My old School, another places that has family ties as my father also went here when it was the grammar school in late 70’s.
This building is incredible!
what’s incredible about it as it was originally a 1 storey building that was raised up a storey in 1904! 1904!
Many years ago I got talking to the caretaker and he showed me an image of the building before the conversation, I wish I could find the original source for that image!
Built in 1860-62 the first section the building was financed by the salt family who also financed the extensions as well.
The centre was known for most its time as The Free Grammar School of King Edward VI and was first established in Stafford in 1550 to provide free education to young boys. This purpose built building was erected for the school on Newport Road and would serve as the home of the boys’ grammar school for over 100 years.
Stafford Girls’ High School was established in 1907 as a grammar school for girls and was based at The Oval, just off the Lichfield Road, with some accommodation for students at The Hough Cottage (now at The Hough Retail Park). The school later moved to a new site off West Way, close to Stafford Castle; the modern home of King Edward VI High School. In 1977 King Edward VI Grammar School and Stafford Girls’ High School were amalgamated to create a comprehensive off West Way.
The old King Edward VI building on Newport Road remained in education hands and was turned over to Chetwynd Middle School before later becoming known as the Chetwynd Centre, home of the Stafford Collegiate,
where many Post-16 subjects were taught as part of an agreement between the Stafford secondary schools and Stafford College of Further Education.
The old girls’ school buildings on The Oval also remained in education hands, later becoming an art college before being converted into residential apartments.
It does look like the building had some kind of other younger classrooms separated off by a double glazed corridors.
Hopefully this building will be preserved and restored, work is ongoing everyday there currently with lots of workmen on site.