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Lytham St.Annes, Lancashire, England


King Edward VII School

King Edward VII School was erected at Fairhaven (on part of the Fairhaven Golf Club links) on Clifton Drive, alongside St.Paul's Avenue which was at that time the boundary between Lytham and St.Annes. It was as a Grammar School for Boys built by the Lytham Charity Foundation and opened on 25 September 1908.

Queen Mary School for Girls was erected by the Foundation on an adjacent site and opened in 1930. The schools  entered the state system as direct grant school under the 1944 Education Act which meant that there were fee-paying and eleven-plus students.

To quote the current prospectus "During the 1970s this grant was removed by the government, to be replaced in the 1980s by the Assisted Places scheme. When this in turn was removed following the 1997 General Election, the Governors announced the merger of the two schools. King Edward VII and Queen Mary School was officially opened by Sir Richard Evans, Chairman of BAE Systems, in 2000. In September 2003 the school moved to the King Edward site, which benefited from extensive redevelopment."

King Edward VII School, opened in 1908.
King Edward VII School opened in 1908.

Mr. H. Bompas-Smith, the first headmaster of King Edward VII SchoolMr. H. Bompas-Smith, the headmaster of the proposed King Edward VII School at Fairhaven, and whose photograph is here given, is a man well qualified to take charge of so important a scholastic institution as the new school promises to be. The future of the nation rests largely with the younger generation, and the influences that help to mould the character by imparting knowledge should therefore be a matter of serious concern to all English people.

Double interest attaches, therefore, to some particulars of the career of Mr. Bompas-Smith which we are able to give. Mr. Bompas-Smith was born in 1867, and received the first portion of his education at Chesterfield Grammar School.

He received further tuition at Jena in Germany, and also at the Mansfield Grammar School. From here he went to Oxford, taking the honour of being OPEN MATHEMATICAL SCHOLAR, and also taking first-class in Mathematical Moderations. He obtained first-class in his final classical examination, and left Oxford in 1890, becoming master, for one term, at Sutton Valence. For the next seven years he was chief master on the Modern Side at Shrewsbury.

The curriculum at Shrewsbury contains a Classical Side, a Modern Side, an Army Class, and a Science department. The Modern Side is intended to; supply a liberal education in such subjects as mathematics, natural science, and modern languages-English, German, French, etc.



Mr. Bompas-Smith left Shrewsbury in 1897 to take up the headmastership of the Walsall Grammar School, and during the seven years that elapsed between that date and his appointment to the King Edward School the number of boys in attendance rose from 108 to 190, a circumstance that speaks well for the confidence reposed in him by the parents.

Mr. Bompas-Smith has written works of considerable interest to those in the scholastic profession, two of them being "Boys and their management in school" (Longmans) and "A new junior arithmetic" (Methuen). He is also a contributor to "School" and other journals. Mr. Bompas-­Smith is hopeful that the new school will be opened in the early part of 1908.