“The school where noise is not frowned upon.”
That’s how Newmarket’s Houldsworth Valley Primary School was described in a Newmarket Journal feature back in November 1971.
“A school should be a noisy place,” said head teacher Frank Knight. “The children should be involved and so it should be a working noise not an uncontrolled one.”
The school in Rowley Drive was built in 1952 for 200 children and was extended in the 1960s. According to the Journal report, four temporary classrooms had been added since then.
The children were then divided into what was known in teaching as family groups.
They were not split into age groups but mixed. The classrooms were organised into four sections, creative, play, reading and a quiet area.
The school’s most prized possession then was the relationship between its staff and parents and the public.
Through the efforts of the parent teacher association, the school had three television set and television links in each classroom as well as “a very fine swimming pool” which was almost complete.
In the winter of 1971, the school ‘s junior section was overcrowded but from 1972 it was going to only teach five to nine year olds .
Next week: Laureate Primary School as it was back n 1971.