Queen Mary School, Lytham St.Annes
Queen Mary School was erected at Fairhaven (on part of the old
Fairhaven Golf Club links) on Clifton Drive, alongside Kin Edward VII School. It
was as a Grammar School for Girls built by the Lytham Charity Foundation 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."
Barrett Homes developed the school site which they
named 'Queens Manor' with "A Mix Of
Predominantly One And Two Bedroom Apartments Of Many Differing Sizes, Together
With A Limited Number Of Three Bedroom Mews Style Houses." Prices in
November, 2008 were from £206,050 to £251,700.
Queen Mary School under construction 1929.
Extract from the Lytham St.Anne’s Express, August1930.
Private Schools - Fostering
the Individual Child.
The opening of Queen Mary School in September
will be an event of considerable importance to local education. It will increase
the facilities for public education, the effect of which may be felt, for a
time, by the private schools. But this effect, we believe, will be of a
temporary character only. The borough is growing, and in the nature of things
pupils will increase in number for all schools, demanding more educational
Queen Mary School opened in 1930.
The private schools, which have maintained their
high tone and excellence for half a century in Lytham St.Annes, will continue to
prosper. Before ever golf had brought fame to this district the private schools
were renowned throughout the kingdom. Their chief characteristics were the numerous
successes in public examinations and the supreme healthiness of residence on the
coast-the dustless breezes of the Irish Sea. As the borough develops these features
of the private school will be maintained.
Girls from Queen Mary School aboard the Queen Mary at Clydebank, 1936.
To view film footage - a Pathe News clip - of the girls at
Clydebank, see "1936" in the "BOOKS" section of this
Queen Mary School Speech Day at Lytham Palace Cinema c1955.
There is room for public schools and private
schools. Then, again, the schools of Lytham Charities are not boarding
establishments, although several unsuccessful attempts have been made to introduce
a limited number of boarders into King Edward VIl. School. To open these public
schools to boarders would be a misapplication of the funds of a public charity
which was founded for the education of “poor " children. Notwithstanding the great
increase in elementary and secondary school facilities in Blackpool the private
enterprise schools maintain their high character. All the children of our borough
could not be educated in the existing public schools, and the healthiness of our
coast will, as it has done for five decades, continue to attract children from many
parts of the country.
A Broadminded View.
The principal of Saxonholme School - Mrs. Thornley, B.A. - views
this matter with broad-minded common-sense. Speaking on prize day Miss Thornley
Queen Mary School Speech Day at Lytham Palace Cinema
The number 3 bus passing the school in 1965.
A crowd of over 3,000 watch Lancashire v Australia Hockey at QMS.
Extract from the Lytham St.Anne’s Express, August1930
'' Private schools in St. Annes have now to face the competition of our new rival,
which opens in September. The way to face this is not by belittling its work or its
attractions. Such schools are sound. I know, for I was a specialist in a similar
school for some years. They have what one might describe as a certain 'momentum,'
which comes from size and money, and in their own sphere they perform a useful
service to the community.”
"But the work of the private schools, while being equally efficient, goes further.
It is from the nature, of our respective organisations, accomplished with less
rigidity. Our numbers are fewer, our timetables more elastic, and we can and do
foster the individual child and develop her to the uttermost of her powers. We are
able to study each individual pupil - her health, her temperament, her weaknesses
and her gifts - and give to her that extra personal care and attention which are so
very essential, but impossible to give in a large school."
That admirable, reasonable and cheerful view will be appreciated and endorsed by
the principals of the private schools of the borough." Never has there been more
need for the private school, with its personal influence, than to-day," said Miss
Low, M.A., at the St.Annes College prize day, and the Mayor, in appreciating the
good work of private schools, remarked that there would always be schools of that
kind. The long lists of successes in the public examinations provide proof positive
that such schools, with their “personal influence," are fulfilling a great and
creditable part in our community. Long may they prosper!