School still retains many of the original features - including a fabulous mural in the courtyard, made with Italian marble.

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