Back in 1971, some 70 years after it was built the Journal visited Newmarket’s Laureate Primary School and found it was “bursting with good ideas.”
According to the report written at the time, these stemmed from head master John Hughes and included teaching the pupils to read by studying in the same way as a university student would study on their own.
The new technique, a reading laboratory, had first been tried in America and was slowly finding its way into schools in the UK with Laureate having introduced it in the autumn of 1971.
Then, the 92 children at Laureate were divided into three classes in somewhat cramped conditions .
The antiquated nature of the school building, meant the children still had to go outside in all weathers to get to other classrooms or visit the toilets.
But there was a resources room which housed the school’s radio, television, record player, kiln and library.
Pupils and staff were all looking forward into their new school building which was scheduled to open in 1975.
“I believe that besides preparing children for adult life, school makes its contribution to their happiness as children,” said Mr Hughes.
“To be happy the children must be interested.”
n Next week: St Louis primary school.