Barley Hill Infants School

These are photos of Barley Hill Road Infants School, which was opened in 1907 [2].

This was my first school, way back in 1987, and have fond memories of it! I had previously been to nursery as well which was located in a cabin type thing at the bottom of the playground.

I have also trained at the school twice. The Bushidokan Judo club used to train there until 1993 and when we re-opened Garforth Kenpo Karate in 1997 that was the first place that we trained.

The school is lovely inside; the main hall has a high ceiling and an old parquet floor with two classrooms off to each side. The back of the school towards the playground seemed to be set up for offices; I can remember the headmistress’ office was back there but I can’t really remember what else was there.

I remember when I was 5 the playground used to seem huge! I was mooching around there the other day though (taking photos for this page) and it’s really not. It’s funny how everything seems so much bigger when you’re little!

At the time of writing (August 2007) the school is boarded up and scheduled for demolition. West Garforth Junior School (my second school) has been re-built as Strawberry Fields Primary School and now serves both infant and junior school levels, so the infants school is now redundant. As far as I know the land from the infants school, the nursery and the old Scout hut will all have houses built on.

Date
Unknown
Copyright
Unknown (with original photographer) [1]
Barley Hill Infants School
Date
25th August 2007
Copyright
Ian Atkinson
Barley Hill Infants School
Date
1919
Copyright
Unknown (with original photographer) [1]
Barley Hill Infants School
Date
25th August 2007
Copyright
Ian Atkinson
Barley Hill Infants School