History of Hunmanby Hall

THE MODERN RESIDENTIAL WINGS

In order to accommodate some 250 pupils more premises had to be built, these took the form of north, south and west wings surrounding the paved and grassed quadrangle. Local builders and architect worked hand in hand and created a more than excellent set of buildings. They contained a dozen classrooms, Assembly Hall, bathroom facilities for 200 or more pupils and staff. The three storey blocks with sash paned window faced across the quad towards Filey Bay. The rear facing the countryside around. Red brick and grey roof tiles were put together to look attractive.

From the West drive a beautifully fronted arch way stood on top of a short flight of stone steps looking through a stone roofed portico onto the quad. A small fish pond was the centre piece of the quad and grass lawns and birch trees made an attractive setting. There were short flights of stone steps up to the west, south and north wings.

The flooring of the dormitories was parquet with long corridors and tall windows to let in the light. The ‘specialist’ tutorial rooms included cookery or domestic science room , art room, 2 science labs and a gymnasium. The dormitories all had large bathrooms on each wing, small twin bedrooms had their own bash bowls as in the staff rooms. Each dormitory had wood panelled cubicles (10-12 in the small dorms and 24 to 26 in the larger ones.) Every pupil would be allocated their own cubicle at the start of each new term. The space in each allowed for a 6 foot single bed, dressing table and chair. Each cubicle had a large window. The height of the partitions was door height and no more.

With the attractive surroundings of the school, each cubicle had an attractive view from the window. It has been remarked that the dormitories were quite the best of any boarding school in England. Following the schools closure all these have been readapted and made into residential flats.

GREAT CHANGES AT OUR SCHOOL

After a period of 27 years - our Founder Headmistress called it a day in 1955. The assets she brought to Hunmanby - daughter of a Methodist Minister - History graduate, together with her good physical health - were a great help to her fulfilling her task of Headmistress satisfactorily. The year of 1955 saw a new Headmistress, again from Methodist parents, and a university degree. Rather her shy personality - hid away other excellent features - there was no ‘Foundations to be laid’ but to keep up the number of pupils and work to forward the schools ideals. We all know of her interest in each pupil - kindness and care for their needs and how the girls liked their new head very much. Alas, health problems saw her retirement of this headmistress after several years.

In 1967, another change, with a new named person to lead our school. Coming from the South Coast in Hampshire. Miss Bray, with her Methodist background and a well respected member of the B.B.C’s Religious Broadcasting Panel and also a local commissioner on the Guide Movement was appointed. More, sometimes rash changes were made under her direction - parents did query that she had any academic qualifications - almost a MUST you would think? In her years at school the Golden Jubilee occurred with quite an amazing collection of events. Regretably, Reverand Pratt Green who was to have taken the celebratory morning service did not attend owing to an accident. With extraordinary changes in school uniform and lavish carpeting and decorative items throughout, the place fell into a Contemporary Historic Complex. The many clothing items still talked about today. Health problems ended the era under this the third headmistress. Regretably, her retirement years led to more ill health back in Hampshire.

Taking her place in 1979 the then deputy head took the appointment for the next 10 years 1979-1988.  A different and very charming leader - MA degree and family of Methodist background in the Hull area and Yorkshire born. For the next 10 years we were guided successfully by an attractive, vital person, with full knowledge of the school traditions and interest. Progress was good. Another headmistress was sought to take over, when we learnt that for personal reasons the third headmistress was to leave taking an appointment nearer to London. Our replacement was a lady from Northumberland, M.A. Hons and eager for a headship.  She had been a staff member at a school in Glasgow.  From 1988-1991 we saw more changes: routine work and games changes and the uniform again. Preparing for the Diamond Jubilee in 1997, no-one had a thought of the schools closure - but alas, unknown to us, behind the scenes things were really poor in money ways. A brief and quick announcement in the summer of 1991 told the world that the school wanted to close in May of that year. The then headmistress returned to her home county and family in the North.     



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